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“attractive and varied gardens”

Zilker Botanical Garden
Ranked #43 of 339 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Botanical Gardens includes 31 acres of land with plants that thrive in arid southwestern conditions.
Reviewed March 16, 2012

The Tanaguchi Japanese gardens are my favorite part of the garden, but it has a wonderful rose garden and demonstration garden too.

Thank LJHAustinTX
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Aside from the inexplicable parking fee, the gardens are nice. The oriental garden is lovely as is the large, manicured rose garden. Best in springtime, unbearable in August.

1  Thank austex_gringo
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

I went on March 12th, 2012. I'd estimate that they'll have maximum flowers about the first week of April. There were just a few roses blooming when I went. They had some other gorgeous blossoms, but the majority of the plants haven't bloomed yet. Go now, then go again in three weeks or so. The Japanese garden area was disappointing to me. The bridges were really cheap looking. I'm spoiled by the Japanese Garden at the Botanical Garden in Fort Worth. The cupola would have been a real highlight, but there is a water pool next to it full of rotting leaves. The water is very brown and unattractive. You are getting maximum visitors now and in the next month. Please clean out the scum from the water. Children will enjoy this too. Mostly it's good, and obviously will be better in a couple weeks or so.

Thank RickTX28
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We enjoyed an hour of walking along meandering hillside trails viewing a few early spring flowers and trees, as well as a small collection of historic structures. The prehistoric garden was a hoot (watch out for that dinosaur!) Folks in the gift shop/welcome center were very helpful.

Thank vttico
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

The Zilker Botanical Garden is almost as amazing as the Ladybird Wild Flower Center. Both are distinct, but they are both worth a visit, especially during spring. The botanical garden has an amazing Koi pond, which is my favorite landscape element in their premises. You can even buy plants on certain seasons!

1  Thank Taco_Connosieur
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