State Historic Site
Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners help maintain Harriet’s Garden at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site which is operated by the Texas Historical Commission.
Hours, Times and Location
The grounds of the Fulton Mansion are open from dawn to dusk and are free to visit. The Fulton Mansion is located at 317 Fulton Beach Road in Rockport. Harriet’s Garden, the demonstration area, is located behind the Mansion.
This interpretive garden demonstrates the types of plants available to the Fultons during the time they lived in the Mansion (1877-1896). A brochure stand in the garden provides free self-guided tour brochures with historical information. Plant signs located throughout the garden provide botanical information about many of the plants. Read More – History of the Fulton Mansion Garden.
The Fulton Mansion is available for guided tours Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10:00-3:00 and Sundays from 1:00-3:00. Tours start promptly on the hour. Fees are $6 for adults and $4 for students (5 and under are free). Please see the web site for more information: www.visitfultonmansion.com
|A lot of the plants chosen to put into the gardens are from the 1880 Henry Michel seed and plant catalog.Here is a sampling of some of the plants in the garden.Ficus plantsficus elastica were very desirable in Victorian homes as they provide a tropical look but can handle a dry atmosphere. Here they can survive outdoors and become quite large.Firecracker Plant Russelia equisetiformis or juncea – The 1880 plant catalog recommends this plant for greenhouses or flower beds with the option of growing it in hanging baskets because of its trailing foliage.
Hibiscus Tropical– Hibiscus rosa – sinensis Hibiscus were very popular with the Victorians. They cost between 25 and 50 cents per plant in 1880.
Pittosporum Tobira ‘Variegata’ – This Victorian greenhouse plant grows beautifully on the coast because it is highly salt tolerant.
Holly Fern Cyrtomium falcatum – As a hardy, evergreen whose leaves resemble holly, this fern was a popular porch plant for Victorians.