The River Oaks Plant House — also known as the greenery purveyor that regularly festoons the corner of Westheimer and Buffalo Speedway with dancing bears and other fake topiary — will be closing up shop at the end December. Headmaster Mark Desjardins writes in an email that St. John’s School notified the owners of the more-than-30-year-old store in September that its lease would be terminated by December 31. The prep school had purchased the property from the Henry J. N. Taub family, along with the land under Blanco’s Bar & Grill, in a 13-acre deal completed exactly a year earlier.
St. John’s plans to tear down the retail building early next year and construct a parking lot with carpool lanes and some modular office space, to be used once construction begins later in the spring on its new Campus Center. The school’s website notes that Blanco’s will shut down by the end of the year as well.
- The Campus Center Project [St. John’s School]
- Previously on Swamplot: Prep School Buys Honky-Tonk: Will Blanco’s Go Blank?