Plan Your Visit

The John Fairey Garden is located at 20559 F.M. 359 Road, Hempstead, Texas, approximately one hour from Houston, two hours from Austin, and three and a quarter hours from Dallas.

Garden Hours

The Garden is open on Saturdays in-season from 9-3 for members to tour independently, and on designated Open Days with docent-led tours.  Open Day tours of the Garden commence on the hour, at 10 am, 11 am, and 1 pm. Guests may register in advance on our Events page.

Open Day tours are free for members, $15 for non-members. Tours typically last a bit over an hour. We encourage our guests to arrive ten minutes or so before the hour to sign in. We currently do not allow guests to independently tour the garden.

Private and group docent-led tours are available Tuesday – Friday at 10 am for members only or groups of 5 or more. Tours are $10 for members, $25 each for non-members. Call 979.826.3232 or schedule a private tour on our Events page.

To see our schedule of Open Days, please view our calendar.

View the Calendar

Nursery Hours

Regular hours are Open Days and Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 3 pm though we encourage you to call the office at (979) 826-3232 to confirm.


Tour & Event Admission

Members’ Open Saturdays are each Saturday during open season from 10 am to 4 pm. Members may walk the Garden at their leisure.

Open Day docent-led tours occur the second and fourth Saturday of each month during open season at 10 am, 11 am, and 1 pm. Tours are free for members, $15 for non-members.

Private and group docent-led tours are available Tuesday – Fridayat 10 am. Private tours are $10 for members, $25 a person for non-members, minimum group of 5.

Note that discounts associated with reciprocal memberships do not apply to private tours.

Call 979.826.3232 or Contact Us to schedule a tour.

Guest FAQ

Where do I park?

Guest parking is located just inside the entrance off of FM 359 Rd. between the soil bins and FM 359. Signs mark the parking area.

Where do I go after I park?

Guests should walk down the path at the south side of the parking area which will take you to the office where our staff will sign you in, offer you water, and direct you where to convene before the tour.

Is the garden wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately neither the paths nor the bathrooms are ADA accessible. The paths contain numerous steps and roots and thus are unable to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs and strollers.

Where are the restrooms?

There are two single-person restrooms, one at the east end of the building which houses the office, and one inside the house behind the office. There are no restrooms in the garden itself.

Is there water?

We will provide guests water upon sign in. Guests may also bring their own water on the tour.

Is it hot there?

South Texas can be warm 9 or 10 months out of the year and very hot between June and September. Guests should wear sunscreen, comfortable clothing and a hat. Tour docents try to keep guests in the shade as much as possible but portions of the tour are in full sun.

May I take photographs?

Absolutely! We encourage you to take photographs. If you post them on social media, please include the hashtag #jfgarden.

May I touch the plants?

There are some plants it is advisable not to touch, but we do allow guests to smell flowers, feel leaves and touch bark wherever safe; however, we ask that you not break a leaf, snap a stem or pick a seed.

May I smoke?

No. The John Fairey Garden is a no-smoking property.

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