San Antonio Botanical Garden


The Benefits of Low-Water Landscapes

Beautiful and Fun

Low Maintenance

Conserves Water

Saves Money

Ecologically Friendly

Can Install Yourself!!


See this San Antonio Water System website for all kinds of ideas.


Did you know that about 30% of the water used in San Antonio households is applied solely to landscapes!

Low-water landscaping is strongly encouraged in arid climates, where water is a limited resource. WaterSaving Gardens and effecient irrigation are both really important in areas such as San Antonio.

Creating a stunning watersaver garden can be  accomplished by following these 7 steps:                                                                                                                                        

  1. Planning and Design
  2. Soil Analysis and Improvement
  3. Limited and Appropriate Turf Grass
  4. Efficient Irrigation
  5. Use of Mulches and Hardscapes
  6. Appropriate Maintenance
  7. Proper Plant Selection

We understand that the prospect of WaterSaver Gardening can be a little intimidating, especially for beginner gardeners or new homeowners.  The San Antonio Botanical Garden offers resources to help you get inspired, get started, or continue on your low-water landscaping path.  Our WaterSaver Program also offers excellent learning opportunities for those with more experience and looking for the latest information, tips, resources and rebates. 

We want you to feel empowered and therefore provide the following resources below:


WaterSaver Lane

Sponsored by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), WaterSaver Lane is an exhibit designed to inspire residents to create beautiful landscapes that conserve water.  Located near the Auld House and the Old Fashioned Garden, WaterSaver Lane is a wonderful, appealing, and educational "neighborhood" at the Garden. It is a Charming cluster of minature cottages, with colorful diminutive gardens whose blooms belie their thrifty ways with water.  Each tiny cottage is a different architectural style, complemented by its own "front yard" or attractive well-adapted watersaving plants.                                                      

Visit the six watersaver gardens on Watersaver Lane 
and get ideas on how to modify your landscape.  



WaterSaver Garden Showcases Plants to Know and Grow 

Looking for plants that grow best in San Antonio soils and are the most efficient water users? What is good for mulch? What kind of materials do you use for pathways that will still allow water to reach plants? Come and see! The San Antonio Botanical Garden's  Watersaver Garden is a co-operative project with the San Antonio Water System and a demonstration for home gardeners. 

Located on approximately 1/3 acre at the top of the hill by the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, the Watersaver Garden demonstrates practical home gardening techniques that are the most water-friendly. Showcasing drip irrigation and "turf bubbler" watering techniques, samples of mulches and permeable paving surfaces, and plantings that perform well with San Antonio’s climate and water requirements; the garden offers conservation solutions.

Click link below to see a comprehensive list of WaterSaving mostly-native plants:

Flowers and Ferns : Shrubs : Trees : Grasses