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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 686.3'
12/8/16 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Year-Round Watering Hours

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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Conservation

Conservation Outreach Calendar

Explore our online calendar and find out more about SAWS Conservation events scheduled in the San Antonio area. Events include workshops, seminars, lectures and other functions promoting conservation.

Watersaver Walks

December 10, 2016 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Explore our WaterSaver gardens with a Master Naturalist. Learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes. Meet at 10 am at the Carriage House. Walk is free to members or with paid admission.

Bird Walk

December 17, 2016 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Bird Walks happen monthly on every third Saturday. Meet at 9am in the Carriage House for a walk with a birding docent. Walk is free to members or with paid admission. Don’t forget your birding checklist.

Bird Walks

December 17, 2016 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Bird Walks happen monthly on every third Saturday, except during the summer months. Meet at 9am in the Carriage House for a walk with a birding docent. Walk is free to members or with paid admission.

Feathered Friends: Caring for Birds in the Winer

December 20, 2016 (Tue) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Learn what birds need to survive and make bird feeders. Fee: $20 plus $10 materials per adult plus one child (Ages 3+)

Participate in Monarch Research a

January 21, 2017 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
MEET AT CARRIAGE HOUSE Register to participate in scientific research in action. Learn about monarch butterflies and their spring migration from Mexico. Measure monarchs and collect data for the Monarch Larval Monitoring Project. Participants will learn about the parasite which affects monarch butterflies with hands-on citizen science. Fee: Free with Admission

Lunch and Learn Series: The Branches are Bare: Winter Tree Identification

January 26, 2017 (Thu) 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Identifying trees is challenging with leaves on the branches, and even more difficult without the leaves. Learn tricks of the trade from Urban Forester, Mark Kroeze, on how to identify trees in winter. This class is for beginner tree enthusiasts, no prior knowledge necessary. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members) Bring your lunch

WaterSaver Walk: Explore the cycle of water conservation for landscapes in San Antonio

February 11, 2017 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
MEET AT THE CARRIAGE HOUSE Join Master Naturalist, Linda Cace for a tour of our WaterSaver gardens and learn about the cycle of water conservation in San Antonio. Fee: Free with Admission

Easy Roses for Our Busy Lives Class & Pruning Workshop

February 11, 2017 (Sat) 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Come join Master Gardener and SA Rose Society member, Peggy Jones as she discusses disease resistant roses, including Old Garden Roses and Earth Kind roses. Learn how to keep them healthy and what diseases and insects bug roses. This class is a workshop that will demonstrate how to plant and prune roses. Fee: $30 ($27 members)

Native Plant Walk: Texas Hill Country

February 17, 2017 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
MEET AT THE CARRIAGE HOUSE Explore our 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a focus on Texas Hill Country. This area has its own distinctive and diverse ecological region of Texas, varying in soil, plant life, topography, and weather. There are more than 250 plant species in collections that represent three ecosystems. In the East Texas Pineywoods, visitors find pines, sweetgum, sassafras, and other acidic soil-loving woodland species. The Hill Country area features live oaks, juniper, Texas mountain laurel, Eve’s necklace, Blanco crabapple, Possum Haw, Hop-tree, Uvalde maples, and other limestone tolerant plants. In the South Texas region, dryland trees and thorny brush such as torchwood, Mexican olive, mesquite, Texas ebony, and huisaache thrive.

It's Time To Prune! Haircuts for Your Plants Workshop

February 18, 2017 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Late winter and early spring is the time to prune your plants. Pruning is one of those gardening tasks that most people just can't or won't do. The truth of the matter is, however, that plants actually need some pruning to help them bloom, set fruit, and/or generally prosper...believe it or not. And, they will respond according to how they are pruned. Join this hands-on workshop to learn what to do and what not to do. Fee: $30 ($27 members)

Lunch and Learn Series: Butterfly Babies

February 23, 2017 (Thu) 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Butterfly babies—aka caterpillars—are found in the Garden if you know where to look! Discover what host plants are, and why they are needed in your butterfly garden. Join us for an indoor presentation followed by a walk to uncover butterfly host plants throughout the Garden. Leave with a host plant for the butterfly babies in your neighborhood. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members) Bring your lunch

