Enchanted Forest and Enchanted Gardens

posted by Randy Lemmon - 

Enchanted Gardens and Enchanted Forest are the hopes and dreams of a family impassioned by the miracles and beauty of nature. Gary and Betty Lenderman both studied and worked in scientific fields for many years. They feel the sciences are not simply formulas and facts, but proof of how all life is interconnected and that all life forms are dependent on our environment.

Enchanted Gardens was started in 1995 with the Lenderman's sons all involved in the planning and the building. Joey, Danny, Jason, and David constructed a quaint little house at the corner of FM 723 and FM 359 where their mom could sell a few herbs and flowers. At the start, they all considered the little cottage to be really "out in the country." Before long, however, the Lendermans had delighted in meeting so many gardening friends and enthusiasts that they were inspired to keep growing. Today, Enchanted Gardens sits right at the same spot, just south of Katy and just north of the heart of Richmond. But it's definitely no longer by itself, as that area keeps growing by leaps and bounds.Many years later, a wooded piece of land in the town of Booth caught their eye. The beautiful trees were reminiscent of Eden and, in 2001, Enchanted Forest had its beginning. Son Joey stayed on to manage Enchanted Gardens, while Danny and daughter Judy - with help from many friends and family members - began building the structures that would become "The Forest." It's about 4-5 miles east of Crabb River Road on FM 2759.

The history of Enchanted Forest and Enchanted Gardens is filled with people who have helped in endless ways. The folks who design, those who lovingly care for the display gardens, and those who delight in teaching are irreplaceable. Their passion and commitment show in their faces and their words. They never fail to illuminate and inspire.

The Lendermans also say that their customers are a joyful, unending source of experiences and knowledge. I love visiting both locations whenever I can, and I will attest to the passion and the attention to detail that is always on display. The Forest and The Gardens are just two more examples of family owned-and-operated nurseries that go out of their way to make sure it's worth the trip, no matter where you're coming from.

Also among my favorite aspects of these two nurseries are their classes and events. There may not be one every weekend, but it almost seems like it. Check the schedule to see if there might be another reason to get by for a visit.

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