Vibrante - The Member Magazine of the San Antonio Botanical Garden (May - August 2021)

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THE MEMBER MAGAZINE OF THE SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (detail), 1940. © 2021 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

May – August 2021

GARDEN HIGHLIGHT

SHADE SPOTS IN THE GARDEN

ETHNOBOTANY OF CHILE PEQUÍN

LIGHTSCAPE DEBUTS

FRIDA KAHLO OASIS


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LET TER FROM CEO SUMMER IS ON THE HORIZON, and

beginning May 8, I welcome you to Frida Kahlo Oasis our newest exhibition that recreates the renowned artist’s beloved home, Casa Azul, and its lush green surroundings. Feel the spirit of Kahlo through the vibrant and warm colors. Learn about Kahlo’s deep connection with nature that inspired her timeless art. We even have six monumental animals which often appear in Kahlo’s artwork that you can discover throughout the grounds. Now is the time to find those shady and cooler spots in the Garden. Whether it’s children enjoying the water of No Name Creek, finding a spot to rest under a tree, or joining us for our variety of summer events, the Garden is a great escape. I am certainly ready to join you this summer for Sips & Sunsets in the Garden, and the return of our popular Summer Nights with a Frida twist – Noches de Frida. You are among the very first to know about the Garden’s newest and what will become a favorite holiday tradition. Lightscape is a blockbuster winter light show, first made famous in the U.K., and then Chicago. The Botanical Garden is bringing Lightscape to San Antonio for its Texas debut. More details are in this issue of Vibrante. We cannot wait to dazzle you this holiday season. The Garden continues to be a refuge, a gem of nature right in the middle of our community. I owe you – our members – a deep and heartfelt “ Thank You”! Whether you are a new or longstanding member, you are our foundation. Even through uncertainty, our membership has grown to 10,000 households. That is a 60 percent increase in members since we reopened in May 2020. Our mission to inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives is more important than ever. We are humbled by the outpouring of support you have provided. We are honored to serve as an oasis for you, your family, and your friends. See you in the Garden, Sabina Carr 2

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EXHIBITION NOV 19, 2021 – JAN 3, 2022

LIGHTSCAPE Tickets go on sale this summer for San Antonio’s newest and guaranteed favorite holiday tradition. The San Antonio Botanical Garden is excited to present Lightscape, a renowned winter lights show making its Texas debut!

Lightscape will shine throughout the Botanical Garden’s 38 acres. Set along a one-mile illuminated path, visitors will be enchanted with more than 15 immersive, monumental light displays, including an impressive towering 110-foot cathedral arch tunnel sparkling with 100,000 lights, a field of dancing bluebonnets, and much more. This after-dark trail of lights expertly choreographed to music and sound is designed specifically for the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The displays are being created not only by international artists, but Texas artists will add a unique local flare to the experience. Never seen in Texas, Lightscape promises to dazzle with color, imagination, and sound. This will be a must-see experience opening November 19, 2021 and running through January 3, 2022. Tickets will go on sale this summer, with discounts for members (insider tip – act quickly as Lightscape tickets sell out in advance in other cities). “We are proud to host the exciting Texas debut of Lightscape. This will quickly become San Antonio’s favorite holiday tradition. The lights exhibit will bring to life the natural elements of the Botanical Garden. It’s the perfect holiday attraction for family and friends. And, you can look forward to this unique show occurring annually through 2026,” said Sabina Carr, Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Botanical Garden. This summer, be sure to look out for emails, website updates, and follow our social media accounts as ticket sales open for Lightscape. FIRST PREMIERING IN THE U.K. AND THEN CHICAGO,

CATHEDRAL OF LIGHT

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Frida Kahlo in her garden in Coyoacan, Freund Gisele (1908-2000) Saint-Germain-la-Blache-Herbe, IMEC)

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EXHIBITION MAY 8 – NOV 2, 2021

AGAVE (Agave sp.)

BOUGAINVILLEA (Bougainvillea sp.)

FRIDA KAHLO OASIS

W O R L D PREMIERE

The Garden’s unique summer exhibition recreates Frida Kahlo’s home and garden, Casa Azul (Blue House). Garden horticulturists have created an inspiring and exciting showcase blending the world of art and horticulture. Nature was integral to Kahlo’s artwork; as an avid gardener, her home was both a refuge and a source of inspiration.

built the Mexico City home in 1904. Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, purchased the home in 1930. They made modifications and expansions over the years, including painting the exterior walls a striking cobalt blue, leading to its Casa Azul namesake. While the original garden was constructed in a formal 19th century European style with ferns, roses, citrus, and palms, Kahlo expanded the types of plants to include an array of tropicals, succulents, cacti, and native plants of Mexico. Locally sourced lava rocks lined the beds; over time, the garden beds became an informal collection of tropical foliage and desert plants. Since 1958, Casa Azul has served as a museum dedicated to Kahlo’s life and work. The interpretation of Casa Azul at the San Antonio Botanical Garden is located in a beautiful, serene area where mature live oak trees form dappled shade. Under the oaks, visitors will discover plants depicted in Kahlo’s artwork, plants grown in her garden, and plants that are native to Mexico. Philodendron, sansevieria, plumeria, and alocasia are planted alongside agave, opuntia, and yucca. Colorful, flowering plants such as bougainvillea, marigolds, and zinnias fill the space, and throughout, you will find potted plants showcasing an array of unique succulents. Children and adults alike will enjoy six monumental animals that are often seen in Kahlo’s work. This summer and through November 2, stroll through this beautiful, vibrant space and be transported to the world of Frida Kahlo. FRIDA KAHLO’S FATHER

ELEPHANT EAR (Alocasia sp.)

