Plants in the Park

Russ Pitman Park is mosaic of tall trees and grassy lawns in the process of becoming a showcase of regional native habitats featuring native flowers, trees, bushes, shrubs and grasses that will provide a rich environment for our native wildlife: butterflies and other insects, birds, squirrels, turtles and more. Check out the Pocket Prairie and watch the young saplings as they grow. We will keep you informed about our plans and progress. We would love to have you join us if you would like.


Saturdays, 10 am to 11 am

Interested in learning how to identify local trees? Jim McKee, a Master Naturalist, tree lover, and bird watcher will once again be leading tree identification walks in the park each month this fall. Jim shares lots of interesting information and historical facts about the many species of trees we have in Russ Pitman Park and teaches you how to identify them. You might even have some of the same kind of trees in your own yard. Come learn more about them. Join us for one or all of the walks!

Dates:  January 7, February 4, March 4

Where:  Due to ongoing construction, please meet us at the billboard near the playground at the south end of the park near the parking lot off Evergreen Street.

Find Out How to Get Involved in Park Plant Projectstrowel-icon-large.gif

•  Helping with Changes in the Park
•  Growing Native Plants for Russ Pitman Park

Resources Related to Native Plants

•  The Benefits of Planting Native Plants (PDF)
•  Top 100 Native Plant for the Houston Area (PDF)
•  Sources of Native Plants in Houston (PDF)
•  Native Plants for Birds and Butterflies (PDF)
•  Native Grasses, Groundcover, Vines, Shrubs and Trees (PDF)
•  Native Plants for Different Growing Conditions and Garden Types (PDF)
•  Invasive Plant Information and Q & A (PDF)


These native plant resources were generously provided by the Native Plant Society of Texas - Houston Chapter.

Plantlife in Russ Pitman Park is diverse, made up of ornamental plants and herbs near the Henshw House, native plants in our Pocket Prairie, and tall trees from the old Henshaw estate.

Herbertia, a native plant in the park, blooms in the Spring and is abundant around the time of our Annual Spring Fling.

Native plants grown for Russ Pitman Park.


Last Updated on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 01:37 PM
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