Culinary Garden, Outdoor Teaching Kitchen, and Pavilion

Nestled in the graceful arch of the Welcome & Discovery Center Complex are the Culinary Garden, Outdoor Pavilion, and Outdoor Teaching Kitchen. These new amenities add opportunities to bring you programs that highlight good nutrition and healthy living, how good food grows, pollination, composting, and environmental stewardship through hands-on gardening and cooking programs, events, and classes.

Culinary Garden, Outdoor Pavilion, and Teaching Kitchen with the Discovery Center in the BackgroundCulinary Garden, Outdoor Pavilion, and Teaching Kitchen with the Discovery Center in the Background

“The Culinary Garden at the San Antonio Botanical Garden is a beautiful and inspiring outdoor classroom that will connect us to our food.”

Chef Johnny Hernandez

The Culinary Garden will highlight the message that Good Food Grows. Plants, after all, are the source of food and the basis for a healthy diet. This engaging new garden will not only showcase the staples of healthy eating that will tantalize guests – it will invite visitors to participate in their planting, harvesting, and preparing.  Fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits will be cultivated year-round, engaging young and old in the art and science of gardening.

Harvesting food straight from the garden and moving directly to the Outdoor Teaching Kitchen in the Outdoor Pavilion for hands-on lessons offers a “garden-to-table” experience that deepens the connections between gardening and healthy cooking.

The additional classroom space provided by the Outdoor Pavilion also adds gathering space for school programs, a focal point for interpretation and discovery stations, a hub for activities and demonstrations, and a starting point for programs that utilize the broader Garden.

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For more information, please contact Karen Kimbell, Director of Development, at 210-536-1406 or