Zilker Botanical Gardens, more than just flowers.

Kate poses in one of a few colorful and creative butterfly chairs.
Kate poses in one of a few colorful and creative butterfly chairs.

There’s more in there than the name alone offers! In the magical area of Zilker Park, there’s a little tucked away spot to the west of the soccer fields that you’ve got to see. Bring your camera, as there are tons of photo opportunities. There’s, of course, tons of flowers and plants from all over the world and great gazebos for wedding photos. Even during a drought, the grass is kept perfect and butterflies flutter in the shrubs. But there’s more!

This house was built by a Swedish immigrant around 1838.
This house was built by a Swedish immigrant around 1838 and it still stands in Zilker Botanical Gardens.

In the shade of tall oaks and various other trees, there’s some very well preserved homes that were originally built around 1838. A small group of Swedish immigrants settled in the area and lived as ranchers. They called the area, “Govalle” which is “good grazing land”, in Swedish. With homes nestled near the pleasant springs of Barton Creek and under the canopy of ancient oak trees along the Colorado River, they were right on the edge and beginning of rolling hills that stretch far into west Texas. These Swedish immigrants were styling!

Rock hopping in the garden.
Rock hopping in the garden.

But they weren’t the first ones there. Not by a long shot. As many should well know, the Tonkawa Indian tribe was hanging out long before anyone start putting fences up in Texas. But even before the native people, there were giant lizards! Well, big at least.

Farthest from the entrance, but only a short hike, you’ll find the dinosaur pond. Based on tracks found nearby, a statue of the beast that left it’s mark stands frozen in mid stride. The plants all around are very well picked and represent an ancient time. And unlike the fake dinosaur, the plants are still alive and doing well.

I wonder if hes supposed to be looking back at something bigger?
I wonder if he’s supposed to be looking back at something bigger?

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