MARIGOLD (Tagetes sp.)

THANK YOU TO FRIDA KAHLO OASIS SPONSORS:

ELIZABETH HUTH COATES CHARITABLE FOUNDATION OF 1992 GRETCHEN SWANSON FAMILY FOUNDATION

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY: Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, Dacia and Lanham Napier, San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council – samfco.org The Monumental Animal Sculpture Sponsors and the Host Committee A Santikos Art in the Garden Exhibition

YUCCA (Yucca sp.)

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CHILE PEQUÍN IS A DROUGHT-FRIENDLY TEXAS NATIVE THAT BIRDS LOVE.

CHILE PEQUÍN SOIL TYPES: Clay, Sandy,

SCIENTIFIC NAME:

Capsicum annuum

Caliche, Limestone

PLANT TYPE:

Annual, Perennial, Native SIZE: 6-24in H, 1-3ft W

FLOWER COLOR: White BLOOM TIME: May, June, July,

SUNLIGHT REQUIREMENTS:

Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade WATER REQUIREMENTS:

WILDLIFE: Birds

Low; supplemental water in dry, hot summers

August, September, October FREEZE HARDY: Yes DEER RESISTANCE: High INVASIVE: No

MAINTENANCE: Minimal; mainly recognizing it in order to

save it. It often pops up on its own in weedy edges and gets mowed down.

E T H N O B O TA N Y O F T H E

Chile Pequín

By Maeve Bassett, Conservation and Volunteer Programs Specialist

Chile Pequín (Capsicum annuum), sometimes called Chiltepin, Chile Petin, Bird Pepper, or Turkey Pepper, is a medium-sized bush covered in bright green leaves. It has delicate white flowers which turn into spicy pea-sized red fruit throughout summer. THIS SUBTLE TEXAS NATIVE (officially

declared the State’s native pepper in 1997) has had an extraordinary impact on the entire world. Research has found that despite its abundance, Chile Pequín was not frequently used by the indigenous peoples of this area. However, it was being used and domesticated throughout Central America. This may be because capsaicin (the chemical that makes peppers spicy) has antibacterial properties to help preserve food and prevent illness – benefits which are not 6

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as important in less humid environments like South Texas. During his second voyage (14931496), Columbus knew this plant would be a hit in spice-crazed Europe. He returned with seeds, and it was readily adopted. Because Capsicums spread so quickly throughout Europe and were incorporated into many different cuisines, for a large part of history, people believed Capsicums originated in South Asia. Spanish missionaries began settling along the San Antonio River in the

1700s, bringing with them Mexican and European pepper varietals which they promoted as “pure” Castilian foods. Peppers rapidly became a diet staple, partially fueled by growing meat consumption from the cattle industry. They continued to be bred for size, color, taste, and spice levels. Now, there are diverse pepper varietals ranging from large, sweet bell peppers to small, incredibly spicy ghost peppers – all of these contribute to local and regional flavors. PEQUÍN PHOTOS COURTESY OF PATTY LESLIE PASZTOR


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HE A LT H A ND W EL L NE S S:

Pequeño Pepper Day

Staying Active During the Pandemic

SATURDAY, JULY 24 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. The San Antonio Botanical Garden is bringing the heat with its second Pequeño Pepper Day, focusing this year on the chiles of Mexico and San Antonio. The day will be filled with entertainment and activities for the whole family – featuring live Latin music, a pepper plant sale, CHEF culinary demonstrations, workshops, children’s story time, cash bar, and food prepared by Jason Dady Catering, shaved ice, and more.

DIY: HOT HONEY 10 – 11 A.M. & 1 – 2 P.M.

ETHNOBOTANY OF CHILE PEQUÍN WORKSHOP 11 A.M. – 12 P.M.

CHILI QUEENS AND THE LOCAL ORIGIN OF CHILI CON CARNE 3 – 5 P.M.

By Katrina Flores, Culinary and Wellness Programs Specialist

can have positive effects on health, happiness, focus, stress reduction, productivity, and more. This is not a new notion for botanical gardens, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Now, more than ever, there is a great need for open-air and safe spaces to engage in physical exercise. Botanical gardens across the nation have become a welcome refuge – positively impacting health by providing safe, convenient, and beautiful recreational spaces. Particularly during a public health crisis, physical activity is one of the most important behaviors that people of all ages can do to improve and maintain good mental and physical health. It is critical to find creative ways to stay active each day, this includes moving wellness practices from indoor spaces to the outdoors. Embracing this idea, the Botanical Garden has introduced an expanded menu of wellness experiences in nature and open-air buildings. There are a variety of programs for every level of fitness, from yoga to endurance training. The Garden and its partner instructors are creating a fitness and wellness community that supports physical and mental health. Sunset and Morning Flow classes begin with a meditative walk through a tranquil garden space, followed by an outdoor 50-minute intentional flow. Stroller Strong with RTRIBE participants are invited to bring their little one with them for stroller walks and runs, body weight and baby weighted exercises, and to meet fellow parents. Trek and Tone is a traveling full-body workout utilizing the 38-acres of natural space and beauty of the Garden. The Garden invites guests to enhance their physical efforts with culinary classes that teach how to cook fresh, healthy dishes at home. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT EXPERIENCING NATURE

WELLNESS & CULINARY OPPORTUNITIES AT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN Sunset Flow – IN GARDEN Evening 10-minute meditative walk, followed by 50-minute intentional flow.

