Area Garden Center is a non-profit organization established
in 1955 to support Zilker Botanical Garden's mission
to promote the education and love of gardening among
people of all ages. Its projects support beautification
of the gardens visited yearly by half a million people
from around the world. Its education programs reach
thousands of school children and adults every year.
Read more about the Garden
Center and its history
to find out how it all started.
find out more about ZBG? Check out our links to events, guidelines
for visitors and photographers, map
of the gardens, or AAGC
member clubs. Hours and contact information are
posted on the home page.
in Zilker Park just south of Town Lake and east of MoPac
(Loop 1), Zilker Botanical Garden is easy to reach from
both MoPac and I-35. Click on the map at right for a
larger image. Driving directions:
take the exit for FM 2244 / Rollingwood, following
the signs for Zilker Park. Watch for the dark green
Zilker Botanical Garden signs. The garden is on the
left at 2220 Barton Springs Drive.
take the Riverside Drive exit and go west. At Barton
Springs Drive, turn left and follow it along until
you reach Zilker Botanical Garden on your right, just
past Stratford Drive.
Parking for Zilker Botanical Garden is available at the main entrance, located at 2220 Barton Springs Road.
Overflow parking is located on Stratford Drive, to the east of the garden. This lot is only opened when overflow parking is needed. Directions to the overflow lot will be given to visitors as they arrive to the garden. The parking is located directly north of the garden across from the "Rose Gate" at the entrance to the Hartman Prehistoric Garden. The "Rose Gate" is opened when the overflow lot is opened, however during DST the "Rose Gate" closes at 5:00 p.m. During the winter (non DST - November through March), the gate closes at 3:30 p.m.
Botanical Garden parking lot is for Garden patrons
only. This lot is open during normal business
vehicles in the lot after closing will be locked
Zilker Botanical Garden…In the News!
On Sunday, May 2, 2010, The New York Times travel section featured an article, “Welcoming Spring in Texas Tones” (by Jan Benzel). One of her destinations was Zilker Botanical Garden. She writes:
My sister, Nancy, who lives in Austin, was my host and guide for the rest of my wildflower tour of Austin and its surroundings. In the city proper we visited Zilker Botanical Garden, a verdant respite with mini-gardens, almost like rooms, spilling from one to another over some 30 acres. With a blacksmith’s shed and antique tools in one spot and fossilized dinosaur footsteps in another, it’s well suited to keep children content and interested while their parents stroll or sit.
Austin is a stop on a major butterfly migration byway; one section of Zilker is chockfull of butterfly bait, particularly plants like sedums, coneflowers and passionflowers. Elsewhere there are waterfalls, streams with rock steps to skip across, and formal rose beds….
The full article, “Welcoming Spring in Texas Tones", can be found at http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/travel/02journeys.html