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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

2014 American Garden Award Program

The American Garden Award, a unique opportunity for the gardening public to vote on a specific flower or plant that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Voting for this year's program ends Sept 30.

In cooperation with All-America Selections, Zilker Botanical Garden has planted four different flower entries so garden visitors can view the plants in person and vote on their favorite. The display bed is near the kiosk, same place as last year.

Consumers and home gardeners who are unable to view these plants in person can vote online at the American Garden Award website www.americangardenaward.org View the PDF flyer here-

American Garden Award - Get Out the Vote

July 2014

Saturday, July 19
10am - noon
TCMG Educational Workshop: Raising and Managing Bees
Chris Doggett, of Williamson County Beekeepers Association, will share his knowledge and expertise in raising and managing bees on Saturday, July 19th, from 10 am to noon.  Learn how to provide a healthy and attractive environment for bees, whether you have a backyard hive or acres of crops needing pollination.  A delightful speaker with hands-on experience, Chris will gladly answer your questions and concerns to take the mystery out of beekeeping. The seminar is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. www.tcmastergardeners.org. For information, call (512) 477-8672.

Sunday, July 20, 12 noon - 4pm
Afternoon in the Garden -
Friendly Prickly Pear Cactus and Uses
Experience how to identify and prepare cactus pads for propagation, food, beverages, building, dyes, water purification, and much more. How much water can a cactus pad hold?  Find out when you drop by the Cactus display near the Map Kiosk.



August 2014

Sunday, August 3, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Afternoon in the Garden - The Work of Plants
Plants have specific functions that help build our ecosystem. Some plants mine for rare minerals in the soil, others pull nitrogen gas from the air and store it in root nodules.  What other special jobs do plants do that make planet Earth a better place?  Join us in looking closely at special plants and their work. 

Thursday, Aug 7, 10am - 12 noon
TCMG Educational Workshop: Composting

(not at ZBG)
Whether you want to get ready for a fabulous fall garden, or just improve the health of your lawn and landscape, compost is an easy and inexpensive amendment, safe to use, and beneficial for the environment. Cathy Wood, Master Gardener and compost specialist, will teach the ingredients needed for quality compost, how to build an effective compost pile, and how to use its contents to increase the fertility of your soil and productivity of your garden. This first course in our series on Backyard Basics will include a tour of the compost methods used on site at the AgriLife Demonstration Garden, weather permitting.  Class cost is $10 for early registration, $15 for late and onsite, and is limited to 40 attendees.  Located at the AgriLife Extension Offices at 1600 Smith Rd, Austin, 78721.
Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Backyard Basics Series. Register at  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty  or by phone 979-845-2604.


Saturday, Aug 9 (weather permitting)
Docent Led Tour
Meet in front of the Gift Shop at 9:30am. Full details are at bottom of this page.


Saturday, August 16, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
TCMG Educational Workshop "Insect Visitors in Your Garden"
Update your understanding of good bugs and bad, with Master Gardeners Pat Mokry and Sheryl Williams. Pat, an entomology specialist, will describe the common insect visitors to your garden, and help you determine if and how you should treat for them.  Following identification of beneficial insects, Sheryl will then share a fascinating project she has constructed to attract insects into her garden for observation, pollination and just plain fun.  Don't miss these two lively, informative ladies!
This seminar is free; Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child or senior. The seminar is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. www.tcmastergardeners.org. For information, call (512) 477-8672.


Sunday, August 17, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Afternoon in the Garden - Growing Plants Without Rain
Check out our hügelkultur, Ollas and wicking bed in action! Witness the benefits of drip-line and soaker hose irrigation and explore different mulching techniques. Learn about the heritage of Ollas dating back to Ancient Roman Pottery. This drop in program is taking place in the vegetable garden.


Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale



September 2014

Sunday, September 7, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Afternoon in the Garden

details coming soon


Saturday & Sunday, Sept 13 & 14
Texas Bamboo Society Show and Sale

The 21st Annual Texas Bamboo Festival has been postponed due to conflict of dates this year with the Annual Meeting of the American Bamboo Society http://www.bamboo.org Please visit the Texas Bamboo Society at the Austin Home and Garden Show August 15-17 at the Austin Convention Center.http://www.austinhomeandgardenshow.com

Sunday, September 21, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Afternoon in the Garden

details coming soon


October 2014

Friday through Sunday, October 3 -5
ZBG closed for Austin City Limits Festival

Friday through Sunday, October 10 -12
ZBG closed for Austin City Limits Festival


Saturday, October 18, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday, October 19, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Violet Crown Garden Club Show and Sale


Sunday, October 19, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Afternoon in the Garden

details coming soon

Docent Led Tours

Zilker Botanical Garden is located on 26 acres of varied topography on the south bank of the Colorado River near downtown Austin. Its diverse topography is especially suited to depicting different habitats and displaying an array of native, hybrid and exotic plants.  There are seven gardens to explore:

Austin Area Garden Council docents will be offering guided tours on selected Saturdays, starting at 9:30 a.m.   A tour can last up to 90 minutes if all gardens are visited.  Tours are flexible and participants may depart from the tour group at any time.  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended because the botanical garden has varied terrain; ADA trails are available in certain areas.  Bottled water and mosquito repellent are available for purchase at the Garden Center gift shop.  Please see above calendar for specific dates of the tours.

For more information call the Gift Shop at 512-477-8672 x14. No reservations are needed.

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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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Zilker Botanical Garden

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