Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween from San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is all decked out for fall festivities and Halloween!

We recently enjoyed the gardens during an evening event sponsored by San Antonio Water System to thank Partners in Conservation who help with public outreach and education on water conservation issues. 

 A giant spider and web are so appropriate for the season.  

Another giant spider in the nearby culinary gardens part of "David Rogers' Big Bugs" on display until December 8th.

"Wow Garden" at the entrance is in full bloom.  A recent 20+million renovation created a functional and beautiful new entrance area to better meets the needs of visitors.  The old entrance was small and confusing with no place for groups to assemble.

"Wow" is right, the garden is stunning and features plants in bloom despite the summer's heat and drought.  I love how this sculpture picks up lines of the glass conservatory in the background.

Fluffy "Scott's Turf'" sedge softens stone edges.

Fun spot for nesting pumpkins.

I could see this being used for several seasons.  Ornaments and Easter eggs come to mind.

Recycled curbing from the old parking lot. 

More pretty views near new office/classroom buildings.

We were treated to a cooking demonstration of Wilted Kale salad with citrus vinaigrette in the outdoor kitchen.

Family photo opportunity!

The new Adventure Garden for children.

Following the new trail gently up to the highest point in the city.  Much improved from the old steeply graded walkway.


Walking to the top we encountered the beginning of Scarecrow Trail, an annual event featuring the work of community groups like the Epilepsy Foundation.

The trail goes on through the gardens but we were here to enjoy the sunset from the high point of the city.

Even provided Halloween colors.


Enjoy your Halloween!



  1. I love both giant spiders, garden-appropriate and on point with the holiday at the same time. You have a beautiful botanic garden, Shirley. I wish my local garden would follow San Antonio's example.

    1. It's always been a nice garden to visit. The renovations have made it even better by addressing some visitor issues and creating an entrance garden.

  2. Very fun decorations! I really like the pumpkins in the sedges--so creative. I'm glad you had a nice visit and I hope you had a Happy Halloween. :)

  3. Seeing a place to visit next time. Sedges seem like an unexplored territory in gardens, just the domain of a few. I am predicting flexibility in my future employment soon, to do that...


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