The San Antonio Botanical Garden is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980. Since its inception, the Botanical Garden has inspired people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives. A 38-acre urban oasis centrally located in the heart of San Antonio, the Botanical Garden has been nationally recognized for its commitment to outstanding displays, botanical diversity, education, environmental stewardship and exhibitions that bring people and the natural world together.
The Botanical Garden provides an engaging environment for children and adults to experience the world of plants and nature, learn practical ways to care for the environment, and conserve our most precious natural resource – water.
The story of water – its history in the development of San Antonio, its cycle from raindrop to river, and its importance to South Texas’ bioregions, is imperative to share with visitors to the Botanical Garden. San Antonio is here because of water. In a region of thorny scrub and intermittent rainfall, the first people to arrive, both the Native Peoples and later the Spanish explorers in the late 17th century, found an oasis nurtured by bountiful springs. The first Europeans to the area observed this incredible situation and their journal entries describe artesian water erupting many feet into the air and large lakes and ponds surrounding the many springs in the area.
The rapid growth of the city, the drilling of water wells, and the resulting depletion of the Edwards Aquifer have caused great transformation from the early explorers' descriptions of an abundant wild oasis to the current urban environment where residents often do battle with near drought conditions. The Botanical Garden understands that water resources are not unlimited and the newest additions to the garden, reflect this lesson learned.
A major goal of the recent Botanical Garden expansion encourages stewardship of natural and cultural resources by bringing into focus many of the natural resources that are vital to the South Texas bioregions. The Edwards Aquifer System and its seeps, springs and caverns are essential to the region. By engaging children and families in understanding this regional water system through play, programming and signage, the Botanical Garden encourages conservation of this precious resource. Similarly, grassy plains, rocky outcroppings and woodlands are showcased in the garden and programming, playscapes and interpretive signage help carry the messages of conservation on to visitors of all ages.
KPI 1B: The Botanical Garden water management practices include efficient methods for reducing municipally supplied water. Th
- San Antonio Water System (SAWS)
- San Antonio River Authority (SARA)
- Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD)
- American Society of Landscape Architects- San Antonio Chapter (ASLA)
San Antonio Botanical Garden Water Features/Gardens:
This home demonstration garden features plants that thrive in San Antonio. WaterSaver Garden is sponsored by the conservation department of San Antonio Water System.
This colorful cottage setting demonstrates plantings and techniques that save time, money, and water. Provided in partnership with San Antonio Water System.
A 29,000-gallon cistern captures rainwater and air conditioning condensate for use in several water features.
Conservatory Brimming Pool
This water feature uses recycled rainwater from the Welcome and Discovery Complex.
When you see a purple pipe in the new garden beds, know that we're using recycled water.
Crushed granite pathways allow rainwater to filter through.
Address: 555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 536-1400