Vibrante - The Member Magazine of the San Antonio Botanical Garden (September - December 2021)

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THE MEMBER MAGAZINE OF THE SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN

September – December 2021

LIGHTSCAPE LIGHTSCAPE GLOWS FIN A L WEEK S OF

FRIDA KAHLO OASIS FALL COLOR


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LET TER FROM CEO

THE VIBRANCY OF FALL IS AROUND THE CORNER.

While our South Texas summer was unusually wet and cool, I eagerly anticipate the crisp and fresh fall air. This is the perfect time for vegetable gardening and working outside in your own landscape. It is also the time of year for the southward migration of hummingbirds in September (put out your feeders!), and of course, the fall migration where millions of birds in the Central Flyway will pass through the Lone Star State on their way to warmer southern climates. Some will make their home in San Antonio, and our Bird Watch is a terrific place to observe them in action – witness dozens of feathered friends frolic in the water, eat seed, and enjoy nectar from the beautiful blooms. Fall color explodes throughout the Garden, especially from the Bald Cypress, Sycamore, Texas Ash, and Big Tooth Maple trees in the East Texas Pineywoods area. I encourage you to take a walk around the lake and marvel at the bold yellow, orange, and red foliage. If you have not had a chance to step into the inspirational Frida Kahlo Oasis, or if you have been meaning to see it a final time, you have until November 2. This unique exhibition recreates Frida Kahlo’s renowned home – Casa Azul – and her beloved garden which deeply inspired her art. As Frida Kahlo Oasis closes, we turn to our soon-to-be sellout sensation – Lightscape. Opening November 19, this after-dark trail of lights choreographed to music is specifically designed for the Garden by global and local artists. I promise this will be one of San Antonio’s favorite holiday tradition for years to come. We are excited to bring you and your family joy and light through this enchanting display. We are honored to serve as your natural oasis in the middle of San Antonio. See you in the Garden,

Sabina Carr

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MEXICAN MUDPLANTAIN (Heteranthera mexicana)

THE MEMBER MAGAZINE OF THE SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN Emily Knapp, Director of Marketing | Margo Worley, Marketing Intern | Rosie Kimball, Membership Manager


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EAST TEXAS WETLANDS

Chasing the Rain SEARCHING FOR R ARE SPECIES

By Michael Eason, Director of Plant Conservation & Research

As the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) custodian for endangered plants in South Texas, the San Antonio Botanical Garden plays an important role in ensuring that regional plants do not face extinction. Conserving rare and endangered plant species throughout Texas is a critical part of the Garden’s mission as a public garden. THIS YEAR, THE TEXAS COASTAL BEND has

had above average rainfall, flooding agricultural fields and surrounding areas. While this is not good for farmers, it bodes well for native wetland plants such as the elusive Heteranthera mexicana, more commonly known as Mexican Mudplantain. Even though this species is rare, they can occur in vast numbers when conditions are right – like this past spring. Mexican Mudplantain is a rare annual wetland species found in shallow, seasonal pools throughout the western half of Texas – from the upper panhandle, south into Mexico and as far east as the coastal bend. They occur throughout a large area, but their habitat and their time is limited. Botanists monitor the rainfall each spring in areas

where this plant is known to occur. Once the rains come, the time sensitive search begins for the rare species. Plants that have adapted to grow in ephemeral waters are as short-lived as the water pools. These plants germinate, grow, flower, and set seed in just several weeks – all before the water and soil dries out. It may be a decade or longer between blooms. Fellow Texas botanist Casey Williams, Aquatic Ecologist/Plant Ecologist at BIO-WEST, Inc., found tens of thousands of the Mexican Mudplantain in a previously undocumented area. Populations were recorded and plants and seeds were collected to ensure the conservation of this rare beauty. sabot.org

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TICKETS FOR SAN

DATES • November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022* • Entry times available every 15 minutes from 5:45 – 9:15 P.M. * Not operating on: Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30; Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 24, 25.

TICKET PRICES • Ticket Prices are $23–$25 for adults & $16–$18 for children. • Members receive a $2 per ticket discount. 4

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E X H I B I T I O N NOV 19, 2021 – JAN 2, 2022

LIGHTSCAPE LIGHT SCAPE Presented by John R. and Greli N. Less Charitable Trust On Friday, November 19, the renowned winter lights show – Lightscape – makes its Texas debut at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This incredible exhibition will illuminate a one-mile path featuring enchanting displays to dazzle children and adults alike.

FIRST PREMIERING IN THE U.K. AND THEN CHICAGO, this exhibition was designed especially for the San Antonio Botanical Garden. To add a unique local flare, Texas artists teamed with international artists in creating the 15 monumental lights displays. The towering Winter Cathedral tunnel sparkles with 100,000 lights and a field comes alive with dancing bluebonnets. Guests will enjoy many more magical displays – all expertly choreographed to music. Enjoy festive food and drinks while strolling the one-mile path, roast s’mores, tour the Garden, and make new holiday memories with friends and family. Lightscape will be on display through January 2, 2022 and is guaranteed to become San Antonio’s favorite new holiday tradition. The exhibition will appear annually at the Garden through 2026. Buy your tickets early! This event is always a sellout in other cities. Lightscape is produced in association with Sony Music and WAD Entertainment and creatively produced by Culture Creative.

A N TO N I O ’ S N E W E S T H O L I DAY E V EN T O N S A L E N O W ! B U Y YO U R T I C K E T S AT S A B O T. O R G / L I G H T S C A P E

VIP EXPERIENCES • VIP Anytime Early or Late • $60, ticket includes onsite VIP parking, a dedicated check in lane, and the ability to arrive anytime during a 90-minute timeslot. • VIP Early Entry • $55, includes VIP parking spot, dedicated check in lane, and the ability to be the first group to see the event each night.

PARKING

An advanced parking reservation must be made with ticket purchase. • Onsite VIP parking is available for $15 • Complimentary offsite parking is located at The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Founders Hall Parking Lots & Garage. Free and ADA accessible shuttles are available to and from the Botanical Garden throughout the event. Shuttles will arrive every 5 –10 minutes and the shuttle ride is approximately 5 minutes long. sabot.org

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MARIGOLD HARVEST

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

Marigolds By Maeve Bassett, Conservation and Volunteer Programs Specialist

Cempasúchil (Tagetes erecta), also called the Mexican Marigold, Aztec Marigold, or African Marigold is a flowering plant native to Mexico that has spread all over the world in both its use and cultural importance.

