October, 2010NEW this year - tour the San Antonio Botanical Garden after dark! Family Flashlight Night is planned for Friday, November 12. From 6 p.m. til 8 p.m., guests can use their flashlights to explore the Garden at night with a Garden guide! Kids can play Bat-and-Moth, hear Star Stories, learn about night-blooming plants, nocturnal animals, and more. The AgriLife Extension will have a night insect station and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is bringing their Sight and Sound Safari to set up along the Texas Native Trail. Participate in Family Flashlight Night for the regular admission of $8 adult, $5 child, $6 students/seniors/military.
Children’s Vegetable Garden Fall Garden Show and Picnic
Following weeks of tender care, the children will display the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor! The fall session of the Children’s Vegetable Garden ends Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with a vegetable contest and picnic for the participants. The Spring session starts February 19, 2011. Visit sabot.org to sign up.
Holidays in Bloom. The Botanical Garden will be decorated for the season beginning November 20.
· Native Plant Walk - Explore the 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a Master Naturalist on Saturday, November 20 beginning at 11 a.m. Stroll along the Hill Country Trail in search of Texas snowbells, mountain laurel, and other plants adapted to the rocky, alkaline soils. On the shaded walk around the lake in our East Texas Pineywoods, observe acid-loving woodland species such as magnolia, sweetgum, and sassafras. The South Texas Trail showcases dryland trees and shrubs such as mesquite, huisache, cenizo, ebony, and sotol. Come take a "walk across Texas!" Available with Garden admission.
· The Lucile Halsell Conservatory will be filled with poinsettias and other holiday plantings beginning the week of Thanksgiving and through the holiday season. Garland, red ribbons and other holiday decorations will adorn all areas of the Garden.
· Something is always blooming in the Garden making it a great place to take family portraits. Come out with a professional photographer or bring your own camera for beautiful shots set in the gorgeous natural backdrop. (Check out fall colors around the lake in late October/early November.)
· Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro offers a scrumptious brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday, staying open 9am-2pm. During the week, lunch is served Tuesday-Friday, 11am-2pm. Book the Bistro (210-826-5800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 210-826-5800 end_of_the_skype_highlighting) for holiday parties for your family or business. Dining under the outdoor canopy is lovely in the fall!
· While in the Carriage House, stop by the Garden Gate Gift Shop for one-of-a kind gift ideas. Choose from a large variety of gardening and children’s books, exquisite boutique clothing, unique home decor and of course specialized gardening tools.
Art in the Garden
San Antonio’s very own George Schroeder created Passage specifically for the Garden in October. The environmental site-specific steel structure handsomely frames the "passage" view from Fountain Plaza to the Kumamoto En. Passage will be on display through summer 2011. Albert Paley is currently exhibiting five exquisite steel sculptures in the glass Lucile Halsell Conservatory. This Art in the Garden exhibit can be seen through February 2011.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue with free parking. Admission is $8 adults; $6 students, seniors, military; $5 children age 3-13. The Botanical Garden is operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, the public can visit www.sabot.org.