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.

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

 

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WaterSaver Landscape Coupon Series

March 19, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This spring the SAWS WaterSaver Landscape Coupon focuses on native and adapted
plants that thrive in San Antonio climates. The San Antonio Botanical Garden is offering
classes to help customers create successful landscapes with step-by-step instruction. Free to members or with paid admission. Pre-registration required for each session. Sessions include:

- Designing and Planning: Learn how to develop and implement simple landscape design, determine what to plant where, research plants and establish plants.

- Retrofitting Your Space for Drought Conditions: Learn how to determine square footage, remove grass, expand an existing bed, and determine appropriate space when planting shrubs and trees.

- Plant Tour & Tips: Explore the Botanical Garden with a tour and identification of the native and adapted plants that are offered by SAWS Coupon.

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 have note of your participation.

Click here to register for the Saturday, March 19th session, Designing and Planning.

Click here to register for the Saturday, March 19th session, Retrofitting Your Space for Drought Conditions.

Click here to register for the March 19th session, Plant Tour & Tips.

Texas Tough Roundtable Series

Saturdays, March 5th, 9:30am-11am and April 9th, 9:30am-11am

Meet with gardening experts in these roundtable forums to discuss basic design principles
and implementation techniques for drought-tolerant landscapes. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members)

March 5th, 9:30am-11am
Texas Tough Roundtable: Xero Turf
There are varieties of turf grass that work best in San Antonio, with low-water requirements. Learn drought-tolerant turf grass options and which is best for your landscape.

April 9th, 9:30am-11am
Texas Tough Roundtable: Soil
Healthy gardens are achieved with healthy soils. Learn how to improve the health of your soil and create a healthy landscape.

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 have note of your participation.

Click here to register for the Saturday, March 5th class, Texas Tough Roundtable: Xero Turf

Click here to register for the Saturday, April 9th class, Texas Tough Roundtable: Soil

Tai Chi Level 1

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, February 16 - May 3, 2016

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.

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.

Click here to register.

Tai Chi Level 1

Saturdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, February 20 - May 7, 2016

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.

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.

Click here to register.

Tai Chi Fan

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, February 16 - May 3, 2016

Tai Chi Fan is primarily used as a weapon in the Tai Chi martial art. This class will teach the form which combines the characteristics of Tai Chi bare hand movements with the artistic and martial functions of the fan. It will develop your flexibility, strength, balance, health, and deepen your Tai Chi understanding. Whether you practice Tai Chi as a martial art or for health and enjoyment, you will find Tai Chi Fan a wonderful addition to your overall Tai Chi regimen.

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.

Click here to register.

Chen Style Tai Chi

Saturdays, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, February 20 - May 7, 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.

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Certified Arborist Course - Winter Session

Four Fridays: February 5, 12, 19, 26 from 9 AM - 4 PM

This course will help prepare professional arborists to take the ISA Certified Arborist examination. Nonprofessionals are invited to attend to gain a better understanding of the benefits of trees and develop their tree ID and tree care skills. Topics Include: Tree Biology, Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation, Pruning and Oak Wilt plus many more. Fee: $250 *PLEASE NOTE: Class is FULL, we will offer another course in September 2016.

Japanese Gardening San Antonio Style

Saturday, February 13, 9:30 AM -11:30 AM

Experience our Kumamoto garden 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: $20 ($18 members)

Instructor: Stephanie Jones

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.

Click here to register for the Saturday, February 13th class, Japanese Gardening San Antonio Style.

Texas Tough Rose Pruning Clinic

Tuesday, February 16, (RAIN DATE) February 18, 9 AM -12 PM

Join Ed Bradley and the Rose Society in the Rose Garden for a hands-on, instructional clinic on how to keep your Earth-Kind® roses healthy and blooming! Learn which varieties will work best in your garden, and how to properly prune and care for them. Please bring sharp hand pruners and leather work gloves to practice in our Rose Garden. Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Instructors: Ed Bradley and Eddie Garcia


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.

Click here to register for the Tuesday, February 16th class, Texas Tough Rose Pruning Clinic.

Agaves, Yuccas, and Their Kin

Saturday, February 27, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn the chief identifying characteristics along with tips for cultivation and care for selected genera for this area (Agave, Yucca, Hesperaloe, and Manfreda). We will also briefly look at the two more tropical genera (Beschorneria and Furcraea). 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.

Click here to register for the Saturday, February 27th class, Agaves, Yuccas, and their Kin.

Instructor: Mary Irish

Grow a Poem: Poetry Walk in the Garden

Sunday, March 13, 1PM -3 PM

Local poet Mobi Warren will lead participants on a quiet walk to awaken the senses and inspire each person's poetic voice. She will share a few short nature poems, offer a quick tutorial on both haiku and free verse, and then facilitate a walking and writing experience based in mindful observation and response to the plants, animals, and beauty we will encounter. No writing experience necessary, but you can expect to return home with your own poem or two and an enhanced connection to the natural world. Supplies: Please bring a notebook and something to write with. Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Instructor: Mobi Warren

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.

Click here to register for the Sunday, March 13th class, Grow a Poem: Poetry Walk in the Garden.

Monarch Butterfly Workshop

Saturday, April 16, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Come learn about monarch butterflies and their spring migration from Mexico. Topics include: spring migration, measuring monarchs, and monitoring for the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Instructors: Mary Kennedy, Mobi Warren & Patty Pasztor

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.

Click here to register for the Saturday, April 16th class, Monarch Butterfly Workshop.

Mother’s Day Cards

Sunday, April 24th, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Join us in painting watercolor cards to celebrate your mom, or other family members or friends who are moms. There will be a demo showing how to use the paint and a water mister along with splattering to achieve a free flowing effect on Italian archival watercolor paper to fold as a card or small frameable painting. Fee: $45, includes supplies ($40.50 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.

Click here to register for the Sunday, April 24th class, Mother's Day Cards.

Instructor: Lesta Frank