By Steve Bennett
San Antonio Express-News
October 16, 2017

If color brands like “bandana cherry,” “solar flare” and “brake lights” make you think of car finishes or fingernail polish, think again. These are the warm tints of perennials — a variety of lantana, tecoma and red yucca, respectively — that are the flowering foundation of the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s 8-acre, $22 million expansion, opening next Saturday. The expansion, which was some 30 years in the making, reflects a new emphasis on interactivity at the garden, and new features include a grand entryway off of North New Braunfels Avenue, upgraded ticketing and educational facilities, an expanded gift shop and, perhaps most exciting, a culinary garden with an outdoor kitchen — all designed and constructed with the landscape, rather than buildings, as “the star of the show.”

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