San Antonio's Mexican Garden of MemoryMiraflores reveals the story of an internationally significant cultural landscape in Texas
Aureliano Urrutia, a prominent physician in Mexico City, built Miraflores garden after immigrating to Texas during the Mexican Revolution. A man of science, he valued nature, art, literature, history, and community. The garden, whose name roughly translates to “behold the flowers,” was built primarily from 1921 to 1945. Its plants, ...
"The images give a vivid sense of what has been lost ... and what would need to be restored to bring the site back to its former glory." — San Antonio Report
"Miraflores is a multi-layered masterpiece. It successfully combines rigorous biography, meticulously detailed art historical documentation/reconstruction, and extensive cultural history as context, all with a spell-binding lyricism, coming together to create the definitive text on the garden and the man behind it." — Southwest Contemporary
"The story of Miraflores garden may be a part of Anne Elise Urrutia’s family history but the San Antonio writer says it is also an integral part of the city’s cultural heritage... Urrutia explores the history and significance of the garden that was built by her great-grandfather, Dr. Aureliano Urrutia." — San Antonio Magazine
"Many San Antonians drive daily by a park that, even in its ragged state, is breathtaking, and magical. That 5 acres is called Miraflores, and the man who created it remains one of Texas’ most mysterious characters." — Texas Public Radio