Gardening in South Texas

February 25, 2017 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Join horticulturist and author, Mary Irish, as she explores the conditions that drive gardening success in South Texas. Whether you're new to gardening or just new to gardening in South Texas, Mrs. Irish, is a wealth of knowledge. Class topics include soils, rainfall regimes, seasons, and strong emphasis on plant selections in all categories (trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, etc.). Mrs. Irish has written ten books, including Texas: Getting Started Garden Guide, Trees and Shrubs for the Southwest, Perennials for the Southwest, and Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants. Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Native Plant Walk: South Texas

March 10, 2017 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
MEET AT THE CARRIAGE HOUSE Explore our 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a focus on South Texas. This area has its own distinctive and diverse ecological region of Texas, varying in soil, plant life, topography, and weather. There are more than 250 plant species in collections that represent three ecosystems. In the East Texas Pineywoods, visitors find pines, sweetgum, sassafras, and other acidic soil-loving woodland species. The Hill Country area features live oaks, juniper, Texas mountain laurel, Eve’s necklace, Blanco crabapple, Possum Haw, Hop-tree, Uvalde maples, and other limestone tolerant plants. In the South Texas region, dryland trees and thorny brush such as torchwood, Mexican olive, mesquite, Texas ebony, and huisaache thrive

WaterSaver Walk: Explore the cycle of water conservation for landscapes in San Antonio

March 11, 2017 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
MEET AT THE CARRIAGE HOUSE Join Master Naturalist, Linda Cace for a tour of our WaterSaver gardens and learn about the cycle of water conservation in San Antonio. Fee: Free with Admission

Japanese Gardening Experience

March 11, 2017 (Sat) 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Description: Celebrate Japanese culture by touring our Japanese Garden, Kumamoto En. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the garden with a tea ceremony and demonstration of Ikebana floral design. Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Harvesting Rainwater & Do-It-Yourself Rain Barrel Workshop

March 25, 2017 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Join Lou Kellogg for a rainwater harvesting class. Learn how harvesting rain water can reduce your water bills while providing a source of free water during drought conditions. This class is also a Do-It-Yourself workshop for your personal 55-gallon rain barrel that you will make and take home with you at the end of class. Fee: $55 (includes materials: 55-gallon rain barrel and spout)

Lunch and Learn Series: Revealing Fruit

March 30, 2017 (Thu) 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Plants use crafty strategies for getting their babies dispersed and into favorable environments. Join us as we eat our way through a lecture on the secrets of fruits. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members) Bring your lunch

Converting Your Garden to a Waterwise Garden

April 8, 2017 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
What are the chief techniques to turning a yard dominated by lawn and thirsty plants into one that is beautiful but uses less water? This class will teach both techniques and considerations in the conversion to a waterwise garden, as well recommended plants. Mary Irish is a horticulturist, author and manages the greenhouse at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. She has over 20 years experience. Fee: $20 ($18 members)

South Texas Lawn Care: I Want the Same Kind of Grass THEY Have

April 8, 2017 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Lawn grasses in our area can be a beauty or a beast. Some require lots of water while others don't. All require at least some TLC in order to be lush and carpet-like. In this class we discuss the major varieties of grass that do well here, fertilizer for them, watering, and pest/disease problems. Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Viva Botanica

April 22, 2017 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Celebrate Fiesta® and Earth Day at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Enjoy Los Colores of spring in th Garden and learn about nature with fun, hands-on activities. Fee: Free with Admission

Texas Superstar® Plants

April 29, 2017 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Texas Superstar® plants provide maximum beauty with minimal care. They come highly recommended for WaterSaver landscapes by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension. Learn from Master Gardener, Brigid Oman, about the variety of plants that have been subjected to statewide testing and been found to be hardy, tolerating the heat and drought conditions as well as proving to be disease and insect tolerant. Fee: $20 ($18 members)