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.

Family Drop-In Programs
Saturdays from 10 AM – 12 PM
August 13, August 27, September 10, September 24
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.


Brews and Blooms

September 10, 2016 6:30-9:30pm NEW DATE

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.  Tickets (non-refundable) go on sale Saturday, July 16. Learn More and Purchase Tickets

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.

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. Register here.

October 27 – Island Earth is “a feature documentary depicting the struggles and triumphs of people fighting to take back their natural resources from corporations, while exploring what it will really take to ‘feed the world’ through provoking interviews with the world’s top biologists and farmers.” Register here.

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.

Art in the Garden

June 2016-June 2017

Blue Star Contemporary and the San Antonio Botanical Garden are delighted to announce Alyson Shotz as the artist for their 2016-2017 Art in the Garden collaboration (opening June 30, 2016).  For her yearlong exhibition at the Garden, Brooklyn-based artist 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. Sponsored by City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development, John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.

Note: No touching, climbing, or professional photography and reproductions of the artwork permitted.

Family Programming

October - December

BOOtanica Saturdays in October, 10 am – 2 pm:  Celebrate autumn at the Garden.  Each week we will focus on a different fall theme with fun, hands-on activities.  Fee:  Free with admission.
October 1- Monarch Madness
October 8 – AgriLife Day – Harvest
October 15 – Let’s Get Batty!
October 22 – Wild About Scarecrows
October 29 – Dia de los Muertos

Saturday Family Drop-In Programs, 10 am – Noon.  Fee:  Free with admission.
November 12
December 10

Wine Down at the Garden

October 15, 2016 6 - 9 PM

Wine Down at the Garden is an upscale evening in the Garden, with wine tastings that educate the palate. Save the date for this special fall evening for adults 21 and older.  More details to follow soon re tickets and parking.

Dog Days

August 5-7, 2016

Dog friendly events at the Garden!

Happy Howlidays – December 3-4
Dog friendly weekend at the beautiful Botanical Garden, all decked out for the holidays.  Cost: General admission + $5 donation per dog (on a leash, please) will go toward local animal friendly charities.
Members enjoy free admission + $5 donation per leashed dog.