Gardening & Waterwise

Home Mushroom Growing

January 5, 2:00PM to 3:30PM

"Join Louis San Miguel at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens to learn the art and science of mushroom cultivation. In this class he will be teaching you how to cultivate edible and medicinal mushrooms at home using a variety of materials. The topics he will be covering are the mushroom life cycle, how to choose materials, substrate preparation, indoor cultivation methods, mycelial expansion, and how to incorporate fungi into your garden and landscape. There will be a hands-on portion of the class where we make oyster mushroom grow kits to take home. Seating is limited, sign up today!"
Fee: $35 ($31.50 members) includes mushroom kit

instructor: Louis San Miguel, mushroom enthusiast

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Hill Country Native Plant Working Workshop

Project happens every Wednesday beginning Jan 9, 2019 through February 27 9am to 12pm

Want to learn about Texas Native plant landscaping for free? This is an incredible opportunity to get your hands dirty and work beside experts updating part of the Botanical Garden! Learn about native Hill Country plants—requirements, cultural and wildscape uses –then actually remove and replace invasive plants with specially selected Hill Country natives. Sponsored by San Antonio Water Systems.
No fee
Wear comfortable clothing. All tools will be provided by The Garden, as well as snacks and hydration

Register here for All 8 sessions

Register here for week 1 January 9

Register here for week 2 January 16

Register here for week 3 January 23

Register here for week 4 January 30th

Dreamweek Workshop at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 2-3:30 pm

As we anticipate changes related to climate change, San Antonio neighborhoods will face increasingly challenging circumstances for people, plants and animals. Join the San Antonio Botanical Garden for a workshop on how many of the Garden’s features can be scaled to help people in our community deal with these challenges. This presentation will include classroom discussion as well as a walk through the Garden for a more detailed conversation and examination of these features and plants. Making our city SA Climate Ready and more environmentally sustainable will make our city more resilient.

This program is free, but registration is necessary

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The San Antonio River: History, Culture, and Lessons for Landscape

January 11, 2019; 11:30 am to 12:45 pm

During this Lunch and Learn program, Gregg Eckhardt will discuss the role of the San Antonio River, the availability of water, and the awareness of the need to conserve water in the development and history San Antonio.
Fee: $10- Includes Box lunch (Chips, soda and 1 of 3 sub choices: cheese, tuna or turkey)
Select meal choice on registration. Sorry, no substitutions available.

Gregg Eckhardt: environmental scientist, registered environmental manager, and creator of the award winning website www.edwardsaquifer.net

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Endangered Plants of South Texas and the Hill Country

January 23, 2019; 1 pm to 3 pm

Michael Eason will present on the work of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), its partnership with SABG, and the specific plants for which the Garden has responsibility. The activity will include a tour of the gardens and the greenhouses.
Free with admission

Instructor: Michael Eason, author, conservation botanist, and head of SABG Rare Plant Conservation Dept.

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Sprinkler System Fundamentals for Homeowners

Feb 9, 2019; 10 am to 12 pm

Homeowners will learn how to optimize their irrigation systems to maintain their landscapes and save water. Class will address programming the system controller, zone design, choice of plants and turf. SAWS rebates and coupons will be highlighted.
free with admission, but your must register to participate

Instructor: Gary Poole, Conservation Coordinator, Master Naturalist

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Healthy Trees and Certified Arborist Preparation Class

NEXT SESSION - 4 Fridays starting Febuary 1st 2019

This course was designed for the citizen who wants to stay safe while improving the health of trees and learn more about the value of trees and also prepare professional arborists for an ISA Certified Arborist examination. .

Course schedule:
•February 1: Tree Identification,Tree Biology, Installation and Establishment, Soil Science
•February 8: Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization,Tree Selection, Tree Support
•February 15: Plant Health Care, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Pruning and Oak Wilt,Tree Assessment and Risk Management
•February 22: Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, Climbing and Working in Trees
Fee: $300 includes all four classes as well as the Arborist Certification Study Guide (a $115 value)
Course offered in Partnership with the San Antonio Arborist Association and Alamo Forest Partnership.

Limited seating - register early!

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Plants of South Texas: Ethnobotany and Wildscape Uses

Feb 16, 2019; 1 pm to 3 pm

Participants will learn about the common plants of South Texas, their relationship to human culture and wildlife, tour the Texas Native Trails areas of the SABG to view these plants in their natural setting and receive a free South Texas native plant.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 for members)

Instructor: Michael Eason, author, conservation botanist, and head of SABG Rare Plant Conservation Dept.

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Ethnobotany of the Plants on the South Texas Trail

Wednesday, March 6, 2019; 10 am to 12 pm

Learn about the ethnobotanical uses--culinary, medicinal, ceremonial, and other--of the plants commonly found on the South Texas Plains.
Fee: Free with admission

Instructor: Gary Poole, Texas Master Naturalist, member Native Plant Society of Texas

30 Bugs Every Gardener Should Know

Wednesday, March 20, 12 pm to 2 pm

Not every insect in your garden is a villain. Learn how to recognize beneficial and non-beneficial bugs and insects in your landscape. Entomologist Molly Keck will introduce you to the most common in San Antonio at this “Lunch and Learn”. Sponsored by SAWS.
Fee: $10- Includes Box lunch (Chips, soda and 1 of 3 sub choices: cheese, tuna or turkey)
Select meal choice on registration. Sorry, no substitutions available.

Instructor: Molly Keck, Texas AgriLife Extension Program Specialist in Integrated Pest Management and Board Certified Entomologist

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Native Texas Pollinators: Bees, Wasps and Flies

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10 am to 12 pm

Everyone knows about honeybees and butterflies but some native pollinators “fly” under the radar! In fact, these little known pollinators are extremely valuable to our landscapes and lives. Learn about them and how you can design landscapes that support them. Sponsored by SAWS.
Fee: $20 ( Members $18)

Molly Keck, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program Specialist in Integrated Pest Management and Board Certified Entomologist

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How To ID Native Texas Plants: Sunflower, Mint, Pea and Mallow Families

April 13, 2019; 1 pm to 3 pm

Participants will learn about the identifying characteristics of four major plants families in Texas—sunflower, mint, pea, and mallow, will practice identifying plants in a tour the garden, and receive a free Texas native plant from one of these families.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 members)

Instructor: Michael Eason, author, conservation botanist, and head of SABG Rare Plant Conservation Dept.

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Plants of the Edwards Plateau: Ethnobotany and Wildscape Uses

May 25, 2019; 1 pm to 3 pm

Participants will learn about the common plants of the Edwards Plateau and Hill Country, their relationship to human culture and wildlife, tour the Texas Native Trails areas of the SABG to view these plants in their natural setting and receive a free Texas native plant.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 for members)

Instructor: Michael Eason, author, conservation botanist, and head of SABG Rare Plant Conservation Dept.

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Seed Collection from Native Plants: Morphology, timing, Cleaning, Storage and Propagation

June 15, 2019; 1 pm to 3 pm

Participants will learn about the common plants of Central Texas, the characteristics of the seeds they produce, when to gather, how to store and how to germinate these seeds. Attendees will also practice gathering seeds in the garden and receive a free plant.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 for members)

Instructor: Michael Eason, author, conservation botanist, and head of SABG Rare Plant Conservation Dept

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Many Guided Walks are available and free with admission

Bird Walks
Water Saver Walks
Native Plant Walks
Butterfly Walks

Check them out here!