Trek and Tone – IN GARDEN

Morning 10-minute meditative walk, followed by 50-minute intentional flow.

Burn calories while building strength and endurance, utilizing 38-acres of natural space and beauty for walk/run intervals, circuit training, cardio exercises, bodyweight exercises, core training, and stretching.

Stroller Strong with RTRIBE – IN GARDEN

Culinary Classes – IN GARDEN & DISTANCE LEARNING

Morning Flow – IN GARDEN

Exercise with your little one; meet fellow parents. Includes stroller walks and runs, body weight, and baby weighted exercises.

Led by Chef Katrina Flores, in-person and distance learning culinary classes explore regional and seasonal flavors for individuals and groups.

VISIT SABOT.ORG FOR COST, SCHEDULING, AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT WELLNESS AND CULINARY PROGRAMS. MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNTS ON CLASSES. sabot.org

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PLUMBAGO

TURK’S CAP

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SHADE

FLOWERS/FOLIAGE PLANTS

*Texas native

Attracts

Giant Liriope

(Liriope gigantea)

Holly Fern

(Cyrtomium falcatum)

Foxtail Fern

(Asperagus densiflorus var. myersii)

*Inland Sea Oats

(Chasmanthium latifolium) Birds

Asparagus Fern

(Asparagus densiflorus, var. sprengeri) Birds

*Tropical Sage

(Salvia coccinea)

*Texas Yellow Columbine

(Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana) Pollinators

*Red Columbine

(Aquilegia canadensis sp.)

Pollinators

Firespike

(Odontonema strictum)

Hummingbirds

Pentas

(Pentas sp.)

Pollinators

Pollinators

SHRUBS Shrimp Plant

(Justicia brandegeana)

*Turk’s Cap

(Malaviscus arboreus, var. drummondii) Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

*American Beautyberry

(Callicarpa americana) (partial shade)

Plumbago

(Plumbago auriculata)

*Boneset or White Mist

(Ageratina havanensis) (sun or shade)

Pollinators

*Evergreen Sumac

(Rhus virens) (sun or shade)

Pollinators

Birds

GROUND COVERS Ruellia Blue Shade

(Ruellia squarrosa)

Monkey Grass

(Ophiopogon japonicus)

English Ivy

(Hedera helix)

Algerian Ivy

(Hedera canariensis)

VINES *Passion Vine

(Passiflora foetida)

Pollinators

*Cross Vine

(Bignonia capreolata)

Pollinators

TREES *Texas Mountain Laurel

(Sophora secundiflora) (sun or shade)

*Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

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Pollinators Hummingbirds & Pollinators

*Texas Redbud

(Cercis canadensis var. texensis) Pollinators

*Mexican Plum

(Prunus mexicana) (partial shade)

Pollinators

Mexican Orchid Tree

(Bauhinia mexicana) (partial shade)

Pollinators

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1 Compost and mulch annually. Work in a rich, well-aged compost to the soil, mulch the planted area well, and hand water occasionally. No need for an automatic sprinkler in the shade.


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H I G H L I G H T: S H A DE S POT S IN THE G A R DE N call for finding outdoor shaded areas to relax, picnic, and to escape the hot afternoon sun. Even in the heat of the summer, the Garden remains a welcome refuge. Here are some favorite shaded spots in the Garden to escape to this summer: LONG TEXAS SUMMERS

1 EAST TEXAS PINEYWOODS AND LAKE

– bring a book and enjoy relaxing on a bench overlooking the lake

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– shaded by majestic oak trees; lawn chairs available, or bring a blanket, and a cool treat; perfect, expansive spot for kids to run out energy

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3 FAMILY ADVENTURE GARDEN

– sit under the large oak tree to take a break in the shade; enjoy the Secret Garden’s stone lounge chairs covered with a shade structure overlooking a sand play area

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– a Corkscrew Willow (Salix matsudana ‘tortuosa’) provides dappled shade in this serene area; benches under a pavilion and throughout for relaxing

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5 CIRCLE BAR FOUNDATION WISTERIA ARBOR

– stunning arbor covered in wisteria with benches for shaded seating

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– peaceful Japanese garden haven; relax on benches under the wood pavilion

SHADE GARDENING TIPS Gardening in shaded areas is a welcome relief, and if planned correctly, shady spots can be colorful while using minimal water. The key is plant selection and soil preparation.

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Mix up texture and color. This helps brighten a dimly lit landscape. Choose lighter blooming flowers and plants with brighter foliage.

Pinch your shade plants. Pinching is type of pruning that removes the apical or terminal bud – just above a healthy set of leaves – encouraging the plant to grow compact and bushy. When you pinch a plant, you remove the top of the main stem, forcing the plant to grow two new stems from the leaf nodes below the pinch. In the shade, plants tend to stretch and get lanky; pinching will prevent this.