MEXICAN MARIGOLD (Tagetes erecta)

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THE AZTEC PEOPLES used marigolds extensively for

its medicinal and magical properties, including treating lightning strikes, hiccups, and for crossing water safely. According to Aztec mythology, the marigold originated when Xochitl, an Aztec woman, discovered her lover Huitzilin had died at war. She was so distraught she beseeched the sun god Tonatiuh to reunite them. The god reached down to touch her cheek, turning her


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E X H I B I T I O N THROUGH NOV 2, 2021

FINAL WEEKS

FRIDA KAHLO OASIS MADE POSSIBLE BY:

ELIZABETH HUTH COATES CHARITABLE FOUNDATION OF 1992 Gretchen Swanson Family Foundation, Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, H-E-B, and Delta | AeroMexico ADDITIONAL SUPPORT GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY:

Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, Bank of America, Dacia and Lanham Napier, San Antonio–Mexico Friendship Council, Familia Kahlo, the Monumental Animal Sculpture Sponsors and the Host Committee

into a fiery orange flower – the same color as the sun. Huitzilin, reborn as a hummingbird like all Aztec warriors, flew down to land on Xochitl’s petals, forever reuniting them as marigold and hummingbird. Early Spanish explorers recognized the beauty and profitability of marigolds – taking seeds to Spain in the 1500s where they spread to France, then into Northern Africa where they became naturalized. As they spread across the world, marigolds were readily adopted into Christianity, Hinduism, and other religions. The marigold’s English name comes from “Mary’s Gold” and is used as a gift to the Virgin Mary. In India, they came to represent auspiciousness and are a common offering for most Hindu gods, especially to the divine couple Lakshmi and Vishnu. Since the Aztec times, Cempasúchils have continued to be an important plant in Mexico; while changing somewhat in meaning, they still represent love and reunification. During Día de los Muertos, marigolds (flor de muertos, “flower of the dead”) are spread around homes and streets using their color and scent to guide the spirits of the dead back to their graves, altars, and families.

DO NOT MISS THE FINAL WEEKS of the Garden’s exhibition recreating Frida Kahlo’s home and garden, Casa Azul (“Blue House”). This living showcase, designed by the Garden’s horticulturalists, features a stunning display with tropical foliage and desert plants that have been maturing since the opening in early May. The Garden will honor the life and death of Frida Kahlo on the final days of the exhibition with a traditional Mexican Día de los Muertos celebration. Honor and celebrate Frida Kahlo one last time by visiting Kahlo’s ofrenda on Monday and Tuesday, November 1 and 2 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. JOIN THE GARDEN FOR A FEW OF MANY

Frida Kahlo INSPIRED EVENTS:

LIVE in the Garden: Azul Barrientos & Friends TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 & OCTOBER 5 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Intimate evening with beloved singer/songwriter Azul Barrientos accompanied by fellow musicians.

DIY: Marigold Tequila SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 | 11 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

Learn about the history of marigolds and tequila and partake in crafting your own bottle of marigold tequila.

Cocktail Scavenger Hunt: Day of the Dead SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 | 12 – 2 P.M.

njoy pozole rojo, chicken mole tamales, pan de los muertos, E calabaza en tacha, and blood orange marigold margarita. sabot.org

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FALL IN THE GARDEN

Birding 4 B I R D WAT C H I N G T I P S F O R T H O S E G E T T I N G S TA R T E D

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DISCOVER THE FALL BIRD MIGRATION ALONG THE GARDEN’S TEX AS NATIVE TRAILS

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Article Contributors: Maeve Bassett, Andrew Labay, Scott Litchke, Brad Wier

Take Note of Key Features. Consider other factors of the bird first before colors. Except under the best of conditions, it is hard to see colors accurately. Size, along with a reference object like a tree, fence post, telephone pole, is helpful. Observe the shape or profile of the bird. A long bill, long legs, or tufted head immediately eliminates many possibilities. Habitat is always a useful consideration. Note behavior: wading in shallow water, climbing a tree trunk, swimming, diving through the air, emerging from a mud nest, or sitting on a fence post, all narrow species choices.

JOURNEY THROUGH THE GARDEN’S SOUTH TEXAS TRAIL –

past the thick shrubs, trees, and cacti – to find the bird watch (honoring John C. Holmgreen given by Bill, Bob, and Elizabeth Lende). This Texas Hill Country ranch-style structure is the perfect place to discover a variety of migratory birds. San Antonians are fortunate to be located along the nation’s Central Flyway for birds that travel from Canada to Central America. The Garden’s bird watch area attracts migratory species with mature and diverse native plants that provide food and shelter. Fresh water drips from a rainwater cistern into a shallow trough, providing relief for thirsty birds. Garden staff and volunteers add citrus, black oil sunflower seed, thistle, and peanut butter to help attract different species. The bird watch is equipped with a one-way viewing glass with four photography portals that can be opened to capture the perfect photo. As cooler temperatures arrive and the leaves change color, there are many overwintering migratory birds that begin to arrive, typically by Thanksgiving. On any given day during the fall migration, guests with a keen eye can see up to 30 different bird species throughout the Garden. Spend time this fall intentionally noticing the vast variety of birds moving through the area. Get children, family, and friends involved to appreciate all that nature has to offer.

Keep Binoculars Handy. Use a pair of binoculars that you are comfortable with and begin practicing. Find a bird with your naked eye, and then bring your binoculars up for viewing. A binocular’s field of view is narrow, making it difficult to search through them.

THE GARDEN’S BIRD WATCH AREA

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Take time to notice bird species on your commute to work, your evening stroll, or as you gaze out your window. Flip through regional bird guides to familiarize yourself with the species near you and in your favorite parks or wilderness areas.

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BLUE JAY

Pay Attention.

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Hang Out with the Experts. Go out in the field with folks who know the birds. Attend one of the Garden’s Texas Bird Guided Tours led by expert bird watchers; check out the local Audubon Society. DURING THE FALL AND WINTER MONTHS, BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR:

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

• Migrating ducks

• Hermit thrushes

• Winter hummingbirds

• Goldfinches

• Cooper’s hawks

• White-throated sparrows

• Kingfishers

• Black-and-white warblers

• Eastern phoebes

• Orange-crowned warblers

• Blue-headed vireos

• Yellow-rumped warblers


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T E X A S N AT I V E S T O A T T R A C T B I R D S

Texas native

AS REGIONS IN TEXAS CONTINUE THEIR RAPID DEVELOPMENT, open space and natural areas are

becoming increasingly rare. By including native plants in your landscape, you will provide critical habitat components and will attract and sustain birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. CANOPY TREES RED MULBERRY (Morus rubra)

Live Oak

(Quercus virginiana)

Hackberry

(Celtis occidentalis)

Anaqua

(Ehretia anacua)

Sycamore

(Platanus spp.)

