While balcony container gardeners enjoy their small-space urban gardens, sometimes a few container plants on an apartment balcony above a busy street just isn’t peaceful enough. Balcony gardeners might not be able to have a peaceful, large garden, but there are public gardens and arboretums near every major city. Don’t just fawn over pictures of luxurious gardens, get out there and enjoy a day at a public garden! You may even bring some gardening inspiration home to your own balcony container garden.
If you live in or are visiting the San Antonio, Texas, area, why not visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden?
- The idea for a botanical garden in San Antonio was conceived in the 1940s, but opening day was not until 1980. The entire site is called the San Antonio Botanical Center, which includes the 33-acre botanical garden and the San Antonio Garden Center.
- The San Antonio Botanical Garden consists of the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, Sullivan Carriage House, Native Area and many gardens. Gardens include Garden for the Blind, Herb Garden, Kumamoto En (a Japanese Garden), Old Fashioned Garden, Rose Garden, Shade Garden, Watersaver Garden and more.
- The Lucile Halsell Conservatory opened in 1988, and it is an underground building that houses five greenhouses around a courtyard in the middle.
- A historic building called the Sullivan Carriage House was moved from downtown San Antonio to the garden. The Sullivan Carriage House (originally built in 1896) was restored and is now a restaurant (Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro), which is open on Tuesday through Friday from 11am-2pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm.
- Download the garden’s Birding Checklist and bring it with you to the garden. Try to spot as many wild birds as you can!
- Sign up for a class at the garden, which can include information about horticulture, botany and natural history. Some classes include Square Foot Gardening, Plant Propagation, 30 Bugs Every Gardener Should Know and more!
- Check the website for special events, including concerts, art in the garden, other special exhibits, movies in the garden, dog days and more!
San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place, San Antonio, Texas
Admission $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $5 for children
Open daily 9am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day