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Heat Advisory

Although dogs are allowed at ZBG we are approaching the hottest part of summer and the temperatures are rapidly rising.  Please keep your pet safe and cool by bringing plenty of water, as there is no water available on the trails, keeping them off the hot pavement, and if possible, only visit with your dog during the early mornings or evening hours.  And of course, NEVER leave your dog in a hot car, it only takes minutes for heat stroke to occur.  Thank you for always scooping the poop!
ZBG Virtual Tours

Austin Butterfly Forum
by Valerie Bugh
August 22, 2016 7:00 pm
Free and open to the Public
The movement of pollen from stamen to stigma is a major issue for plants, and they cannot easily do it themselves. Find out more about this process.We will look at the various animals that interact with plants in this process, and discuss the expenditures, risks and compensations.
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Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale

September 3rd & 4th 201610:00 am - 5:00 pm
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2016 Monarch Appreciation Day

Saturday, September 10th - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Head to Zilker Botanical Garden for a family-friendly, educational, fun-filled event to celebrate Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators.

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Travis County Master Gardeners Saturday Seminar

For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600

Upcoming Seminars at Zilker Botanical Gardens

  • Nov 12 - Hello Invasive Species, Goodbye Texas Natives

Backyard Basics
Offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - seminars led by Travis County Master Gardeners at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 1600-B Smith Road, Austin, Texas, 78721
Office: 512-854-9600
Cost: $10 thru 8/29, $15 starting 8/30 and onsite
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

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  • September 8 – To Bee, or Not to Bee
    10 am to noon
  • October 13– Chickens in Your Backyard
    10 am to noon
  • November 10 - Preserving the Harvest
    10 am to noon
Join the Zilker Docents!

Zilker Docents share the magic and history of Zilker Botanical Garden with hundreds of school children and adults every year. We are always seeking new volunteers to join us for future tours as well as other fun garden events and activities throughout the year. All Zilker Docents will be trained, so experience in gardening or teaching is not necessary, just the love for "The Jewel In The Heart Of The City" is required. View Schedule

For more information, call 512-477-8672, ext. 14 or email

Docent Club dues are $10..

All City Park volunteers are required to complete background checks. Forms will be available at the garden center, beginning with the 2/27 meeting.

Zilker Garden Festival April 2-3 Docents will volunteer with golf cart drivers (training required) & back gate admissions.

Faerie Wings

Visit our Gift Shop, Chrysalis, for faerie adornments, gardening books, jewelry, and other unique items. More info on our Gift Shop

What's Blooming

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

Welcome to Zilker Botanical Garden!

Zilker Botanical Garden — located on 26 fenced acres in Austin, Texas has often been called “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. Theme gardens such as rose, herb and Japanese garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds. The Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates local dinosaur habitat.

This garden is a unique collaboration between The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and the Austin Area Garden Council (AAGC). The garden is open to the public most days year-round and is enjoyed by over 100,000 visitors each year, including thousands of school children from Austin and the surrounding communities.

From our annual spring garden festival - Zilker Garden Festival, to AAGC garden club workshops and plant sales throughout the year, to docent-led tours, we offer our visitors countless ways to enjoy Zilker Botanical Garden.

Latest Events
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August 22
Austin Butterfly Forum-Pollination

September 10
2016 Monarch Appreciation Day

September 30

October 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9

November 12
Hello Invasive Species, Goodbye Texas Natives

November 24

December 24, 25


KLRU's weekly show, Central Texas Gardener, showcases exquisite Central Texas gardens, and hosts local gardening experts. Check out the Central Texas Gardener blog for more gardening info.

ZBG's hours are 7am -7pm, with last entry at 6:30pm

Admission, cash or check, is:
$1 for children
(ages 3-12)
$2 for adults, Austin resident
(ages 13-61)
$3 for adults, non-resident

(ages 13-61)
$1 for seniors
(age 62 & over)

Please review our visitor guidelines, especially if you are considering a photo session.

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Austin Area Garden Council