New Garden Adventure is Being Unveiled in October

Tuesday 29th, August 2017 / 09:32 Written by
New Garden Adventure is Being Unveiled in October

New Garden Adventure in San Antonio is Being Unveiled in October

The San Antonio Botanical Garden, with great excitement, unveils the city’s new garden adventure, bringing more unique opportunities for all generations to engage with nature. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 21 at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Halsell Welcome Building with gates opening to the public immediately thereafter.

The transformational eight-acre expansion builds on the Garden’s goals to inspire a connection with plants through active engagement, education, and environmental stewardship.  Newly added areas, accented by reclaimed cypress wood and curved quarry walls, include the Mays Family Display Garden, Halsell Welcome Building, H-E-B Discovery Center, Culinary Garden, Goldsbury Foundation Pavilion, CHEF Teaching Kitchen and the Family Adventure Garden including the Greehey Family Foundation “No Name Creek.”

HISTORIC IMPROVEMENTS

Visitors will now enter the Garden via a Live Oak-lined avenue and into an oasis that incorporates Low Impact Development, Sustainable Park Design, and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) strategies.

The Welcome & Discovery Complex encompasses a dramatic new entry for admissions and membership; a new gift shop and courtyards, the Halsell Welcome Building including education and volunteer offices; the H-E-B Discovery Center which includes an Exploration Station and two “dirty classrooms” for hands-on learning; and two outdoor amphitheaters. Beyond the Welcome & Discovery Complex, the Mays Family Display Garden welcomes visitors with vibrant year-round color and cascading water feature.

new garden adventure

new garden adventure

Advancing San Antonio’s burgeoning interest in gastronomy and how food relates to our well-being, a 34-bed Culinary Garden, outdoor CHEF Teaching Kitchen and Goldsbury Foundation Pavilion will offer interactive education in planting, harvesting, kitchen fundamentals, and meal preparation for a nutrition-focused, garden-to-table experience. This state-of-the-art culinary playground for both professional and recreational foodies will engage well-known chefs, dieticians and other community partners to bring some of the most diverse programming and entertainment in the city.

new garden adventure

new garden adventure

Children of all ages will want to visit the hallmark Family Adventure Garden – 2.5 acres of nature play and learning space showcasing 15 themed galleries such as Thunder Ridge, the Watering Hole, Backyard Explore, Tumble Hill, and the Greehey Family Foundation “No Name Creek.” “Big Onion” and “Little Onion” sand play areas, ponds and water features, imaginative forts and other interactive elements ignite a sense of wonder.  Education stations and the Prickly Pear Pavilion – an outdoor classroom and gathering space – cultivate young minds. We invite young children and the young-at-heart to unplug from devices, and to plug in to nature through guided and self-guided programs, field trips, camps, and classes for students, teachers and lifelong learners.

new garden adventure

new garden adventure

During opening weekend, visitors can take in chef demonstrations, hear from nature play and conservation design professionals, join a fitness program along with numerous ongoing activities throughout the grounds. In conjunction with the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival, special guest Dr. Orley “Chip” Taylor, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kansas, and founder of Monarch Watch, will give a butterfly walk and talk in the Garden.

Night bloomers can delight in the evening spectacle of Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil, complete with hypnotic beats, performances, games of wit and strength, and an enter-if-you-dare costume contest. A cash bar and food truck treats for purchase will be available to guests 21 and older.
GRAND OPENING WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
October 21 – 22, 2017

Mark your calendar for these exciting events and activities!

  • Saturday 9:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Halsell Welcome Building, Cypress Courtyard)

    San Antonio Botanical Garden
    Expansion Grand Opening
    October 21st

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Begins at 9:30 a.m.
    Halsell Welcome Building
    Cypress Courtyard
    Media & VIP

    Gates Open to Public
    Immediately Following Ceremony
    Extensive Programming All Day
    Hours: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Admission
    General Public: $12-9
    Members: Free
    Presale Tickets Available
    Late August www.sabot.org

    Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    Hours: 8 – 11 p.m.
    Tickets: $35 General Admission;
    $50 Premium Admission
    21 and older
    555 Funston Place
    San Antonio, TX 78209 www.sabot.org

     

Gates open to the public at ceremony’s conclusion

  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ongoing ($12-9 General Admission; Free for SABOT Members)
    • Hands-on children’s activities
    • Wellness activities
    • Culinary demonstrations
    • Live music, performances and story telling
    • Food trucks
    • Speaker series
    • Herb giveaway (while supplies last)
    • Lawn games
    • Scarecrow Trail exhibit
    • Art in the Garden exhibit
    • New Garden Gift shop

Garden closed from 5 – 8 p.m.

  • Saturday 8 – 11 p.m. Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil (21 and older, $35 General Admission; $50 Premium Admission) 
    • DJ and dancing
    • Halloween costume contest
    • Food trucks
    • Cash bar
    • Live performances
    • Halloween activities
    • Lawn games
    • Scarecrow Trail exhibit
    • Art in the Garden exhibit
    • Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ongoing ($12-9 General Admission; Free for SABOT members)
      • Hands-on children’s activities
      • Wellness activities
      • Culinary demonstrations
      • Live music, performances and story telling
      • Food Trucks
      • Herb giveaway (while supplies last)
      • Lawn games
      • Scarecrow Trail exhibit
      • Art in the Garden exhibit
      • New Garden shop

Garden closes at 5 p.m.

Become a San Antonio Botanical Garden Member today and enjoy Grand Opening activities free of charge!  For membership, ticket sales and information, visit www.sabot.org.

About the San Antonio Botanical Garden
Daily admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden is $12 adults; $10 students, seniors, military; $9 children age 3-13; free for children under age 3. 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.

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