We took the bus ride out to the gardens to see a different part of the city as well as the gardens. What a beautiful, restful place! Well laid out and easy to manage. Beautiful city views and lots of places to rest. I, too, enjoyed the Halloween/autumn features. I hope that they do that for all the holidays. As a non-Texan, I enjoyed the Texas Trail. The signage is informative without being a science lesson. It is very easy to get to the gardens. The bus goes from downtown, past the zoo, directly to the gate. I think it runs at least every half hour. Buy a bus pass for 4 dollars for unlimited travel--free at times for seniors. Being in the leafy part of town, adds to the relaxing atmosphere. Staff friendly, helpful, knowledgeable. Dollar of coupons available at most hotels and visitors' center. Otherwise 8 dollars per adult.