PLUMBAGO (Plumbago auriculata)

3 SHRIMP PLANT (Justicia brandegeana)

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FAMILY ADVENTURE G A RDEN

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Follow Water By Katie Erickson, Director of Programs

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to splash, play, and cool down in the Family Adventure Garden’s Greehey Family Foundation No Name Creek. Beyond using water for play, all plants and animals need water to survive.

in the San Antonio region is dramatic and magical. In the Family Adventure Garden, guests can follow the flow of water through the landscapes modeled after the Texas Hill Country, South Texas Plains, and San Antonio’s neighborhoods from rain to drain to harvest. THE JOURNEY OF A RAINDROP

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Begin at Thunder Ridge (6) and listen for thunderstorms bringing the Greehey Family Foundation No Name Creek (5) to life with water. Along the creek, notice the ferns clinging to north-facing limestone bluffs – just as they do in the Texas Hill Country – waiting patiently for precious rain or mist to seep through the rocks to their roots. Millions of years ago, creatures roamed this landscape also in search of water. Look closely for fossils and fossil imprints often found in the creek beds and rock ledges in the Hill Country. The strong flow of creek water surprisingly disappears into the ground, refilling the Retama Recharge (4) – modeled after Texas’ Edwards Aquifer – beneath the soil. Bubbling up, water reappears in the Cypress Spring (3), beginning the cycle again further downstream. On average, San Antonio receives 30 inches of rain each year.


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CENIZO

*Texas native

TREES

*Anacacho, Orchid Tree

*Anaqua, Sandpaper Tree (Ehretia anacua)

*Arizona Cypress

(Cupressus arizonica)

*Bur Oak

(Quercus macrocarpa)

*Carolina Buckthorn

(Frangula caroliniana)

*Cedar Elm

(Ulmus crassifolia)

*Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)

(Bauhinia congesta)

BUR OAK SHRUBS *Texas Yellow Buckeye

(Aesculus pavia var. flavescens)

*Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)

TEXAS MOUNTAIN LAUREL

tree/shrub

Glossy Abelia

(Abelia grandiflora)

*Agarita

(Mahonia trifoliolata)

*Texas Lantana

(Lantana urticoides)

*Cenizo, Texas Sage

(Leucophyllum frutescens)

VINES

*Crossvine

(Bignonia capreolata)

*Carolina Jessamine

(Gelsemium sempervirens)

This region depends on rainwater that is stored beneath the soil in the porous rocks of the Edwards Aquifer – this is why it is critical rain is able to reach the aquifer. Next, venture into Dry Rock Creek (2). Many Texas creeks appear to be dry until rainstorms come. Flash flooding quickly turns dry creek beds into raging waters often making its way into the Edwards Aquifer. While it is dry, have fun stacking rocks and making shelters in Dry Rock Creek. The Family Adventure Garden’s story of water ends at The Watering Hole (1), a place to think about the ways that humans collect and use water. From here, look at the plants native to the San Antonio region displayed throughout the Family Adventure Garden. When people choose landscape plants that use water wisely, beautiful things happen – a precious water supply is protected.

Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) CORAL HONEYSUCKLE

*Coral Honeysuckle

(Lonicera sempervirens)

GROUNDCOVER *Texas Yellow Columbine

(Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana)

*Texas Frogfruit

(Phyla nodiflora)

*Prairie Verbena

(Glandularia bipinnatifida)

*Silver Poneyfoot

(Dichondra argentea)

PRAIRIE VERBENA

PERENNIALS *Milkweed/Butterfly Weed

(Asclepias sp.)

*Boneset, White Mistflower (Ageratina havanensis *Rock Rose

(Pavonia lasiopetala)

*Turk’s Cap

(Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES *Big Bluestem

(Andropogon gerardii)

*Eastern Gamagrass

(Tripsacum dactyloides)

*Lindheimer’s Muhly

(Muhlenbergia lindheimeri)

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In Appreciation

CHEF OUTDOOR TEACHING KITCHEN IN THE GOLDSBURY FOUNDATION PAVILION

DONATIONS MADE JANUARY 1 THROUGH MARCH 10, 2021

$300,000+

City of San Antonio Park & Recreation Department $100,000+ Kronkosky Charitable Foundation $25,000-$49,999 Hollomon Price Foundation

THE BETTY KELSO CENTER

$10,000-$24,999 Claire and John Alexander Ann G. Ash Bette and Jack Vexler The Ann and John Newman Family Fund William Scanlan, Jr. Lyn and Peter Selig Julie and Warren Wilkinson $5,000-$9,999 Lou Celia and Don Frost Erika Ivanyi and Matthias Schubnell Estee and Luke Kellogg Barbara C. Kyse Elizabeth and Bob Lende River City Hospice

THE JOHN L. SANTIKOS FOUNTAIN OF THE FERNS

$1,000-$4,999 The Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation, Inc. Betty Anderson Candace Andrews and Uwe Pontius Adriana and Kyle Blessing Missy Finck Lily and Jeffrey Johnson King Family Foundation Mary Quandt Whitney and James Smith Gail and Ruben Tenorio Bob Webster

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GROW CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

RAISES $40M FOR GARDEN’S EXPANSION AND MISSION The San Antonio Botanical Garden has successfully completed the GROW Plants, People, Possibilities, philanthropic capital campaign – the largest fundraising initiative in the Botanical Garden’s history.

