The University of Houston has been doing its part to keep
Three of UH’s campus beautification projects have been
honored by Keep Houston Beautiful. UH received two certificates
of recognition for its Cullen Boulevard project and another
for the Dena and Guy Lewis Azalea Garden and Trail in the organization
Mayor’s Proud Partners Award competition.
“Previously the entrance onto the university from the
Gulf Freeway looked like you were entering an industrial district.
Now, Cullen Avenue has landscaping, a scale and a presence befitting
a great university,” said Dave Irvin, associate vice president
of plant operations. “We are honored that Keep Houston
Beautiful has acknowledged our efforts.”
The 3,816 square-foot azalea garden and trail was planted in
honor of UH’s legendary men’s basketball coach Guy
V. Lewis and his wife. They grace Cullen Boulevard across from
the Moores School of Music near Entrance 16 to Elgin Boulevard.
The Cullen Boulevard project began by clearing out deteriorating
buildings and development from I-45 to Elgin Boulevard to provide
a more formal entry into the campus. Enhancements include the
Margaret Sharpe Rose Garden, decorative lighting, new UH banners
supplemented with additional landscaping, new recreation fields
and expanded green space.
UH also received an honorable mention for its Liberty Garden,
which is located east of Cullen Performance Hall. The garden
honors the victims and heroes of 9/11 and includes red, white
and blue flowers in the form of an American flag.