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Blooms & Springtime with Patti Nelson

There is no need to wait for April showers or the arrival of May to begin enjoying beautiful flowers. All that is required is a green thumb, like that of our very own Patti Nelson, and a quick stopover at a few of her favorite nurseries around town. For those who lack the expertise of helping plants thrive, there are plenty of places in the area to enjoy your fill of greens and blooms. Whether you are simply appreciating the seasonal landscape or helping bring it to life, these 6 local businesses will serve as the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful and intricate artistry of springtime.


Voted the Best Plant Nursery in San Antonio, Milberger’s is one of Patti’s go-to plant depots. With a vast inventory that is consistently fresh and healthy, it is an ideal location to gather everything needed for a flourishing garden and lawn.

“Milberger’s is an oasis for those of us who enjoy gardening,” Patti said. “They have a colorful array of plants year-round and their associates are always happy to offer advice to make sure everything thrives.”

3920 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78247

A family-owned garden center that has been serving Boerne and the Hill Country for over 40 years, Hill Country African Violets offers over 20,000 square feet of greenhouses. While their plethora of signature African violets are incredible, they also offer an array of other plants including ferns, herbs and seasonal vegetables.

“African Violets offers some of the best selections of tropical plants,” Patti said. “Their prices are reasonable and the service is amazing.”

32005 I- 10 West, Boerne Texas, 78006

On Mother’s Day in 1981, Shades of Green opened its doors for the first time as a small neighborhood nursery specializing in South Texas plants. With a mission to create beautiful gardens in an organic way, they carry natural products that range from beneficial insects and microbial stimulants to soil conditioners and fertilizers.

“Shades of Green is a hidden gem in Alamo Heights,” Patti said. “Aside from unique plants like Venus flytraps, their gift shop offers uncommon garden art, containers and fountains.”

334 W Sunset Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209


With a glorious history spanning more than 90 years, the Japanese Tea Gardens is one of the most loved parks in the city. After undergoing a complete infrastructure rehabilitation, the Tea Gardens now features a delightful year-round garden and floral display with exotic plants, stone bridges, an island and a Japanese pavilion.

“Being in Texas, I appreciate the shaded walkways that offer some relief from the heat,” Patti said. “I cannot wait to take my grandson here, so he can see the 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi!”

3853 N St Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78212

Officially opened in May 1980, the San Antonio Botanical Garden has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Today, it is recognized across the nation as one of the most noteworthy botanical centers in Texas. Spanning 38 acres, the Botanical Garden serves as a living museum with both imported and native plants. It currently maintains 35 rare and endangered species, and serves as a research and conservation facility.

“It’s such a peaceful and beautiful venue,” Patti said. “They often offer classes and host special events such as art installations and festivals with live music and games.”

555 Funston Pl., San Antonio, TX 78209

Nestled in the rolling Texas Hill Country, the Cibolo Nature Center is the perfect setting to reconnect with the outdoors and appreciate some much-needed fresh air. Featuring more than six miles of trails with varying landscapes, guests will enjoy wading in creeks, searching for wildlife in the marsh, strolling along the native prairie, and relaxing beneath the canopy of trees.

“Cibolo Nature Center is dog-friendly and is a great place to bring young children so they can run out their energy,” Patti said. “It’s also an incredible location for portraits. Tanner and Hillary had their pregnancy photos shot in this beautiful setting!”

140 City Park Rd., Boerne, TX 78006

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