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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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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Texas Tough Landscape Series

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. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $10 per class ($9 members).

Class I: A Proper Introduction
Saturday, January 24 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
What is a Texas Tough Landscape? This class will outline and explain the seven principles of Texas Tough Landscaping and help you create a beautiful and water-wise landscape.

Class II: Planning and Designing
Saturday, January 31 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Explore the many options for a Texas Tough yard. With San Antonio's increasingly severe drought conditions, learn how to create a landscape that uses its natural and adapted abilities to survive the drought.

Class III: Soil Testing, Prepping, and Planning
Saturday, February 28 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
To ensure a healthy landscape, you must have healthy soil. Healthy soil equals happy plants and low water usage. Learn your soil type, how to test it and what that means for your plant and tree selections.

Class IV: Xero Turf
Saturday, March 28 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Dig, till, cover or spray! Whether replacing turf for greener pastures or replacing your turf with a flowered landscape, learn how to remove your turf. This class will teach the different ways for the do-it-yourself gardener to remove unwanted turf.

Class V: Water-Wise
Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
More than 30% of household water use is used on landscapes. This class provides efficient irrigation practices that will help you save water, time and money without sacrificing beauty. Learn how to water, when to water, and different watering methods.

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 I: A Proper Introduction.

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Valentine Cards

Saturday, January 31 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

We will create Valentines with watercolor and mixed media collage. Explore the Valentine inspiration box for ideas to create your own gorgeous cards. Cardboard for substrates, decorative papers, fabrics, stencils, stamps, glitter and paints and oversized envelopes will be available. If you have some favorites in your own stash, be sure to bring them. There will be demos of some ideas as a springboard for your creativity. 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.

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Certified Arborist Test Preparation Course

Fridays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 9:00 am - 4:00 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 One

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.

Click here to register for Saturdays, February 7 - April 25 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am.

Click here to register for Tuesdays, February 10 - April 28.

Chen Style Tai Chi

Saturdays, February 7 - April 25 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Chen Tai Chi is the oldest Tai Chi style among 5 major styles, students will learn the foundation movements of Tai Chi and basic energy development skill, and will experience Chen style's unique alternated speed and silk reeling technique to quickly enhance their balance, strength, and the power alone with all other common benefits and characters such as graceful, slow, and soft movements as well as effective mind work. 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 Sword

Tuesdays, February 10 - April 28

A very popular Chinese martial art, Tai Chi Sword is based on Tai Chi movements with traditional sword techniques. Come learn the basic form and techniques of this practice. 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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Graphic Grid Painting

Sunday, February 15 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Grid painting composition approach is a guaranteed success! You will go to the next level of expertise in watercolor and design, while having fun with exploring a color family that you love. A demo will show some great ways to effectively integrate all the components of your creation. 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.

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Plants to Know and Grow

Saturday, February 21 from 10 am - 12 pm

Now is a great time to start planning your spring landscape. Come get a head start on planning and learn the plants that can thrive in San Antonio's unique climate and conditions. 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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Macro Moments Photography

Saturday, February 28 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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Create your own Backyard Oasis

Sturday, February 28 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Looking for a relaxing lifestyle, a "Getaway" at home, a peaceful and healing atmosphere or a great new hobby? Water Gardening is the answer. Let the sounds and visual of moving water lower your stress, add beauty to your world and a peaceful place to enjoy with your family and friends. We can teach you how to build any pond or water feature you want and will be your consultant throughout the process. 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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Spring Preparation for a Texas Tough Landscape

March 21 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Get your garden ready for the spring with tips and a hands-on demonstration of how to prepare your Texas Tough Landscape. 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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Botanical Heroes

Sunday, March 22 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Native plants have the ability to endure our climate and beautify our landscapes. Learn what other superpowers these botanical heroes have in your garden and explore the variety on display with a guided 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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Urban Wildscaping

Friday, April 10 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Would you like to welcome wildlife to share your yard? Learn the principles of wildscaping and apply them by helping design and plant our WaterSaver Lane Wildscape demonstration garden. You’ll also receive a starter set of native plants for your own yard! Instructor: Rachel Cywinski. 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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Japanese Gardens San Antonio Style

Saturday, April 11 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Experience 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. 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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The Edible Native Landscape

Saturday, April 11 from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Do you want to “eat your yard”? Many native plants not only provide food for wildlife, but are edible for humans! Learn about plants you can grow and forage in the classroom and by exploring our Texas Native Trail with instructor Rachel Cywinski. Fee: $30 ($27 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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Yoga in the Garden

Saturdays, May 2 - May 23 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Refresh, relax and renew yourself by practicing yoga in a serene Garden setting.
An instructor from AC Power Yoga will attentively and joyfully lead you in balancing strength and flexibility in this series of Power Vinyasa Yoga classes for all levels, ages, shapes and sizes. Bring your mat, towel, and water. Of course, as with any physical exercise training, consult your doctor before beginning class. Children ages 8+ are also welcome with an adult. Fee: $40 ($36 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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Mother's Day Cards/Small Florals

Saturday, May 2 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us in painting watercolor cards and small floral bouquets 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 framable 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.

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Wildflowers are More Than Just a Pretty Face

Sunday, May 3 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wildflowers are so much more than beautiful plants. They thrive with little to no maintenance. Come celebrate National Wildflower Week discovering the beauty and benefits of using wildflowers in your garden. 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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Landscape for Life ™

Saturdays, May 9 and May 16 (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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Rainwater Harvesting

Saturday, May 30 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to install a rainwater-catchment container to harvest free water and make your own rain barrel to take home. Fee: $55 ($49.50 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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