Storybook Houses

March 5 - July 10, 2016

See kid-sized, family-friendly Storybook Houses in this spring exhibit opening March 5. A partnership with AIA San Antonio, this engaging playhouse exhibit is the fourth collaboration between the Garden and area architects and designers. Sponsored by Gretchen Swanson Family Foundation, Inc.; The USAA Foundation, a charitable trust; a grant from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundaiton Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, and Dickson-Allen Foundation. San Antonio Public Library cardholders enjoy $1 off admission.  Two fairytales (Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty) and three children’s books (Oh, The Places You’ll Go, Diary of a Worm, and The Little House) are the inspiration for the five playhouse designs.  These books are also available in the Garden’s gift shop.

Family Drop-In Programs
Second Saturdays, 10 AM – 12 PM
March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9
Free with admission
Join us for some hands-on family fun!  Programming will vary but will include activities such as reading the story the Storybook House is based on, creating a simple craft, playing a game, and taking part in a garden exploration activity.

Winged Wonders

June 4 - October 30, 2016

From May to October, we’ll highlight the Garden’s winged friends, especially monarch butterflies and hummingbirds. These winged wonders find sustenance for their life cycle here at the Garden, sensitizing all of us to the importance of habitat for those who “co-habit” with us.  The Botanical Garden plays a significant role as an Official Monarch Waystation.  San Antonio is the only Monarch Butterfly Champion City, taking the National Wildlife Federation Pledge in 2015 to increase pollinator habitat.

Opening day activities:  June 4, 10am-2pm.  Due to weather predictions, we’re scaling back some of the opening day activities for later summer programming (the Zoo, AgriLife Extension, and Children’s Ballet of San Antonio).  Butterflies just don’t like rainy weather!

Family Drop-In Programs
Saturdays from 10 AM – 12 PM
June 25, July 23, August 13, August 27, September 10, September 24, October 8, and October 22
Free with Admission
Join us for some hands-on family fun!  Programming will vary but will include activities such as reading a story about a pollinator, creating a simple craft, playing a game, and taking part in a garden exploration activity.


Art in the Garden

Opening June 30, 2016 (yearlong exhibition)

Blue Star Contemporary and the San Antonio Botanical Garden are delighted to announce Alyson Shotz as the artist for their 2016 Art in the Garden collaboration.  Brooklyn-based Shotz will be in attendance at the opening reception on Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Botanical Garden.  This event is free and open to the public.  For her yearlong exhibition at the Garden, Shotz has conceived a newly commissioned large-scale, freestanding steel sculpture, Scattering Screen.  It features small mirrored circles that “reflect light and scatter the visible surroundings into thousands of tiny pieces,” per the artist.

Dog Days

August 6-7, 2016

A dog friendly weekend at the Garden! Doggie treats and pools of water will be available for your pup as you stroll and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. $5 donation per dog (on a leash, please) will go toward local animal friendly charities.

Next date:  December 3-4

Brews and Blooms

September 17, 6:30-9:30pm

Enjoy craft brew sampling, food booths, and music, all set in the gorgeous, flowering Botanical Garden. A casual evening for adults 21 and older (no children allowed). ID required. Working closely with San Antonio Cerveceros, Brews and Blooms provides a venue for new and seasoned local craft breweries to showcase their beer selections, from Blonde Ales and Wits to Pale Ales and IPA’s, including limited releases from local breweries.  Details coming soon on purchasing tickets.

Chipotle Sustainable Film Series

September 29, 2016 and October 27, 2016

This year’s Chipotle Sustainable Film Series brings you two films related to agricultural practices.

September 29 –  Inhabit: A permaculture perspective introduces permaculture – a design method centered on utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems, and showcases the diversity of projects already underway.

October 27 – The Grain Divide is a “cinematic journey into the most debated food issues of our day.” Featuring some of the world’s top chefs, this film takes you inside the farms, kitchens, bakeries and labs at the forefront of the rebuilding of the foundation of our food.

Free Admission. Gates open at 6, movies screen at sundown.

Come early for Chips, salsa, and guacamole from Chipotle Mexican Grill (while supplies last)

Outside food, beverages, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

Fall Plant Sales

September 24-25 and October 22, 2016 10am - 2pm

Shop for San Antonio-friendly plants grown by volunteers at the Botanical Garden at these two fall plant sales. Make selections for your landscape that save you time, money, and water! Create a beautiful yard that’s habitat friendly for birds and butterflies. One-gallon size plants. Garden admission required.