by adding eight acres in 2017 bringing dramatic new opportunities for visitors to discover the value of plants, water, and freshly grown food. Most recently in 2020, the second phase of construction was completed, adding transformational gardens and facilities, including a state-of-the-art event and education space, The Betty Kelso Center. Phase I of the GROW capital campaign was chaired by Karen and Jim Greenwood, Honorary Chairs Claire Alexander and Bill Scanlan, and Community Chairs Kristen and Rick Casey. Phase II was chaired by Jeff Rochelle and Honorary Chairs Karen and Jim Greenwood. These visionaries know how important the natural world is to health and happiness and understand the role that the Botanical Garden plays in fostering a lifelong appreciation of plants and nature. “The GROW capital campaign is a tremendous success for the Botanical Garden and our community,” said Jeff Rochelle, Phase II chair. “We couldn’t have achieved our goal without the support and commitment of every single member of the Phase I and II committees.” “The impact that these gifts will have on the Botanical Garden’s future is invaluable,” said Karen Greenwood, honorary chair, the GROW capital campaign. “Jim and I thank those who believed in the vision for this expansion and came together to make it a reality.” Major features of the project included: GENEROUS DONATIONS EXPANDED THE GARDEN

– The Garden Gateway, Ewing Halsell Welcome Building, The Mays Family Display Garden, H-E-B Discovery Center, The Zachry Foundation Culinary Garden, the CHEF Outdoor Teaching Kitchen in the Goldsbury Foundation Pavilion, and the 2.5-acre Family Adventure Garden. HASE II – The Betty Kelso Center, Greehey Lawn, the John L. Santikos P Fountain of the Ferns, Administration Building, and renovations to the Sullivan Carriage House. “The generosity of our donors has transformed the Garden into a world-class destination in the heart of our city along the cultural corridor,” said Sabina Carr, Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Botanical Garden. “We watch with joy as we activate these new garden amenities – from Storytime in the Garden on the lush Greehey Lawn to hosting weddings in the architecturally stunning Betty Kelso Center. Delivering on our mission has never been more exciting and rewarding. Thank you.” PHASE I

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14th Annual

in the Garden 2021 Thursday, September 23, 2021

relax, reconnect, rejuvenate MEMBERSHIP FRIDA KAHLO OASIS HORTICULTURAL WALKING TOUR THURSDAY, JUNE 10 8:30 – 9:30 A.M.

FATHER’S DAY WILDLIFE BINGO SUNDAY, JUNE 20 9 A.M. – NOON

FRIDA KAHLO OASIS HORTICULTURAL WALKING TOUR THURSDAY, JULY 8 8:30 – 9:30 A.M.

ETHNOBOTANY WALKING TOUR

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Members Only EVENTS PINK DAISY MAMMOTH MUM (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

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FRIDAY, JULY 23 9 – 10:00 A.M.

FRIDA KAHLO OASIS HORTICULTURAL WALKING TOUR THURSDAY, AUGUST 12 8:30 – 9:30 A.M.


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showcasing the beauty of nature. Splendor in the Garden will be an inspiring night of discovery and connection. Guests will wander through the 38-acre grounds filled with colorful culinary pop-ups. Enjoy harvest fare, botanical cocktails, dynamic performances, live music, and a vibrant celebration beneath the stunning oak canopy on the Greehey Lawn. Splendor in the Garden is the largest fundraising event supporting the Garden’s mission to inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives. Your support of Splendor in the Garden through sponsorships and ticket purchases provides robust and innovative programming inspiring visitors of all ages to the Garden.

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JOIN YOUR FRIENDS FOR A FESTIVE EVENING

FOR DETAILS AND TO BE PART OF SPLENDOR IN THE GARDEN, PLEASE VISIT SABOT.ORG/SPLENDOR OR CONTACT BRIANNA SIMMONS AT BSIMMONS@SABOT.ORG OR 210.536.1435.

E XC L U S I V E M E M B E R BENEFITS ALL MEMBER LEVEL BENEFITS INCLUDE:

Susan Shown Todd

COMMIT TEE Tina Blumenthal Burkley Fitzsimons Lou Celia Frost CeCe Frost Griffin Linda Gunter Meredith Howard Cally Kothmann Nicole McClane

Claire Cavender McNab Sita McNab Kristy Moore Courtney Percy Kelli Sears Megan Steves Bette Vexler Julie Zacher

Gratitude Corner

Your experiences inspire the Botanical Garden.

“A beautiful, family friendly place to explore.”

• Free daily admission for one year and early admission at 8 a.m. seven days per week • Members-only special events and exhibit previews • Surprise member perks (Watch your email for notifications.) • Member appreciation week festivities

• Complimentary admission to select events • Discounts on classes, camps, birthday parties, and in the Garden Gift Shop • Reciprocal admission to 300+ gardens, arboreta and conservatories in North America and Cayman Islands

QUESTIONS? CONTACT THE MEMBERSHIP STAFF AT 210.536.1407 OR RKIMBALL@SABOT.ORG.

“Offers valuable educational experience for children and adults.”

“I love sharing the beauty of nature with my young daughter. It’s one of our favorite places to visit in the city.”

“Great place to relax; it feels like you’re away from the city.” “Highlights the impact of nature and creates a sense of community.” sabot.org

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UPCOMING

Happenings Guests are asked to follow all COVID-19 visitor guidelines during their visit at the Botanical Garden. Events without a ticket price listed are included with Garden admission and membership.

BONSAI WEEKEND AT THE SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN Featuring bonsai collections from San Antonio Bonsai Society SATURDAY – SUNDAY, MAY 1 – 2 SATURDAY 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. & SUNDAY 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Showcasing the complex and beautiful Japanese art of bonsai with a variety of bonsai species on display. Members of the San Antonio Bonsai Society will demonstrate the art of bonsai and answer questions. STORYTIME IN THE GARDEN THURSDAYS: MARCH 4 – OCTOBER 28 10 – 10:30 A.M.

