Zilker Herb Garden


The sculpture known as “Rosemary,” created by sculptor and former Austin Herb Society member Mary Albrecht (1930-2007), welcomes visitors into the “cloverleaf” at Zilker Herb Garden. Tall limestone planters were built here in the early '70s to make it easier and safer for visitors to touch and smell the plants. When lightly brushed against, the very fragrant oils of the fresh herbs permeate the air.

The Zilker Herb Garden features herbs of all kinds, including those used for dyes, decoration, cooking and medicinal purposes. Over the past few years, the space has been expanded to include a woodland garden with wildflowers, cacti and succulents planted among the natives. A shade garden is beginning to take shape behind the limestone walls along the pebble path as more herbs prove their ability to thrive with little sunlight. Signs throughout the garden provide common and botanical names, thanks to the diligence of Jack Lochbaum, our one-and-only volunteer sign engraver.

The sculpture “Cattails & Coneflowers,” by artist Claudia Goldman, was commissioned by the Austin Herb Society and installed in the Herbs & Roses Bed at the west end of the parking lot. This lovely artwork inspired a planting design change that now includes several varieties of echinacea purpurea.

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Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Spgs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746

Mission Statement

Provide education and encourage the cultivation and use of herbs for their beneficial purposes: medicinal, culinary, aromatic, as well as landscaping. Provide charitable and volunteer support to our non-profit community and community projects.

The Austin Herb Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) member- supported, nonprofit operating under the umbrella of the Austin Area Garden Council.