West End Art Garden Tour
Starting in the 1970s, Houston’s West End, a historically mixed-use, working-class district, became a mecca for Houston individualists and creative people. Their joie de vivre infused the neighborhood with metal-clad houses and small unusual gardens filled with art.
Five such art-filled and art-inspired gardens are included in the West End art garden tour. We will visit a lush native garden with a backdrop of “steel paintings” by artist Terrell James, another garden focused on artist Jim Love’s Giant Bird House, and a sustainable garden conceived by architect Robert Morris as the ideal companion piece for his “aboriginal spaceship.” At artist Salle Werner Vaughn’s, landscape and bungalows merge into an “other world” experience. The tour concludes with refreshments at Hiram Butler’s complex, where a bucolic garden is set between Butler’s contemporary art gallery and the nineteenth-century cottage where he lives.