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.
  • If you are a Garden member, you must register as such to receive your member discounts. Click here to register.

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.

Questions: Contact the Adult Programs Registrar at 210-536-1415.

Arts & Culture

Introductory Sogetshu Ikebana Workshop (Japanese Flower Arrangement)

Saturday, August 13 from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Join us for an introductory flower arrangement workshop. Miyako Wallace introduces traditional and contemporary Sogetsu style flower arrangement. Students are encour-aged to explore the Kumamoto En, Japanese Garden on site, after the class.
Fee: $20 ($18 members) + $10 materials fee
Instructor: Miyako Wallace

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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Garden Photography

Sunday, August 14th from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Review photography basics and learn camera settings for plants or animals with photographer, Damian Abbott. Then wander the Garden for some hands-on work with your lens. Return to the building to review the photos you took and gain insight on the art of photography.
Fee: $30 PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN DIGITAL CAMERA
Instructor: Damian Abbott

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Painting Birthday Cards with Watercolor

Sunday, August 14, 2:00 PM-4:30 PM

Learn how to create your own beautiful cards that are more personal, unique and a keepsake for your recipients. We will use some fun, splashy techniques that will make this easy for novice painters, as well introducing new ideas to those with more experience. The cards will be created with very highest quality, archival papers and paints.
Fee: $50 ($45 members) includes $5 materials fee

Instructor: Lesta Frank

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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Succulent Centerpieces for the Holidays Workshop

Sunday, November 13, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Looking for a new creative centerpiece for dinner guests to admire? Join succulent expert, Don Clowe, to learn about succulent growth & care, and walk the succulent wall he planted in the Garden. Then get creative with Master Gardener Stephanie Jones who will guide you through creating a succulent centerpiece to take home. Fee $25 (member $22.50) plus $20 materials

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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Gifts from the Garden Workshop

Saturday, November 19. 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Just in time for the holidays!
This fun hands-on workshop will empower you to delight your friends with elegant hand-made gifts using nature's bounty. Includes tasting and take-home creations to make a themed gift basket. Fee $20 ($18 members) $15 materials

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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Gardening & Waterwise

Flying Wild Teacher Training Workshop

Thursday, August 11, 9am-4pm

Classroom teachers or environmental educators: FLYING WILD offers a whole school approach to environmental education using birds as a focus.
Educators learn how to conduct WILD lessons and participate in hands-on activities from the included Educator’s Guide- activities that teach language arts, social science, math, and basic science as well as offering community outreach and service learning applications.
FLYING WILD is targeted for middle school audience, but it is widely adaptable for elementary through adult education. The curriculum meets national education standards
Formal educators receive 6 CEU credits.
Fee: $40

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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Texas Tough Roundtable Discussion: Pruning, Pests, and Proper Care

Saturday, August 13, 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

Meet with gardening experts to discuss seasonal checklists, proper pruning, watering, pesticides, soil treatment, and overall care of your Texas Tough Landscape.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 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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Wildscaping: Landscaping for Wildlife & Conserving Water

Saturday, August 27, from 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

People and nature were meant to coexist. Learn how to create a garden that encourages wildlife with plants and natural methods that will provide food and refuge. In no time you will enjoy singing birds and butterflies all while using fewer chemicals and less water! Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Instructor: Judit Green

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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Certified Arborist Prep Course

Four Fridays: September 9, 16, 23, 30 from 9AM-4PM

This course prepares professional arborists for the ISA Certified exam. Non-professionals are invited to gain a better understanding of the benefits of trees and develop tree ID and care skills. Topics: tree biology, identification, soil science, water management, tree nutrition and fertilization, tree selection, installation, pruning and oak wilt, tree worker safety, and more.
Course offered in Partnership with the San Antonio Arborist Association and Alamo Forest Partnership.
Fee: $250

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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Rain Water Harvesting Workshop

Saturday, September 24. 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Harvesting rain water helps to reduce water bills while providing a source of free water during drought conditions. Learn how to install a rainwater-catchment container and make your own rain barrel to take home.
Texas Agrilife Extension

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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Landscaping with Native Plants

October 23, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Come join us as we celebrate Texas Native Plant week with local native plant experts! Learn their many benefits, how to avoid invasive natives and how to create a garden using native plants to provide seasonal beauty to your landscape
Free with admission.

