Upcoming Landscape Tours

The right landscape tour can be a great source of inspiration and ideas. If you’re considering making landscape changes using SAWS’ WaterSaver Coupons, these tours are for you!

The right landscape tour can be a great source of inspiration and ideas. Three tours over the next couple of months are particularly noteworthy for their focus on design, plant selection, sustainability, aesthetics and water conservation.

If you’re considering making landscape changes using SAWS’ WaterSaver Coupons and need some additional ideas, these tours are for you. While our coupons are designed to make landscape changes as easy as possible (just four steps), an extra source of inspiration might also make your project easier. Who knows? You just might end up creating your own WaterSaver landscape showpiece worthy of being on a tour!

Watersaver Landscape Tour

Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Presented by Gardening Volunteers of South Texas (GVST) in Partnership with SAWS Conservation, this free, self-guided tour showcases impressive yards that don’t require lots of water to remain beautiful. Yards have been selected for their uniqueness in design, use of native and drought-tolerant plants, reduced lawn area and appropriate maintenance practices. Six impressive yards north of Loop 1604 between the IH-10 corridor and Kyle Seale Parkway are featured. Since 2002, this tour has highlighted GVST’s mission to promote outdoor water conservation through education outreach. Click here for more information.

Secret Gardens of Historic Monte Vista Tour

Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Saturday before Mother’s Day, visit beautiful backyards tucked away in historic Monte Vista. Designed by landscape architects, these urban green spaces are sure to lend inspiration for your own South Texas yard. During this self-guided walking tour, docents will be available at each home. Visit the block party anytime during your tour for refreshments and resources about native plants to enhance your yard, as well as our local environment. Click here for more information and tickets. All proceeds support Green Spaces Alliance.

Eco Centro Sustainable Landscape Tour

Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m.-noon (meet at Eco Centro at 8 a.m.)
Interested in reinventing your landscape? Why not do it in a sustainable way that conserves water, mitigates flooding, helps keep our streams clean, is drought-tolerant, and has the potential to produce food! Come join us for an exciting guided tour through some of San Antonio’s most progressive landscapes: The Renewable Republic, San Antonio River Authority Rain Garden and Mahncke Park Food Forest. Free, but limited to 22 people; pre-registration required here.


By: Juan Soles, Garden Style S.A.


San Antonio Events Calendar

Monet to Matisse: A Century of French Moderns
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 – Sunday, Jun 4, 2017
McNay Art Museum
6000 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78209

Monet to Matisse: A Century of French Moderns showcases sixty-five works of art from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned European collection. This selection privileges France as the artistic center of international Modernism from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Ranging widely in scale, subject matter, and style, these paintings, drawings, and sculptures were intended for public display and for private collections, and were produced by the era’s leading artists, those born in France as well as those who studied and showed there, including Pierre Bonnard, Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Fernand Léger, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Gabriele Münter, Odilon Redon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, Yves Tanguy, and Édouard Vuillard.


Mardi Gras Festival
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 – Sunday, Apr 30, 2017
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 W I-10, San Antonio, Texas 78257

The All New Mardis Gras Festival featuring twice daily street parades with authentic Mardi Gras street floats designed and built by world-renowned float designer Kern Studios. Take in some jazz and enjoy festive New Orleans style décor. If you’re hungry, try a beignet or other themed food and drink items we well. Showcase your marching band, cheer, dance & drill teams as you parade through the streets of Six Flags Fiesta Texas in true Mardi Gras Style! From March 24 – April 30, groups will have the opportunity to march alongside eight beautifully decorated parade floats in celebration of our 25th Anniversary!

Art in the Garden – Alyson Shotz
Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 – Monday, Jun 19, 2017
San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, Texas 78209

Blue Star Contemporary is pleased to partner with the San Antonio Botanical Garden to present a newly commissioned artwork by renowned Brooklyn-based artist, Alyson Shotz. For her yearlong exhibition at the Garden, Shotz has conceived a large-scale freestanding steel sculpture, which will interact with viewers and its natural surroundings. Known for ethereal artworks that build on natural phenomena and play with human perception, her piece for the Garden is a site-specific installation that encourages viewers to engage with the Garden landscape in new ways.

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