Family Flashlight Night –November 12, 6-8 p.m.
Tour the Garden after dark! Bring your flashlight and explore the Garden at night with one of our guides! 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. 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 – November 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
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 with a vegetable contest and picnic for the participants. Spring session starts February 19, 2011. Register by February 7; forms can be found at www.sabot.org.
Native Plant Walk–Saturday, November 20, 11:00 a.m.
Explore the 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a Master Naturalist! 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.
Holidays in Bloom. The Garden will be fully decorated for the season beginning Friday, November 26.
· The Lucile Halsell Conservatory will be filled with poinsettias and other holiday plantings beginning the week of Thanksgiving and remain on display through the end of the year. A magical holiday tree, decorated with ornaments made by St. Luke’s Episcopal School students, is planned for the orchid room of the Conservatory.
· Garlands, red ribbons and other holiday decorations will welcome guests from their first entrance at the 1896 Carriage House and extend to the four historic cabins along the Texas Native Trail. Holiday "elf" volunteers have been busy preparing all the decorations, letting nature inspire their holiday handiwork for everyone to enjoy throughout the Garden. 'Tis the season!
· 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 for holiday parties for your family or business. 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.
Dog Days: A Winter Paws - January 22-23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Share a beautiful day at the Garden with your four-legged friends! Visitors are invited to bring their dog (on a leash). A donation per dog will be collected and given as a contribution to local animal non-profit organizations.
Chocolate Day - February 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Garden will celebrate the story of chocolate—just in time for Valentine’s Day—with food demonstrations, music, and chocolate plants.
Viva Botanica - April 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A Garden Fiesta for the whole family! Decorate your stroller or red wagon and wear your finest Fiesta attire to enjoy the spring beauty of the Botanical Garden. Start the fun with a children’s parade and the coronation of lucky young visitors to the Garden’s first ever Fiesta Flower Court. Guests will enjoy Viva Botanica crafts, music, inflatable “bouncies,” games and of course, a Fiesta medal. Botanical Society volunteers will host a Plant Sale.
SAWS Garden Jazz Party - May 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Presented by the San Antonio Water System, this event combines live jazz entertainment, food and beverage with the natural surroundings of the Garden. At this event, visitors can stop by landscape information areas for water saving tips and facts on creating easy water saver landscapes. Botanical Society volunteers will host a Plant Sale.
Kumamoto En Day – May 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join the San Antonio Botanical Garden and the Japan America Society of San Antonio to celebrate Japanese culture with a variety of activities at the Kumamoto En Garden. Botanical Society volunteers will host a Plant Sale.
Splendor in the Garden Gala – May 12
A celebration of nature and the world of plants, this ticketed evening event is a fundraiser to benefit programming at the San Antonio Botanical Garden throughout the year.
ONGOING PROGRAMS and EXHIBITS. The following are available with Garden admission.
Art in the Garden
Known world-wide for his integration of art and architecture, Albert Paley is currently exhibiting five exquisite steel sculptures. The structures are appropriately displayed in the glass and steel contemporary Lucile Halsell Conservatory. On display through February 2011.
San Antonio’s very own George Schroeder recently created Passage specifically for the Garden. 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.
Beginner’s Bird Walks –Third Saturday of each month—9-10:30 a.m. Meet at the Carriage House.
Monthly Water Saver Walks—First Friday and third Saturday of each month—10 a.m.
Take a guided tour of the Water Saver Garden exhibits for information about planning, planting and maintaining your low-water use landscape year-round. Participants receive a FREE copy of the San Antonio Water System's Landscape Care Guide. Garden admission. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Volunteer Training—First Friday of each month—9 a.m.
The Botanical Garden utilizes volunteers on a daily basis for gardening and education programs. Orientations are held the first Friday of every month (unless the first Friday is a holiday). Call 210-207-3261 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 210-207-3261 end_of_the_skype_highlighting to reserve a place.
Workshops for the Kids:
Little Sprouts Best Buds—Wednesdays, 10 am-12 pm. beginning Oct 27 for 4 weeks
This program is open to preschool age children (3-4 years) and their parents. These exciting parent-child classes include storytelling, singing, crafts and exploring the gardens with a different theme each week. Fee: $59 plus $10 supply fee payable to instructor at beginning of class. Register: www.communityed.neisd.net
Animal Botanical—Saturday, November 6, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm “Harvest Time”
Hands-on learning and fun for special needs youth ages 6 years and older. Directed by Julie Little, a middle school teacher with years of experience with special needs students, and Anna Heichelheim, a mother and educator. Participants are paired with high school and college students “buddies” who will help them engage in all activities. For more information, contact Julie Little at email@example.com or 313-9159. Fee: $25/day. Please bring a sack lunch. Register: contact Sasha Kodet at (210) 207-3270 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (210) 207-3270 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or firstname.lastname@example.org
Garden Explorers “The Dirt on Soil”—Saturday, November 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ready to get your hands dirty? Discover the hidden world beneath your feet as we dig in the dirt and examine what lives underground. For ages 9-11 years. Limit 15 per class. Fee: $8. Register: contact Sasha Kodet at (210) 207-3270 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (210) 207-3270 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email@example.com
Rain Barrel Workshop—Saturday, November 6, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach to capturing free water. You can save money by collecting and storing rainwater and using it to irrigate your trees, shrubs, and flower beds, or to provide water to pets, birds, or other wildlife. Join Master Gardeners Lou Kellogg and Mary Fernandez and County Extension Agent Bryan Davis to learn about rainwater collection for the home and landscape and make your own rain barrel to take home. Limit 30. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Fee: $55. Checks payable to Bexar County Master Gardeners. Register: contact Sasha Kodet at (210) 207-3270 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (210) 207-3270 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or firstname.lastname@example.org
Savoring the Herbal Harvest—Saturday, November 27 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pmTour the herb garden at the Botanical Garden with herbalist Diane Lewis and find out the best way to harvest fresh herbs for flavorful culinary creations and garnishes. Learn how to use herbs (recipes provided), the best way to dry herbs and observe how to preserve fresh herbs in tasty herbal butters, pesto, and vinegars. Take home a sample of an herbal salt-free blend made with dried herbs in class. Fee: $41; admission to the Garden included. An additional $10 food fee payable to the instructor covers materials, samples, and lunch. Register: www.communityed.neisd.net.