For eight years, the Western Trails Garden Club has maintained the Children's Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden. This past harsh winter had nearly destroyed the plants embedded on the dinosaur which was left from the DinoLand event. The wrought iron archway, decorated with green foliage, leads visitors past a giant lizard stretched out by snake plants growing near the gravel surrounding the claws that reach for the shrimp plants. Beyond the giant oak and elm trees with bird of paradise, mountain laurel, and butterfly bush is a replica of a dinosaur in the form of a topiary filled with Sansevieria, succulents, purple and chartreuse sweet potato vines, Rosemary, spider plant and Iris. Its head this spring was reconstructed with sphagnum moss and soil giving the creature an eye of hen and chicks and a top knot of colorful dwarf Nandina. It even has sprigs of plant material protruding from it's mouth, giving this prehistoric relic an ultrasaurus characteristic of a long-necked plant eater.
Pictured below is the new dinosaur as it appeared this spring in this treasured area. Visit the garden adjacent to the NW corner of the parking lot. Relax and read or watch the birds come for a drink from the birdbaths. Monetary donations were provided to rescue the dinosaur.