Bayou Bend Virtual Family Day “Let It Grow”

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Free Fun for All Ages
Inspired by Bayou Bend’s 14 acres of beautifully maintained gardens, this Virtual Family Day presents a green-focused event for the whole family. From a performance and a cooking demonstration to family-friendly art activities, explore the varied ways in which people have used plants to enhance quality of life throughout history.

Sign up now for the fun-filled roster of activities!
► Register here for the free 1 p.m. event.
► Register here for the free 3 p.m. event.


  • Matheatre Performance
    George Washington Carver, portrayed by actor Les Kurkendaal-Barrett, tells his story of life as a Black biologist and agricultural scientist in the aftermath of the Civil War. He also shares a botanical demonstration and speaks to the wonders of the natural world. Carver had a ceaseless curiosity about plants, flowers, and nature. His innovations helped improve access to food in the rural South and championed compassionate and responsible stewardship of the land.
  • Cooking Demonstration
    Nick Castelberg, former head chef of George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond, Texas, hosts a cooking and foodways demonstration. Drawing upon his experience as both a chef and historical interpreter, Castelberg delves into the impact that corn and other sustenance crops had on early American culture.
  • Tour of the Gardens
    Bart Brechter, head of gardens and landscape operations for the MFAH, leads a video tour around the Bayou Bend gardens.
  • Art Activities
    Young gardeners: Get creative with an art activity about pollinators. Older children and adults: Get active with a beginning gardening resource.

Learn more about Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Presenting Sponsor:
Tilman Fertitta Family