San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston Pl
San Antonio TX  78209

Phone: (210) 536-1400

San Antonio Botanical Garden

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With something always new to see at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, each season brings a variety of color and texture in the plant world. You’ll find favorite friends in the Rose Garden and encounter tropical selections in the exhibit rooms of the Lucile Halsell Conservatory along with many other botanical sites throughout our 38 acres.

Visitors and Texas natives alike will enjoy the Texas Native Trail that showcases the diverse regions that make up the second largest state of the United States. If you’re looking for information and suggestions on backyard design and low water plants, check out the landscape examples along WaterSaver Lane and WaterSaver Garden.

The bird watch structure has benches for comfort and special viewing portals for birding. You might see some of our frequent feathered guests including the Painted Bunting, Black-chinned Hummingbird or the Purple Martin.

We welcome you to make our Garden your Garden.

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Mission
To inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives.

Brief History of the Garden
Prior to 1877, the eastern end of Mahncke Park was a limestone quarry and details of the quarry’s operations are unknown. In 1877, J. B. LaCoste and Associates contracted with the City of San Antonio to construct a water works system. LaCoste and Associates sold the water company to G. W. Brackenridge in 1883 who later became convinced that there was danger of complete failure of the San Antonio River as a water supply in the event of a long period of drought. By 1890, city residents became alarmed at the possibility that the river and the open reservoir would become contaminated. As a result, wells supplying pure artesian water began to be used to the exclusion of the surface water supply system and the reservoir (now known as the Amphitheater at the Botanical Garden) was abandoned. In 1899, Brackenridge deeded the water works land and properties to the City.

Mrs. R. R. Witt and Mrs. Joseph Murphy conceived the idea of a Botanical Garden in San Antonio in the 1940’s. Together with their friends and associates, they organized the San Antonio Garden Center. Their first major effort was the development and presentation of a master plan for a public botanical garden in the late 1960’s. The recommended future Botanical Garden site became the former Brackenridge waterworks land, property held by the City that was adjacent to the Garden Center.

Funding for groundwork began in 1970, when voters approved $265,000 in bonds for the Garden. This money, along with a grant awarded five years later by the Ewing Halsell Foundation, other contributions from organizations and individuals, and a significant grant from the Economic Development Administration helped pay for the project. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on July 21, 1976. The official opening of the San Antonio Botanical Garden was May 3,1980.

Chartered in 1980, the San Antonio Botanical Garden Society, Inc. is the 501 (c)(3) non-profit support organization specifically established in support of the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The mission of this organization is to support the San Antonio Botanical Garden in its role of inspiring people to connect with the world of plants, and understand the importance of plants in our lives.

In this public/private partnership, the Botanical Garden Society has brought major capital improvements to the Botanical Garden: the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, the Sullivan Carriage House, the Auld House, acquisition of Funston properties, Texas Native Trail revitalization, upgraded children’s facilities, extensive landscape lighting and master planning. Community events and exhibits (Shakespeare in the Park, Gardens by Moonlight, Viva Botanica!, BOOtanica and plant sales) heighten public awareness of the Botanical Garden. Marketing and public relations efforts are directed toward making the Botanical Garden a compelling attraction for the City of San Antonio.

Admission
$10 Adults
$7 Children (age 3 – 13)
$8 Senior Citizens (65 and over)
$8 Active Military personnel, Retirees, and Reservists (with current ID; dependents not included)
$8 Students (with current ID)

Individual Membership starts at $45.

To inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives.

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Founded: 1980
Parking: Parking Lot

Categories: Botanical Garden, Event Venue, Landmark, Non-Profit Organization, Tourist Attraction

Hours

Mon: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Past Events

Gardens and Yoga

Gardens and Yoga
10:00 am - 04/28/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

This class invites all levels, ages and sizes to enjoy a meditation in motion in the beauty of the Botanical Garden. Please join the AC Power Yoga team for a fun,...

Sprouts and Spritzers

Sprouts and Spritzers
06:30 pm - 04/06/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Join us in the culinary garden for a fun, seasonal tapas and spritzer cocktail class, where guests will learn about flavor pairings, harvest ingredients from the...