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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Milkweed Propagation Workshop

November 19, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Interested in attracting monarch butterflies to your landscape? Come to this hands-on workshop on milkweed propagation. Learn about milkweed ecology and distribution from Master Naturalist, Cathy Downs. Participants will learn how to scarify and cold stratify milkweed seeds.
Fee $20 ($18 members) $5 materials

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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WaterSaver Landscape Coupon Class Series

September 17 and November 5

Remove 200 square feet of grass, and SAWS will give customers $100 voucher to buy plants to replace it at participating nurseries. This fall the SAWS Watersaver Landscape Coupon focuses on native and adapted trees that thrive in San Antonio climates. The Garden is offering classes to help customers create successful landscapes

Health & Wellness

Gardens & Yoga

Saturdays 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

This class invites all levels, ages and sizes to enjoy a meditation in motion in the beauty of the Botanical Garden. Please join the AC Power Yoga team for a fun, active but relaxing yoga practice. Everyone is welcome. Fee: $10 per person per class ($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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Tai Chi Level 1

Available Tuesdays 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM or Saturdays 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

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 do it. Practice "meditation in motion" with Ming Xie, who has taught tai chi for over 25 years.
Classes meet weekly for 12 weeks
Class fee $120 ($108 for 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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Chen Style Tai Chi

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, September 20 - December 6, 2016

Chen Style Tai Chi is the oldest among the 5 major styles. Students will experience Chen style's unique alternated speed and silk reeling technique to quickly enhance their balance, strength, and power.

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.

Foodie Classroom - Taste of Texas

Saturday, August 20th from 2:30-4:30 PM

Learn about local edible flora featured right here in the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Observe the showcased specimens, watch culinary demonstrations with nutritional back-ground, then enjoy samples from across the great state of Texas.
Fee: $27 ($24.30 members)
Instructor: Dave Terrazas
*Allergen warning: Ingredients may contain nuts, eggs, wheat, soy or dairy products*

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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Using Culinary Herbs Workshop

Saturday, September 17, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

If you love the idea of adding fresh herbs to your menu, but don't know how, this hands-on class is for you!
Use Fresh local herbs, learn which herbs pair well with which foods, taste flavor combinations, make a versatile herb blend and take home the fruits of your labors with handouts and recipes!
Bring a friend!
Fee: $20 (members $18) $10 materials fee
Instructor: Marybeth Wilkinson

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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Growing Herbs for Use and Delight

November 12, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Floral arrangements, food flavoring, perfume, medicine...just a few uses of herbs. Learn how to plan, site and execute an herb garden- plus, the best mix of soils, amendments and mulches to ensure your garden's success. Learn how to harvest and dry herbs for winter use as well as ideas for cooking with herbs, and some herbal teas for health recipes. Fee $20 ($18 members)
Instructor: Leslie Bingham

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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Fruits & Vegetables: Disease Prevention & Health

Thursday, September 15, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

This class will explore the importance of daily inclusion of fruits and vegetables in the diet in the prevention of chronic disease. Worldwide trends will be examined as well as a presentation of the scientific evidence for the health benefits of specific fruits and vegetables. Our chef will demonstrate novel ways to include more fruits and vegetables in your daily life in ways you may not have thought possible!
Program fee: $27 ($24.30 members)
Instructor: Dr. Mike Wargovich & Chef Iverson Brownell
*Allergen warning: Ingredients may contain nuts, eggs, wheat, soy or dairy products*

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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Herbs & Spices: Disease Prevention & Health

November 17 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Consumption of herbs and spices may be the key to combating risk of chronic disease. This class will reveal which herbs and spices fight chronic inflammation and may be important in protecting us against heart disease and cancer while helping to fight obesity and diabetes. Our chef will demonstrate some innovative ways to use herbs and spices in everyday eating. Program fee: $27 (members $24.30)
Instructor: Dr. Mike Wargovich & Chef Iverson Brownell
*Allergen warning: Ingredients may contain nuts, eggs, wheat, soy or dairy products*

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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Winged Wonders

Bats 101

Saturday, August 6, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Description: Join Master Naturalist and San Antonio Botanical Garden staff, Tim Roan, to uncover the intricacies of bats. This class will explore the natural history and ecology involving these winged wonders. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members)

Instructor: Tim Roan

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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Birds and Butterflies in the Garden

Saturday, October 8, from 9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m

Learn from plant expert and author, Mary Irish, to discuss what birds and butterflies like, what they need, and how to plant your yard to attract these winged wonders. Take home a plant to start your own wildlife area. Fee $20 (members $18)

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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Butterflies of South Texas and Walkabout

Friday, September 30. 9 am to 11:30 am

Learn to identify the butterflies of South Texas with Master Naturalist and butterfly advocate, Patty Leslie Pasztor. Walk through the Garden with this expert and see how many you can identify! Take home nectar plant to attract butterflies at home

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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Participate in the San Antonio Butterfly Count at the San Antonio Botanical Garden!

October 17, 9:00 AM

Register to participate in scientific research in action!Bring Binoculars if you have them and $3 cash (NABA research processing fee).

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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