San Antonio Botanical Garden

You somehow get the feeling, as soon as you walk through the entrance to the San Antonio Botanical Garden, that you’re in for a treat. Despite it probably being the hottest day of our trip to Texas, we couldn’t pass up the chance to see this magnificent display of plants and flowers, especially since it was on our Chicago Botanic Garden membership reciprocal list.

Just the sheer novelty of seeing cacti growing outside rather than in a greenhouse was well worth braving the scorching temperatures.  The Garden covers some 40 plus acres and was first opened to the public in 1980.

The Garden is a remarkable place to see nature in all its diverse splendor and makes a wonderful living classroom in which to learn about the conservation of these magnificent plants and their natural habitat in what can sometimes be a harsh and unforgiving climate.

Every turn in the path provided a new and awesome landscape, so strange to our eyes, accustomed as we are to our usual bill of fare here in the Midwest. “Look but don’t touch” was definitely the order of the day when it came to many of these prickly characters.


We took in this view overlooking the city of San Antonio on our way down the path to even more garden delights that I look forward to sharing with you in the next post.

I add this interesting little footnote regarding wildlife; I had hoped to see lots of lizards and suchlike running around the Garden, especially in the more natural areas, but surprisingly we didn’t come across anything which was a bit of a disappointment.  The only lizard we saw during our trip to Texas was this one, I suppose you could call him a lounge lizard, basking on a chair by the pool back in Houston.

11 thoughts on “San Antonio Botanical Garden

  1. Cool lizard! Do you know if it’s normal to see lizards at botanical gardens? I saw a couple at the Queens Botanical Garden (in Flushing, Queens of New York) but it was my first time seeing them in a public garden and I didn’t know if they just lived there as wild animals or were they pests.

    • I’ve never seen them at the Chicago Botanic Garden but I thought for sure I’d see them in Texas. I was really surprised that we didn’t. I don’t know if they’d be considered pests. I imagine not as I would think they’d eat the bugs that might be.

  2. A great looking garden – and I love that lizard. I used to have lizards as a child. I still talk to them when I go abroad and meet them in stony places.

  3. A great lounge lizard. It was always my ambition to be a lounge lizard when I grew up but I never managed to acquire any style or elegance.

    Wonderful plants.

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