Anticipation GROWS as Garden Nears its Grand Opening

Thursday 05th, October 2017 / 10:55 Written by
Anticipation GROWS as Garden Nears its Grand Opening

Anticipation Grows as San Antonio Botanical Garden Nears First Phase of Grand Opening

Anticipation grows as the San Antonio Botanical Garden announces two seasons to celebrate 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 to be revealed October 21st include the Mays Family Display Garden, Halsell Welcome Building, H-E-B Discovery Center, Culinary Garden, Goldsbury Foundation Pavilion and CHEF Teaching Kitchen. Guests can enjoy extensive family friendly programming throughout opening weekend.

Spring will usher in Phase Two of the 8 acre expansion on March 3rd with the opening of the Family Adventure Garden to include the Greehey Family Foundation “No Name Creek.” This pause over the winter season will allow the seeds of fall to germinate over the winter, giving new plantings time to establish themselves before the anticipated spring crowds. San Antonio Botanical Garden looks forward to celebrating the expansion through two seasons, allowing guests of all ages to enjoy the sites, sounds, and tastes of fall’s bounty followed by spring’s fresh renewal.

Anticipation grows

Anticipation grows at SA Botanical Garden

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.

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.

During Grand Opening Phase One, visitors can take in chef demonstrations, enjoy children’s activities and games, 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.

Anticipation grows

Anticipation grows at SA Botanical Garden

Night bloomers can delight in the evening spectacle of Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the Garden’s own after party 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. You can purchase ticket and get more information here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moonlight-in-the-garden-of-good-and-evil-tickets-36750751487?aff=es2

Children of all ages will want to visit the hallmark Family Adventure Garden during the Phase 2 Grand Opening on March 3, 2018. Guests will enter 2.5 acres of nature play and learning space showcasing 15 themed galleries such as Thunder Ridge, the Watering Hole, Backyard Explore, and Tumble Hill. 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.

ANTICIPATION GROWS WITH PHASE ONE GRAND OPENING WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

October 21 – 22, 2017

Mark your calendar for these exciting FAMILY FRIENDLY events and activities!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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

Gates open to the public at ceremony’s conclusion

  • 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.

  • 8 – 11 p.m. Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil (21 and older, $35 General Admission; $50 Premium Admission) 

You can purchase ticket and get more information here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moonlight-in-the-garden-of-good-and-evil-tickets-36750751487?aff=es2

  • 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, October 22, 2017

  • 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.

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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