McGovern Centennial Gardens, located within Houston’s 445-acre Hermann Park, was designed as a series of experiences that suit a wide variety of audiences – from the family on a casual weekend visit to the expert gardener attending classes hosted by local garden clubs. It was created as a pleasure garden for the people of Houston, yet it is still very horticulturally diverse. The project includes an entrance promenade which leads to a pavilion designed by architect Peter Bohlin; a central lawn with an expansive view to a 30-foot high garden mount and a cascading waterfall; and multiple gardens including woodland, pine, rose, arid, celebration, and family gardens. The jury especially recognized how the split programming of this garden serves as both a public social space and a botanical garden, attracting people who may not typically visit a more traditional botanical garden. They appreciated the garden’s proximity and enhanced entrances to nearby museums, making this a “community hot spot”.
Members of Hoerr Schaudt attended the Awards Celebration at Venue One in Chicago on April 29, 2016.