San Antonio Botanical Garden


Garden & Nature Classes and Workshops          

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New Gardens for Newcomers FULL (Let us know if you would like to join a waiting list.)
Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
New to San Antonio? Learn how to plant a garden that will thrive in our climate.  Instructor Janet Peppers will provide information about planning, native plant selection, soil, mulching, watering, rebates, and much more. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $10 ($9 members). 

Herbs 101 for the Garden & More                              
Saturday, May 3 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Savor the joys of an edible and useful landscape! Herbalist, horticulturalist, and designer Diane Lewis will present a Power Point with great herb pictures and discuss the herbs best suited to our area and how to blend them into everyday life. Learn how to cultivate, harvest and store herbs and save money. Have fun learning how to make a relaxing tea blend and bath salts with samples to take home. Enjoy lunch (recipes provided) and a guided tour of the herb gardens at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Register by April 28. Fee: $50 ($45 members).  

Surviving the South Texas Summer
Saturday, May 10 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Enduring the summer can be a challenge for your landscape in South Texas.  It’s not too late to get your landscape prepared to thrive in an arid climate.  Our instructors will guide you through the heat and present water-saving tips and rebates. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Saturday, May 10 from 1:00 pm – 3:00pm
Do you enjoy watching butterflies, birds and other animals? If the answer is "Yes", come to our session on wildscaping and learn how to wildscape your yard. You will learn which plants are beneficial to native wildlife and how to emulate nature. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Flower Power - CANCELLED
Saturday, May 24 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come join us and relish the aesthetic power of flowers. Take a tour into the garden and learn about flower anatomy and function. Then craft during flower-pressed art time and leave with great ideas, cards, soaps, candles, art and much more. Fee: $35 ($31.50 members).

Summer Registration Now Open!

Tai Chi in the Garden
Level 1: Tuesdays, June 3 - August 19,  9:30-10:30 am OR
Level 1: Saturdays,May 31 - August 16,  9:30-10:30 am 
The ancient art of tai chi uses gentle flowing movements to
reduce the stress of today's busy lifestyles and improve health. Anyone, regardless of age or physical ability, can practice tai chi. Instructor, Ming Xie, has been training in and teaching tai chi for over 25 years. Enjoy the beautiful San Antonio Botanical Garden while practicing this "meditation in motion." Fee: $120 (members $108).

Tai Chi 42 Form 
Saturdays, May 31 - August 16,  10:30-11:30 am
A challenging, fluid form which loads the body with energy, this popular Tai Chi form is perfect for competition as well as for
personal health benefits. It contains the best mix of well known styles of Tai Chi routines. Prerequisite: Tai Chi level 1 or three years Tai Chi practice is required. Ming Xie instructor. Fee: $120 (members $108).

Tai Chi Fan
Tuesdays, June 3 - August 19 from 10:30 - 11:30 am
Tai Chi Fan is a martial art form that combines using a fan as a weapon with Tai Chi. Both men and women will benefit from this graceful workout that can help relieve tension and develop grace, strength, and balance. The fan provides a focal point that lends a level of aesthetic pleasure to the exercise. You will benefit from a full body workout with meditation. Instructor Ming Xie has been training in and teaching Tai Chi for over 25 years. Fee: $120 (members $108).

Introduction to Texas Tough Gardening
Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
We understand that the prospect of gardening can be a little intimidating.  This course is designed to help beginner gardeners get started on their gardening adventure.  So take a deep breath, relax and join us for an informative morning. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Plant Propagation
Saturday, June 14 from 9 am - 11 am
Learn the techniques our horticulturists and volunteers use to propagate plants in the Garden. Participants will make their own cuttings to take home and have the opportunity to explore the greenhouse and purchase some of the beautiful plants expertly cultivated by the
San Antonio Botanical Society Plant Sale Volunteers (exact cash or check only). Most plants are $8/gallon. Limit 16 participants. Fee: $20/class.

Efficient Irrigation

Saturday, June 21 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Is your landscape looking a little dry?  Are you wanting to make changes to your irrigation system?  Come join Master Gardener Laura Rogers and learn about the most efficient and robust irrigation systems for your WaterSaver Garden. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Watercolor Painting Inspired by Matisse
Saturday, June 28 from 10 am - 12:30 pm
We will do a watercolor project inspired by Matisse’s happy images, brilliant colors and patterns. This will be fun for beginners and painters with some experience.   

New Gardens for Newcomers
Saturday, July 12, or August 9 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
New to San Antonio? Learn how to plant a garden that will thrive in our climate.  Instructor Janet Peppers will provide information about planning, native plant selection, soil, mulching, watering, rebates, and much more. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Superpower Plants
Sunday, July 13 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Discover the superpowers of native plants! We’ll introduce you to succulents, grasses, shrubs, perennials, and trees that are botanical heroes.  Take a stroll down Texas Native Trail and find the best plants for your garden. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Japanese Gardens
Saturday, August 2 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Stroll through our Kumamoto garden with instructor Stephanie Jones and discover how you can create a beautiful Japanese garden of your own with plants that require less water and are suitable for the San Antonio climate. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Proper Maintenance for Texas Tough Landscapes
Saturday, August 2 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Have you started your WaterSaver or Low-water Landscape?  Are your well-adapted and native plants established?  Come join us and learn how to properly maintain your garden so that it looks great, conserves water and saves money. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Fall Preparation for Texas Tough Landscapes
Saturday, August 16 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Finally fall is around the corner and so is the cooler weather!!  Start learning how to prep your WaterSaver Garden for fall conditions. Before it’s too late - get the latest resources and rebates so that you can make the most of the season. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Certified Arborist Test Preparation Course
Fridays, September 5 - September 26 from 9 am - 4 pm

Do you love trees and want to know more about how to care for them? This 4 day course will help prepare professional arborists for the ISA certification exam.  Everyone is invited to attend to gain a better understanding of the benefits of trees, improve their tree identification skills, and better care for their trees. Fee: $250, includes the Arborist Certification Study Guide (a $115 value).