Adult Classes

Registration Policies

  • Participants are encouraged to register early. Classes will be cancelled if they do not meet the minimum registered enrollment by three business days prior to the class.
  • Payment is due at the time of registration. You are not registered until payment is made in full.

Refunds/Cancellations

  • Refunds will be issued, minus a $5 processing fee, when you cancel five business days prior to the start of class. No refunds will be made after that date. Refunds are not issued for missed classes.
  • If the Botanical Garden must cancel a class, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

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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).

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Tai Chi Level I

Saturdays, September 6 - November 22 or Tuesdays, September 9 - November 25 from 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).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Tai Chi 42 Form

Saturdays, September 6 - November 22 from 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).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Creative Arts Course: Whimsical Birds in Watercolor and Hand Decorated Papers

Sundays, September 7 and 14 from 12:30-3:30 pm (2-part class)

With realistic bird shapes as our references, we will combine expressionistic watercolor techniques with stamping, stenciling, acrylic metallics and touches of glitter. Beginners and those with experience fall in love with this fanciful project! On Day 2, we will create unique, colorful papers that you will treasure! Special combination techniques using newspapers, metallic threads, and glazing as well as stenciling and stamping will be explored. These can be used in covering journals, gift wrap, and collages. Beginners and those with experience become delightfully addicted to these processes. Instructor Lesta Frank. Supplies included. Fee: $90 ($81 members).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Tai Chi Sword

Tuesdays, September 9 - November 25 from 10:30 - 11:30 am

A very popular Chinese martial art, Tai Chi Sword is based on Tai Chi movements with traditional sword techniques. This is a very easy method that is excellent for beginners who want to learn the basic form and techniques. Instructor Ming Xie has been training in and teaching Tai Chi for over 25 years. Fee: $120 (members $108).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Yoga in the Garden

Saturdays, Sept 13 - Oct 18 from 9:30-10:30 am

Refresh, relax and renew yourself by practicing yoga in a serene Garden setting. Instructor: Vanessa Gonzalez from AC Power Yoga. Reserve a spot online at www.sabot.org. Walk-ins welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle. Of course, as with any physical exercise training, consult your doctor before beginning class. Children ages 8+ are also welcome with an adult. Fee: $10 per session ($9 members).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Composing the Garden

Saturday, September 27 or Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to see scenery differently in this landscape photography class. As we take a morning stroll through the picturesque Garden, you’ll learn how to use your camera to its fullest potential. The small class size allows for a more personal experience with one-on-one attention from instructor Gabriel Gonzalez. Sign up now to discover all the secrets to capturing great landscapes! Please bring your own camera. Cameras with manual controls may produce better results. A tripod and a polarizing filter for your lens are helpful, but are not required for the class. Limit 6. Instructor: Gabriel Gonzalez. Fee: $50 ($45 members).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount.The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Capture the Killer Plants

Sunday, September 28 from 2:30-4:30 pm

Is there an enemy in your yard, stealthily poisoning your soil and killing all your other plants? Learn to recognize invasive plant species that threaten local habitats, and how you can fight dangerous plant invaders with your camera! Instructor: Rachel Cywinski. Fee: $20 ($18 members).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Macro Moments

Saturday, October 4 or Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

See life differently in the world of macro photography! This class is designed to help you take great close-ups with your camera and the Garden offers a wide selection of subjects from which to choose. Instructor Gabriel Gonzalez offers personal attention, reviewing your work and providing instant critiques as you shoot to help you master specific macro techniques. Please bring a camera with a macro lens or macro capabilities. Tripod recommended for best results. Limit 6. Instructor: Gabriel Gonzalez. Fee: $50 ($45 members).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Getting into the Zone (9a)

Sunday, October 5 from 2:30-4:30 pm

What does the change in local listing of USDA Hardiness Zone mean for the San Antonio area? How does the local change affect what you can grow in your garden? Instructor: Rachel Cywinski. Fee: $20 ($18 members).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Landscape for Life ™

Saturdays, November 1 and November 8 (2-part class) from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Landscape for Life ™, based upon the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative ™, provides landowners with information about soil, water, plants and materials sourcing, and guidance to make practical decisions to develop sustainable gardens on their own properties. The class includes ten hours of instruction and on-site garden examples. See About - landscapeforlife.org. Sponsored by SAWS. Instructor: Rachel Cywinski. Fee: $60 ($54 members).
Participants will need to bring the following materials to both classes: base map of their property (plat, formal drawing or sketch) with approximations of square footage, lunch and water bottle. Dress to spend some time in the Garden.

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Go Native!

Sunday, November 2 from 2:30-4:30 pm

There are more than 20,000 plants native to the United States and fully one-fourth of them live in Texas! Learn a few of the local native stars that you may want in your garden and yard! Sponsored by SAWS. Instructor: Rachel Cywinski. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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Japanese Garden Design with the Southwest School of Art

Saturday, November 8 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Japanese garden design has inspired Americans for more than a century to import ideas, plants and techniques from across the Pacific. Without a thorough understanding of the philosophies and culture of this ancient landscape tradition, it is hard to create satisfying gardens inspired by Japan. This lecture/discussion-based class offers a complete survey of Japanese landscape history and thought. Ways to adapt Japanese concepts to Texas materials, plants and climate will be a key part of the class. The class will start at the Southwest School of Art and end with a guided tour of the Kumamoto En (a garden designed and built in a mix of traditional styles); admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden is included. Please bring a bag lunch. Instructor: Mike Pecen. Fee: $100 ($85 members).

Botanical Garden members, please call the Registration Office at 210.224.1848, ext 217/227 to receive the member discount.

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Extreme Composting

Saturday, December 6 from 1-3 pm

Tired of watering and turning your compost pile? Bury it! And spend the time enjoying your garden while composting occurs. An overview of 1-year, multi-year and hugelkultur composting will include a demonstration in the gardens. Sponsored by SAWS. Instructor: Rachel Cywinski. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Members: Please remember to click on the black Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the class registration page in order to receive your discount. The member discount will not appear until the Checkout Screen.

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