Set to hold groups of up to 100 people, this octagon-shaped Pavilion is not only an iconic silhouette for The Gardens at Texas A&M University, but also an illustrious symbol for the community. The versatile structure is perfect for both outdoor and indoor events, such as banquets, cooking demonstrations, and receptions.
The Event Lawn
The Event Lawn serves as the main entrance to The Gardens and a gathering space. It is one of the primary outdoor event venues for the Agriculture and Life Sciences Complex and The Gardens. The Event Lawn currently exists as a spacious, green oasis for students and faculty for group exercises, picnic lunches, studying and setting up the occasional hammock. As part of the Gardens project, the event lawn has been preserved and improved. It now includes additional landscaping and flower beds on the perimeter, as well as a paved site for food trucks and caterers.
Events may include the annual College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Tailgate, weddings, receptions, banquets, and much more. The space is lined and scattered with statuesque post oaks that provide plenty of shade. During events, tents can be set up on the lawn to create additional sheltered areas.
White Creek is a natural land-form asset on the West Campus of Texas A&M that extends from the front of the Horticulture/Forestry Sciences Building to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. In 1998, the Board of Regents designated the area as the West Campus Greenway. The Gardens at Texas A&M University project will continue to preserve this area for generations to come.
As green space in the Brazos Valley becomes more of a rarity, The Gardens has set out to repair and sustain natural habitats for flora and fauna. Preserving the White Creek and surrounding Post Oak Savannah is critical to sustaining native wildlife, including nearly 50 bird species.
The restoration of White Creek also created an outdoor teaching laboratory focused on conservation and preservation of riparian areas. Texas A&M has invested $1.5 million in the initial restoration efforts for White Creek. The Gardens project seeks additional funding to enhance this effort and create an educational demonstration for creek restoration.
Education and training activities associated with the White Creek Restoration address riparian buffer and creek restoration, storm-water management, non-point source pollution and more. An interpretive system helped to support the White Creek Restoration.
The Gardens strive to create a premier teaching garden to educate college and K-12 students, farmers and ranchers, and industry professionals in the natural sciences and the environment.
Here, college students gain valuable hands-on, in-the-field experience to enhance their classroom studies in disciplines ranging from ecology to land management to creek restoration and culture.
K-12 students and teachers can receive an introduction to riparian ecosystems, natural habitats and the environment through field trips, camps and workshops.
Thousands of streams similar to White Creek are found throughout urban and rural Texas. The White Creek Restoration will serve as a living laboratory and demonstration for the best management practices to preserve such endangered riparian areas.
Farmers, ranchers and industry professionals can attend workshops and short courses associated with land management and water stewardship.