Gardening & Waterwise

Certified Arborist Prep Course NEXT CLASS IN SEPTEMBER

NEXT CLASS IN SEPTEMBER

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, includes Arborist Certification Study Guide

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Gardening in South Texas

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25TH, 9:30 AM TO 11:00 AM

Explore the conditions that drive gardening success in South Texas. Whether you're new to gardening or just new to gardening in South Texas, Mrs. Irish is a wealth of knowledge! Class topics include soils, rainfall regimes, seasons, with strong emphasis on plant selections in all categories (trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, etc.)
Instructor: Mary Irish
Fee: $20 ($18 non-members)

Mary Irish is a horticulturalist and author of more than 10 books on gardening in the Southwest

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A Savory Taste of Texas

SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 9:30 AM TO 11:00 AM

Join herbalist Leslie Bingham as she celebrates Texas' Independence Day with savory herbs. Leslie will present a history of the types of food available and raised in pre 1850's Texas, including a full menu with explanation of the food choices seen from the production point of view for the early Texas pioneers. She will examine a typical menu of the period along with recipes for the main course, side and desserts, all of course with the addition of herbs.
Instructor: Leslie Bingham
Fee: $20 ($18 members)

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Japanese Garden Experience

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM

Celebrate Japanese culture beginning with a tour of Kumamoto En, our authentic Japanese garden. Enjoy the tranquility of the garden with a tea ceremony and a demonstration of Ikebana Floral design.
Instructors: Miyako Wallace & Stephanie Jones, Master Gardener
Fee: $20 ($18 members)

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HARVESTING RAINWATER DO-IT-YOURSELF RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 9:30 AM TO 12:00 PM

Harvesting rain water helps to reduce water bills while providing a source of free water during drought conditions. Learn how to install a rainwater-catchment container and make your own rain barrel to take home. Includes 55 gal rain barrel and spout
Instructor: Lou Kellogg, Master Gardener
Fee $55 includes materials- 55 gallon rain barrel and spout (members $49.50)

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BROWN BAG LUNCH & LEARN

REVEALING FRUITS Thursday, March 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Plants use crafty strategies to getting their offspring dispersed and into favorable environments.
Bring lunch and learn about the secrets of fruits!
Presenter: Dr. Kelly Lyons, Trinity Biology Professor
Fee: $15 ($13.50 members)
Bring your own lunch

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Converting Your Garden to a Waterwise Garden

SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 9:30 AM TO 11:00 AM

What are the chief techniques to turning a yard dominated by lawn and thirsty plants into one that is beautiful but uses less water? This class will teach both techniques and consideration in the conversion to a WaterWise garden, as well a recommended plants.
Instructor: Mary Irish
Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Mary Irish is a horticulturalist and author of more than 10 books on gardening in the Southwest

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South Texas Lawn Care: I want the Same Kind of Grass THEY Have!

SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH, 9:30 AM TO 11 AM

Lawn grasses in our area can be a beauty or a beast. Some require lots of water, while others don't. All require at least some TLC in order to be lush and carpet-like. In this class, we discuss the major varieties of grass that do well here, fertilizer, watering, and pest/disease problems.
Instructor: Tom Harris, Master Gardener and author
Fee: $20 (18 members)

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The Chili Pepper. 2016 Herb of The Year: Capsicum

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 12:00 PM TO 2:00 PM

Discuss the history, development, hybridization and use of the Chili first in Mesoamerica and then into the modern era. We look at the use of the chili in food, certain ancient beverages as part of mystic rituals and the pharma industry. Find out how to "rate" heat in the chili and look at the production of some very new chili varieties developed right here in Texas.
Instructor: Leslie Bingham
Fee: $20 ($18 members)

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Texas Superstar ® Plants

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 9:30 AM - 11 AM

Texas Superstar ® plants provide a maximum of beauty with minimal care. They come highly recommended for WaterSaver landscapes by Texas AgriLife Research and Extension. Learn about the variety of plants that have been found to be hardy, drought tolerant and disease and insect tolerant statewide.
Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Instructor: Brigid Oman, Master Gardener

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