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

February dates SOLD OUT!

Register for March 6

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Register for March 27

NPSOT Native Landscape Certification Program

Starts March 2nd

Native Landscape Certification Program—Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes A four part certification program created by the Native Plant Society of Texas.
The first of a four part certification program created by the Native Plant Society of Texas, Level 1 covers such topics as:
• The benefits of including and preserving native plants in landscapes
• Characteristics that differentiate sustainable and conventional development
• Our local Texas eco-region and soil
• 45 recommended Texas native plants to use and 5 non-natives to avoid
Completion of Level 1 is a prerequisite for taking levels 2, 3 or 4.

Native Landscape Certification Program—Level 2: Landscape Design with Native Plants
This class is the second in the four-part certification series and covers such topics as :
• Ecological and cultural considerations in landscape design
• The steps used in the design process
• Hands-on design practice
• 45 recommended Texas native plants for use in landscapes and 5 non-natives to avoid

SOLD OUT!

Ethnobotany of the Plants on the South Texas Trail

March 18, 10am-12pm

Learn about the ethnobotanical uses - culinary, medicinal, ceremonial, and other - of the plants commonly found on the South Texas Plains. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Included with membership or general admission ($12-$9). Registration is required.

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

Register for March 18

30 Bugs Every Gardener Should Know

March 20, 12pm-2pm

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 San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $10- Includes Box lunch (Chips, soda and 1 of 3 sub choices: cheese, tuna or turkey). Available until noon 3/19/19
$5 program only with NO meal choice.
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

Register for March 20

Succulent Arrangement

Saturday, March 16 9:30AM-11:30AM

Walk the succulent wall with succulent grower, Don Clowe, and learn how to artfully display and maintain containers of succulents. Plant a succulent arrangement with Master Gardener, Stephanie Jones.
Fee: $45 ($40.50 members) includes materials

Instructors: Master Gardener, Stephanie Jones and succulent grower, Don Clowe

Register for March 16

Native Texas Pollinators: Bees, Wasps and Flies

March 23, 10am-12pm

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 San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $20 (Members $18)

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

Register for March 23

Purple Martins: Their Role and Requirements in San Antonio Ecosystems

Saturday, April 6, 10 am to 11:30 am

Educator and purple martin enthusiast, John Henry, shares his knowledge of purple martins: their habits, habitat requirements, role in our ecosystems, and how to attract them to your yard. Class will include a tour of the Garden birdhouses. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: Included with membership or general admission ($12-9). Registration required.

Instructor: John Henry, retired educator and purple martin house manager at the Garden for 15 years

Register for April 6

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

April 13, 1pm-3pm

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

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

Register for April 13

Monarch Butterfly Monitor Training Workshop

April 13, 10am-12pm

Learn how to monitor the population & health of monarch butterflies and how to report this information. Classroom and hands-on training will prepare you to join citizen scientist research in many SA locations. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: A $10 deposit will hold your place. Attendees will have deposit refunded. NO refunds for cancelled or missed training.

Space is limited

Register for April 13

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

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

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

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

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!