Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is proud to present this Collection and Gardens to fascinated residents and visitors alike. Bayou Bend is a splendid example of American decorative arts and similarly-themed paintings. They can be found on display in the stately home of renowned Houston local and civic leader, the philanthropic Irma Hogg, who passed away in 1975.

Her collection of American furnishings, ceramic pottery, and silverware are acknowledged as the finest in the world. Some of the paintings are easily recognizable from prints and copies that have been made of them throughout the years. Seated on over 14 acres of organic gardening beauty, the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens are the jewel of this historic River Oaks neighborhood. Visitors flock to the Gardens year round so that they can experience the passing seasons reflected in the trees and flowers.

Local residents freely make the claim that Bayou Bend is their favorite natural spot in Houston, and with good reason. The sweeping beauty of the gardens, water features, and statuary are an outstanding example of how a beautifully arranged landscape will only keep getting better with the passing years. The house dates from around the 1920s and is one of the finest exhibitions of how life was during the era of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The tour guides are helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. They have in-depth information about all manner of relevant information, such as the best time to come and see the blooming camellias and azaleas, as well as many facts about the glorious antiques inside. A visit to the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is a great treat for anyone who likes to imagine how things might have been before technology took over. The estate stands as a testimony to American craftsmanship and detail.

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