Experience a natural green oasis right here in the city! Visit the San AntonioBotanical Garden during Spring Break for daily children’s programs (see list below) and much more. Spring Break Fun is celebrated March 14-18.
Guests are invited to pack up a blanket and a picnic lunch to enjoy the beauty of nature. View the downtown skyline from the Overlook, get drought-resistant landscaping ideas from WatersaverGarden and Lane, search for our feathered friends through the windows of the Bird Watch and see what’s starting to grow in the Children’s VegetableGarden. Bring the entire family – there are things to do for every age.
Feed the ducks at the one-acre lake along the Texas Native Trail. While hiking this part of the Garden, visitors will find themselves in three very different terrains: Texas Hill Country, East Texas Pineywoods, and South Texas Plains.
Botanical Society Plant Team volunteers will host a Plant Sale each day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Master Garden Volunteers will be happy to help guests select spring plants that will best suit their garden and landscaping needs. Prices: $8 all gallon-sized pots, $5 all quart-sized pots and $10-12 for hanging baskets. Proceeds from the plant sale help fund family programs at the Botanical Garden.
Watch for the installation of 2011 Art in the Garden exhibition this week! This year’s exhibit will feature nine artists from the Texas Sculptors Group (TSG.) The public is invited to attend the opening reception for the show on Friday, March 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Garden showcases other sculptures throughout the property including George Schroeder’s “Passage” which stands in the FountainPlaza area.
Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro is open for lunch Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and for weekend brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Garden Gate Gift Shop in the Carriage House offers a wide array of items including home and garden decor, books, seeds, children’s gifts, jewelry, and boutique fashions.
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 North New Braunfels Avenue 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 www.sabot.org.
DAILY CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
For ages 7-11 begin at 10 a.m. each morning. Registration and fees vary.
Monday, March 14 Pioneer Life in the Garden
Come explore the Garden's pioneer log cabins! We'll learn how early settlers raised animals and grew and preserved their own vegetables. Fee: $3 plus Garden admission ($5/child, members free.)
Tuesday, March 15 Japanese Gardening and Culture
As children tour our JapaneseGarden, they will discover the hidden meaning of features such as the stone turtle, hills, and lanterns. Kids will also learn about Japanese culture by making crafts and learning fun words in Japanese! Fee: $3 plus Garden admission ($5/child, members free.)
Tuesday, March 15 Seed Balls
What is a seed ball? Seed balls are miniature gardens waiting to form. They are created by rolling together a mixture of native seed, clay, sand and compost into a ball. Finished seed balls can be distributed in areas where irrigation is limited and a wildflower garden is desired. The right amount of rainfall is all that is required for germination. Horticulturist Michelle Gorham will guide children ages 5-12 through this fun, messy and informative class. Register through NEISD Community Education at www.communityed.neisd.net. Fee: $27 (includes Garden admission) plus $5 supply fee due on the first day of class.
Wednesday, March 16 Birding for Kids!
From talons to camouflage, birds have amazing adaptations! Come join us to learn about how these adaptations help birds survive in the wild. We'll practice focusing binoculars and observing birds through them before we go birding in the Garden. Fee: $3 plus Garden admission ($5/child, members free.)
Thursday, March 17 Worm Bins
Kids can learn how to turn their carrot tops and leftover lettuce into food for worms. Finished reading that newspaper? Throw that in, too! Now you're ready for some pet worms to help turn your kitchen scraps into rich soil for your plants. Register through NEISD Community Education at www.communityed.neisd.net. Fee: $27 (includes Garden admission) plus $5 supply fee due on the first day of class.
Friday, March 18 Junior GardenersKids will get their hands on horticulture through fun crafts and gardening activities! Fee: $3 plus Garden admission ($5/child, members free.)