An Old Landmark

I had been hoping to visit an old San Antonio landmark this fall when the weather became cooler. So, when a sunny and fairly warm beautiful day came up, we headed for the Japanese Tea Garden.

I have lived here all my life and I have never visited the “Sunken Garden” as it is generally referred to locally. It is located in an old limestone quarry and is adjacent to the San Antonio zoo and Brackenridge Park and are all old depression era projects just north of downtown San Antonio. Another interesting fact is that after the attack on Pearl Harbor and up to about 15 years ago the name had been changed to the “Chinese Tea Garden”.

The slideshow has about 140 pictures from inside the gardens and from above on the quarry rim and along the trail and road that takes you up on top. There are some photos of the Sunken Garden Theatre which is adjacent to the garden. I have been to concerts and music festivals at the theater back in the 70s and 80s.

The city has just recently allocated money to improve the garden but it is supported mostly by private funding. Repairs have been completed on the ponds and now a restoration has been started on the old residence of the Japanese family that maintained the garden for years. The garden was made accessible in the early 90s. I’m glad I finally went to see it.

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