Zilker Botanical Garden
Austin Area Garden Center
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin TX 78746 - 512-477-8672

ZBG Today

The Austin 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 125,000 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.

Want to 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.

click here for larger mapLocated 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 Locations

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.

The Zilker Botanical Garden parking lot is for Garden patrons only. This lot is open during normal business hours.
Any vehicles in the lot after closing will be locked in.

Zilker Botanical Garden…In the News!

Butterfly visits Azaleas in bloom @ Zilker Botanical GardenOn 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



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