UNDERSTORY TREES

LONG-BILLED THRASHER by Darla J. Oathout

VIRGINIA CREEPER (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Yaupon Holly

(Ilex vomitoria)

Red Mulberry

(Morus rubra)

Mexican Buckeye

(Ungnadia speciosa)

Texas Redbud

(Cercis canadensis var. texensis)

SHRUBS Agarita

(Mahonia trifoliolata)

American Beautyberry

(Callicarpa americana)

Coralberry

(Symphoricarpos orbiculatus)

Turk’s Cap

(Malvaviscus arboreus)

Inland Sea Oats

(Chasmanthium latifolium)

GROUND COVERS AND VINES ANAQUA (Ehretia anacua)

Pigeonberry

(Rivina humilis)

Virginia Creeper

(Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Coral Honeysuckle

(Lonicera sempervirens)

T I P S F O R AT T R A C T I N G B I R D S T O Y O U R L A N D S C A P E There are three basic elements that will help attract birds to the landscape: PLANTS CAN PROVIDE THE FIRST TWO ELEMENTS,

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especially if there is a diversity of native plant types, including canopy trees, understory trees, shrubs, and ground covers.

Food 2

Shelter/Nesting THE BEST SHELTER/NESTING SITES

for birds are a mix of low, medium, and tall evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees.

Water 3 WHETHER IT IS A SIMPLE

dish with shallow standing water or a more sophisticated fountain– type, the addition of a bird bath will bring in a greater diversity of species.

GOLDEN-FRONTED WOODPECKER by William Pohley on YAUPON HOLLY (Ilex vomitoria)

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FALL IN THE GARDEN

East Texas Pineywoods and Lake

EAST TEXAS LAKE

Hill Country

DISCOVER RICH FALL COLORS

ALONG THE TE X A S NATIVE TR AIL S

THE EAST TEXAS PINEYWOODS area along the Texas Native Trail is one of the most spectacular places to view fall colors in the heart of San Antonio. This area was transformed by bringing in 6,000 cubic yards of red sandy loam from East Texas in order to create more acidic soil conditions for trees such as Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), and Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua). Mature specimens of Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum), Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), Texas Ash (Fraxinus texensis), and Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum) produce the beautiful oranges, reds, and yellow leaves associated with fall. The best time to see the change of color is a few weeks after the area’s first fall cold fronts arrive – typically anytime from late October through mid-winter. Article Contributors: Maeve Bassett, Andrew Labay, Scott Litchke

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South Texas

Texas Native Trail


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TIPS ON ADDING TREES TO YOUR L A NDSC A PE IN THE FALL

are an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs from a container. This allows the plants time to develop roots in the cooler season ahead of the spring growing period.

THE FALL MONTHS

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Plan your planting area.

Ensure enough growing space is available for the tree’s mature height and spread. Small trees need at least 60 sq. ft.; medium trees – 120 sq. ft.; large trees – 180 sq. ft.

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Pick your tree.

It is critical to match your light exposure and soil conditions. Is it shade or sun? Is it sandy soil or clay?

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Check utility lines.

Know what is above and below the ground in the planting area. You do not want to cut a line where you are digging or for the tree to grow into a utility line.

GREAT EGRET

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Dig a hole.

Hole must be as deep as the pot and at least as twice as wide. Place the tree in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the ground.

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Do not add amendments including fertilizer as this may discourage roots from expanding to native soil.

J O I N U S AT T H E

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Tree Day

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Mulch.

Add mulch inside the berm to help control weeds and moisture levels. Do not build up mulch near the trunk of the tree; keep mulch about 12” away from the trunk.

10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Build a berm.

Build up soil around the edge of the hole to create a wall or “berm”. This will hold more water while the tree is being established.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Bring the whole family to Tree Day at the Botanical Garden. This family-friendly event includes handson activities, tree giveaway (while supplies last), and drop in garden tours showcasing trees. Drinks and food available for purchase.

Back fill with original soil.

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Water.

Deep and slow immediately after planting. During the first year, water as deeply as possible every one to two weeks. If you are getting rain regularly, decrease supplemental watering.

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In Appreciation DONATIONS MADE JANUARY 1, 2021 THROUGH JULY 12, 2021

$600,000+ City of San Antonio $300,000-$599,999 Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation $100,000-$299,999 Holt Family Foundation Kronkosky Charitable Foundation John R. and Greli N. Less Charitable Trust $50,000-$99,999 Anonymous Paula and Herb Stumberg $25,000-$49,999 The Brown Foundation, Inc. Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992 Tena† and Jim† Gorman H-E-B Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation Scott Petty Family Foundation Hollomon Price Foundation William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation The Smothers Foundation* Valero Energy Foundation $10,000-$24,999 Candace Andrews and Uwe Pontius* Ann Griffith Ash* Bank of America Delta and Aeromexico DOCUmation Frost Bank Gloria Galt Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation The Greehey Family Foundation Mays Family Foundation McCombs Foundation McGuire Family Foundation Janet Montagne*| River City Hospice Laura and Lew Moorman* Morrow Family Foundation Dacia and Lanham Napier Leslie Negley* The Nordan Trust Myra Stafford Pryor Charitable Trust

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San Antonio-Mexican Friendship Council William Scanlan, Jr.* Erika Ivanyi and Matthias Schubnell* Lyn and Peter Selig* The Stumberg Foundation Daniel J. Sullivan Family Charitable Foundation Susan and Larry Todd* Bette and Jack Vexler* $5,000-$9,999 3M Foundation Anonymous Argent Financial Group Capital Group Claire and John Alexander* Margie and Mote Baird Elise and Craig Boyan* Blumenthal Joan Cheever and Dennis Quinn Culligan Water – San Antonio Lou Celia and Don Frost* Laura and Burnell Gates* Karen and Jim Greenwood* Mary and William Henrich Jefferson Bank Jessie and Richard Kardys* Estee and Luke Kellogg* Kopplow Construction Luther King Capital Management John Newman Family Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation Barbara C. Kyse* Martha Mares Lebo Children’s Education Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Lende Cynthia and Forrest Miller* Muriel F. Siebert Foundation Pure Pastures Anne and Jeff Rochelle* Claire and George Vaughan Irene Venegas Weddle Gilmore Architects Chris & Stephanie Wilde* Julie and Warren Wilkinson* $1,000-$4,999 Ruth and John Agather Molly and Michael Amini Betty Anderson

