A Glimpse at What You’ll See!

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The New Anderson Bromeliad Conservatory Inside, scheduled to open in spring 2009, is a state-of-the-art facility housing 800-plus Aechmea bromeliads and other genera collected world-wide by Nelwyn and the late John Anderson, internationally known as leading bromeliad collectors and growers.

Anderson Bromeliad Conservatory

Botanical Garden Mingles with Nature Preserve

Botanical Garden mingles with Nature Preserve

The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Corpus Christi is a leading South Texas tourism destination showcasing a unique blend of colorful, exotic floral exhibits bordered with vast conserved areas areas of native habitat and natural wetlands.

Strategically situated on the city’s affluent south side nearly touching the world-famous King Ranch, the 180 acre site is an integral part of Corpus Christi’s growing Oso Creek Greenbelt system, is a Texas Watchable Wildlife Program site, and is on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

Recognized for both its beautiful shorebirds and woodland songbirds, it is a key birding site in Corpus Christi, which repeatedly has been named the Birdiest City in the United States.

A hub of horticultural and environmental conservation education actively benefiting South Texas economy and Coastal Bend quality of life, STBGNC provides a beautiful respite and source of conservation and environmental learning for residents and visitors.

The Plumeria Garden & Willoughby Viewing Platform showcases more than 100 fragrant tropical plumeria—one of the largest public outdoor displays in the continental United States. Plumeria, best known as the Hawaiian lei flower, are native to the Caribbean so are green housed formant during winter months here to protect from infrequent freezes.

Plumeria Garden & Willoughby Viewing Platform

The Tree Demonstration Garden, delightful and whimsical Hummingbird Garden and intriguing Arid Garden help South Texans design shade, hummingbird attractors and ‘aridscape’ into personal outdoor spaces, utilizing the Earth Kind Demonstration Trial Gardens to help select the hardiest, most pest and disease-resistant plants.

Hummingbird, & Arid Gardens

Butterfly House

Botanical Garden & Nature Center Exhibits

The stately, contemporary Rose Garden displays 300 rose bushes in 12 raised beds with a massive fountain midway down the long, brick ‘bridal path.’ The impressive spacious Bates Rose Pavilion, with expansive adjacent lawn areas, is a popular wedding venue.

Rose Garden & Bates Rose Pavilion

The Sensory Garden creatively and subliminally hones our five senses. Admire plants, infrastructure and stunning sculpture in this unique garden exhibit.

Sensory Garden

The Don Larkin Memorial Orchid Greenhouse, home to one of the largest public collections in the Southwest, features Cattleya, Phaleonopsis, Paphiopedlum and Dendrobium genera in abundance. The 2000 plant collection produces nearly year-round blooms

Don Larkin Memorial Orchid Greenhouse

Stroll down the shaded Bird & Butterfly Trail, stopping at the Birding Tower and Palapa Grande on Gator Lake, heading on out to the Wetland Awareness Boardwalk and, for the really energetic--Oso Creek Loop Trail for a hike down to Oso Creek.

Wetland Awareness Boardwalk

Another new exhibit is the New Butterfly House where massive blooms of nectar and larval plants attract Gulf Fritillaries, Tiger and Giant Swallowtails, Red Admirals, Monarchs, Queens, White Peacock, Zebra Longwing, Buckeye and many others. Stout trellises have been added for climbing varieties of butterfly attractors. An octagonal 2600 square-foot, open air screened Butterfly House, is a walk-through, interactive ‘flight cage’ housing both native and migratory butterflies.

Tropical Parrots

The Coastal Bend Companion Bird Club donated approximately 40 colorful exotic birds to the Botanical Gardens in 2011, also building rustic enclosures with thatched roofs for birds living outside. You’ll see more beautiful birds in the Bromeliad House. The birds join the new Resident Reptiles exhibit, completing our FLORA, FAUNA, FUN approach to Nature Tourism!

Resident Reptiles

Beginning with a few reptiles “rescued” on site at the Botanical Gardens, the new Resident Reptiles Exhibit now numbers 30 to 40 occupants, in tanks and other enclosures filling the renovated former classroom in the Visitors Center. Many of the newer residents were donated pets grown too large for residential living; or creatures escaped from captivity and “on the lamb” roaming the streets, as was the case with Ivan “the terrible” Iguana! Other residents include Texas Spiny Lizard, Red Foot Tortoise, Mexican Milk Snake . . .