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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the discovery of dinosaur tracks on the grounds of Zilker Botanical Garden the Hartman Prehistoric Garden was born.
The plants are representative of the type that would have been around during the Cretaceous Period.
I find a little piece of Zen among the many water features, flower gardens, and pathways of the Zilker Botanical Garden in central Austin.
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.
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.