Karol Antrim Catherine Cooke-Atherton and Geary Atherton Audi Dominion Emilie and William Baine Courtney and John Beauchamp Begum Peláez-Prada PLLC Adriana Blessing Lauren and John Browning Paula and Jim Callaway* Daniel and Carla Carlson Caroline and William Carrington Sandra and Albert Cavazos Suzanne and Rick Cavender Center for Plant Conservation Sarah and Jon Cochran* Edward Collins and Penelope Speier Anita and John Comander Mary Anne and Tony Crosby* Wiede and Jon Cutshall* Jaleh Daie J. Patrick and Kathy Deely Jay and Caraline Dewald* Eric and Priscilla Dupre | Dupré Financial Group Roberto and Lourdes Espinosa | Avante Wealth Emma and Rene Farret Fern Lee Finck David R. Fisher Caroline A. Forgason* The Alfred S. Gage Foundation Jana and Jeff Galt* Anne and Marco Gamboa Magdalena and Raul Gaona, Jr., M.D.* The Helen K. Groves Fund Marie Halff* Tara and Jason Hoelscher Janet and Rob Holliday John and Sue Jockusch Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation Jeffrey Johnson* King Family Foundation Blakely and Coleman Kneisley Cally and Will Kothmann Marline and Clint Lawson Lee + Associates Rick Liberto M Capital Advisors

Megan Machin and Phil Herndon Shari Mao and Erik Weitzel* Elizabeth and Madison Marceau* Patti and Mark Mays Celeste and William McEntire* Melinda McFarland and Reid Hartson* Hannah and Jeff McManus Mewborne Photography Holly and Philip Miller* Luz and Luis Montes de Oca Ana Montoya | AnArte Gallery Trudy and Ed Moore* Meredith K. Morrill* Sydney and Gregg Muenster* Linde and Dean Murphy Belinda and Will Nixon* The Andrew J. and Katalin S. Novak Foundation Barbie and Toby O’Connor Phyllis Browning Company Liza W. Philpy Allison and Alan Pyle Mary Quandt* Rainbow Gardens Tory and Clay Richmond The Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation, Inc.* San Antonio River Authority Amy Stieren Smiley Whitney and James Smith Alice Ball Strunk | Devils River Conservancy Ten Eyck Landscape Architects Lloyd and Jennifer Tannenbaum* Gail and Ruben Tenorio Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation and The Texas Cavaliers Texas Commission on the Arts Jim Thompson Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Traylor Alice and John Troy Stephen Turner Catharine and Jeff Vexler Robin and Jason Warman* Ann B. Watson Bob Webster* Susan Wilkins-Geery* Thomas Wirth* Julie and Peter Zacher* † Deceased - * Perennials


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DONOR SPOTLIGHT KRONKOSKY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION was honored to receive a $100,000 matching grant in the spring of 2021 from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation. The Foundation has been a friend and champion of the Garden for more than 20 years. Generous members and friends gave gifts 160 percent beyond the spring fundraising drive’s goal – providing critical operational funds for the recovery from winter storm Uri. “The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation is proud to support the San Antonio Botanical Garden and its mission-based work through a matching grant. The Garden enhances community life through conservation, educational programs for all ages, and world-class exhibitions. We are pleased to offer our support to bring plants and people together,” said Kronkosky Managing Director J. Tullos Wells. The Garden is beyond grateful for its ongoing relationship with the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation. THE SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN

“THE GARDEN ENHANCES COMMUNITY LIFE THROUGH CONSERVATION, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES, AND WORLD-CLASS EXHIBITIONS.” J. TULLOS WELLS, KRONKOSKY MANAGING DIRECTOR

THE PERENNIALS G I V I N G C I R C L E THANK YOU to the Perennials Giving

Linda and Jack Gunter Marie Halff Sharon Hasslen Karen J. Hixon Marty and Steve Hixon FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PERENNIALS, VISIT: SABOT.ORG/SUPPORT/GIVING-CIRCLES/ Juana E. Hollin Avery Robin and Mark Howard Lauren and Jay Bullock Members as of July 12, 2021 Jeffrey Johnson Laura Cadwallader† Richard and Jessie Kardys H I B I S C U S C I R C L E Paula and Jim Callaway Brian T. Kelleher Sabina and Tom Carr Laura and Burnell Gates Estee and Luke Kellogg Erika Ivanyi and Matthias Schubnell Aida Castro-Snyder and Margaret and Bill Klesse Edward Snyder, III Cynthia and Forrest Miller Barbara C. Kyse Barbara Clark Elizabeth and Barry Roberts Catherine and Richard Lange Sarah and Jon Cochran Jane and Larry Macon Charlotte A. Creamer ESPERANZA CIRCLE Destiny Maddox Mary Anne and Tony Crosby Ann Griffith Ash Shari Mao and Erik Weitzel Wiede and Jon Cutshall Holly and Philip Miller Elizabeth and Madison Marceau Karen and Joseph Dawson Susan Wilkins-Geery Celeste and William McEntire Caraline and Jay Dewald Melinda McFarland and James Drought LANTANA CIRCLE Reid Hartson Ellie and Chuck Du Val Carol and John McGuire Caroline A. Forgason Claire and John Alexander Vicki L. McLaughlin Lou Celia and Don Frost Susan and Ernie Altgelt Toni Mezey Jana and Jeff Galt Candace Andrews and Uwe Pontius Magdalena and Raul Gaona, Jr., M.D. Janet Montagne Trudy and Ed Moore Lori Gilbert Katie and Tyson Becker Laura and Lew Moorman Toni and Richard Goldsmith Kathleen and Jeff Bolner Nancy Moorman Karen and Jim Greenwood Elise and Craig Boyan Helen K. Groves Katherine and Walter Brown Meredith K. Morrill Circle members – donors who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to the Garden’s mission through their generous annual gifts.

