Around Town: Botanical Garden

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One of the main problems with living in the big city is the lack of greenery around town. Not that Texas is known for its greenery, but it’s still nice to be able to get back to nature. Luckily, there’s a fix for that right in the center of town – the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 33 acres of lush foliage and colorful flowers just waiting to be enjoyed. The best part is that it’s often overlooked by tourists, so most days the garden can be claimed as your own personal sanctuary.

The garden boasts a conservatory, formal gardens, native plants and plants from all over the world. However, my favorite part of checking out all the nature porn has to be reading about the uses for each plant. Did you know there’s a plant used in Asia to get rid of freckles?!

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Whether you’re visiting the garden alone or with family, they make sure to have a little bit of something for everybody. Recently, their family attractions included large birdhouses around the garden for kids and adults to explore. I’m pretty sure if Big Bird was in the market for a house these would be at the top of his list! And at the very least, they provide adequate hiding room for a rousing game of hide and go seek in the garden.

Not only does the Botanical Garden provide a pretty sweet spot for some hide and go seek action, but it also offers tours, classes and family events throughout the year. One of my favorites has to be the Starlight Movies in the Garden where they screen classic movies for free. I always jump at the chance to grab my picnic basket, a bottle of wine and Troy to use as my own personal pillow. I mean, to snuggle. Yea, that’s what I meant.

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San Antonio, Botanical Garden

So where do you find your nature fix in the big city? Or are you surrounded by natural beauty?

  • so pretty! i have been to san antonio but didnt go to the gardens. i have never watched a movie outside, i definitely want to one day at something like that – classic movies would be even better!

    • Where did you go while you were here? 🙂 The outdoor movie experience is so much fun! I really love it when that time of year rolls around.

      • oh I barely remember! I know we went to coyote ugly and I drank A LOT. It was over 5 years ago lol

  • That looks like so much fun! Luckily there’s lots of beautiful scenery around here, but less so in the colder months. I love visiting gardens and other places like this. Nature soothes me.

    • You’re so lucky to have so much beautiful scenery. 🙂 I also love all the old churches you tend to visit. They’re so amazing!

  • There’s a plan in Asia that removes freckles? Tell me more! Lol. You take great pics – that archway of green looks lovely.
    Claire xx

    • Haha! I believe it was the Japanese Honeysuckle. And thank you! The archway is such a great place to relax.

  • Those birdhouses are SO cool!! It looks like a lovely place to see a movie.

  • I love botanical gardens! I like to be in the forest when I need to connect with nature. I really enjoy the smell of pine trees!

  • The covered walkway is gorgeous!! What a beautiful place to visit in the middle of the city.

    • I know! I love that walkway. I have always wanted to have one in my backyard. Maybe one day. Hah.

  • I was in San Antonio & totally didn’t know about this place! If I’m ever there again, I’ll definitely check it out. It’s so beautiful! I really love your photos!!! Especially the 2nd one of the fountain, nice perspective. And the 3rd one of the covered path. Very nicely done!!!

    • Thank you! That means a lot coming from a photography expert like you! 😀 And you should definitely check out the gardens if you come back. They’re right near downtown San Antonio.