Gardening & Waterwise

BROWN BAG LUNCH & LEARN Biophilia and Restorative Spaces

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 11:45AM-1:00PM

Join us for a lunchtime talk about biophilia and how designing with nature positively influences our well-being, and even restores balance in our lives.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 members)

Instructor: Desiree Salmon, Landscape Architect with THW Design

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

Tuesday, June 13, 9 AM

Drop in to participate in scientific research in action!
The garden is pleased to partner with North American Butterfly Association (NABA) to host twice annual butterfly counts. No prior knowledge is required, just a willingness to help in this citizen science project. There is no program fee and admission is waived, but a $3 donation requested for NABA to cover costs of publishing results. This is collected by NABA at the time of the program, cash only please.

Space is limited!

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Butterfly Gardens - The Beauty and Benefits


Learn the importance of butterflies for beauty and pollination. Through hands-on demonstrations, learn how to plan and plant a garden to attract butterflies with native host plants that different species need to survive. *Sponsored by SAWS*
Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Drake White is a Master Naturalist, Owner of The Nectar Bar, and Manager of the Butterfly Learning Center

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Turn That Black Thumb Green with Herb Gardens!

SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

This interactive class will enlighten you on how to successfully grow herbs in San Antonio whether you have a yard or just a windowsill! Covers plant placement, maintenance and seed harvesting for a true sustainable garden. Leave with a plant and seeds to start your fall herb garden! Offered in partnership with SAWS.
Class fee: 20 ($18 members)

Intructor: MB Wilkinson, San Antonio Herb Society

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Father’s Day Bonsai Workshop


Celebrate Father’s Day with a gift of time and remembrance. This class invites adult/child couples to create a real bonsai while cultivating new skills and new memories. Each pair will work together with an expert member from the San Antonio Bosai Society. Sign up with your little potensai (bonsai in training) today!
Fee: $100 ($90 members) Fee includes bonsai plant specimen & official bonsai container
Workshop is limited to 10 adult/child pairs. Tools will be provided for use during class.

David Whitaker & San Antonio Bonsai Society

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BROWN BAG LUNCH AND LEARN - Preserving the Prairie


Come learn about Texas prairies, their immense diversity of of native grasses, plants, insects, and wildlife – all which are important to improving things like soil and water quality. Hear why prairies matter and the efforts being made to preserve them. *Sponsored by SAWS*
Fee: $15 ($13.50 members) Bring your lunch

Instructor: Pat Merkord, Native Prairies Association of Texas

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Session 2: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 12 PM - 2 PM

Can you grow citrus tress in San Antonio's heat and drought conditions? The answer is yes! Join Horticulturalist Ben Ryan as he leads this multi-part series. Offered in partnership with SAWS.

Session 1 - Citrus Tree Selection and Planting Tips

Session 2 - Propagation Workshop and Planting Tips

Session 3 - Tree Care & Pruning Workshop

Class fee per session: $20 (18 members)

Instructor: Benjamin Ryan, Horticulturalist

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Certified Arborist Prep Course

FRIDAY'S STARTING SEPTEMBER 9 AM TO 4 PM (9/8, 9/15, 9/22, & 10/6)

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: $300, includes Arborist Certification Study Guide. Certificate awarded upon completion.

Seating is limited. Register early!

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