The Carriage House entrance is ready for the holidays. There are many changes in the works for the San Antonio Botanical Garden and construction is underway for a new entrance that will accommodate larger crowds.
For some reason we enjoy treating our agaves this way.
It was a gorgeous day! First a look at the trees around the lake. I'm not quite sure how they did this, but there's a bit of East Texas Piney Woods right here in San Antonio. Soil and water requirements are so different for these plants that it feels like you have been transported 300 miles east.
Texas-sized Pine Cone wreath for the Piney Woods.
Bright grasses marked the way to the conservatory where holiday displays await.
No enormous Victorian Glasshouse here, it's all very modern with five separate glass rooms connected through an outdoor courtyard.
In the main exhibit room, red poinsettias contrasts with surrounding tropical plants.
Just one single variety of red poinsettia is used throughout.
The spare use of poinsettias to highlight the colorful permanent collection of tropicals is refreshing.
Hibiscus tucked in among the poinsettias. This variety is 'Moy Grande' named for Mr. Moy who developed plants for our climate at the botantical garden for many years. It's also the signature flower on the San Antonio Botanical Gardens logo.
The desert room was dressed up with bright Kalanchoes
And this Reindeer treatment of a small saguaro. Cute spot for a family photo.
Palms and cycads get in the holiday spirit.
Tropical plants, that's vanilla growing up the wall on the left, enjoying their holidays indoors.
Making my way to the exit, I paused to enjoy the long fountain which will be removed to make way for a new entrance. The fountain head will be relocated but the pond will be smaller.
It's a favorite space in the garden.
I will miss this view from the wisteria arbor.
The holidays are in bloom in San Antonio!
Donna will have more blogger's Seasonal Celebrations on her Monday post at Gardens Eye View.