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Zilker Botanical Garden is known as "the jewel in the heart of Austin"

Celebrate National Public Garden Day at Zilker Botanical Garden on May 11th with a visit to Austin's homegrown natural treasure, and is the centerpiece of Zilker Park and Lady Bird Johnson Lake (Colorado River) corridor.

The Garden has more than 30 acres of theme gardens such as: the Cactus and Succulent Garden, the Herb and Fragrance Garden, the Mabel Davis Rose Garden, and the Children's Garden. Included within the acreage are historical and architectural features and the Hartman Prehistoric Garden, which recreates local dinosaur habitat. The Isamu Taniquchi Japanese Garden interconnect with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Area Garden Council, a non-profit organization, has formed a unique partnership in support of the Zilker Botanical Garden. The garden's mission is to promote the education and love of gardening among people of all ages. Its projects support beautification of the gardens enjoyed year-round by over half a million guests yearly, including thousands of school children from Austin and the surrounding communities.

Zilker Botanical Garden is located on the south bank of the Colorado River and near the underground spring, known as Barton Springs. Its diverse topography is suited to depicting different habitats and displaying an array of native, hybrid and exotic foliage and blooms.

The garden is located at 2220 Barton Springs Road. Admission is $1 for children (ages 3-12), $2 for adults (ages 13-61), and $1 for seniors (ages 62 and up). The grounds are open daily between 7am and 5:30pm (7pm during Daylight Saving Time).

For more information about the garden, visit the website at


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