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San Antonio Botanical Garden Expands With Culinary, Family Adventures

The San Antonio Botanical Garden opened a new 8-acre addition to the facility on Saturday, including a parking lot that's interesting enough on its own to be called a "parking garden."

"That's where the adventure begins. You can see a lot of native plants grown there. Rain gardens, Bio-swales, a lot of conservation efforts that we took into the design of this space. And that leads you into the new entrance to the garden," says Connie Swann, director of marketing for the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

The new admission center has a kiosk to help you plan your visit around what you're looking to find. Also nearby, a living, breathing garden that will remind visitors about their place in nature's food chain.

"We have a 1-acre culinary garden. We have orchards here. We have leafy green vegetables growing. Fruits growing, bay leaves, herbs and spices. And next to this garden we have an outdoor chef teaching kitchen," she says.

The general public can sign up to learn how to cook using some of these vegetables and herbs grown in the garden.

Find more information at the San Antonio Botanical Garden website.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii