Friday, January 23, 2009

San Antonio Texas...Visiting Botanical Gardens In Winter

While travel in winter would not seem to be the best time for visiting botanical gardens, they are really both fun and beautiful as well as less crowded this time of year.

Of course winter in Southern Texas is quite a different thng than winter in Chicago Illinois, where we live.

No deep freeze or heavy snowfall to end bloom or bounty. I don't think I could find the Swiss Chard or fennel under the snow here at home.

There didn't seem to be much space devoted to lawn. Not even at the entry.

Plenty of color, ground covers and wide walks from which to enjoy the setting.

Small garden beds,

Dry slopes,

Great plant companions,

and desert habitat.

My favorite though was the trails through native plantings and some old buildings from Texas history.

Look at that wide expanse of porch and the vegetable garden to the side.

That porch was a perfect spot from which to view the pond and the abundant wildlife. I can imagine shelling beans for dinner and enjoying a breeze. Might need screening from the mosquitoes during summer but evening would be heaven.

The art work was a nice touch.

Map of San Antonio Botanical Garden


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hi Gloria - are you still in TX?

How cool that you got to the San Antonio Botanic Gardens. We've been there a few times but in spring and late summer - not in winter. What they can grow seems more tropical to me, too - a hundred miles north of San Antonio.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

23/1/09 3:49 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Hi Annie, sorry to say we are back in Chicago. Returned to sub-zero temperatures and deep snow.Be glad you are not here this winter.
We had a great time in San Antonio.A niece is moving to Texas this coming spring, maybe that will give us an excuse to visit more often.Spring would be nice.

23/1/09 4:29 PM  
Blogger Nature Nut said...

Winter time pictures? Amazing to see all the color in winter! Lovely

23/1/09 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Pam/Digging said...

It looks like you had nice weather for a visit. I've only been to the S.A. Botanical Gardens once, but I really enjoyed it. Did you make it to the Antique Rose Emporium while you were there?

25/1/09 8:50 PM  
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Anonymous mon@rch said...

Such a great place to visit! Thanks for sharing!

26/1/09 8:06 PM  
Anonymous fran sorin said...

Thanks so much for sharing a piece of heaven with us. What a beautiful place. I never knew that San Antonio had a botanic garden. Just found your blog and love it. Am adding it to our roster at of blogs that we read. Best- Fran

28/1/09 4:13 AM  
Blogger Mary McAndrew said...

HI Gloria,
I love the photo of the water and trees...looks like the end of the day. I've never been to Texas, maybe someday I could check this out. I love to do Nature Sketching and's what I teach at nature centers etc.
Take care, good work,

28/1/09 5:54 PM  
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26/2/09 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love beautiful places like this. I work and live at a drug rehabin Oklahoma and we have similar landscape such as this.

21/7/09 1:50 PM  

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