Viva Botanica! – A Garden Fiesta for the whole family will be celebrated at the San AntonioBotanical Garden on the first Saturday of the Fiesta week in San Antonio, April 9, 2011.
Start the fun with a children’s parade and the first-ever Fiesta Flower Court. Bring your decorated stroller or red wagon and wear your finest botanical-inspired Fiesta attire. Everyone can learn the “Botanical Shuffle” and participate in the parades! Two parades are scheduled – at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
Celebrity judges will choose a Fiesta Flower Court King and Queen at both parades. Many other prizes will be awarded as well.
Viva Botanica activities include children’s Fiesta crafts and inflatable “bouncies.” Games combine the natural environment of the Garden’s 33 acres with Fiesta fun. Stamp your Fiesta Passport on your “walk across Texas” experience along the Texas Native Trail, where families can explore the East Texas lake, the Hill Country’s limestone spring and historic cabins, and the Bird Watch at the farthest reach of the South Texas region. Interactive stations along the way will engage guests of all ages in the wonders of the natural world.
The Japan America Society of San Antonio (JASSA) will offer calligraphy demonstrations and sales as well as display genuine Japanese kimonos and other items.
Music and dance provided by the UTSA dance team and Alamo Heights High School Band drum corps.
For home gardeners, the Botanical Society will host its popular Spring Plant Sale of San Antonio friendly plants, all lovingly grown in the volunteer greenhouse at the Garden.
Of course, there’s a Fiesta medal! Designed especially each year for the Botanical Garden, this collector’s item can be purchased in the Garden Gate Gift Shop.
Begin your Fiesta week of fun with your family at Viva Botanica, an alcohol-free event.
Viva Botanica activities will be offered 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Garden is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro is open for weekend brunch 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The San AntonioBotanical 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 year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.