Formal and Display Gardens
The formal beds are comprised of four large rectangular display areas which are changed seasonally to display a variety of fun colors and textures.
Sometimes subdued, sometimes exuberant, sometimes humorous, these changing displays are always worth checking out.
Reacquaint yourself with older flower varieties in the Old Fashioned Garden. Savor sweet fragrances in the Rose Garden. Engage your senses of touch and smell in the Sensory Garden (Garden for the Blind). Admire the unique Kumamoto En garden, a gift from our Sister City of Kumamoto, Japan, with its finely crafted structures and many symbolic features. Experience the beauty of the Sacred Garden, Shade Garden, Gertie’s Garden and other garden displays. Learn from the testing and evaluations being conducted in the Watersaver Lane and Ornamental Grass Garden.
Lucile Halsell Conservatory
Designed by Emilio Ambasz, and built by the San Antonio Botanical Society at a cost of $6.9 million, the Conservatory opened to the public on February 29, 1988. Plants from desert regions to equatorial rainforests are housed in these individual glass buildings tucked into the earth. These buildings surround a sunken courtyard and tropical lagoon filled with aquatic plants. Specialty collections include epiphytic plants display, desert cacti and succulents, equatorial tropicals, palms and cycads, tropical fruits, ferns and aroids, insectivores, and aquatic plants. Each group is housed in its own climate-controlled environment. These environments range from the 65-foot tall Palm and Cycad Pavilion with its forest of palms to the glass display case filled with orchids.
Texas Native Trail
The Texas Native Trail is a unique aspect of the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This area consists of plant communities characteristic of the Hill Country (Edwards Plateau), East Texas Pineywoods, and South Texas. These three distinctive and diverse ecological regions of Texas vary in soil, plant life, topography, and weather. The authentic botanical setting is enhanced by several early Texas houses, which have been reconstructed on the site to help illustrate and interpret the regional theme.