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.

Arts & Culture
Gardening & Waterwise
Health & Wellness
Winged Wonders

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Arts & Culture

Driftwood Succulent Workshop - THIS CLASS IS FULL

Saturday, May 28, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

Walk the succulent wall with experienced succulent grower, Don Clowe, and learn how to artfully display and successfully maintain containers of succulents. After the outdoor adventure, plant your own driftwood succulent arrangement with Master Gardener, Stephanie Jones. Fee: $45 ($40.50 members) includes materials

If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please call 210-536-1413

Nature Photography

Sunday, June 5, 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 ($27 members) PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN DIGITAL CAMERA

Instructor: Damian Abbott

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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Painting Butterflies in Watercolor

Sunday, June 5, 2–4:30 PM

With the help of Lesta’s demonstration, you will create a lovely Butterfly watercolor. You will be learning lots of the techniques of this medium along the way. The painting will include some detail as well as a loosely painted soft focus background. This adventure is perfect for complete beginners as well as those who have experience in watercolor. The supplies include gorgeous archival Italian paper, and exquisite 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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Garden to Glass Workshop

Saturday, June 18th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Be the star of your summer parties! Join Emily Han, author of Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes, Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home, as you learn how to make delicious and creative beverages using healthful herbs, flowers, and fruits from your backyard and farmers’ market. Through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and tastings, you’ll learn techniques for crafting seasonal syrups, shrubs (a refreshing vinegar-based drink), mocktails, and cocktails. Take home a jar of your own customized shrub infused with fruit and herbs. Followed by a book signing. Fee: $30 (includes $10 materials fee)

Instructor: Emily Han

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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Learn more about Emily Han

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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Gardening & Waterwise

Texas Tough Roundtable Discussion: Xero Turf

Saturday, June 11, 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

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. 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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Butterfly Count with the North American Butterfly Association

Monday, June 20th, 9:00 AM

Join this citizen science research project to compile a list of all butterflies observed at sites within a 15-mile diameter count circle in a one-day period. The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) has coordinated the Butterfly Count Program in the United States, Canada, and Mexico since 1993.

Bring Binoculars (if you have them) and $3 cash for NABA data compilation fees

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Learn more about the North American Butterfly Association (NABA)

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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Beyond Feeders: How to Attract Hummingbirds

Saturday, August 20, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

Description: Beyond filling multiple feeders with nectar, learn the simple guidelines to creating a beautiful, low-maintenance garden for hummingbirds using the nectar and beauty of native plants. This class will provide a step-by-step instruction of the components needed for a successful hummingbird garden. 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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Wildscaping: Landscaping for Wildlife & Conserving Water

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

As of 2016, San Antonio is the first Monarch Champion City in the nation! Join us today to help fulfill this pledge by turning your garden into a space that encourages a variety of wildlife to visit—especially birds, butterflies and pollinators! Fall gardening is a great time to get started! By adding drought hardy native plants that provide food and refuge to your flying visitors, you will also help our declining Monarch populations during their migration through the area. You will be enjoying singing birds and fluttering butterflies in no time while using less water and no chemicals! 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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Health & Wellness

Gardens & Yoga

Saturday, June 5, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM

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

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM, June 14 - August 30, 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.

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Chen Style Tai Chi

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, June 14 - August 30, 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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Tai Chi Level 1

Saturdays, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM, June 18 - September 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.

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Chen Style Tai Chi

Saturdays, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, June 18 - September 3, 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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Winged Wonders

Butterfly Babies

Saturday, June 4, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Butterfly babies—aka caterpillars—abound in the Garden if you know where to look! Discover what host plants are, and why they are needed in your butterfly garden. Join Dr. Cindy Klemmer in an indoor presentation followed by a walk to discover butterfly babies in action throughout the Garden. Leave with a host plant—and a butterfly baby of your own!—to take home. Suitable for adults, or for adult-child pairs with children 8 or older. Fee: $30 ($27 members) includes $10 materials fee

Instructor: Dr. Cindy Klemmer

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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Monarch Butterfly: Pollinator Poster Child

Saturday, June 25, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Monarch butterflies have become symbols for pollinator advocacy and climate change throughout the continent in recent years. Why are we all so smitten with this magical creature? Join us for an overview of the amazing Monarch butterfly migration and life cycle, an update on their population status, President Obama's National Pollinator Strategy and its impact on San Antonio, the country's only Monarch Champion City. We'll also touch on how to create a successful pollinator garden and answer your questions on raising Monarchs and other butterflies. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members)

Instructor: Monika Maeckle

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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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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