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ZBG Calendar of Events

Events listed below are held at Zilker Botanical Garden unless noted otherwise.

   Admission to Zilker Botanical Garden effective October 1, 2013

$1 for children (ages 3-12) & seniors (age 62 & over)
$2 for adults, Austin resident (ages 13-61)
$3 for adults, non-resident
(ages 13-61)
cash or check please

Zilker Botanical Garden's winter hours are
9:00am- 5:30pm (last entry at 5:00pm)


October 2015

October 8, 2015
Backyard Basics
Plant Propagation

10:00 am- 12:00 pm at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County, 1600-B Smith Road
Learn how to make new plants for your yard through propagation methods such as rooting slips and cuttings.  In this workshop you will assemble a self-watering propagator and select cuttings to grow new plants.  All supplies, instructions, and cuttings will be provided for each participant. 
Master Gardener Sue King, a Plant Propagation Specialist, is a retired school librarian, an avid soup-maker, and a life-long gardener.  Master Gardener Carolyn Turman found propagating plants using cuttings as an easy and inexpensive way to add wonderful additions to her landscape.

Cost: $25 thru 9/28, $30 starting 9/29.  Seating limited to 25.   No on-site registration available.
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Space is limited to 25 so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Contact:  Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or

October 12, 2015
AOG Meeting
Spiritual Gardens

6:30 pm 2220 Barton Springs Rd., in Zilker Botanical Gardens
Please join us for our meeting on Monday, October 12th with John Dromgoole, founder and owner of The Natural Gardener. John will discuss spiritual gardens including the historical background and ceremonial uses of specific plants as well as creating sacred spaces in your garden.

The Austin Organic Gardeners' Club meets at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, in Zilker Botanical Gardens. Doors open at 6:30 pm for the opportunity to meet, mingle, and ask questions with local gardeners; club business begins at 7 pm, followed by our guest speaker's presentation. For more information, please visit

October 17, 2015
Inside Austin Gardens Tour
The Travis County Master Gardeners Association has set Saturday, October 17, 2015 for their popular Inside Austin Gardens Tour (IAGT). The tour provides a rare look inside six private gardens and one public experimental garden that demonstrate realistic, sustainable gardening practices for Central Texas.

The tour’s theme remains: “For Gardeners. By Gardeners”, focusing on the practical beauty, variety and stamina of native and well-adapted plants in the garden. In turn, each garden has a theme that demonstrates a particular set of characteristics Central Texas gardeners are likely to encounter in their own gardens.  Those themes are:

Flashy Natives – bright and colorful
Sunbathing Natives – brutal, full sun
Shady Natives – shade and under trees
Death-Defying Natives – especially hardy, minimal water
Cottage Natives – Texas tough classics
Oh Deer! – deer-resistant, not deer-proof
Native Testing Ground – new varieties and proven winners

Now in its eighth year, the IAGT is held every 18 months by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County.  The one-day event features behind-the-scenes looks at gardens of Travis County Master Gardeners. As many as 2,000 people typically attend. Tickets may be purchased in advance via the website or at the garden sites. Complete information and tickets at

October 24, 2015

Docent Meeting 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
"An Artist's View of ZBG" with Alisan Clarke.
Local artist and AAGC Historian Alisan Clarke will teach us how to use viewfinders to see different scenes of nature as created by Zilker garden designers. Alisan gave this program 6 years ago, pointing out the views that we miss in our rush to "see everything" and meet the school bus on time. Bring your camera! For more information, call 512-477-8672, ext. 14 or email

October 25, 2015
Afternoon in the Garden
Straw Bale Gardening; Minimal Maintenance and Maximum Production
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sunday
Having difficulty bending over to dig, weed, plant, and other garden chores? Are you experiencing poor soils or no soil but you have concrete or asphalt space available? Straw bale gardening allows anyone to grow a bountiful garden in almost any location that is highly productive while being much less labor intensive. Not to mention, it’s a festive addition that makes a great focal point through the fall and winter. Towards the end of spring, recycle the bales into mulch and compost to help you perennials through the summer. Harvesting potatoes means simply knocking over a bale and picking up the produce- with no digging required! Come get your hands dirty and plant a straw bale, learn different watering techniques, how to condition the bales, and how weeding is nearly nonexistent through this method. Make corn dollies for the youngsters to take home and learn about a traditional custom practiced by cultures from around the world to ensure a bountiful harvest the following year.

November 2015

November 12, 2015
Backyard Basics
Bold and Beautiful Edibles

10:00 am- 12:00 pm at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County, 1600-B Smith Road
Come join us to learn about edible plants with ornamental potential for Central Texas landscapes. We're talking artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, herbs and more. Some are perennials, some are annuals, but all will beautify your landscape and satisfy your appetite.
Master Gardener Patty Leander is a writer for Texas Gardener magazine and grows vegetables year round in her Oak Hill garden.

Cost: $10 thru 11/02, $15 starting 11/03 and onsite
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Contact:  Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or


November 15, 2015
Afternoon in the Garden
Keyhole Gardening; Save Water while Boosting Fertility
9:00 am - 12:00 am and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday
Keyhole gardens have gained popularity in dry regions around the world for their ability to retain moisture and nutrients. This is accomplished by building a circular raised garden bed out of everyday items (known as lasagna gardening), with a compost basket in the middle to continually distribute moisture, nutrients, and even beneficial organisms to the surrounding bed. A small slice in the circle facilitates easy access to the center basket which forms the keyhole shape. Come in the morning to experience building a keyhold garden from the ground up, or come in the afternoon to lend a hand planting, mulching, and watering the bed. This event is taking place in the Compost Demonstration area in Zilker Botanical Garden.


November 21, 2015 10-1
Docent Meeting 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Plant Identification & decorate Christmas tree
Meeting & decorate docent Christmas tree. For more information, call 512-477-8672, ext. 14 or email


November 29, 2015
Afternoon in the Garden
Collecting plants; a Pressing Activity
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday
Preserving the flora from your garden is an elegant way to collect the memories of the garden you and your children fostered together. Create a simple plant press to take home with you that can add a sophisticated and colorful touch to your post cards, bookmarks, gifts, and nature journal. Choose specimens from plants that have already been pressed to begin your own herbarium or nature journal to document your findings. Make a charming piece of natural artwork by bringing different types of pressed leaves and flower petals together!

December 2015

December 19, 2015
Docent Meeting
Zilker Garden Docents Deliver gifts for Blue Santa!
Docent Margarine Beaman has been on their board for several years, and we decided to join her in volunteering for this worthwhile cause in lieu of a December meeting. More info to come. For more information, call 512-477-8672, ext. 14 or email

January 2016

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Please note parking information and the following closure information.

Zilker Botanical Garden and the Garden Center Building are normally open every day. Additional closures may occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Scheduled closures include:


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