Walks

The Garden has seasonal walks throughout the year. Check back often to see what’s currently scheduled. Docents are volunteers and a tour is based on their availability. If an emergency arises and a docent is not available, you are welcome to enjoy a self-guided visit.

Walks are on hold during the hot summer months, but will resume in August.

Native Plant Walks

Offered in Partnership with San Antonio Water System  1 SAWS Reward point value!

Meet at the Carriage House. Tour leaves at 10 am. Walk is free to members or with paid admission, but registration is required.

Explore our 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a Master Naturalist.  This area has its own distinctive and diverse ecological region of Texas, varying in soil, plant life, topography, and weather. There are more than 250 plant species in collections that represent three ecosystems. In the East Texas Pineywoods, visitors find Pines, Sweetgum, Sassafras, and other acidic soil-loving woodland species. The Hill Country area features Live Oaks, Juniper, Texas Mountain Laurel, Eve’s necklace, Blanco Crabapple, Possum Haw, Hop-tree, Uvalde Maples, and other limestone tolerant plants. In the South Texas region, Dryland trees and thorny brush such as Torchwood, Mexican Olive, mesquite, Texas Ebony, and Huisaache thrive. On this Walk you’ll learn about the medicinal uses of native plants as well as their historical and cultural uses, and which are favored by birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 

  • Friday, August 18th: Texas Hill Country with Master Naturalist guides Nancy and Gary Rogers.  Click here to register
  • Friday, September 22 – South Texas Guides: Nancy and Gary Rogers, Master Naturalists Click here to register
  • Friday, October 20, 2017– Native Plants in Bloom- Instructor: Nancy & Gary Rogers, Master Naturalist Click here to register
  • Friday, November 10, 2017-Seasonal Highlights- Instructor: Nancy & Gary Rogers, Master Naturalist Click here to register

 WaterSaver Walks

Offered in Partnership with The San Antonio Water System

Explore our WaterSaver Gardens with a Master Naturalist. Learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes, including Cottage, Hill Country, Manicure Xeriscape, and Spanish style.  Come see what’s in bloom!

Meet at 10 a.m. in the Carriage House. Walk is free to member or with paid admission, but registration is required.

Check back for fall dates!

Learn more about SAWS WaterSaver Rewards program. 

Bird Walks

Bird Walks are scheduled every third Saturday, except during the summer months.
Meet at 9:00 am in the Carriage House for a walk that starts at 9:15 am with a birding docent. Walk is free to members or with paid admission.

View the Garden’s current Birding Checklist.

Fall 2017 Dates

  • Saturday, September 16th: Guides Lora Reynolds and Alan Kuentz
  • Saturday, October 21st: Guide: Mike Creese
  • Saturday, November 18th: Lora Reynolds and Alan Kuentz
  • Saturday, December 16th: Guide: Mike Creese