Zilker Botanical Garden – A Little Zen in Austin Texas

Zilker Park Zen - Lotus flowers at the entrance of Zilker Botanical Garden - Austin Pond Society

Lotus flowers at the entrance of Zilker Botanical Garden

Zilker Botanical Garden is a little piece of Zen in central Austin. I often stop by in-between bookkeeping client appointments to take a meditative break.

Echinacea flowers blooming in summer - Zilker Botanical Garden near downtown Austin TX - a favorite part of Zilker Park

Echinacea flowers blooming in summer – Zilker Botanical Garden

Spring is my favorite time to visit Zilker Botanical Garden because I love to see the redbuds begin to bloom but there is beauty in every season. The setting is serene with various gardens, water features, and historical features.

Redbud blooms in spring at Zilker Botanical Garden - late February to mid-March

Redbud blooms in spring at Zilker Botanical Garden

Zilker Botanical Garden consists of 25 acres of land located just south of the Colorado River in central Austin. The garden is part of Zilker Metropolitan Park – a 350 acre park in central Austin which is home to Barton Springs Pool, Lady Bird Lake, and hosts annual events such as Austin City Limits Music Festival and Zilker Kite Festival. The garden is operated by The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department and the Austin Area Garden Council.

Map of Zilker Botanical Garden in Central Austin TX

Map of Zilker Botanical Garden in Central Austin

Andrew Jackson Zilker donated the land for Zilker Park in 1917 and it was developed into a park during the 1930’s. Zilker Botanical Garden has been around since the 1960’s with changes and improvements over the years.

Japanese Gardens - created by Isamu Taniguchi when he was 70 years old

Japanese Garden – created by Isamu Taniguchi

The Japanese Garden is my favorite at Zilker Botanical Garden – created by Isamu Taniguchi who was born in Osaka Japan but his family migrated to the US when he was a teenager.

Pure Zen - lotus flower at the Japanese Garden created by Isamu Taniguchi - Zilker Botanical Garden in central Austin TX

Pure Zen – lotus flower at the Japanese Garden

Mr Taniguchi was 70 years old when he donated his time and expertise to create the Japanese Garden on 3 acres of land. The garden was built as a symbol of peace.

Togetsu-kyo bridge or "Bridge to Walk Over the Moon" by Isamu Taniguchi - Zilker Botanical Garden in central Austin Texas

Togetsu-kyo bridge – “Bridge to Walk Over the Moon” by Isamu Taniguchi

After the discovery of dinosaur tracks on the grounds of Zilker Botanical Garden the Hartman Prehistoric Garden was born.

Hartman prehistoric garden at Zilker Botanical Garden in central Austin TX - Zilker Metropolitan Park

 Ornithominus at the Prehistoric garden at Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin TX

The plants are representative of the type that would have been around during the Cretaceous Period.

Waterfall - near the location of dinosaur tracks prehistoric garden in Zilker Botanical Garden in central Austin TX

Waterfall – prehistoric garden in Zilker Botanical Garden

I find a little piece of Zen among the many water features, flower gardens, and pathways of the Zilker Botanical Garden in central Austin.

Zen garden - Zilker Botanical Garden lily pond at the entrance - central Austin TX

Lotus flowers at Zilker Botanical Garden

A journey through the alphabet with ABC Wednesday Project where people from around the world create a weekly post – visiting the letter Z this week.


Practical Information:

Address: 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin
Phone Number: +1-(512)-477-8672
Hours: daily, 7AM – 7PM
Admission Cost (as of July 2015): adults: $2 for Austin residents, $3 for non-residents; children and seniors: $1.
Tours: Group tours are available. More information here.


About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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  1. KVVS MURTHY says:

    Awesome pictures of flowers…!

  2. Amit Agarwal says:

    Great, serene place…wonderfully captured!

  3. Roger Green says:

    One of my best friends lives in Austin; miss her.
    ROG, ABCW

  4. Wonderful series…love that bridge♪

  5. SamuraiFrog says:

    How peaceful and beautiful. I love all the purples and especially the presence of a dinosaur.

  6. Reader Wil says:

    Susan you keep making people happy with your beautiful photos and showing beautiful places all over the world! Please do join us also in the next round.
    Have a great week.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Thank you so much Wil – you are very kind. And YES! I will be joining you all in the next round. I have enjoyed this project very much and it has been a rewarding experience to visit with so many people around the world.

      Cheers,
      Susan

  7. photowannabe says:

    What a beautiful and restful place to regroup ones thoughts.
    I don’t blame you for going there and the redbud is gorgeous.

  8. Ann says:

    Oh my those red buds look phenomenol up close!! Lovely garden flowers and statues. Makes me feel Zen just looking.
    Ann

  9. Joy says:

    What an interesting idea to create a prehistoric garden the lush greens conjure up an ancient time, and plants. It would be quite an attack of the senses to see the zing of the redbud blossom after all the cool greens.

  10. What a wonderful place to relax and meditate, I loved the Japanese Garden and also the rickety wooden bridge. Fantastic photography too!

    Best wishes,
    Di.x

    • Susan Moore says:

      Thank you Di! I have several places around Austin that I use for my meditation breaks and the Japanese Garden at Zilker Botanical is a favorite when I’m driving home from South Austin. I have learned to plan and schedule a little solitude into each day.
      Cheers,
      Susan

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