The Bloom returns March 11

Get the secrets for stunning gardens that can withstand a sizzling San Antonio summer at SAWS Spring Bloom.

With all the wildflowers throwing open their petals, you know Spring Bloom is almost here — our perennially popular spring gardening event returns to SAWS Headquarters, Saturday, March 11!

The free event is your prime opportunity to chat with San Antonio’s landscaping experts and hear their secrets to successful landscaping.

Learn how to figure out “What’s Your Garden Style.” You can adapt most water-efficient plants to any landscape look you love whether it’s a delightfully casual cottage garden, a more formal Spanish courtyard, a modern mid-century look or any other garden style.

In fact, we invite you to quench our curiosity and tell us which style you love the most!

Vote for your favorite by March 11! We’ll develop landscape design plans for the winning style and make them available on in the coming months.

On Saturday, arrive early enough and be one of the first 1,000 adults to get a free plant to take home. Choose from: plumbago, aromatic rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Barbeque’, Salvia ‘Roman Red’, or Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’.

Of course, you don’t want to miss the plant sales where you can pick up more drought-tolerant beauties and learn how to incorporate them in your landscape in a variety of styles.

Throughout the day, turn to our sustainable gardening experts for insight on how to create and maintain a thriving landscape despite the drought.

  • Listen to Your Landscape!
    9:30 a.m.

Are you listening? Your landscape will tell you what it needs. All you have to do is pay attention. Lee Marlowe, Sustainable Landscape Ecologist with the San Antonio River Authority, will help you learn how to listen to your landscape for long-term success.

  • Plant by Numbers: Your Blueprint for Resilient Green
    10:30 a.m.

You don’t have to be a master gardener or landscape designer to create a beautiful garden. Learn how to navigate our new Plant by Numbers landscape design materials and bring a sense of place based on local ecology and culture to your own yard.

  • Earth-Kind Landscaping
    11:30 a.m.

Earth-Kind Landscaping uses research-proven techniques to provide for a beautiful and resilient landscape while preserving and protecting the environment. Join Anna Vogler, Bexar County Master Gardener, as she shares these principles and how you can implement them in your own landscape.

WaterSaver Landscape Coupons are Back!

If your turf is tattered, why not turn it into a gorgeous garden bed full of perennials that look lush with much less water? Our $100 Landscape Coupon can help you remove 200 square feet of lawn and get 15 drought-tolerant plants for your new garden bed. Get tips on how to easily measure this area and the best ways to get rid of stubborn grass at the event.

Learn to minimize water use while establishing your new plants and throughout the searing summer season.

Plus, check out our new ConnectH2O electronic water meters that can help customers take timely actions to conserve water and save cash.

See you Saturday!

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Sasha Kodet
Sasha Kodet is a conservation planner whose large garden attracts a myriad of wildlife and curious neighbors with minimal water. At SAWS, Kodet develops outdoor programs to help people create their own beautiful, water-saving landscapes. She draws on her two decades of experience as a naturalist, botanical garden educator and event planner. Kodet enjoys (really) long walks in the woods and has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail.
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