Open Days, Public Garden
Headquartered on an 1850s Republic of Texas land grant homestead, the nonprofit American Botanical Council uses its twenty-plus theme gardens as one of its primary onsite educational tools. Staff, interns, and volunteers collaborate to nurture both the diverse species in the gardens and the organization’s mission to promote the responsible use of plants for health and healing. From culinary herb gardens representing countries around the world, to gardens sporting plants used medicinally in traditional health systems and for specific conditions, to gardens focused on fragrance, cosmetics, native plants, and food as medicine, the American Botanical Council Gardens are truly unique and an oasis in the middle of Austin’s east side neighborhoods.
Directions: From North via I-35, Exit 51st Street. Turn left (East) and proceed to Manor Road. Turn left and go approximately 1 mile to Walnut Hills Drive. Look for our sign on the left as you get to the corner. Turn left and take an immediate right into the driveway.
From South via I-35, Exit Manor Road. Turn right and go approximately 4 miles to Walnut Hills Drive. Look for our sign on the left as you get to the corner. Turn left and take an immediate right into the driveway.
From East via 290 or 183, if you are on 290, take it to 183 (Ed Bluestein Boulevard) and turn south. Take the Manor Road exit and turn right if you are coming from the north or left if you are coming from the south. Follow Manor Road for approximately 1 mile. After Manor Road and Springdale Road diverge, Walnut Hills will be the third road on the right. Turn right and take an immediate right into our driveway.
Hours: Self-guided tours are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ABC offers tours of its facility, including information about the Case Mill Homestead, the rainwater harvesting system, ABC's mission and goals, and the medicinal plant gardens. Email or call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to schedule tours for groups. Tours require a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 30 individuals.
- Parking is available