Beautiful Blooms and Booms Explode at the San Antonio Botanical Garden This Fiesta with Viva Botanica
With hundreds of events taking place over the span of 10 days, San Antonio gets its spring on with nonstop Fiesta fun and you can expect beautiful blooms and booms at SABG. In the fantastic whirlwind of clanging Fiesta medals and wall-to-wall crowds, you might find yourself yearning for wide open spaces to get your Fiesta fix. San Antonio Botanical Garden invites you to introduce those paper flowers to the source of their inspiration during Viva Botanica & Plant Sale on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 10 am. And Garden members are treated to the best firework show in town during Flowers and Fireworks on Sunday, April 23 when gates open after hours at 6:30 pm.
Viva Botanica & Plant Sale with Beautiful Blooms
Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 2 pm
Guests can enjoy hands-on activities and presentations:
- Ballet Folklorico performances by Guadalupe Dance Company at 11 am, followed by music from Conjunto Taller at 12 pm in the Fountain Plaza.
- Salsa tasting and pepper display with Dave (Auld House Patio)
- Adopt a Portulaca (Moss Flower)
- Tissue Paper Flower Craft & Flag Craft (Wisteria Arbor)
- Maraca Craft (Wisteria Arbor)
- Lotería Scavenger Hunt (Radio Pad)
General Admission ($7-$10); Members enjoy FREE admission to Viva Botanica & Plant Sale.
Flowers & Fireworks – Beautiful Blooms and Booms
Sunday, April 23, Gates Open at 6:30 pm
Fireworks kick off at 9 pm
- Members enjoy the best firework show in the city from the Concert lawn, Acequia, or Conservatory Overlook.
- Order your picnic from Central Market by April 20 and pick-up at the event .
- Guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol to enjoy responsibly during the event.
FREE admission for members. Members may bring guests (general admission rates apply).
Viva Botanica is a family-friendly, alcohol-free Fiesta event that includes hands-on activities, culinary presentations, and the best selection of native plants and trees (beautiful blooms) to take home to adorn your garden. Guests can visit the plant sale from 10 am – 2 pm and choose from a variety of more than 200 native specimens, lovingly cared for by the Garden’s volunteers. Members can shop early at 9 am to get their first pick of Wafer Ash (hop tree), Texas Ebony, Mexican Buckeye, Red Buckeye, the graceful, summer-flowering Mexican Orchid tree (Bauhinia) and more. Guests will be treated to Ballet Folklorico performances by Guadalupe Dance Company at 11 am, followed by music from Conjunto Taller in the Fountain Plaza at 12 pm. General Admission ($7 for children and $10 for adults); members enjoy FREE admission to Viva Botanica & Plant Sale.
Stroll through the garden and take in the blooming bottlebrush, bluebonnets, bluebells and more while discovering the Garden’s community partner stations and activities around every corner:
- Alamo Exhibition Bird Club – colorful birds on display in the East Texas Log Cabin
- Texas Master Naturalists – Texas Native Trails
- Bexar Audubon – Texas Native Trails
- Native Plant Society of Texas – Texas Native Trails
- San Antonio Natural Areas – Parks and Rec (Texas Native Trails)
- Girl Scouts (Conservatory)
- Herb Society (Conservatory)
- TAMU-SA Plant Club (Conservatory)
- Advanced Learning Academy (Conservatory)
- Agrilife Horticulture Cooperative Extension (Conservatory)
- Sierra Club (Conservatory)
Swing by the Garden gift shop to pick up your Viva Botanica Fiesta 2017 medal, emblazoned with spring’s winged mascot, the Monarch. Monarchs flock to the Garden every year during their spring migration to take in the beautiful blooms — especially native plants such as milkweed, as they are a terrific sources of nectar for butterflies and food for growing caterpillars. Medals are available to purchase for $10.
FLOWERS & FIREWORKS (Member-Only Event)
Members enjoy the best-kept secret in San Antonio as they take in Fiesta fireworks from nearby Ft. Sam Houston and San Antonio Country Club from the lush grounds of the San Antonio Botanical Garden on Sunday, April 23. Gates open at 6:30 pmand the fireworks kick off at 9 pm. Members are welcome to bring friends and family (general admission rates apply, $10-$7).
Guests can enjoy a picnic while taking in the amazing view from a beautiful garden setting. Order your Flowers & Fireworks box lunches from Central Market before April 20 and they’ll be ready for pick-up at the event! Orders are $8 and include sandwich, bag of chips, and bottled water. Sandwich selections include: Turkey Havarti on 9 Grain, Roast Beef and Cheddar on Sourdough or Tomato Mozzarella on Sourdough. To order, call 210-368-8699. Rosé in the rose garden, anyone? Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic with alcohol to enjoy responsibly during the event.
Considering becoming a member? There has never been a better time to grow with the Garden because prices are rising soon – not to mention spring is in full bloom! Join in on the rewards before May 1 to take advantage of the current lower rates and reap all of the benefits the Garden has to offer. For information on how to join, visit: www.sabot.org/support/become-member.
By becoming a member of the San Antonio Botanical Garden, you will be the first to experience the exciting eight-acre expansion with access to members-only, private events. Coming this year, the San Antonio Botanical Garden will open an eight-acre expansion that will bring fantastic new opportunities for you to explore and connect with nature and discover the value of plants, water, freshly grown food and the great outdoors. Major features include the Mays Family Display Garden, H-E-B Discovery Center, Halsell Welcome Building, Culinary Garden, CHEF Teaching Kitchen and Family Adventure Garden with the Greehey Family No Name Creek. View the progress and watch the garden grow by visiting: www.sabot.org/grow.
About the San Antonio Botanical Garden
Daily admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden is $10 adults; $8 students, seniors, military; $7 children age 3-13. The San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston Place at North New Braunfels. Parking is free. The Botanical Garden is operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation and is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit sabot.org or call 210-536-1400.
Mission: To inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives.