We went to the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Antonio, knowing that they wouldn’t be in full bloom. Mid-February isn’t usually the best time of year to visit a garden.
Still, we were looking for free (or at least inexpensive) things to do in the area. The zoo was right around the corner, but would have cost our family almost $70 to get in and we didn’t have enough free time to make it worth the money. Both are located in Brackenridge Park, a huge green park in the middle of San Antonio.
The very first thing I noticed about the garden, was this sign.
Notice it says “Chinese Tea Garden” instead of Japanese. I wondered why it was called one thing, but the wooden sign said another.
Then I read the plaque that was next to this sign. Apparently, during WWII they decided to rename the garden to “Chinese” since we were at war with the Japanese. They changed the name back in the 80′s, but this sign over the entry way still stands.
Even though the garden wasn’t very colorful (gardeners were putting in flowers and trimming things while we were there), it was still a pleasant walk around the grounds.
I could imagine how pretty it must be in the spring/early summer.
I think that we’ll have to stop by the gardens again on our next trip to see what they look like in the spring time. (And maybe we’ll make a trip to the zoo also!)