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Monday, April 27, 2009 Back to Issue Archive
Botanical Garden Not Just for Gardeners
By Donna Fossum

From children's gardening programs and nature workshops to bird watching and low-water-use landscaping, there's something for everyone.

Lacking a green thumb? No problem. You don't need one to enjoy what the San Antonio Botanical Garden has to offer. From children's gardening programs and nature workshops to bird watching and low-water-use landscaping, there's something for everyone at the Garden.

When you go, stroll down WaterSaver Lane. Sponsored by SAWS, this exhibit showcases the beauty and versatility of five different low-water-use landscapes for San Antonio. Each is centered on a theme that complements the planting. Whether your taste runs to Cottage Garden, Spanish Courtyard, Wildscape, Manicured Xeriscape, or Hill Country, there is a landscape for you to enjoy. You can also compare your favorite themed low-water-use example to a regular St. Augustine-dominated landscape.

Garden and nature workshops are held throughout the year and explore topics such as horticulture, botany and natural history. Beginning bird walk events – held the third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. – showcase our feathered friends in their native habitats. Spot hummingbirds, long-billed thrashers, black-bellied whistling ducks, green heron, and common moorhens.

Little Sprout Mondays is for the 3- and 4-year-old kiddos. Held every second Monday, the program features storytelling, crafts and hands-on exploration. The Children's Vegetable Garden program provides 8- to 13-year-olds with an opportunity to grow their own vegetables and ornamental plants with the help of instructors from the Bexar County Master Gardeners and other volunteer organizations.

For more information on any of these programs and other educational and volunteer opportunities, visit the Botanical Garden's Web site or call 210-207-3250.

Donna Fossum is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System.

Last Digit
of Street
0 or 1 Monday
2 or 3 Tuesday
4 or 5 Wednesday
6 or 7 Thursday
8 or 9 Friday
No watering on weekends with a sprinkler, soaker hose or irrigation system. Areas without a street address, such as medians and neighborhood entryways, water on Wednesday.
Watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed once a week before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. on your assigned day, as determined by your address.
Friday, May 23, 2014
0 in. Bermuda (Full Sun)
0 in. Buffalo (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Shade)
0 in. Zoysia (Full Sun)
0 in. Zoysia (Shade)
Rain benefits continue this week with established plants. No water necessary. Hand water newly planted plants. Donna Fossum, SAWS Conservation Planner.

Ask A Garden Geek
I am new to San Antonio. Where can I find grass varieties to examine?
Welcome to South Texas! Several nurseries around town have small swatches of grass on display, but for an enjoyable Saturday or Sunday I suggest the San Antonio Botanical Garden. In particular, WaterSaver Lane and WaterSaver Garden both feature examples for you to study.
E-mail your question to
Seasonal Star
Firecracker Plant
(Russelia equisetiformis)
Native to Mexico, this plant produces wiry foliage with scarlet to coral tubular flowers. It will grow 4 feet to 5 feet in height and does best in well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Butterflies and hummingbirds are drawn to the nectar of the firecracker plant.
Past Peak
(Rosa spp.)
Roses come in a variety of types from big bushes to low ground covers to low climbing vines. Old-fashioned roses are better for your landscape than the hybrid types because they're easier to maintain. They're also prettier and more fragrant. Aphids and black spot are major concerns and they're not prolific bloomers until summer, so be patient.
Event Calendar
Garden Jazz Party
May 3 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Rd.
Refreshments, snacks and jazz music will be provided, and guests are invited to visit information stations on topics such as garden planning, plant selection, turf, soil, wildscape, irrigation and landscape maintenance. Admission to the garden is free during party hours.
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