Spring Easter Bunny Mini Sessions

Spring Easter Bunny Mini Sessions
09:00 am - 03/24/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Announcing Easter Bunny Mini Sessions at the Gardens! Saturday March 24th after the Easter Egg Hunt. The mini sessions will take place on the Conservatory lawn on...

Bird Walk

Bird Walk
09:00 am - 03/17/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Bird Walks (no pre-registration necessary) Take a walk with a birding docent and discover how many different feathered friends you can spot at the Garden. Meet at...

WaterSaver Walk

WaterSaver Walk
10:00 am - 03/15/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

WaterSaver Walks (pre-registration Necessary) Looking for plants that grow best in San Antonio soils, the most efficient water users, good mulch, and materials...

Spring Break Plant Sale

Spring Break Plant Sale
10:00 am - 03/10/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Members enjoy early admission at 9am. Unplug with the kids and get outdoors this Spring Break. Find the perfect plants for your south Texas landscape during the...

Texas to Table

Texas to Table
06:00 pm - 03/09/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden celebrates the spring season with Texas to Table, a farm to table culinary experience that honors the bounty of locally sourced...

Fresh Farm Flavors - Coffee and Tea

Fresh Farm Flavors - Coffee and Tea
06:30 pm - 03/08/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Are you mesmerized at farmers markets? Chef Dave and special instructors will showcase locally grown produce and artisanal gourmet foods, and work with guests to...

Family Adventure Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Grand Opening

Family Adventure Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Grand Opening
09:00 am - 03/03/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is 9:00am-10:00am Nature Play just got real! Experience 15 fun spaces that encourage unstructured play and exploration. Run up and down...

CHEF: Kids and Family Cooking Class!

CHEF: Kids and Family Cooking Class!
06:00 pm - 02/21/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Join Chef Dave as he combines nutrition and cooking basics under the trailblazing Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) program, into a five-part family-friendly...

Edible Natives Workshop

Edible Natives Workshop
09:00 am - 02/19/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Learn about herbs & natives from experienced herbalist Leslie Bingham, then watch/sample as Chef Dave prepares 4-5 different dishes using native plants. Complete...

San Antonio Botanical Garden Cocktail Hunt

San Antonio Botanical Garden Cocktail Hunt
12:30 pm - 02/18/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Cocktails – the ultimate botanical elixir! Join our fun, self-guided photo hunt where we give you a list of ingredients growing in the garden, and you find, capture...

Gardens and Yoga

Gardens and Yoga
10:00 am - 02/17/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

This class invites all levels, ages and sizes to enjoy a meditation in motion in the beauty of the Botanical Garden. Please join the AC Power Yoga team for a fun,...

Bird Walk

Bird Walk
09:00 am - 02/17/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Bird Walks (no pre-registration necessary) Take a walk with a birding docent and discover how many different feathered friends you can spot at the Garden. Meet at...

Family Flashlight Night

Family Flashlight Night
06:00 pm - 02/16/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Get your flashlights and headlamps ready for Family Flashlight Night at the Garden. Discover the nocturnal side of the Garden and find your way through a Light Maze....

Native Plant Walk

Native Plant Walk
10:00 am - 02/16/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Explore our 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a Master Naturalist. Walk is free to members or with paid admission, but registration is required. Meet at 10 am in...

Rodrigo Garagarza Art in the Garden Opening Reception

Rodrigo Garagarza Art in the Garden Opening Reception
05:30 pm - 02/15/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden continues its Art in the Garden programming with a new sculpture exhibit featuring the work of Rodrigo Garagarza based in Mexico....

Nia Fitness

Nia Fitness
09:30 am - 02/14/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

DISCOVER Nia! The ultimate “east meets west” method to tone your body, mind, and spirit. Nia delivers the creative expression of dance, the power of the martial...

Tea Party- How To

Tea Party- How To
01:30 pm - 02/11/2018

At San Antonio Botanical Garden

Ever wanted to host your own tea party, but didn’t know what to make, or how to present? Dress up, come out, and learn from Chef Dave as he demos and works with...

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