South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, Corpus Christi

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The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, formerly known as the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a nonprofit, 180-acre botanical garden and nature center located at 8545 South Staples, Corpus Christi, Texas. It is open daily except Mondays; an admission fee is charged.The gardens can be traced to 1987 when a first cottage garden (1 acre) and nature trail opened in Corpus Christi. Today's gardens, however, are on a different site that opened in 1996. The gardens have been actively developed since that time.Major exhibits now include an arid garden; Exhibit House with bromeliads, cycads, cacti, and succulents; hibiscus garden; hummingbird garden; landscape demonstration beds; orchid house with more than 3000 orchids; a major collection of more than 100 plumeria varieties; contemporary rose garden with a large pavilion; sensory garden; and water garden.The site also contains a mesquite nature trail through 30acre of brush. It features some 35 species of woody trees and shrubs, herbs, grasses, and cacti, as well as white-tailed deer, collared peccaries, and coyotes.
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  • October 3, 2017
    This place is a showcase of the Botanical gardens. They have just about every Native plant you can think of in the area and will gladly tell how to grow and what is need. They also have shows using Pa...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The botanical gardens in CC are pretty average as far as I've seen. It's a very peaceful place, and I never see very many people here. The grounds are very pretty, and it's very cheaply priced. Good w...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    We like visiting botanical gardens because they are so tranquil. This one is a great example of how relatively small gardens can still be great. $6 for seniors and $8 for adults is very reasonable. No...  more »
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  • May 2, 2017
    Everything is in bloom! Breathtakingly beautiful! Best time to go is when it opens at 9am. I couldn't take enough picture. Plan to spend 2 hours at least. So happy we have such a beautiful place in Corpus Christi. Well worth a visit.
  • May 16, 2017
    I love reacting with different type of birds, tortoises, snakes, and other types of reptiles. My grand daughter will now pet a snake, working on getting her to hold one. The plants and garden's are so peaceful and beautiful. We love going every chance we get.
  • July 3, 2017
    Unexpected reptile exhibit. Really cool Chameleon. Really good Orchid and Plumera exhibits also.
  • May 23, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful I hope to spend more time here! I love how many birds they have available to see. A must visit place in Corpus Christi!
  • July 3, 2017
    Beautiful flowers. Great wildlife. Wonderful place to bring a family.

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