secret garden

Join us for this year’s Secret Garden Tour and Luncheon on Saturday, May 18th. 

The 3rd Annual Secret Garden Tour will provide over 250 participants and move to the north side – to subdivisions surrounding Phil Hardberger Park, the site of our Luncheon. This self-paced tour will open at 8:30 am and will include a rare look inside private neighborhoods around Hardberger Park. This will be a driving tour of special yards identified by landscape architect Albert Fernandez. Docents will be available to help you explore these unique outdoor spaces that have been chosen for their beauty, emphasis on native vegetation, and the implementation of water conservation techniques. Participants will receive a gift bag containing a map of the yards open for tour, a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated, information on how to enhance their own landscapes while conserving water, SAWS conservation rebate and rewards program information, and more.

The Luncheon Honorary Chairs: Phil and Linda Hardberger

Luncheon participants are invited, if you finish the tour early, to come on over to the Ecology Center. Dress code for this afternoon of loving all things green is spring chic. Beginning at 10:00 am, Patty Leslie Pasztor will take you on a short hike of the prairies and pollinator gardens and let you band butterflies. Or, you may prefer to sun print, transfer Polaroid, or take a lesson in photography from our Picture Your World manager Carra Garza. Or ever wonder why anyone living in the city would consider restricting the use of their property? In addition to loving the land and wanting to conserve it, there can be financial benefits. At 11:00 am, the event will move indoors and the program and meal will showcase the impact of Green Spaces Alliance on scales large and small. The menu will highlight recipes designed by produce, herbs and hogs found in our very own community gardens and nature preserve around town! There will also be a number of raffle items, including a great $300 gift certificate to Milberger’s Nursery, and silent auction items. More information on them below.

Tickets for the Tour: $20/participant

Tickets for the Luncheon and Tour: $100/participant

Get your tickets HERE!

Start TimeEnd Time
Registration for the Yard Tour8:30 am10:30 am
Yard Tour9:00 am11:00 am
Activities at Hardberger Park10:00 am11:30 am
Luncheon and Program11:00 am1:00 pm

Yard Tour details:

  • Check in and additional ticket purchases will be available day of (Saturday, May 18th) at the Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park starting at 8:30am. Look for the canopy out front. Driving Directions to Urban Ecology Center
  • At check in, you will receive your goodie bag, access wristband and map of homes.
  • Tour is self-guided and self-paced. Linger in the gardens you love.
  • Docents will be on hand to let guests know about the aspects of the different gardens. Water stations will be available to refill your complimentary Green Spaces Alliance water bottle. Stay hydrated!
  • SAWS WaterSaver Rewards information will be available at check-in.
  • Silent auction items and raffle items will be on display and tickets will be available for purchase. Need not be present to win.

Pre-Luncheon activities:

  • banding butterflies with Patty Leslie Pasztor
  • sunprints on the patio with Carra Garza
  • get all your questions answered about Conservation Easements with Green Spaces Alliance’s Interim Executive Director Tyler Sanderson and participants in our program
  • shop the auction items and raffle items
  • sip on a Texas cactus inspired margarita.

Menu highlights: In late 2017, San Antonio was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network to be named a Creative City of Gastronomy (only one of two in the USA). This distinction recognizes San Antonio’s culinary heritage and efforts made to keep it sustainable for future generations. San Antonio is a crossroads of geography along the aquifer, geology, unique fauna, civilizations and cultures. Drawn to the San Antonio river, the Spanish colonists introduced new traditions and tastes when they settled in the 1700s. European, Asian and African settlers then came in the 1800s and brought with them new culinary techniques to create a complex fusion and characteristics that make San Antonio’s cuisine distinct. Green Spaces Alliance has partnered with Executive Chef Mike Bomberg to bring food native specifically to San Antonio (wild hogs from our nature preserve, produce from our community gardens) to showcase the sustainability and culinary heritage we can maintain in our own neighborhoods!

Auction and raffle packages:

You don’t need to be present to win. If you are interested in purchasing tickets or placing a bid, please reach out to

2019 Sponsors:

Protector Level

HEB Helping Here

Green Gateways

Steward Level:


Anne and Chuck Parrish & John Newman Charitable Foundation

Advocate Level:


Hixon Family Foundation

Partner Level:

Rancho Ojo de Agua, Ms. June Kachtik, Steve & Carrie Sinkin, 

LNV, Inc., Let’s Go Texas, Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett, Burton & Wolff, PLLCSWCA Environmental Consultants

Special thanks to our Media Sponsor: 

Interested in being a Sponsor for this or our Run in the fall? Taking queries HERE!

Interested in donating an auction item or in-kind donation? Click HERE for more info.