Recommended for ages 5 and under, nature-themed book reading. FRIDA KAHLO OASIS OPENING WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

PINE BONSAI (Pinus parviflora)

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GARDEN TO TABLE CHEF SERIES: FRIDA MEXICAN RESTAURANT & BAR WEDNESDAY, MAY 12 | 7 – 9 P.M.

Celebrating San Antonio’s designation as ‘Creative City of Gastronomy’ by UNESCO, this will be an inspiring and intimate culinary experience with top chefs from around the city. Enjoy a four-part fresh tasting menu prepared with plants growing in culinary garden along with wine. Ages 21+. The creator of FRIDA’S menu is the renowned Chef Sofia Sada of FRIDA Mexican Restaurant. FEE: $120 ($108 MEMBER)

NOCHES DE FRIDA THURSDAY, MAY 13 – AUGUST 26 6 – 9 P.M.

Summer Nights return with a Frida Kahlo twist. Enjoy extended Thursday night hours. Noches de Frida will feature access and tours of the Frida Kahlo Oasis exhibition, cash bar, and picnic baskets prepared by Jason Dady Catering, music, and beautiful bloom displays. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. OUR TOWN BY THORNTON WILDER DIRECTED BY MARK STRINGHAM

SATURDAY – SUNDAY, MAY 8 – 9 | 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, AND SUNDAYS MAY 13 – 30 | 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Opening weekend will feature exhibition tours, Frida-inspired hands-on activities, cash bar, and food prepared by Jason Dady, and more.

Classic drama by American playwright Thornton Wilder, tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s


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Check for pests throughout the summer, especially aphids,

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“Dead-head” flowers, especially roses. Dead-heading is

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Water early in the morning (following your water

thrips and spider mites, and treat as needed.

pruning to specifically remove spent (or old) flowers. This stimulates re-flowering and healthy plant growth.

restrictions) to avoid disease and insect issues that can be caused from evening watering.

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Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. Performed by The Classic Theatre. FEE: $24 – $39

PLANT SALE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 15 – 16 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. | RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Discover a wide variety of native plants, succulents, grasses, and pollinator-friendly plants. FEE: $ 10 PER RESERVATION, REDEEMABLE FOR 1-GALLON PLANT

Start planning for the Fall garden. Take notes on how much sun

and for how long your areas receive sun. Check out the Botanical Garden and local nurseries for inspiration. Late August and early September are ideal for planting fall vegetable gardens. Prepare beds a few weeks prior to planting by adding 1-3″ of compost and incorporating it into the soil.

DADDY DAUGHTER GRAND BALL

SUMMER MARKET

FRIDAY, JUNE 18 | 6 – 9 P.M.

Shop local and regional retailers, along with visiting arts and craft vendors. Food and drinks available for purchase. Members enjoy 10% off on Summer Market and Garden Gift Shop purchases.

Fathers and daughters of all ages are invited to a Grand Ball. Dress up and enjoy a magical evening of dancing and everlasting memories in the beautiful The Betty Kelso Center. Enjoy DJ music, princess appearances, photo booth, small bites and desserts. Caricatures will be available for purchase. Beverages, small bites and desserts included with ticket. FEE: $ 35 ADULTS ($31.50 MEMBER) $20 KIDS ($18 MEMBER) INCLUDES CROWN KIT

VIVA BOTANICA SATURDAY, JUNE 19 | 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

BEE DAY AT THE GARDEN

In partnership with the Alamo Beekeepers Association SATURDAY, MAY 22 | 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Celebrate bees with honey culinary demos, observation beehives, kids activities, adult educational workshops, tours, cash bar with honey-themed drinks prepared by Jason Dady Catering, and more.

GARDEN HOPS

Viva Fiesta! Bring the whole family for nature play fun during this family-friendly, Fiesta event that includes hands-on activities, culinary tastings, and performances. Sponsored by H-E-B. Drinks and food available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

SIPS & SUNSET IN THE GARDEN FRIDAY, JUNE 25, JULY 30, AND AUGUST 27 6 – 9 P.M.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, explore locally crafted beer, and enjoy music, games, delicious food, and more. Cocktails and food will be available for purchase. Ages 21+. Nine beer samples included with ticket.

Relax and sample craft beer, wine, and cocktails, listen to live music, play games, eat delicious food, and more. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Food available for purchase. Ages 21+. Nine craft beer, wine or cocktail samples included with ticket.

FEE: $30 ($27 MEMBER)

FEE: $30 ($27 MEMBER)

SUNDAY, MAY 30 | 4 – 9 P.M.

SUNDAY, JULY 18 | 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.

PEQUEÑO PEPPER DAY SATURDAY, JULY 24 | 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.

The chilis of Mexico and San Antonio will be featured with entertainment and activities for the whole family, live Latin music, pepper plant sale, CHEF culinary demonstrations, workshops, children’s story time, cash bar, and food prepared by Jason Dady Catering, shaved ice, and more. Workshops will include DIY: Hot Honey, and workshops about chile pequín and chili con carne. Fees for some workshops. ARTISTS’ GARDENS IN MEXICO: LECTURE BY KATHRYN E. O’ROURKE IG THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 | 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.

