Zilker Botanical Garden
Austin Area Garden Center
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin TX 78746 - 512-477-8672

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Texas Homes for Sale,recently featured us in an article about Faerie Trails and Monarch Butterflies: The Zilker Botanical Garden.



American Garden Award - Get Out the Vote2014 American Garden Award Winners Announced

Over 7,000 votes are tallied and the winners are....


WSJ.com - Headed to Austin, Texas? Don't miss these insider spots
Wall Street Journal, Feb 28, 2014

"THERE MAY BE no more magnetic town in America today than the Texas capital. Austin anchors the fastest-growing metro area in the country, with a population that expanded by more than 2% in 2013. It's a perennial on "best city" lists, lauded for its job prospects and its friendliness to small business, its music and its barbecue and its breakfast tacos. It has also become a place of pilgrimage, especially during South by Southwest, the film, music and technology festival that swamps the town for three weeks each March. ...

... Floral Adventure // Zilker Botanical Garden. Town Lake has a beautiful botanical garden with flowers from all over the world. It's amazing—a very relaxing experience. Go for a walk or a jog, or perch on a bench to just enjoy nature. 2220 Barton Springs Rd., zilkergarden.org"


Tagged Monarch Butterflies Released

Monarch on milkweedZilker Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the release of sixteen tagged Monarch Butterflies.  These caterpillars were hatched along our Butterfly trail and raised in the greenhouse, emerging from their cocoons 8-10 days after pupating.  Since 2012, ZBG has been a registered Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch, a University of Kansas educational outreach program in which 100,000 citizen scientists tag monarchs each fall to track migration patterns.   

The Monarch population in Mexico last winter was the lowest ever recorded.  The butterfly has been added to the World Wildlife Fund’s Top 10 Most Threatened Species List.  Weather extremes, increased use of herbicides and GMO crops, and loss of habitat have contributed to the decline in population.  ZBG is pleased to be part of creating habitat, providing food, and helping to monitor this magnificent butterfly which might travel as much as 3000 miles to reach its winter home in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. 

View YNN’s Out in the Garden segments on butterfly gardening at Zilker Botanical Garden. 


American Garden AwardJune 1 – August 31, 2013
American Garden Award

The American Garden Award is a unique opportunity for the gardening public to vote on a specific flower or plant that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Some of the world's most prominent breeders have chosen their best varieties to enter into this competition. In cooperation with All-America Selections, Zilker Botanical Garden will display four different flower entries so garden visitors can view the plants in person and vote on their favorite. For those consumers and home gardeners who are unable to view these plants in person, a link on the American Garden Award website www.americangardenaward.org allows online voting. When visiting us, you can find the American Garden Award entries on display at Zilker Botanical Garden. Read the press release.


Zilker Botanical Garden in the New York Times -

Q&A: Austin With a Young One

Welcoming Spring in Texas Tones


Zilker Botanical Garden is PARD's park of the month for February! Details here-


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It's About Thyme
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Texas Gardener
Texas Gardener's Seeds newsletter
The Great Outdoors
 Texas Gardener's Seeds newsletter

AGAbannerZilker Botanical Garden Participates in the American Garden Award Program for 2012

ZBG is one of 28 prestigious public gardens chosen to participate in the nation's only flower popularity contest.

2012 American Garden Award Winners Announced!
The full story and photos are here-

AGA flower display

In November 2011, Zilker Botanical Garden was recognized by the Austin Parks Foundation with two APF Grants:

  • AAGC was awarded a grant of $20,275 to fund repairs to the Lotus Pond and Patio Pond in the Taniguchi Japanese Garden
  • The Garden Club of Austin Fern Team was awarded a grant of $10,820 to fund creation of new shade beds in the fern garden
These two grants confirm that the Austin Parks Foundation continues to embrace Zilker Botanical Garden as a treasured Austin landmark. Visit their website, www.austinparks.org, and subscribe to their online newsletter. You can also make a tax-deductible donation to the Austin Parks Foundation to fund future improvements in Austin's parkland.

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