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Chocolate Day at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
San Antonio Botanical Garden

January, 2011

The San AntonioBotanical Garden will celebrate the allure of chocolate and Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 12. Visitors will get wrapped up in the history, scent, and taste of all things chocolate. Special chocolate “flavored” activities are scheduled 10 a.m. 2 p.m. in the Lucile Halsell Conservatory area of the Garden. (The Garden is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Hands-on experiences with real cacao pods at “The Story of Chocolate” display will teach visitors about the origins of chocolate and how the delicious treat is made. Explore the lush Tropical Room in our Conservatory to see the exotic plants used in creating blissful sweetsvanilla orchids, cinnamon and cacao trees, sugarcane and more! Visit the “Botany of Sweets” display to discover the origin of marshmallows, gum, and other delights. Take home a small chocolate mint plant for your garden (while supplies last).

How do you cook with chocolate? The garden has partnered with Picante Grill and Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro to provide expert cooking demonstrations. Learn how to make chicken molé, hot cocoa, a “Brownie & BlondieTower” and a chocolate sauce.

Children can participate in chocolate field day activities such as the “choc-put,” candy wrapper race, and kiss on a spoon competition. Creative crafts include making lollipop flowers and marshmallow buildings. Moms and dads can join the kids in winding their way through the Mayan Maze.

Members of the San Antonio Rose Society will share their expertise on how to grow and prune roses, the traditional Valentine’s Day plant.

The Botanical Society Plant Team volunteers will host the first plant sale of the year! Choose from San Antonio’s favorite perennials, a variety of watersavers, plants to entice butterflies or hummingbirds, and culinary herbs. Master Garden Volunteers will be happy to help guests select plants that will best suit their garden and landscaping needs. Plants will be available for sale from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.

While in the Garden that day, guests can also see the two Art in the Garden exhibits. International artist Albert Paley has five sculptures in the Lucile Halsell Conservatory and hometown favorite George Schroeder’s “Passage” stands in the FountainPlaza area.

Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro is open for brunch, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. For their Valentine's Weekend Special (Saturday-Sunday, February 12-13) the chefs will prepare a slow-roasted prime rib with seared shrimp, roasted potatoes, and asparagus with a hollandaise or bordelaise sauce. (The Bistro is closed on Monday, February 14.)

Visit the Garden Gate Gift Shop in the Carriage House for after-holiday sales and ideas to get ready for spring. While browsing the store, register for a gift basket giveaway.

Garden admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-13, $6 for students, seniors and military. San Antonio Botanical Society members enjoy free admission. Group rates for parties of 15 or more are available. All Chocolate Day activities are included in Garden admission.

The San AntonioBotanical Garden is located at 555 Funston at with free parking. 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


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