Frida Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul garden was one of several important private gardens in twentieth-century Mexico designed by or for major artists and architects. This talk will consider Kahlo’s garden in relation to those of Juan O’Gorman, Luis Barragán, and Edward James. FEE: $ 15 ($8 MEMBER) $5 STUDENT

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PROGR AMS

TATARIAN HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera tatarica)

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JUNE

Native Plant Walking Workshop

Mi Campo Tequila Tasting

IG

SATURDAY, MAY 1 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore the 11-acre Texas Native Trail with Master Naturalists, learn about how native plants conserve water, adapt to their environment, and work in landscapes.

Mi Campo tasting inspired by Frida Kahlo Oasis. Learn the history of tequila with a tasting.

Beginners Bonsai Workshop

A night out with Chef Katrina Flores teaching you all the essentials for crafting traditional Mexican cuisine inspired by Frida Kahlo.

IG

SATURDAY, MAY 1 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 1 – 4 P.M.

Start your own bonsai using a Texas Native Plant, learn about the soil, equipment, possible species, and techniques used to nurture bonsais at home. The Art and History of Bonsai

IG

SUNDAY, MAY 2 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

The San Antonio Bonsai Society will introduce the art of bonsai, its history, methodology, and challenges. Sunset Flow with Alamo City Yoga

IG

MONDAYS, APRIL 26 – MAY 31 | 6 – 7 P.M.

10-minute meditative walk, followed by a 50-minute intentional flow. Little Sprouts Hike

Recommended for ages 5 and under, hikes feature different nature-based lessons designed to inspire a love and appreciation of the natural world. After School in the Garden

Date Night: Frida’s Oasis

IG

FRIDAY, MAY 14 | 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Guided Texas Bird Walking Workshop

IG

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS MAY 4 – 27 | 3:30 – 6 P.M.

SATURDAY, MAY 15 | 9:15 – 11 A.M.

Learn about resident and migrant birds, characteristics, requirements for food, nesting, and protection, and the native plants that attract them to your yard. DIY: Marigold Tequila

IG

SATURDAY, MAY 15 11 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

Inspired by Frida Kahlo Oasis, learn about the history of marigolds and tequila while crafting a bottle of marigold tequila. Homeschool Day: Frida Kahlo!

IG

School-aged children will explore the fascinating relationship between nature and Frida Kahlo’s art and life.

Frida’s Fiestas features more than 100 dishes served in the Frida Kahlo and Rivera household. Join Chef Katrina Flores for a journey into the life of Frida with food.

IG

WEDNESDAYS, APRIL 14 – MAY 19 | 6 – 7 P.M.

Fitness class with walk/run intervals, circuit training, cardio exercises, bodyweight exercises, core training, and stretching. IG

THURSDAYS, APRIL 8 - MAY 13 | 9 – 10 A.M.

DL

THURSDAY, MAY 20 | 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

TUESDAY, MAY 25 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Foodie Cinema: Frida

IG

IG

FRIDAY, MAY 28 | 6:30 – 9 P.M.

Join us for our next foodie cinema featuring Frida, a love story that chronicles the life that Frida Kahlo shared with Diego Rivera, paired with movie-inspired dishes.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17 – MAY 22 | 10 – 11 A.M.

Cocktail Scavenger Hunt: Frida’s Oasis

Fitness class with walk/run intervals, circuit training, cardio exercises, bodyweight exercises, core training, and stretching.

SUNDAY, MAY 30 | 12 – 2 P.M.

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Find edible gems in the garden that will be incorporated in a botanical menu.

Native Plant Walking Workshop

IG

SATURDAY, JUNE 5 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore the 11-acre Texas Native Trail with Master Naturalists, learn how native plants conserve water, adapt to their environment, and work in landscapes. DIY: Sangria

IG

SATURDAY, JUNE 5 11 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

Inspired by Frida Kahlo Oasis, participants will learn about sangria’s history and craft their own sangria.

Guided Texas Bird Walking Workshop

IG

SATURDAY, JUNE 19 | 9:15 – 11 A.M.

Learn about resident and migrant birds, characteristics, food requirements, nesting, and protection, and the native plants that attract them to your yard. IG

Campers will spend mornings conducting experiments and learning how to follow the scientific method while exploring the Garden. Ages 8-12.

Guided Ethnobotany of Native Plants Walking Workshop IG

Guided Sustainability Walking Workshop IG

Trek and Tone

Explore infrastructure, architecture, and plants that offer important lessons on building sustainable communities.

JUNE 21 – 25 | 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

This seasonally changing tour will explore the Texas Native Trails, exploring the diverse relationships people have had, and still have, with plants in Texas.

Explore infrastructure, architecture, and plants that offer important lessons on building sustainable communities.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

STEM in the Garden Camp

Class includes stroller walks and runs, body weight, and baby weighted exercises, while meeting fellow parents. FRIDAY, MAY 7 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Guided Sustainability Walking Workshop IG

Explore the WaterSaver Gardens with a Master Naturalist, learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes.

Explore the WaterSaver Gardens with a Master Naturalist, learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes.

Trek and Tone

Frida’s Fiestas features more than 100 dishes served in the Frida Kahlo and Rivera household. Join Chef Katrina Flores for a journey into the life of Frida with food.

THURSDAY, JUNE 17 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

THURSDAY, MAY 20 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Frida’s Fiestas: The Holy Cross

DL

THURSDAY, JUNE 3 | 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Guided WaterSaver Walking Workshop IG

Guided WaterSaver Walking Workshop IG

Students will explore science and nature concepts in a nurturing and safe setting.

