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 Course - Fall Session

Four Fridays: September 4, 11, 18, 25 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.

Course offered in partnership with San Antonio Arborist Association and the Alamo Forest Partnership.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

Harvesting Rainwater with Gardens

Friday, September 11 from 10 AM - 2 PM

Besides flooding and erosion, preventing rainwater from running off yards into rivers can also provide a free water resource to vegetation. How can you keep rainwater from running off? Planting rain gardens and bioswales can be beautiful alternatives used in preventing runoff, and filtering and harvesting rainwater. Learn the differences between the two types of gardens, learn how to use your soil to increase and improve vegetation, and learn another way to retain free water. The instructor will integrate classroom instruction with planting demonstrations for use in the creation of your own garden. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee $50 ($45 members).
Instructor: Rachel Cywinski

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 and WaterWise Classes: Texas Tough Landscape Series

Roundtables are a kitchen-style format that are driven by the audience’s questions. Meet with gardening experts in these roundtable forums to discuss basic design principles and implementation techniques for a drought-tolerant, low-maintenance landscape using native and well-adapted plants.

Proper Maintenance for Texas Tough Landscapes

Saturday, September 19 from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

While landscapes designed to be Texas tough minimize care by about 50%, some maintenance is necessary. Learn how to encourage your healthy landscape with proper pruning, mowing, pest control, feeding, weeding, soil and watering advice. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $10 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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Class VII: Plant, Shrub and Tree Selection

Saturday, October 17 from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Choosing the right plants, shrubs and trees are key to an effective Texas tough landscape. With proper selection you not only ensure that you spend less money, water and time, but that your landscape is healthy and beautiful. Learn how to make the right selections and utilize local resources. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $10 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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Beyond Feeders: How to Attract Hummingbirds!

Saturday, September 26th 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Learn how to create a successful hummingbird garden. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $30 ($27 members).
Instructor: Rachel Cywinski

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 - Tuesdays

Tuesdays, September 15 - December 5, from 9:30 AM - 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. Fee: $120 ($108 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 - Saturdays

Saturdays, September 12 - December 5, from 9:30 AM - 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. Fee: $120 ($108 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

Saturdays, September 12 - December 5 , from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Chen 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. Fee: $120 ($108 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 42 Form

Tuesdays, September 15 - December 1, from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

A challenging, fluid form which loads the body with energy, it is perfect for competition and 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. Fee: $120 ($108 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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Jump-start an Art Journal

Tuesday, October 6, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, OR Saturday, October 10, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Spend a morning creating a fabulous mixed media collage as the cover of your
Art Journaling book. Inspiring prompts will lead you into experimenting with different ideas and techniques for images and words. You will accomplish a creative running start with your new venture. This class is offered either Tuesday or Saturday. Students should plan to bring a pen and journal (please see link below to order recommended journal). Instructor will provide other needed supplies. Fee: $55 ($49.50 members). Materials fee: $8 (Materials fee will automatically be added to your cart during checkout).
Instructor: Lesta Frank

Materials fee will automatically be added to your cart during checkout. 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 Tuesday, October 6 class.

Click here to register for Saturday, October 10 class.

Click here to order the journal recommended by the instructor

Texas Tough Roses

Saturday, October 10th from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Earth-Kind® Roses, a designation determined by Texas A & M University’s Agricultural program, prove to be a great addition to Texas Tough landscapes in both their resilience in Texas climates, and their resistance to pests and diseases. Join expert, Ed Bradley, to learn the various Earth-Kind® varieties available and how to care for them, followed by a detailed tour. Sponsored by SAWS. 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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Celebrating Natives!

Saturday, October 24th from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us as we celebrate Texas Native Plant Week, October 18-24! What's to celebrate? Not only do native plants offer many benefits to Texas tough gardens, there are thousands of plants native to Texas. Learn the benefits of using native plants in your landscape to conserve water, money and time. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $10 ($9 members). Instructor: Sir Oliver Smith

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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Basic Drawing: Flowers 101

Tuesday, November 10th from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM OR Saturday, November 14th from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Practice several approaches to drawing florals: contour, line and tone drawing. Beginners welcome as well as those wanting to take their drawing to the next level. Fee: $55 ($49.50 members). Instructor: Lesta Frank

Instructor Notes--Students should bring these supplies to class:
1. Drawing paper or sketch book (student's choice as to brand). Size at least 7x9" up to 11x14". Suggested brands: Strathmore, Canson or Fabriano.
2. Three drawing pencils with varying hardness: B, 2B, 6B are recommended (though you can use any pencil if you don't want to buy these.)
3. Any artists eraser- my favorite is OOPs eraser from Amazon.com
4. A charcoal pencil.
5. A Micron pen or Pitt pen. (These are archival.) A fine point Sharpie is okay, though it is not archival.
All of these supplies can be purchased inexpensively online from Amazon.com. A good local source is Herwecks on Broadway St. downtown.

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 class on Tuesday, November 10th

Click here to register for class on Saturday, November 14th