Peacocks in Houston

In west Houston, near Hobby Airport, and even as far north as Spring you’ll find wild peacocks.

The blue peacocks are native to India. Some claim they were brought here in the early 1980s, but I’ve found references and photos of peacocks in Houston as far back as 1898. The commanding general at Fort Sam Houston liked peacocks and they could frequently be seen around the quadrangle. Sam Houston specifically requested there be no peacocks brought to his place in the mid 1800s.

Texas monthly in Feb 1975 mentions Vargo’s on Fondren as a place to see “azaleas, a large lake, swans and peacocks”. So perhaps, peacocks and Houston go back a long way?

Much like geese, peacocks can take a dislike to a specific person whom they’ll torment every chance they get. Like geese, they leave a mess in any space they frequent. Mostly they are enjoyed and loved by the locals.

Female peacocks are called peahens and are not as colorful as the males, but they are able to fly better (not having to drag the long tail behind them ). Peafowl refers to both male and female peacocks.

Azalea Trail 2018

Azalea Trail is March 2, 3, and 4th 2018

River Oaks Garden Club (ROGC) was organized in 1927 by 27 residents of the emerging River Oaks area. It was not until late April 1935 that they held the first “Garden Pilgrimage,” as it was known then. That first year, there were 12 gardens on the tour, five of which were on Lazy Lane. Proceeds from the tour were used to beautify the grounds of River Oaks School, known today as River Oaks Elementary.
In 1936, the Pilgrimage became known as the Azalea Trail, as three gardens were opened in March to display azaleas in addition to the April Pilgrimage. People were unfamiliar with the beautiful azaleas because they were not native to the area, so ROGC used the Azalea Trail to educate the public on azaleas and horticulture.