Want to have a serene yet fulfilling volunteer opportunity? Then come to the newly renovated Japanese Garden in Hermann Park to volunteer your time to maintain this jewel in the middle of Houston’s premier regional Park.
The Japanese Garden was built in 1992, designed by Japanese landscape architect Ken Nakajima. Over the years the Garden slid into a Texas style garden, prompting the Hermann Park Conservancy to engage another renowned landscape architect from Japan, Terunobu Nakai, to advise the gardening team as to the finer details of Japanese style gardens. Utilizing plants appropriate to the Garden as well as to the Houston climate, Mr. Nakai and celebrated landscape gardener Hiroshi Iwasaki in 2007 began their annual visitations to the Garden to assist the park gardeners with the return of the Garden to its Japanese roots. 2016 saw the completion of their 10 th visit to the Garden with the development of the new dry stream garden, mimicking features of a stream, a beach and waterfalls to be accessed via a new entry gate on the Fannin side of the Garden.
The Japanese Garden volunteers assistance with the Garden upkeep: maintaining the paths and entries, keeping the weeds at bay, trimming shrubs and trees in the Japanese style, raking pine needles and mulching shrub beds, deadheading spent blooms, and planting shrubs, plants, and ground cover. You will be working alongside and under the direction of the gardeners-no skill necessary, as the gardeners and volunteer coordinator will train and guide you as you learn about what it takes to maintain this very special space.
Individual volunteers join others each Thursday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3rd Saturday of each month.
Group volunteers are welcome (less than 40 participants per group) and need to schedule their date ahead of time.
For more information, contact volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate grade level or age range: (middle school) (high school) (college) (adult).
The Hermann Park Conservancy is a citizens' organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park - today and for generations to come.
In a city increasingly effected by the problems of a deteriorating environment, including pollution, climate change, vanishing plant and animal species, urban sprawl, there is a critical need to restore our urban green spaces. An urban green space provides a range of tangible benefits, such as mitigating air and water pollution, combating suburban sprawl, providing opportunities for recreation, reducing crime and fostering cohesive neighborhoods. Unfortunately, Urban Green Spaces are often the first public works to be hit by budget crunches. The aforementioned issues have all adversely affected Hermann Park. In order to simply maintain the park in its current condition, a 22,000 hour gap of needed maintenance must be filled.
The Hermann Park Conservancy was implemented to help fill this gap. The City of Houston's Parks and Recreation department does a great job with resources provided to them. However, due to the limited supply of man hours, many projects do not get the proper attention. Therefore, HPC continues to look for volunteers to lend a helping hand.
The exciting part of trying to fill this great need is that there are many opportunities that can accommodate any one. If you have a desire to help your community, please contact us!
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6000 Fannin StreetHouston, TX77030
September 11, 2020
Must be at least 18
volunteers must complete a request form and waiver