Gardening & Waterwise

Hill Country Native Plant Working Workshop

Wednesdays, 9am-12pm

Learn about Texas native Hill Country plants: their growing requirements, characteristics, ethnobotanical and wildscape uses. Participants will also be able to identify invasive plants, practice removing them from native beds, and install new natives in the Hill Country landscape area. Wear comfortable clothing; tools, snacks, and hydration provided. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: Free to the public; registration required.

Instructor: Gary Poole, San Antonio Botanical Garden Conservation Coordinator

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Home Mushroom Growing Workshop

Saturday, May 4 from 10AM-12PM

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:$40 ($36 members), includes mushroom kit

Instructor: Louis San Miguel, mushroom enthusiast

Register for May 4

Botany in the Garden

May 4, 2019; 1 pm to 3 pm

Mary Irish will discuss the structure of plants, their important parts and their parts' functions. Students will learn how these functions help the plants survive the extremes of the San Antonio climate. Participants will receive a free plant. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $20 ($18 for members)

Instructor: Mary Irish; award-winning horticultural consultant, author of several books on landscaping in the Southwest US, manager of plant sales at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Register for May 4

Bokashi Composting: Good for Your Landscape and the Planet

Saturday, May 11, 2019; 10 am to 11:30 am

Participants will learn how to use Bokashi composting to quickly turn kitchen waste into organic matter that conserves water, creates healthier soil, and sequesters carbon in the ground--creating a more sustainable community. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: Fee: Included with membership or general admission($12-9). Registration required!

Instructor: Elizabeth Gruy, founder of Compost Queens

Register for May 11

Spring Jellymaking with Texas Natives

Saturday, May 18 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Springtime produces some distinctive native Texas fruits and berries. Join Paul Gates in this delicious workshop and learn which Texas natives produce spring fruit, when it can be harvested, and how to turn that fruit into unique jellies. Paul will demonstrate his jelly making technique and each participant will take home a jar of jelly and a booklet of recipes. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 member)

Instructor: Paul Gates, educator, Garden volunteer, and veteran jellymaker

Register for May 18

Native Milkweed Propagation

Saturday, May 18, 2019; 2 pm to 4 pm

Learn about native milkweeds: growing and propagation techniques. Part classroom and part hands-on preparation of seeds. Take home a tray of potting soil with seeds prepared for germination and propagation in their gardens. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Instructor: Cleve Powell, native plant propagator

Register for May 18

Plants of the Edwards Plateau: Ethnobotany and Wildscape Uses

May 25, 1pm-3pm

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. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 for members)

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

Register for May 25

Agaves, Yuccas and Their Kin

June 8, 2019; 10 am to 12 pm

Mary Irish will provide an overview and chief identifying characteristics of agaves, yuccas, nolinas, and similar drought tolerant plants, will have specimens to view, will discuss their use in landscapes and then lead of tour of the Garden. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $20 ($18 for members)

Instructor: Mary Irish; award-winning horticultural consultant, author of several books on landscaping in the Southwest US, manager of plant sales at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Register for June 8

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

June 15, 1pm-3pm

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. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 for members)

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

Register for June 15

Gardening for Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, Moths and Hummingbirds

Saturday, June 29 | 10 am - 12:30 pm

Turn your landscape into a magnet for butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and bees! Jana Gibbons will discuss pollinator-friendly native plants and lead a tour of the Garden. Participants receive a free pollinator plant.
Fee: $10 (Members $9)

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

Register for June 29

History and Meaning of Plant Botanical Names

June 29, 2019; 2 pm to 4 pm

Mary Irish leads a discussion on the origin of plant botanical names, what these names tell us about the plants and their characteristics, why we use these scientific classifications, and how knowing these names can make your gardening so much richer.
Fee: $20 ($18 for members)

Instructor: Mary Irish; award-winning horticultural consultant, author of several books on landscaping in the Southwest US, manager of plant sales at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Register for June 29

Succulents in Landscapes: Beautiful, Distinctive and Drought Tolerant

July 20, 2019; 10 am to 12 pm

Mary Irish will provide an overview of succulent types, their drought tolerant characteristics and discuss their requirements and use in landscapes. She will have specimens to view and will lead a tour of the garden to show plants in a naturalistic setting. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $20 ($18 for members)

Instructor: Mary Irish; award-winning horticultural consultant, author of several books on landscaping in the Southwest US, manager of plant sales at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Register for July 20

Environmental Flows: The San Antonio River Perspective

Friday, July 19 | 11:30am-12:45pm

In this Lunch and Learn opportunity, Gregg Eckhardt will discuss the art and science of the environmental flows that are needed to maintain healthy aquatic and riparian ecosystems in the San Antonio/Guadalupe River basin and San Antonio Bay.
Fee: $10 (includes a choice of 3 box lunch options). $5 for program only

Instructor: Gregg Eckhardt, Senior Analyst for the San Antonio Water System and Member of the State of Texas Expert Science Team for Environmental Flows

Register for July 26

The Biology and Ecology of Native Texas Bees

July 27 | 9am-11am

Texas has over 700 species of native bee, representing almost one-fifth of all the species found in the United States! Join entomologist Jessica Beckham and learn about the biology and ecology of these native bees. She will discuss the role they play in maintaining healthy ecosystems, their importance as pollinators and what we can plant and do in our landscapes to promote healthy populations. Following the classroom activities Jessica will lead a tour of the garden looking for bees and the plants they require. Participants receive a free plant. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 member)

Instructor: Dr. Jessica Beckham, PhD in Entomology, entomologist and lecturer in the UTSA Environmental Science and Ecology department

Register for July 27

Conventional Yard Conversion to a Water Wise Garden

August 10, 2019; 10 am to 12 pm

Mary Irish will discuss strategies for changing a traditional, water-hungry lawn into a beautiful landscape that uses less water and is appropriate for San Antonio's climate and soil. She will also discuss recommended plants and registrants will receive a free plant. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $20 ($18 for members)

Instructor: Mary Irish; award-winning horticultural consultant, author of several books on landscaping in the Southwest US, manager of plant sales at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Register for August 10

The Best Trees for Your San Antonio Landscape

Saturday, August 24 | 10am-12pm

Trees represent an enormous asset in any landscape so choosing trees that will work in your soil, light, and climate is very important. Join author Mary Irish as she discusses trees that are native to our region, their characteristics, and requirements for success. At the end of the class Mary will lead a walk in the Garden identifying the trees covered. Participants will also receive a free plant and a list of suggested trees. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 member)

Instructor: Mary Irish: award-winning horticultural consultant, author of several books on landscaping in the Southwest US

Native Plant Adaptations to the South Texas Climate

Saturday, October 5 | 10am-12pm

The South Texas climate is one of extremes and our native plants have developed characteristics that allow them to survive and even flourish under these conditions. Join author Mary Irish as she explains how native plants have evolved to deal with our climate and what these specific adaptations look like. She will then lead a walk in the Garden to highlight the plants discussed in class. Participants receive a free plant. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 member)

Instructor: Mary Irish: award-winning horticultural consultant, author of several books on landscaping in the Southwest US

Register for October 5

Many Guided Walks are available and included with admission

Bird Walks
Water Saver Walks
Native Plant Walks
Butterfly Walks
Sustainability Walks

Check them out here!