Without botanical gardens, plant enthusiasts are relegated to ogling wax fruit and floral-patterned couches in vintage waiting rooms. Revel in real flora thanks to today's Groupon to Texas Discovery Gardens. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get two admission passes (up to a $16 value).
- For $12, you get a family pack for admission for four (up to a $24 value).
Discounts are available based on age, and children younger than 3 are admitted free of charge. The garden is also open free of charge on Tuesdays, though butterfly-house admission is regular price.
Texas Discovery Gardens spans 7.5 acres with organic public gardens, in which pleasant strolls reveal colorful arrangements and aromatic breezes. Tour the native-wildlife pond to see how your reflection looks near a lily pad, or absorb fragrances without bathing in potpourri by visiting the scent garden. Meanwhile, a year-round tropical butterfly house insulates delicate foreign insects from cold temperatures, with guided tours held on the first Saturday of each month. Get ideas for fairy-tale wedding kisses at daily butterfly-release demonstrations—at noon—in which the former caterpillars are set free en masse. Visitors can also enlist in informative garden walks on the third Saturday of most months, which afford a chance to memorize the garden's winding paths for future hide-and-seek dominance. Check the upcoming events page for a full roster of options.
Texas Discovery Gardens
At noon every day, butterflies are released into the butterfly house at Texas Discovery Gardens, opening their colorful wings for the first time among the lush vegetation. Counted among their number are elegant species such as the monarch and the blue morpho, while an outdoor native butterfly habitat attracts native butterflies with nectar-rich plants and attractive butterfly buffets. This is just one of the ten themed areas on the 7.5-acre estate, which brims with vibrant collections of plants collected from around the world and is maintained using sustainable, organic methods. The Founders Garden invites visitors to relax in the shade next to a bubbling fountain, and the Master Gardeners' Garden demonstrates landscaping practices that are both attractive and environmentally friendly. The Gardens also feature a Snakes of Texas exhibit and a honeybee observation hive.
The organization also offers education and outreach programs for children to teach them about life cycles and natural landscapes, as well as increase their understanding and appreciation for nature. Texas Discovery Gardens holds festivals and classes for all ages throughout the year.