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Old August 4th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Orange Texas - Shangri La Botanical Gardens

Orange Texas - Shangri La Botanical Gardens

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, TX which is about 2 hours east of Houston.

In 1937, Lutcher Stark built an azalea garden situated along a Cypress/Tupelo swamp in Orange, TX and named it Shangri La. By 1950, thousands of people were traveling to Orange to visit it and major magazines dealing with gardens published photographs. In 1958 a major snowstorm struck east Texas, destroying thousands of azaleas and closing the garden for forty years.

In 2002 the Stark Foundation began plans to renovate the garden and construction began in 2005. The resurrection of the gardens had to deal with set backs thanks to both Hurricanes Rita and Ike but it is now operational and is a wonderful facility. There is an Orientation Center, Botanical Gardens and Nature Center as well as the opportunity to take pontoon boat tours out into the swamp.


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What a peaceful looking place, subtropical beauty!
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