It is relaxing to take a walk around the Community Center grounds. In 1932, the Boatmen's Association was formed. Their primary mission was to protect fishing waters, sponsor the Texas Tarpon Rodeo (now the Deep Sea Roundup), and support community activities. In 1949, the boatmen built the community center for all of Port Aransas to use. In the center of the walkway is a fountain with water flowing from two dolphin figures.
Along with the fountain you will see many different flowers in assorted colors that do well in this area. Walking up the walkway toward the fountain is the Bird of Paradise Plant.
Bird of Paradise also known as crane flowers, is one of the most beautiful of all exotic flowers which resemble brightly colored birds in flight. Emerging from the green and pink boat-shaped bracts in spring is the long-stemmed bird of paradise flower. The bird of paradise flower has petals of brilliant orange set off by its intense blue arrow-shaped tongue. The blooming will continue in a succession over several months.
Turn to your right at the fountain, you will see a yellow flowered Mexican Oleander. Mexican oleander is a small tree, up to 10 to 20 feet tall with Oleander-like leaves mostly in whorls of three, narrow and up to 10 inches long. Tip of leafs are pointed with a dark green color. These yellow long funnel – shaped sometimes fragrant flowers bloom from summer to fall.
Around on the North side and in front you will see Green Cloud Sage, Ixora and Red Fire cracker bushes.
Native to Texas, Texas Green Cloud Sage also known as barometer bush, is a group of flowering shrubs known to bloom profusely after a rain or when humidity is high. One of the largest Texas sage plants, "Green Cloud," grows 6 to 8 feet in height with an equal spread, producing magenta to purple flowers that bloom off and on from spring until fall in the U.S.
Ixora is a compact tropical evergreen shrub and is known for its large flower clusters in red, orange, yellow and pink that blooms in late spring. This plant is also known as jungle flame and flame of the wood. The plant has glossy leathery leaves that are oval shaped and stiff. The plant is similar in appearance to and related to the gardenia. Blooms are clusters of four petaled florets which can last four to six weeks on the stem. Flowers are most prolific in summer but can also appear at other times of the year.
The Red Firecracker Fern produces loads of 1" showy red tubular flowers that are born in large loose clusters throughout the warmer months of the year or nearly year-round where winters are mild. Excellent for Hummingbirds! This is a durable and long-lived, clump forming perennial that requires little additional care once well-established. They bloom in late spring through fall.
In the back facing East you will see a Native Texas Wild Olive Tree, Lions Tails and Coral Agave
The white, funnel-shaped flowers are 3–5 cm (1.2–2.0 in) across] and are present on the Native Texas Wild Olive Tree throughout the year. The drupes or stone fruit are yellow-green, olive-like, and 1.2–2.4 cm (0.47–0.94 in) in length. They are sweet but slightly toxic fresh, causing dizziness in humans and other animals. The tree has a lifespan of 30-50 years.
The Lion’s tail is a shrubby perennial with 2’ long copious orange tubular flower blossom spikes borne on tall stalks and is a nectar source for birds and butterflies.
The Coral Agave Aloe has no spines or thorns that are common on most aloes and the edges of each leaf are a beautiful mink-pink color. Attractive coral-red flowers appear during the winter perched atop the tall stems of the Coral Aloe plant.
When you make it back around look toward the Museum you will see Yellow Plumbago. Yellow Plumbago is in full bloom in the summer. It produces a dense attractive rounded canopy of bluish green foliage topped by five–petal bright yellow flowers. The flower show begins in late spring and continues until frost. This profusion of yellow flowers is the source of the numerous common names referencing yellow or gold, such as Rain–Of–Gold, Shower–Of–Gold, Spray–Of–Gold, or Yellow Plumbago.
The Port Aransas Garden Club designed, maintains and tends the landscaping at the Community Center Gardens. We hope you enjoy your visit taking time to “smell the flowers” and enjoy a relaxing visit.