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“Austin Gardening”

Zilker Botanical Garden
Ranked #43 of 338 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 September 5, 2012

We had heard that Austin had a botanical garden in Zilker park. We were surprised by the size and complexity of the gardens. We visited the tea garden which is planted into the side a hill and flows down the hill following a stream that starts behind the gift shop just off the parking lot. There were several places to stop and enjoy the sounds of the water or the koi pond. One fun spot feels like a secret garden under the water fall. Because the day we visited it was 103 degrees we were able to enjoy this shady garden although we didn't go through the other gardens as they are planted with sun loving plants. We plan to return to enjoy the other gardens on a cooler day.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

If you read my reviews you're probably saying, "man, this guy is treating Austin pretty hard" ... and I might be, but like some of my other reviews, I expect a bit more when it comes to certain things in certain places. The Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin is one of those places. Austin is one of the more green cities around, and especially in Austin, but it seems like they haven't really done a lot with Zilker. There is a lot of unused space, and the trails seem like they're just there to get you from one of about 4 or 5 small areas there. I do have to commend the Japanese Garden area of Zilker; that kept it from being below par, but even with the soothing waterfalls and tranquil water streams, there was the traffic to block out in some places. It's great to tour it once, but I would not be a repeat visiter there. Go see the one in San Antonio.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Like another reviewer, our plan was to go to Zilker Park across the road, until we realized they were going to charge us $5 just for parking. Instead, we visited the gardens for the same $5 and were allowed to leave our car in their lot while we spent the rest of the day at Zilker Park and Barton Gardens, but I digress. We spent about one hour walking through the different themed gardens. In spite of the heat, the gardens are lush and lovely, and more importantly, very shady. The only garden that looked a bit sad was the rose garden but that is expected with temps reaching 100+ degrees. My son's favorite was the Japanese garden because of all the water features that he could explore. I do have to warn other visitors to wear comfortable shoes and consider leaving the stroller in the car. Many parts of the gardens are difficult to navigate and are not handicap accessible. Personally, I would love to visit the gardens again, preferably when the weather is much more pleasant.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We only planned to go to Zilker park, but since they charged $5 just to park on the swimming location side even on a sunday morning, we drove past it and discovered the botanical garden. What a treat! 2 adults + 2 kids = $6. The garden was big and had lots of different mature plants that must have taken years and years to grow. Lots of photo opportunities here (eg. blooming plants, ponds, waterfalls, sculptures, open spaces). We all loved it. Perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

1  Thank WhenOffRatRace
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Japanese man spent a lifetime cultivating this place. He has passed, but they are keeping it going. We need more places like this. (Hint, hint, city council!)

1  Thank Snakehandler666
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