Susanna Morrow and Ross Olsaver Judy Morton Sydney and Gregg E. Muenster Leslie Negley Ann and John Newman Belinda and William Nixon Mary Quandt Anne and Jeff Rochelle William Scanlan, Jr. Martha Seeligson Lyn and Peter C. Selig Jordan Vexler Shannon and Albert Shannon Patricia and John Smothers Debi Sovereign Albert Steg Jennifer and Lloyd Tannenbaum Susan and Larry Todd Mary West and Richard Traylor Bette and Jack Vexler Robin and Jason Warman Bob Webster Chris & Stephanie Wilde Julie and Warren Wilkinson Joan and W. Reed Williams Alisa Wilma and Paul Butler Thomas Wirth Ann and Forrest Word Julie and Peter Zacher sabot.org

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MEMBERSHIP

AZUL BARRIENTOS & FRIENDS LIVE IN THE GARDEN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5 | 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. Special gift for all members!

BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE! WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 | 9 A.M. – 7 P.M. One free guest per membership for general Garden admission.

NOCHES DE FRIDA: MEMBER APPRECIATION NIGHT

THE GARDEN CELEBR ATES YOU DURING MEMBER A P P R E C I AT I O N W E E K

OCTOBER 3–9 PRAIRIE VERBENA (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

15% discount for members in the Garden Gift Shop all week

S A N A N T O N I O B O TA N I C A L G A R D E N P R E S E N T S

14th Annual

in the Garden 2021 T H U R S D AY, S E P T E M B E R 2 3 , 2 0 2 1 SPLENDOR IN THE GARDEN will be an inspiring

night of discovery and connection. Enjoy this vibrant celebration that supports 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 provides funding for the Garden’s robust and innovative programming for visitors of all ages. 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.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 | 6 – 9 P.M. Special perks for Friend, Contributor, Patron, and Perennial members

MEMBERS ONLY GREENHOUSE TOUR with Andrew Labay, Director of Horticulture THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 & 8 9:00 A.M. Reservations required, watch for exclusive member emails with reservation opening date.


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MEMBER BENEFITS ALL MEMBER LEVEL BENEFITS INCLUDE: • 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

PICTURES WITH SANTA

• Reciprocal admission to 300+ gardens, arboreta, and conservatories in North America and Cayman Islands

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4 9 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

QUESTIONS?

Free for members, reservations required. Watch for exclusive member emails with reservation opening date.

CONTACT THE MEMBERSHIP STAFF AT 210.536.1407 OR MEMBERSHIP@SABOT.ORG.

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TO OUR GENEROUS SPLENDOR IN THE GARDEN SPONSORS* *Sponsors as of 8/24/21

PHOENIX The Greehey Family Foundation PEONY DOCUmation, Inc. Jeff & Jana Galt Gloria Galt Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation Mays Family Foundation Judith N. Morton HYDRANGEA Ann Griffith Ash Kopplow Construction | Ten Eyck Landscape Architects | Weddle Gilmore Architects Cynthia & Forrest Miller River City Hospice Susan & Larry Todd Bette & Jack Vexler PEACE LILY Candace Andrews & Uwe Pontius Margie & Mote Baird Noah Chemicals | Tina and Sunny Blumenthal Dennis Quinn & Joan Cheever Culligan Water - San Antonio Frost Bank | Lou Celia & Don Frost

Karen & Jim Greenwood H-E-B William & Mary Henrich Luther King Capital Management McCombs Foundation Anne & Jeff Rochelle Herb & Paula Stumberg FUCHSIA RED Ruth Agather & Elise Boyan Claire & John Alexander Molly & Michael Amini Argent Financial Group Libba Barnes & Burkley Fitzsimons Ken Batchelor Cadillac | UpMarket Furniture & Home Décor Lauren & John Browning | Aida & Ed Snyder Rick & Suzanne Cavender Sarah & Jon Cochran John & Anita Comander San Antonio Department of Parks and Recreation Dupré Financial Group The Emergency Clinic by the Pearl | Michael & Doreen Magoon

The Gala Gals Anne & Marco Gamboa Magdalena & Raul Gaona, Jr., MD Karen & Jim Greenwood Tara & Jason Hoelscher Coleman & Blakley Kneisley Cally & Will Kothmann M Capital Advisors Mewborne Photography Belinda & William Nixon | Courtney & John Beauchamp Rainbow Gardens San Antonio River Authority Friends | Pete Selig Alice Ball Strunk | Devils River Conservancy John & Alice Troy | Ed & Trudy Moore | Marline & Clint Lawson TWG. TRAVEL Ellis | Vaughan Catharine & Jeff Vexler | Jordan Vexler Shannon & Albert Shannon Weddle Gilmore Architects Warren and Julie Wilkinson Julie & Peter Zacher CONTRIBUTIONS: Daniel J. Sullivan Family Charitable Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Lende Chris & Stephanie Wilde The Helen K. Groves Fund in honor of Claire Alexander Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Traylor Erika Ivanyi & Matthias Schubnell

Fern Lee Finck Liza W. Philpy Robin & Mark Howard UNDERWRITING: McGuire Family Foundation Circle Bar Foundation John Newman Family Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation Jefferson Bank Pure Pastures Audi Dominion

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MURDER MYSTERY: AN OLD HOLLYWOOD WHODUNNIT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 | 6 – 9 P.M.

UPCOMING

Happenings PROGR AMS TURKS CAP (Malvaviscus arboreus)

Get thrown into a night of mystery, intrigue, and murder you will never forget at the estate of Sir Warren Peace. This night will keep everyone looking over their shoulder and guessing who the next victim will be. Bribe suspects for clues and gather information to uncover the unhinged guest. Just be careful, you could be next! Dress in your best evening wear and suits – this is a refined party, after all. For guests 21 and over. Costumes highly encouraged.

Mi Campo Tequila Tasting THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 | 6:30 – 8 P.M.

Inspired by Frida Kahlo Oasis, learn about tequila's history and craft own Mi Campo cocktail. Ages 21+. Sustainability Guided Tour FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore how infrastructure, architecture, and plants offer important lessons on building sustainable communities. Native Plant Guided Tour SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore the 11–acre Texas Native Trail with Master Naturalists. Topics include medicinal uses of native plants as well as their historical and cultural uses, and which are favored by birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.

SEPTEMBER Little Sprouts Hike TUESDAYS: SEPTEMBER 7 – 28 | 10 – 10:45 A.M.

Weekly hike and nature-based lesson beginning at Garden gift shop. Recommended for ages 5 and under. Some trails are unpaved; all-terrain strollers are recommended. Storytime in the Garden THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 2 – 30 | 10 – 10:30 A.M.

