|As the 182-acre South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Corpus Christi begins its 17th year, this young and rather outside-the-box botanical garden offers visitors yet another surprising round of innovative new experiences. In addition to its landmark Orchid House, Rose Garden and seasonal Plumeria Garden, this multiple-venue facility also features a Hummingbird Garden, Arid Garden, Sensory Garden with sculpture, and EarthKind Demonstration Trial Gardens. With vast expanses of natural wetlands and trails through native vegetation, this delightful nature tourism venue is definitely more than just flowers—not your grandmother’s botanical garden! Butterflies, Reptiles & Parrots. In 2012, two beautiful Kent Ullberg bronze wildlife sculptures were installed on the Mary Hope Brennecke Nature Trail. The entrance was built and named in memory of "Sam" wife of Corpus Christi Philanthropist Dusty Durrill who has donated many millions of dollars to developing, enhancing and beautifying Corpus Christi.