Stroller Strong with RTRIBE

IG

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 | 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

IG

TUESDAY, MARCH 16 – MAY 25 | 10 – 10:45 A.M.

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Frida’s Fiestas: The Meal of the Broad Tablecloths

IG

THURSDAY, MAY 13 | 6:30 - 8 P.M.

IG

Guided Ethnobotany of Native Plants Walking Workshop IG THURSDAY, JUNE 24 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

This seasonally changing tour will explore the Texas Native Trails, exploring the diverse relationships people have had, and still have, with plants in Texas. JAPANESE HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera japonica)


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JULY Guided Sustainability Walking Workshop IG FRIDAY, JULY 2 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore infrastructure, architecture, and plants that offer important lessons on building sustainable communities. Foodie Cinema: Frida

IG

FRIDAY, JULY 2 | 6:30 – 9 P.M.

Featuring Frida, a love story that chronicles the life that Frida Kahlo shared with Diego Rivera, paired with movie-inspired dishes. Native Plant Walking Workshop

SATURDAY, JULY 3 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore our 11 – acre Texas Native Trail with Master Naturalists, learn about how native plants conserve water, adapt to their environment, and work in landscapes. IG

JULY 5 – 9 | 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Campers will spend mornings exploring the relationship between Frida Kahlo, art, and nature through Frida-inspired art projects. Date Night: Summer Nights in Mexico City IG FRIDAY, JULY 9 | 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Learn traditional Mexican cuisine essentials inspired by the life of Frida Kahlo. Chef

IG

JULY 12 – 16 | 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Campers will spend mornings learning outdoor skills and discovering the fascinating world of native plants, birding, local mammals, ethnobotany, and more. Guided WaterSaver Walking Workshop IG Explore the WaterSaver Gardens with a Master Naturalist, learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes. Desert Door Sotol Tasting

Guided Ethnobotany of Native Plants Walking Workshop

IG

THURSDAY, JULY 22 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

This seasonally changing tour will explore the Texas Native Trails, exploring the diverse relationships people have had, and still have, with plants in Texas. Salsa Dancing & Botanas!

IG

FRIDAY, JULY 23 | 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Grab your partner and put on your dancing shoes for a beginner’s partner salsa class. Then, enjoy sangria and traditional Mexican botanas. STEM in the Garden Camp

IG

JULY 26 – 30 | 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

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Three-part tasting. Learn about the history of Sotol – a distilled spirit made from wild-harvest West Texas sotol plants; craft a sotol cocktail.

Science Rules! Campers will spend mornings conducting experiments and learning how to follow the scientific method while exploring the Garden.

Guided Texas Bird Walking Workshop

Frida’s Fiestas: Frida’s Birthday

THURSDAY, JULY 15 | 7 – 8:30 P.M.

IG

DL

SATURDAY, JULY 17 | 9:15 – 11 A.M.

THURSDAY, JULY 29 | 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Learn about resident and migrant birds, characteristics, food requirements, nesting, and protection, and the native plants that attract them to your yard.

Frida’s Fiestas features more than 100 dishes served in the Frida Kahlo and Rivera household. Join Chef Katrina Flores for a journey into the life of Frida with food.

WATERMELON (Citrullus lanatus)

AUGUST Art and Nature Camp: Frida Kahlo

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AUGUST 2 – 6 | 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Campers will spend mornings exploring the relationship between Frida Kahlo, art, and nature through Frida-inspired art projects. Guided Sustainability Walking Workshop IG FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore infrastructure, architecture, and plants that offer important lessons on building sustainable communities. Native Plant Walking Workshop

IG

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore the 11-acre Texas Native Trail with Master Naturalists, learn how native plants conserve water, adapt to their environment, and work in landscapes. Junior Explorers Camp

Junior Explorers Camp

THURSDAY, JULY 15 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

IG

Art and Nature Camp: Frida Kahlo

Katrina Flores teaches how to make ceviche verde, esquites, chicken tinga, sopes, and cucumber jalapeño margaritas.

IG

DIY: Margarita & Guacamole

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 11 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

Join the Botanical Garden for this DIY class inspired by Frida Kahlo Oasis. Participants will learn the margarita’s history and craft their own margaritas and guacamole. Guided WaterSaver Walking Workshop IG THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore the WaterSaver Gardens with a Master Naturalist, learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes. Frida Edition: Salsa Dancing & Botanas! IG FRIDAY, AUGUST 20 | 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Grab your partner and put on your dancing shoes for a beginner’s partner salsa class. Then, enjoy sangria and traditional Mexican botanas.

AUGUST 9 – 13 | 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Guided Texas Bird Walking Workshop

Get ready to explore! Campers will spend mornings learning outdoor skills and discovering the fascinating world of native plants, birding, local mammals, ethnobotany, and more.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 | 9:15 – 11 A.M.

Guided Ethnobotany of Native Plants Walking Workshop IG THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

This seasonally changing tour will explore the Texas Native Trails, exploring the diverse relationships people have had, and still have, with plants in Texas. Frida’s Fiestas: Frida and Diego’s Wedding DL THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 | 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Frida’s Fiestas features more than 100 dishes served in the Frida Kahlo and Rivera household. Join Chef Katrina Flores for a journey into the life of Frida with food.

IG

Learn about resident and migrant birds, characteristics, food requirements, nesting, and protection, and the native plants that attract them to your yard.

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