Open by reservation;
masks optional.

Open by reservation;
masks optional.

Welcome to the

BOTANIC GARDEN of TEXAS

A garden for everyone, open by reservation

EVENTS & CLASSES

Join us for one of our exciting classes, programs or events

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Fall Native Plant Sale

Fridays – Sundays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 7

Two young girls in a large "bird's nest" made of grapevines. The older girl is holding the younger one who is looking up through the binoculars.

Drop-in & Discover

Select Saturdays, Oct. 2 – Dec. 11

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Fortlandia

Daily, Oct. 2, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022
Members Only – Oct. 2 & 3

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Luminations

Thursdays – Sundays,
Dec. 2, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022

Sat 25

Native Plant Maintenance – ONLINE

September 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 27

Yoga FIT

September 27 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Tue 28

Get FIT (SOLD OUT)

September 28 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Tue 28

What’s Happening in the Gardens?

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wed 29

Story Time

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

FIND A PLANT

Discover the Native Plants of North America


GARDEN VIEWS

An inside glimpse of the gardens from our Instagram feed

We love Gregg's mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) — but butterflies love it even more! They just can't get enough of those fluffy purple blooms. See video for evidence.

Bloom time: March – Nov.
Does your garden need a new addition or two (or three, or four, or five...)? We’ve got you covered! Our Fall Native Plant Sale is happening every Friday – Sunday, Sept. 24 – Nov. 7. Tickets for each weekend become available three weeks in advance — and they go quickly! Right now, we have spots available for the Oct. 8 – 10 dates. See link in bio to secure your entry and view the current plant list. 

Tip:  Autumn is the best time to plant in Central Texas. Roots can get established over the fall and winter, giving plants a better chance of surviving the scorching hot summer to come. 

📸 Bill J. Boyd
Here's some good news to help ease those Sunday scaries: Our weeknight happy hour returns this Tuesday, Sept. 21! Join us for live music, local food trucks and cocktails, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reserve your spot via link in bio. 
 
Tuesday Twilights, Sept. 21: 

MUSIC – @LeslyReynaga 
FOOD – @puebloviejoaustin & @tamale_addiction 
DRINK – TitoRita from @TitosVodka 
 
📸 Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida (zexmenia), by @AliTexas

#TuesdayTwilights #GoldenHour
We're celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth by revisiting Benito Treviño's 2018 interview with Wildflower magazine. Benito and his wife Toni own Rancho Lomitas, a native plant nursery and eco-tourist oasis near Rio Grande City. Benito began taking botany classes while a student at UT, but he's been passionate about plants since childhood. He says: 

“I come from a large family — 15 of us, 13 survived — and my grandmother, aunt and mother would call me first if somebody had a headache or dysentery, send me out into the brush, and I would collect the plants ... I want the upcoming generation to be aware of how important our native plants are — not just because they are beautiful and you can use them for landscaping, but because there is a very deep history with native plants that made settling this part of the country possible.” 

Check out the full interview via link in bio.

Photo: Nathan Lambrecht (@lambrecht_photo)
Interview: K. Angel Horne (@l.l.foxtrot)
This photo of Eduardo and Kyle has us humming “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles. We love hosting weddings and private events! Is there something you want to celebrate? See link in bio for venue details.

📸  @nikknguyenphoto 

#WeddingWednesday
Doesn’t sand palafox (Palafoxia hookeriana) look like a ballerina’s tutu? This plant might not do much twirling itself, but it certainly turns heads in our Family Garden. Bloom time: June – Oct.
Austinites: Can you believe it was almost cool enough for a sweater this morning?! To celebrate, here’s a picture of goldenrod (Solidago spp.). The plant’s burnished yellow blooms are most definitely a symbol of fall. 

Worth noting: Although goldenrods are commonly blamed for hay fever, this discomfort is usually caused by pollen from ragweed (Ambrosia spp.).
Story time is back with new fall hours! Join us in the Family Garden every Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 – 10:30 a.m. for a different seasonal tale. Books have been selected with sprouts (children ages 5 and younger) in mind. Details via link in bio. 

