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PARROTS BEGIN RETURN OUTDOORS!  As Highly Contagious Pathenogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) declines as wild bird migration winds down, our parrot animal ambassadors have begun returning to outdoor enclosures in rotation for some fun in the sun and much-missed visitor interaction!  Four birds will greet guests daily, 9 am-noon, with a roof above enclosures for protection from wild birds, and extreme heat.  We’re hopeful more parrots can be out, if virus numbers remain low.  An Animal Care employee will attend birds watching for contamination, meeting “Save the Flock” guidelines. Thanks to Animal Care, Maintenance staffs, volunteers for long hours with parrots indoors since March, 2022!



A BIRDY/BOTANICAL art exhibit, in conjunction with “Birdiest Festival in America”; and underwritten by Corpus Christi Arts & Cultural Commission, drew 70 entries! All 70 now are on display in the Gardens—a creative, colorful sight by some very talented local artisans. Cash prizes were awarded to three in the “Decorate Our House” category; and three in “Build Your Own.” SEE MORE for winners. Visit to SEE THEM ALL!

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The electrifying vibes of the CLARISSA SERNA BAND headlines our 15th MOONLIGHT in the GARDENS signature fundraiser under a full moon, celebrating the Orchid Collection, its 1996 cornerstone exhibit! Presented the ninth year by CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery. From 6-9:30 pm, Oct 27, in magical Gardens’ floral surroundings, the garden party features valet service, 8 dining stations, margaritas, wine, beer, silent auction & fire dancer show!

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We’ve redesigned our PRIVATE ENCOUNTERS a bit for flexibility, and different animals! Small groups can enjoy fun interactions with THREE Animal Ambassadors, bird or reptile, with guests holding each animal, giving them snacks, taking photos in private setting. A great party, birthday, anniversary treat! Fees go to our Veterinary Fund!

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SATURDAY MORNING CLASS SCHEDULE: Horticulture & Environmental Education

For your convenience, we’re providing a schedule of SATURDAY MORNING Horticulture & Environmental Education classes! All begin at 9:30 am, Education Station classroom, with spaced seating for 40. Unless noted, all are covered by that day’s general admission, membership, or $5 each. Make your reservation, or get ZOOM info, at 361-852-2100.

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Guests visiting Saturdays or Sundays are treated to REP-TALES,10:30 am, on the lawn area. “Kids” of all ages learn relationships between resident reptiles and adapted reptiles we’ve accepted as rescues. Never touched an Iguana? Now’s your chance! If you child isn’t shy, you won’t be either!

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…bloom-filled conservatories,  majestic rose pavilion,
butterfly house, architecturally-unique garden design, tropical plumeria grove—plus mesquite-lined nature trail, rustic Palapa Grande and wetland boardwalk. You’ll love the beauty-versus-beast contrasts at this 182-acre botanical and nature domain, like our parrots and reptiles.


…through field trips, nature camps, birdwatching, animal interactions, horticulture classes and workshops, winter lectures, “Blooming in the Gardens,” plant and landscape displays, family visits! Environmental education through nature tourism explains benefits of learning to better share our ecosystem with plant and wildlife. 


…our urban oasis of native habitat and natural wetlands on Oso Creek.  Our conservation programs involving plants, wildlife and water, include: Endangered Slender Rush Pea, Black-Laced Cactus colonies, Pockets of Wildlife Habitat along Oso Creek, Native Grasses: Highly Structured, Managed & Natural.


Both scenic floral, or more casual outdoor venues—
as well as comfortable indoor spaces are available for MEMBERS to rent throughout the year.
Rental occasions have included weddings, bridal and baby showers, birthdays, grad parties,
corporate or club meetings, team-building functions, local events, lectures or classes, memorial services . . .
during or after regular hours! In spring and summer months, we celebrate weddings almost every weekend!
Prices are reasonable and surroundings memorable for your special occasion!

Support Your Gardens
It Pays to Join

A botanical garden cannot thrive or grow, without members!

Personal and corporate memberships
supply substantial annual operating funds.
In return, members get valuable benefits
which outweigh yearly dues contribution—
like RECIPROCAL FREE ADMISSION to 340 other gardens,
14 of them in Texas! 

for Categories and amazing benefits!

Needed Now, Grants, Donations, Planned Giving

There are many ways to donate and support your Botanical Gardens—
from Unrestricted Gifts, Current Needs, sponsoring an event,
funding an exhibit, a water feature—or even a building!
Most donations are given in the present; while some are planned
as a legacy gift, or “Planned Giving.”
No matter the size or timing, every contribution improves visitor experience, brings more visitors, more donors, and GROWS your Gardens!

for easy ways to give; or donor suggestions to discuss
with your tax consultant, financial advisor or estate attorney.