Mercer Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

It was a beautiful sunny day, so the kids and I decided to visit the botanical gardens at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.  The flowers were in full bloom and it was a wonderful day to take pictures.  The kids love being outdoors and walking the trails.  Besides all the plants, we saw fish, a turtle, a frog, male cardinals (Abby's favorite bird), butterflies, a bee, and assorted bugs.  The arboretum is on the other side of the main road and there is also a playground on that side, but we didn't go over there today.  And... it is all free!  The arboretum trails are not as varied as the trails at the Houston Arboretum, but it is flat and easy for walking. 

I also found out they have a FREE story time for kids and parents each month.  Here's the description from their website,
Story Time in the Gardens – For Children 
Story Time in the Gardens occur the third Mondays of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Leanne Connery, the Children’s Librarian at Baldwin Boettcher shares some of her favorite nature books with children and their parents in the garden. A craft project is included. Check in at the visitor’s center for the specific location. Free. No advance reservations are required.

Here are some pictures of the gardens.  Let me know if you decide to visit.  I would love to hear what you think of the Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.


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