Note: Fall story time runs now - Nov. 18.
Off for Labor Day? Come explore our gardens! We’re open normal hours, and odds are good you'll spot a Rio Grande globe amaranth (Gomphrena haageana). This pompom shaped flower blooms Sept. - Nov. Reserve your ticket via link in bio. 

📸 Rio Grande globe amaranth (Gomphrena haageana)
We love Gregg's mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) — but butterflies love it even more! They just can't get enough of those fluffy purple blooms. See video for evidence.

Bloom time: March – Nov.
Does your garden need a new addition or two (or three, or four, or five...)? We’ve got you covered! Our Fall Native Plant Sale is happening every Friday – Sunday, Sept. 24 – Nov. 7. Tickets for each weekend become available three weeks in advance — and they go quickly! Right now, we have spots available for the Oct. 8 – 10 dates. See link in bio to secure your entry and view the current plant list. 

Tip:  Autumn is the best time to plant in Central Texas. Roots can get established over the fall and winter, giving plants a better chance of surviving the scorching hot summer to come. 

📸 Bill J. Boyd
Here's some good news to help ease those Sunday scaries: Our weeknight happy hour returns this Tuesday, Sept. 21! Join us for live music, local food trucks and cocktails, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reserve your spot via link in bio. 
 
Tuesday Twilights, Sept. 21: 

MUSIC – @LeslyReynaga 
FOOD – @puebloviejoaustin & @tamale_addiction 
DRINK – TitoRita from @TitosVodka 
 
📸 Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida (zexmenia), by @AliTexas

#TuesdayTwilights #GoldenHour
We're celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth by revisiting Benito Treviño's 2018 interview with Wildflower magazine. Benito and his wife Toni own Rancho Lomitas, a native plant nursery and eco-tourist oasis near Rio Grande City. Benito began taking botany classes while a student at UT, but he's been passionate about plants since childhood. He says: 

“I come from a large family — 15 of us, 13 survived — and my grandmother, aunt and mother would call me first if somebody had a headache or dysentery, send me out into the brush, and I would collect the plants ... I want the upcoming generation to be aware of how important our native plants are — not just because they are beautiful and you can use them for landscaping, but because there is a very deep history with native plants that made settling this part of the country possible.” 

Check out the full interview via link in bio.

Photo: Nathan Lambrecht (@lambrecht_photo)
Interview: K. Angel Horne (@l.l.foxtrot)
This photo of Eduardo and Kyle has us humming “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles. We love hosting weddings and private events! Is there something you want to celebrate? See link in bio for venue details.

📸  @nikknguyenphoto 

#WeddingWednesday
Doesn’t sand palafox (Palafoxia hookeriana) look like a ballerina’s tutu? This plant might not do much twirling itself, but it certainly turns heads in our Family Garden. Bloom time: June – Oct.
Austinites: Can you believe it was almost cool enough for a sweater this morning?! To celebrate, here’s a picture of goldenrod (Solidago spp.). The plant’s burnished yellow blooms are most definitely a symbol of fall. 

Worth noting: Although goldenrods are commonly blamed for hay fever, this discomfort is usually caused by pollen from ragweed (Ambrosia spp.).
Story time is back with new fall hours! Join us in the Family Garden every Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 – 10:30 a.m. for a different seasonal tale. Books have been selected with sprouts (children ages 5 and younger) in mind. Details via link in bio. 

Note: Fall story time runs now - Nov. 18.
Off for Labor Day? Come explore our gardens! We’re open normal hours, and odds are good you'll spot a Rio Grande globe amaranth (Gomphrena haageana). This pompom shaped flower blooms Sept. - Nov. Reserve your ticket via link in bio. 

📸 Rio Grande globe amaranth (Gomphrena haageana)

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Maximilian sunflower, Helianthus maximiliani

For the Love of Sunflowers

Why our Wildflower of the Year is a native garden must-have

In a pair of black-and-white photos, two mature Black women stand in their yards; the woman on the left has a natural broom and wears mostly white, including a hat; the woman on the right wears a dotted dress and stands in front of a wall of containers.

The Influencers

Acknowledging the impact of Black women on American horticulture