Explore the Garden’s Refreshing Water Features This Summer

Restful ponds and fountains in the Japanese Garden

The blazing summer heat shows no sign of relenting, and it’s safe to say that most area residents are fed up with 100-degree-plus temperatures. Since there’s not much we can do except wait for fall, we here at the Garden invite you to find refreshment at our many ponds, fountains and streams.

The Botanic Garden was founded around water: Rock Springs Park offered restful views of tumbling water and, along with the Rose Garden, was the heart of the original Garden. A visit to the Tinsley Rock Springs Garden is still a special experience.

We invite you to take a water-focused tour of the Garden, starting with the two pools inside the main entrance that feature dancing frogs, sculptures by Andre Harvey known as “Spring Ballet.”

Upon entering the garden, you’ll pass into the Leonard Courtyard and the Fuller Garden, both of which include fountains and other water features.

Pink waterlilies bloom against green leaves and blue water

From here, your path will divert from typical Garden routes. Construction on Old Garden Road is in full swing, which means both the roadway and the Texas Native Forest Boardwalk are temporarily closed. Until mid-fall, guests can make their way west on a mulch path along the edge of the Vista.

Once you reach the Rose Garden, you’ll find numerous ponds and other water features and can follow the paths to the Tinsley Rock Springs Garden.

The Japanese Garden is another prime location for water-side walks. The pools, ponds and waterfalls have a serene beauty on even the hottest of days.

Remember to stay hydrated as you explore. You can buy water at the gift shop or bring your own water bottles and refill them at the water stations located around the campus. Make a point to arrive early—gates open for members at 7 am—and dress appropriately. We’re living through a long, hot summer, but a shady path along a rippling stream will help you keep your cool.

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