Let's celebrate Spring Urban Sketcher's - Austin style with a leisurely afternoon sketch session exploring the vibrant wildflower and native garden and grounds display at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center.
Zilker Botanical Garden — located on 30 acres in Austin, Texas has often been called “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. Theme gardens such as rose, herb and Japanese garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds. The Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates local dinosaur habitat.
This garden is a unique collaboration between The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and the Austin Area Garden Council (AAGC). The garden is open to the public most days year-round and is enjoyed by over 400,000 visitors each year, including thousands of school children from Austin and the surrounding communities.
1:00 pm | Meet-up at Zilker Park main garden entrance, inside the grounds.
1:30 - 3:30 | Explore and sketch the numerous themed Gardens and grounds.
3:30 - 4:00 | Meet-up for group photos and sketch sharing!
Located 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.
FROM MOPAC (LOOP 1):
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.
FROM INTERSTATE 35:
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.
ZBG grounds are normally open 9am - 5:30pm (last entry at 5pm). Hours during Daylight Savings Time are 7am - 7pm (last entry at 6:30pm).
Note: There is a small admission fee to enter the Gardens:
Admission, cash or check, is:
$1 for children (ages 3-12)
$2 for adults, Austin resident
$3 for adults, non-resident
$1 for seniors (age 62 & over)
Hope to see you there!! :)