Nature-themed book reading. Bring a blanket. Recommended for ages 5 and under.

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LIVE in the Garden: Azul Barrientos & Friends TUESDAYS: SEPTEMBER 7 AND OCTOBER 5 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Enjoy an intimate evening featuring live performances on the lawn by San Antonio’s beloved singer/songwriter Azul Barrientos accompanied by fellow musicians.

SELECT EVENINGS | SEPTEMBER 9 – 26 | 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.

An entertaining and touching exploration of life, death, love, family, and the bonds that tie us together. Performed by The Classic Theatre. Healthy Trees and Certified Arborist Preparation Course FRIDAYS: SEPTEMBER 10, 17, 24, & OCTOBER 8 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.

32-hour course to prepare professional arborists for ISA Certification exam. Non-professionals are welcome to attend to gain a better understanding of the benefits of trees and develop their tree ID and care skills. In Partnership with the San Antonio Arborist Association and Alamo Forest Partnership. Space is limited. Foodie Cinema: Frida FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | 6:30 – 9 P.M.

Enjoy betabel asado, mole poblano, chiles en nogada, and for dessert, pastel de elote, and a refreshing cantarito cocktail paired with the film Frida. Fall Plant Sale SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – 12 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. | RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Growing Succulents in Containers

Discover a wide variety of native plants, succulents, grasses, and pollinator-friendly plants.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 | 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.

Merriwether Foraging Workshop

Join Stephanie Jones, Bexar County Master Gardener, as she covers everything you need to know for growing succulents. Take home your own succulent.

Noches de Frida

Garden to Table Chef Series: FRIDA Mexican Restaurant & Bar

THURSDAYS: SEPTEMBER 2 – 30 | 6 – 9 P.M.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 | 7 – 9 P.M.

Extended Thursday night (with the exception of Sept. 23). Tour Frida Kahlo Oasis. Cash bar, picnic baskets prepared by Jason Dady Catering and music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring chairs and blankets.

Culinary experience created by Chef Sofia Sada of FRIDA Mexican Restaurant & Bar. Enjoy a four-part fresh tasting menu prepared with plants growing in the one-acre culinary garden along with wine. Ages 21+.

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As You Like It by William Shakespeare Directed by Nick Lawson

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 | 9 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Explore three Texas Native Trails with Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen of Foraging Texas to learn about the edible, medicinal, and practical uses of Texas Native plants. Learn how to properly identify and use plants in your daily life. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Pop-Up Culinary Demo SEPTEMBER 4, 9, 11, & 16

A local chef will showcase fresh seasonal produce and herbs in a delectable recipe. Gather ideas and inspiration for the next time you cook.


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DECK THE PAWS PARADE

BRUNCH WITH THE GRINCH

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5 | 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

Enjoy the Garden’s 38 acres of blooms with your four-legged friends. Dress up your fur family in their best holiday attire and join the Deck the Paws Parade. Winners from each category will receive a prize. Parade features dog vendors; food and drinks available for purchase (for the humans). Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Doggy Dress Up Contest judging at 11:00 a.m. All dogs must always be on a leash and must leave the Garden by 12 p.m.

Doggy Dress Up Contest Categories: • Best Costume Overall

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19 | 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.

• Best Puppy in Costume (for dogs 1 and under)

Enjoy festive drinks while shopping with local vendors for last minute gifts for the whole family. After you check all the items off your list, stay to enjoy our 38 acres of blooms.

• Best Duo Costume (for dogs with a matching theme)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 | 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.

Learn how to recognize beneficial and nonbeneficial bugs and insects in your landscape. Entomologist Molly Keck will introduce you to our area's most common insects and integrated pest management solutions. Homeschool Day: Frida Kahlo! WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 | 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

School-aged children will explore the fascinating world of plants and art with hands-on learning activities that explore the relationship between nature and Frida Kahlo’s art and life. Frida Kahlo Oasis tours available at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m. Homeschool and virtual learners are welcome. Designed for students ages 6-12. WaterSaver Guided Tours THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore the WaterSaver Gardens with a Master Naturalist and learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Symposium: Miraflores at 100 – del pasado al future SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 | 8:30 A.M. – 12 P.M.

Dr. Aureliano Urrutia, a prominent physician who came to San Antonio during the Mexican Revolution, began creating his garden, Miraflores, near the headwaters of the San Antonio River. Learn the garden's historical, cultural, and archaeological significance, its place in Urrutia family history, and its meanings in landscape architecture. Texas Bird Guided Tour SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 | 9:15 – 11 A.M.

Learn about resident and migrant birds, their characteristics, requirements for food, nesting, and protection, and the native plants you can use to attract them to your yard. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.

Enjoy the Garden’s 38 acres of blooms while you try to warm the Grinch’s heart to spark his holiday spirit. Indulge in a catered brunch, engage in hands-on activities, and capture a memory of the event with a photo opportunity – all while listening to festive holiday sounds. Adult beverages available for purchase.

HOLIDAY MARKET

• Best Dog/Owner Costume

30 Bugs Every Gardener Should Know

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12 10 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Plant ID Using Dichotomous Keys and Online Resources SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 | 10 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Michael Eason, Director of Plant Conservation & Research, teaches the tools botanists use to identify unknown plants: dichotomous keys, field guides, and online resources. Apply learned tools in the Garden’s Texas Native Trails. DIY: Amaro SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 11 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

Amaro is an aromatic and bitter aperitif made from unique roots and botanicals. Learn about the history of amaro and craft a bottle while enjoying an amaro cocktail. Ages 21+. Ethnobotany of Native Plants Guided Tour TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

This seasonally changing tour explores the Texas Native Trails and the diverse relationships people have had, and still have, with plants in Texas. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Frida Inspired Succulent and Cactus Planters THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 | 6 – 8 P.M.

Create a Frida-inspired planter using the cactus and succulent plants Frida loved. Registrants will learn how to create a cactus soil blend, care tips for their planter, select plants, and arrange a mini Casa Azul. Frida Edition: Salsa Dancing & Botanas! FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Semeneya Dance Studio teaches a beginner’s partner salsa class. After class, enjoy sangria and traditional Mexican botanas inspired by Frida Kahlo Oasis. No dancing experience required. Ages 21+. Flora and Fauna in Frida Kahlo’s Art, Garden, and Life: Lecture by Adriana Zavala, PhD

Garden 2015), will explore the importance of flora and fauna to Frida Kahlo’s creativity – offering a close examination of her paintings and how Kahlo’s self-adornment and the arrangement of her home and garden were equally important modes of expression. Tableau by SOLI Chamber Ensemble MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 | 7 – 9 P.M.

