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San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Gardens, opened to visitors in May of 1980, include 33 acres where colorful, lush vegetation and native Texas exhibits reflect a part of Texas history, while the Lucile Halsell Conservatory offers visitors the chance to view thousands of New World plants up-close.

Emphasis on native vegetation from three regions of Texas - the East Texas piney woods, Southwest Texas plains, and Central Texas hill country illustrates the history of each region using trees, plants, and authentic buildings native to each area. One-third of the Botanical Gardens are a series of formal gardens including an aquatic garden, an observation lookout with a gazebo and antique weathervane, an herb garden and an old-fashioned garden. Scripture readers will recognize the Biblical Garden filled with fig trees, crown of thorn, date palms and other varieties of plant life mentioned in the Bible.

Entrance to the gardens is through the Sullivan Carriage House, a superb example of Richardsonian Romanesque style, which was built for Daniel J. Sullivan in 1896 at Fourth and Broadway streets in what is now downtown San Antonio. Sullivan was a banker whose loans to ranchers helped inspire the legendary cattle drives of the 19th century. The Hearst Corporation, with a proviso that it would have to be moved, donated the house to the San Antonio Botanical Society in 1987. With the help from the San Antonio Conservation Society, the carriage house was moved to its present location. The building also houses a restaurant open for lunch, a gift shop, and meeting space.

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