Welcome & Discovery Complex

Visitors will enter the Botanical Garden through the Welcome and Discovery Complex, which includes the Welcome Building, The Discovery Center, Gift Shop, and a number of seating and gathering areas. The new entrance will better accommodate visitors and provides easier accessibility for those with limited mobility. The Discovery Center brings expanded opportunities for educational instruction for school programs, camps, professional development, and a variety of garden-related classes.

Welcome Building

The Welcome Building is the new entrance to the San Antonio Botanical Garden, featuring the admissions kiosk as well as offices for education staff and volunteers.  Adjacent to the Welcome Building will be places to shop, rest, gather, be inspired, and plan your day at the Garden, including the Cypress Courtyard, Garden Gate Terrace, Gift Shop, restrooms, an outdoor Amphitheaters, as well as the new Entry Garden highlighting the rich colors of South Texas.

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Admissions kiosk (r) and Gift Shop (l) at the Welcome Building

Discovery Center

The Discovery Center will be the new home for all the Garden’s formal educational programming.  The Discovery Center includes 2 ‘dirty’ classrooms that allow students of all ages to get their hands dirty in a classroom setting. These classrooms seat 50 students and can be combined to create a larger classroom or meeting space.  An Exploration Station will showcase what’s in bloom, the importance of plants, our region’s water story, environmental stewardship techniques you can do at home, and engaging nature play activities.  The Discovery Center also features outdoor teaching areas including outdoor Amphitheaters and the Covered Courtyard.

16_0720-discovery-center-exterior-viewExploration Station in the Discovery Center

“I am thrilled when I see the possibilities offered by this expansion for connecting all people, especially young people, to the plants in their world, to offer them the opportunity to understand and participate in where their food comes from and discover the delight in learning how to grow it.”

Mary Irish


Entry Display Garden

The Entry Display Garden will be a diverse and ever-changing showcase for texture, color and fragrance. Featuring an abundance of show-stopping native and adapted plants, the Entry Display Garden celebrates the rich possibilities of horticulture in South Central Texas.

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Garden Gate Terrace and colorful Entry Garden


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For more information, please contact Karen Kimbell, Director of Development, at 210-536-1406 or kkimbell@sabot.org.