The San Antonio Parks Foundation, Friends of the Parks, and
City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department are partnering
in the restoration and repair of the water garden ponds of the
Japanese Tea Garden of Sunken Gardens, a part of George Brackenridge
Park. This garden was constructed in an abandoned cement quarry
near downtown San Antonio in the 1920s, and was once a major
The current restoration phase includes the repair of the lily
ponds with the installation of a recirculation and filter system,
the restoration of the waterfall, and a spray-on liner to seal
the limestone quarry floor that contains the two large pools.
On Monday, January 14, the ponds were filled with water and the
start-up of the filter system began on January 15. The pool will
be stocked with a few koi in February, and lily planting will
begin in early April.
Old postcards from Edwards
The lower one says "one of the flowered wonders of the world"
and points out
that over 1400 different flowers and lilies
were grown year round.