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 designated Open Days. Docent-led tours of the Garden will commence on the hour. Tours are typically around an hour. We encourage our guests to arrive ten minutes or so before the top of the hour to sign in. We currently do not allow guests to independently tour the garden.

Private and group docent-led tours are available for members only or groups of 10 or more, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10 AM. Call 979.826.3232 or Contact Us to schedule a tour. Non-Open Day tours are free for members.

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

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Nursery Hours

The nursery is temporarily closed while we update a depleted inventory due to winter storm, Uri.

The nursery will reopen on our Open Day on April 24th.

Thank you for your patience.

Tour & Event Admission

Private Tours
Free for members
$15 per person for non-members
Open Day Tours
Free for members
$10 per person for non-members
Speaker Events
Free for members
$10 per person for non-members.

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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