SOLI Chamber Ensemble will mesmerize with an engaging performance featuring pieces inspired by the Frida Kahlo Oasis exhibition. Success with Houseplants TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 | 5:30 – 6:30 P.M.

An overview of everything a home gardener needs to ensure the health of your house plants – from the selection of material, to watering, and possible issues that you may come across and their solutions. Registrants will receive an indoor plant cutting. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. UTSA Special Collections: ¡Salud! Una Celebración de Bebidas Mexicanas THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 7 – 8:30 P.M.

A night of mixology featuring UTSA Library’s renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection. Make two cocktail recipes from the collection – Jamaican and Paloma. Learn their histories from Special Collections librarians. Ages 21+.

OCTOBER Sustainability Guided Tour

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore how infrastructure, architecture, and plants offer important lessons on building sustainable communities. Family Flashlight Night

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 | 10:30 – 11:30 A.M.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 | 6 – 8:30 P.M.

Adriana Zavala, PhD, curator of the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art Garden Life (New York Botanical

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PROGR AMS maze, enjoy fun tours, hands-on activities, and get a taste of delicious recipes. Drinks, food, and DIY s’more kits available for purchase.

Pumpkin Palooza SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 | 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Native Plant Guided Tour

Celebrate all things “pumpkin” with hands-on activities, tastings, workshops, and fall-inspired drinks and food for purchase.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

DIY: Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon

Explore the 11-acre Texas Native Trail with Master Naturalists. Topics include medicinal uses of native plants as well as their historical and cultural uses, and which are favored by birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Movies by Moonlight in the Garden: 12 Mighty Orphans + Director’s Talk SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 | 7 – 9:30 P.M.

Screening on the lawn with intro by Director Ty Roberts. Bring chairs and blankets. Drinks and food available for purchase. Little Sprouts Hike TUESDAYS: OCTOBER 5 – 26 | 10 – 10:45 A.M.

Hike features a nature-based lesson designed beginning at the Garden gift shop. Recommended for ages 5 and under. Some trails are unpaved, so all-terrain strollers are recommended. Limited spots available. Plant a Butterfly Garden OCTOBER 6 | 6 – 7:30 P.M.

All the information you need to plan, develop, and maintain a butterfly garden. Storytime in the Garden THURSDAYS: OCTOBER 7 – 28 | 10 – 10:30 A.M.

Nature-themed book reading. Families are welcome to bring a blanket. Recommended for ages 5 and under. Frida Kahlo Headpiece with Marigolds THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 | 5:30 – 7 P.M.

Create a Frida Kahlo inspired floral headpiece using beautiful and seasonal marigolds. Learn tips to arrange, secure, and maintain a live flower headpiece. Wear headpieces out to enjoy Noches de Frida. Noches de Frida THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 – 28 | 6 – 9 P.M.

Extended Thursday night hours 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. Frida Kahlo and Cross-Cultural CrossDressing in Mexico: Lecture by James Oles THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 | 7 – 8 P.M.

Learn about a common Frida Kahlo costume associated with the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, consisting of a short-embroidered blouse (huipil) and a long lace-fringed skirt (enagua). This tehuana costume, sometimes described as “indigenous,” is actually the product of mestizaje or cultural blending,

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an essential element in the construction of Mexican national identity in the postRevolutionary period.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 11 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

Participants will learn about the history of pumpkin spice and craft their own bottle of spiced pumpkin bourbon. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail featuring homemade spiced pumpkin bourbon. Foodie Cinema: Sweeney Todd FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 | 6:30 – 9 P.M.

This sinister musical is filled with delicious treats. While you enjoy your film, we will serve English chips with Guinness cheese sauce, British roasted veggie salad with stilton, meat pie and mash, and an English trifle. Wash everything down with a gin Bloody Mary. Texas Bird Guided Tour SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 | 9:15 – 11 A.M.

Learn about resident and migrant birds, their characteristics, requirements for food, nesting, and protection, and the native plants you can use to attract them to your yard. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Fractals by SOLI Chamber Ensemble MONDAY, OCTOBER 18 | 7 – 9 P.M.

SOLI Chamber Ensemble will mesmerize with an engaging performance. Homeschool Day: Insect Investigators WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 | 9 – 12 P.M.

School aged children will engage in hands-on learning activities that explore the fascinating relationship between nature, plants, and bugs. Garden tours focusing on where insects live at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m. Homeschool and virtual learners are welcome. Designed for students ages 6-12. WaterSaver Guided Tours THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore the WaterSaver Gardens with a Master Naturalist. Learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes, including Cottage, Hill Country, Manicure Xeriscape, and Spanish style. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Mezcal and Chocolate Tasting

BOOtanica SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 | 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Hands-on activities for the whole family. Dress up in your favorite costume, trick-or-treat, and explore the world of creatures in the garden. Hand Tied Bouquets with Marigolds TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26 | 6 – 7:30 P.M.

Learn the art of the hand-tied bouquet while incorporating beautiful and seasonal marigolds; gain tips and tricks for stability, style, and design. Bring a vase to safely take home the bouquet. Garden to Table Chef Series: Familia Kahlo WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27 | 7 – 9 P.M.

An inspiring and intimate culinary experience with Frida Kahlo’s family members Mara Romeo, Mara de Anda, and Frida Hentschel. Dishes created by Chef Katrina Flores in partnership with Kahlo’s family members will be served while guests hear about family traditions, recipes, and stories from Kahlo’s living relatives. Enjoy a four-part fresh tasting menu prepared with plants growing in the oneacre culinary garden along with wine. Ages 21+. Ethnobotany of Native Plants Guided Tour THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

This seasonally changing tour explores the Texas Native Trails and the diverse relationships people have had, and still have, with plants in Texas. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. DIY: Marigold Tequila SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 11 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

Learn about the history of marigolds and tequila and craft a bottle of marigold tequila. Cocktail Scavenger Hunt: Day of the Dead SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 | 12 – 2 P.M.

Enjoy a Day of the Dead inspired tasting menu featuring pozole rojo, chicken mole tamales, pan de los muertos, calabaza en tacha, and blood orange marigold margarita.

