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NEWS UPDATE!

Parrot Ambassadors have returned to exhibit, on a limited basis, being rotated indoors & outdoors to reacclimate, as their enclosures are upgraded, during this transition. We continue to protect them from Avian Flu or Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPIA), based on latest USDA & Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD) updated guidelines, & advice from their veterinarian.  ALL private parrot interactions and ‘Parrot Talk’ programs still are suspended until further notice! 

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COVID-19 PROTOCOL

Following 8/11/22 CDC Guidelines, since Nueces County is one of 41% of U.S. counties at “high risk” for Covid transmission, we recommend EVERYONE wear facemasks in our INDOOR facilities!  Due to prolonged exposure, facemasks are HIGHLY recommended in our Education Classes, limited to 30 people, ZOOM available, reservations required, 361-852-2100. 

THANK YOU for safeguarding the health of all guests,
staff and volunteers.

 

EVENTS ON TAP

BIRDIEST FESTIVAL in AMERICA 2023

The 2022 Festival surpassed its REGISTRATION RECORD with 239 birders registered, from 30 states; and raised its bird species sighted in its five-year history to 329! Now, we proudly announce our 2023 Keynote Speaker, featured on Texas Monthly’s June cover, Tiffany Kersten, who against impossible odds, set a new U.S. record for ‘The Big Year’—726 species sighted in 31 states in 12 months! Hear her story of determination, a shoestring budget, and recovery—in person during the April 26-30, 2023 Birdiest Festival in America. Registration opens December 1 on www.birdiestfestival.org.

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Hay, It’s a MAZE!

Ocean Drive Garden Club partners with Gardens for 2nd HAY BALE MAZE, opening Saturday, October 22!
Geared to kids, more than 115 bales of hay builds a maze challenging young sense of direction. This “hay-mazing adventure”, located near Monkey Mansion, is open 9 am-6 pm, celebrating fall!

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HOLLY DAYS AT THE GARDENS

Four weekends of lights, trees, petting zoo, hay rides, s’mores & cocoa & SANTA beginning the day after Thanksgiving feature a huge live lighted fir tree, and “Eco Christmas Tree,” an 18’ tree of green plastic bottles created by environmental artist Shelia Rogers!
Friday evenings, 5:30-7:30 pm. Saturdays, 9 am-7:30 pm. Nov. 25/26, Dec. 2/3, Dec. 9/10, Dec. 16/17.

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MEMBERS’ HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP SALE

Nature’s Boutique gift shop Holiday Sale for Members begins Friday, November 4, through December 31, with a 20% member discount on all non-sale merchandise, books and available plants. DOUBLE your normal member discount! One of three Gift Shop finalists in recent Best of the Best competition. JOIN if you’re not, shop till you drop! (Join early at www.stxbot.org; or 361-852-2100.) Memberships make great gifts, too . . . CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, December 24, 25.

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MOONLIGHT in the GARDENS – SOLD OUT

MOONLIGHT 2022 was beyond fantastic! Close to 600 enjoyed outstanding food and drinks, 4” prawns, sliders, pulled pork, chicken fajitas, Asian wraps, mini keylime pies, margaritas, Wine, a botanical craft beer! Auction, magical lighting, cuddly reptiles, pretty parrots, live
music kept guests on the move. They took home centerpieces, souvenir flashlights, and a Very useful gift in each valeted car! Fun-tastic fundraiser, chillin’ crowd—till next year . . .

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NEW EXHIBIT OPENS NOVEMBER!

Internationally-known local environmental artist, Shelia Rogers, will create an 18-foot, lit-from-within Christmas Tree for the winter-vacant Plumeria Garden! Her design requires 3500 empty green plastic bottles with lids, recycled by savvy friends of our local ecosystem and the Gardens, wanting to contribute to a fabulous work of art! SEE MORE to learn about her art, and how to help!

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WEEKEND ANIMAL EVENTS

Guests visiting Saturdays or Sundays are treated to REP-TALES,10:30 am, on the lawn areas. Although some of our parrots are back on display, PARROT-TALK is still suspended due to risk of Avian Flu.

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WINTER LECTURES BEGIN JANUARY 18!

2023 WINTER LECTURE SERIES, teaching valuable unique lessons in South Texas horticulture, are Wednesday mornings at 9:30, from January 18-February 22! Both residents and winter visitors meet new acquaintances over a up of coffee, listening to expert speakers. Included in your membership, general admission,
or $5 per lecture. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, 361-852-2100.

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EXPLORE...

…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.

LEARN...

…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. 

CONSERVE...

…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.

HOST YOUR EVENT AT THE GARDENS

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.