Geisha Doll  LbNA # 9953 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateAug 9 2004
LocationSpring, TX
Found By BirdsofaFeather
Last Found Mar 26 2005
Hike Distance?

Informed this box is missing

This box is located in Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens. It has over 250 acres of East Texas piney woods showcasing the region's largest collection of native and cultivated plants, along with this letterbox. Mercer is open seven days a week and is free. While here, be sure to also look for Silver Eagle’s Mercer Monarch, since you have to walk right by it.

Mercer is 22 miles north of downtown Houston near Bush Intercontinental Airport. From I45 or the Hardy Toll Road north, exit FM 1960 and turn east, then at Aldine Westfield Road, turn left (north). At the second traffic light (1.25 miles), turn right and park on the left for the Visitor Center and Botanical Gardens.

Go to the visitor center to get a map and then walk around to enjoy seeing the flowers and butterflies. When you are ready to look for the letterbox, walk to the North Garden trailhead behind the Daylily garden. There will be a wood trail sign showing the trails in that part of the park. Walk on the North Garden trail crossing a wood bridge taking you to the Waterlily garden. On the far side of the pond you can see an oriental tea house type structure.

Make your way into the Tea house near the bamboo gardens. Once inside, note the two support columns in the middle, stand so that you are next to the once farthest from the zig-zag bridge. Now that you are near the column, put it to your back so that you are facing the pond. Under the bench in front of you, directly next to the main support beam in front of you, you will find the letter box. There is a way to place it so that it is not visible unless you lie on the ground, keep it that that or try to make it that way.

Word of advice, if you ink up with the marker, don’t over ink, or you may lose some of the nice detail.

Feel free to contact me with comments or status reports. Thanks.

I spoke to park staff, and they are a “letterbox friendly” location, as long as nothing requires adventurers to enter flower beds!