NOVEMBER Foodie Cinema: Coco NOVEMBER 1 | 6:30 – 9 P.M.

Enjoy the film and pork tamales, candied pumpkin, mole negro, and pan dulce with champurrado and a blood orange marigold margarita. Ages 21+. Día de los Muertos: Honoring Frida Kahlo MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1 AND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 | OPEN UNTIL 9 P.M.

Learn about the making of Mezcal with a three-part tasting of Heavy Métl mezcal, paired with handcrafted chocolates. Then, enjoy a moonlight tour of Frida Kahlo Oasis. Ages 21+.

During the final two days of the exhibition, honor the life and death of Frida Kahlo through the annual and traditional Mexican Día de los Muertos celebration. Visit Frida Kahlo Oasis and Kahlo’s ofrenda. Drinks and food available for purchase. Generously sponsored by H-E-B.

BOOtanica Plant Sale

Sustainability Guided Tour

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 – 24 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. | RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 | 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Discover a wide variety of native plants, succulents, grasses and pollinator-friendly plants.

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Native Plant Guided Tour

Native Plant Guided Tour

WaterSaver Guided Tours

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Explore the 11-acre Texas Native Trail with Master Naturalists. Topics include medicinal uses of native plants as well as their historical and cultural uses, and which are favored by birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.

Explore the Botanical Garden’s WaterSaver Gardens with a Master Naturalist. Learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes, including Cottage, Hill Country, Manicure Xeriscape, and Spanish style. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.

Explore the 11-acre Texas Native Trail with Master Naturalists. Topics include medicinal uses of native plants as well as their historical and cultural uses, and which are favored by birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.

Tree Day

Texas Bird Guided Tour

DIY: Eggnog

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Family friendly event with hands-on activities, tree give away (while supplies last), and drop in garden tours showcasing trees. Drinks and food available for purchase. Generously sponsored by Lou Celia and Don Frost. Teas, Tisanes, & Texas Natives SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 3 – 5 P.M.

Learn about teas, tisanes, their history, and brewing. This workshop will include a Chinese tea brewing and tasting demonstration. Identify and harvest Texas native plants to make tisane to take home. Sponsored by the San Antonio Water System. DIY: Mulled Wine SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 11 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

A boozy mulled wine crafting class. Learn about the history of mulled wine and craft a spice pack for mulling wine at home. Enjoy a hot cup of mulled wine. Ages 21+. Introduction to Propagation TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 | 5:30 – 7 P.M.

Introductory course to asexual plant propagation. Learn division, soft, and leaf cuttings with some emphasis on tropical plants, which can be applied to an at-home set up. Live and hands-on demonstration will allow participants to go home with small propagation container and plant material. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Ethnobotany of Native Plants Guided Tour TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

This seasonally changing tour explores the Texas Native Trails and the diverse relationships people have had, and still have, with plants in Texas. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Advanced Propagation TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 5:30 – 7 P.M.

This advanced course will continue with the topic of asexual plant propagation. Learn methods for hardwood and cactus cuttings, watch an air layering demo, and orchid division. In addition to a quick overview of tissue culture, participants will go home with hardwood and cactus material. Homeschool Day: Plants in History WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

School aged children will explore the fascinating world of plants in history with hands-on learning activities to discover the various ways ancestors used plants. Tours of historical Texas landmarks available at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m. Homeschool and virtual learners are welcome. Designed for students ages 6-12.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 | 9:15 – 11 A.M.

Learn about resident and migrant birds at the Botanical Garden, their characteristics, requirements for food, nesting, and protection, and the native plants you can use to attract them to your yard. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Thanksgiving Harvest Class SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 | 11 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Learn about and harvest produce in The Zachry Foundation Culinary Garden alongside a senior horticulturist. Learn to make creamy French lentils with mushrooms and kale, cauliflower gratin, and roast beet salad with fennel and radishes. Leave with an abundance of gardening knowledge, unique recipes, as well as fresh produce from the culinary garden. Cocktail Scavenger Hunt: Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21 | 12 – 2 P.M.

Find edible gems that will be incorporated in a festive menu and enjoy a garden-inspired tasting menu featuring: pumpkin risotto with bacon and parmesan, pumpkin corn and lemongrass soup, smoked pumpkin, farro and pomegranate feta salad, pumpkin tahini mousse pie, and pumpkin bourbon smash. Ages 21+. Junior CHEF Camp: Thanksgiving Sides MONDAY – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – 24 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Class focuses on kitchen safety, cooking basics, and using healthy ingredients. Make cauliflower mac and cheese, grilled vegetable rolls, autumn salad, spiced pumpkin seeds, cranberry sauce, and a garden herb rub. Recipes are based on the CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) curriculum. Camp is designed for ages 8-12.

DECEMBER Sustainability Guided Tour

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4 11 A.M. – 12 P.M. & 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

Enjoy this boozy homemade eggnog crafting class. Learn about the history of eggnog and craft a bottle of homemade eggnog. Then, enjoy an eggnog cocktail. Ages 21+. Holiday Pound Fit Party TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 | 7 – 8:30 P.M.

Grab your friends and Ripstix® for a 45-minute Pound Fit class where drumming is transformed into an energizing full-body workout. Then, enjoy a specialty holiday cocktail and small festive bites crafted by the Garden’s in-house chef. Bring mats, towels, and water. Limited number of Ripstix® with registration available. Ethnobotany of Native Plants Guided Tour TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

This seasonally changing tour explores the Texas Native Trails and the diverse relationships people have had, and still have, with plants in Texas. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Homeschool Day: Plants Around the World WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15 | 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

School aged children will explore the different ways people use plants from around the world to celebrate the winter holidays. Tours available at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m. Homeschool and virtual learners are welcome. Designed for students ages 6-12. WaterSaver Guided Tours THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16 | 10 – 11:30 A.M.

Come see what’s in bloom! Explore the Botanical Garden’s WaterSaver Gardens with a Master Naturalist. Learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes, including Cottage, Hill Country, Manicure Xeriscape, and Spanish style. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Texas Bird Guided Tour SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18 | 9:15 – 11 A.M.

Learn about resident and migrant birds at the Botanical Garden, their characteristics, requirements for food, nesting, and protection, and the native plants you can use to attract them to your yard. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.

Spice Day

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4 | 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Celebrate spices, the most flavorful plants of the Garden and explore how spices are used through hands-on activities, tastings, workshops, and spiced food and drinks for purchase.

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