Arboretum and Outdoor Learning Center

Butterfly Festival is the first Saturday in October every year.

JASPER ARBORETUM AND OUTDOOR LEARNING CENTER

225 Water Street, Jasper, TX 75951 (1 block south of the courthouse)

Mailing address: Jasper Master Gardeners c/o Texas A&M AgriLife, 103 E. Houston St. Jasper, TX 75951. PHONE: 409-384-3721 or call the Chamber of Commerce at 409-384-2762; Email: sharonruthkerr@gmail.com

Outdoor Learning Center 2012

This 14-acre complex features several park areas sponsored by a coalition of organizations and the City of Jasper. The original plans for the gardens were designed by horticulturalist Dr. Dave Creech at the request of Estelle Debney, founder of the Jasper Arboretum board, with the support of the Woman’s Civic Club.

Sandy Creek runs through the center of the park from Hwy 96 to the scenic stone-arched Main Street bridge. The north bank features formal gardens, children’s Kiwanis Park, and Library Gardens (dry garden, rose garden and butterfly garden).

The historic Beaty-Orton House built in 1888 is surrounded by the sunny garden (color plantings and heritage azaleas) and the home itself is filled with period antiques. The house is open for tours by appointment only and may be reserved for special events like weddings and quilt shows.

The newest addition to the park is the Master Gardener greenhouse and Outdoor Learning Center. In front of the greenhouse is a pergola with brick patio and swings, a favorite lunchtime stop for downtown Jasper. Behind the greenhouse is a potting shed/classroom overlooking Sandy Creek, where otters sometimes play.

Next to the greenhouse is the Butterfly Gardens. In partnership with our Jasper Country Fall Festival, The Butterfly Festival (first Saturday in October), a section of the butterfly gardens  is netted over as a protected butterfly house where children can get a closer look at the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. One goal is to raise enough money to build a permanent butterfly house that will be open year-round.

Future development on the south bank will include a larger pond with fountains, footbridge over the creek, nature trail with Texas native plants and a log cabin nature center. Both the Jasper Arboretum and Jasper Master Gardeners are 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations.

 

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