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
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

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.

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 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. Purchase 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.

Wine Down at the Garden

October 15, 2016 6:30-9:30pm

Presented by Total Wine & More, Wine Down at the Garden is an upscale evening in the Garden, with food and wine for adults 21 and older. Save the date for this special fall evening.  More details to follow soon re tickets and parking.