I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
Houston Springtime Attraction
Each spring, the hallways of the Houston Galleria mall are festooned with an array of strikingly beautiful landscaping vignettes. People walking by them will see plants of various types. Water features are even included. Photos in this post will give you some idea of what there is to see and enjoy.
My husband has walked through the Galleria during this event in several different years. When I took these photos, it was my first experience, and I was amazed at the variety of items and beauty.
I tackled this project in the Galleria of Houston, Texas, with my digital Panasonic camera being put to good use in capturing some examples of the Primavera show in the year of 2010.
It is always a delight for the senses to be able to see additional greenery inside of a mall.
Describing Primavera in words would include the following:
Operating water fountains of various designs splashing over rocks and nestled among palm trees, shrubbery, blooming flowers, and inventively designed landscape features are seen in multiple spots all throughout Galleria One, Two, Three, and Galleria Four. All of these features could be incorporated into one’s home garden if space and money permit.
One arrangement even had an artificial but realistic-looking alligator! I have no desire to have any kind of alligator in our home garden. They can stay in their natural habitats as far as I am concerned.
Each company creating the displays had business cards or brochures available to the public. Their designs have undoubtedly inspired many people to utilize their landscape services in home gardens.
Not only is the Houston Galleria the largest mall in Texas, but it ranks in the top 10 of mall sizes in all of the United States! Galleria opened its doors in 1970 with the high fashion retail store Neiman Marcus anchoring the east end.
The Houston Oaks Hotel, an integral part of the original Galleria, offered first-class lodging along with several restaurants, one of which was the beautiful Savoy Room.
Since we lived in Houston, we did not need the accommodations for overnight sleeping. Still, we often frequented that fine upscale restaurant. The Houston Oaks Hotel ownership has changed and has become a Westin Hotel, and a second Westin Galleria Hotel is now a part of the expanded Galleria.
While it has seen significant expansions three times (adding Galleria II, Galleria III, and Galleria IV), the original Galleria has the signature ice skating rink. That rink was the first ever to be built inside of an enclosed mall in the United States.
The ice skating rink on the lower level draws ice skaters of all ages and abilities. The rink measures 80 feet ( 24 m) by 180 feet (55 m). As one strolls the hallways, which run around the perimeter of the arena, it is fun to look at the little tykes trying out the sport of ice skating for the first time. I remember being that young once upon a time!
The original part of the Galleria is stunning. It has an arched windowed atrium-style roof over the multi-storied structure. It is patterned after the Galleria in Milan, Italy.
Top Tourist Attraction in Houston
The Galleria is a top tourist attraction in Houston, Texas. It annually draws about twenty-six million visitors to its doors. It has been a Houston landmark ever since it was first opened.
It is a multi-use mall containing office spaces, two hotels, great stores for shopping, numerous dining establishments, and entertainment. It is no wonder that visitors to this beautiful city wish to see and or even stay in the Galleria.
Free covered parking protects cars from the elements. One could spend an entire day there, or multiple days, exploring all that there is to offer within the confines of this massive mall.
Located on the west side of Houston with easy access off of the 610 freeway, which circles the city, many business meetings are accommodated here. At the same time, the spouses or accompanying parties get to shop and play in this friendly environment.
Anchoring different ends inside Houston’s Galleria are large stores bearing the well-known names of Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Designer boutique stores to suit larger sized pocketbooks are also found here. Do the following names sound familiar? Some of them are the following:
- Yves Saint Laurent
These and many more high-end retail establishments are located within the confines of Galleria to suit a variety of tastes. Of course, there are also the more moderately priced places that can be found in numerous other malls around the country, also found here. There is truly something for everyone at the Galleria in Houston!
Miniature Train in Galleria
Even though this small train that traverses Galleria for a minimal fee is not a particular part of the Primavera springtime event, I thought that I would include this photo. This train ride can be enjoyed anytime one chooses to visit.
Thanks to all the participating gardening and landscaping companies that put so much time and effort into creating these lovely springtime events in Galleria.
Location of the Galleria in Houston: 5085 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas 77056.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Peggy Woods
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2020:
The Galleria has expanded over the years, and I am guessing that it is even bigger now than when you last visited it.
FlourishAnyway from USA on April 19, 2020:
I’ve been several times to this mall back when my husband (then my boyfriend) and I lived in Louisiana. There was no internet then so I needed to occasionally travel to Houston for nice business suits and Christmas shopping or other things I couldn’t get in central Louisiana. We’d make a weekend of it. What fond memories! The place was huge!
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2020:
Malls are closed, so this event will not happen this year, but garden centers are still open. We have not gone to one, but get messages from one place that I have written about called In The Garden. The owner writes that garden centers have been deemed essential. Orders can be made ahead of time and picked up curbside. I usually plant some pepper plants, etc., but just have not done that this year. I am hoping some of my old seeds will germinate.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2020:
I guess there are enough people who like to shop, dine, and ice skate...or view ice skating in an indoor setting to make this the attraction that it has become. Having lodging on-site also helps.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 04, 2020:
It's lovely to read about this event and to look back at the photos, as I'm guessing it won't happen this year. In the UK there is talk of garden centres having to dispose of plants, as they are deemed non essential and closed.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 04, 2020:
Amazing that a shopping mall is the #1 attraction. Speaks volumes about that mall itself.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2020:
Your imagination is on fire, comparing these exhibits in the Galleria to the Kew Gardens. That is imaginative and wonderful. I guess people who like plants in pretty surroundings can pick out pieces that remind them of other places that they have seen.
manatita44 from london on April 03, 2020:
Extremely exquisite, lush and charming... pleasant to the eye and a great flair for creativity. Reminds me of our Kew Gardens. Different but equally beautiful. The train is colourful and cute.