Tour a Few of San Antonio’s Secret Gardens

Tour a Few of San Antonio’s Secret Gardens

Unique landscape architecture. Clever use of native plants. Butterflies, bees and birds. Get a rare look at it all on a self-guided tour of the King William Historic District.

Want to spend some time outdoors and get a few great landscaping ideas, too? Take the Secret Garden Tour, Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The self-guided tour features unique outdoor spaces in the historic King William District that demonstrate water conservation, clever landscape architecture and native plants. And for those of you with a lot of large shade trees, the tour also highlights some great ways to maximize all that sunless space.

You’ll see clever use of groundcovers and stone, as well as plants that entice butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. All the landscapes are within walking or biking distance of each other, and either the homeowner or a knowledgeable volunteer will be on hand to answer any of your landscaping questions.

Cost is $25 ($20 if you’re a member of Green Spaces Alliance). Proceeds support Green Spaces Alliance’s mission to sustain the natural environment and enhance urban spaces through land conservation, community engagement and education.

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Mark Peterson

Mark A. Peterson is a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you’re likely to find him hiking San Antonio’s wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.