Gardening & Waterwise

Citrus in San Antonio Series: Pruning and Long Term Care of Young to Mature Citrus Trees

Saturday, January 20th 12PM to 3PM

Fun hands-on workshop to help you feel confident caring for citrus trees adapted to survive in this area! San Antonio Botanical Garden Horticulturist Ben Ryan explains everything about caring for citrus, demonstrates best techniques, and then YOU will prune the citrus trees in the Garden!
Sponsored by SAWS
Fee: $20 ($18 non-members)

Instructor: Benjamin Ryan, Horticulturist, San Antonio Botanical Garden

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Edible Natives Workshop

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 9 am - 3:30 pm

Learn about herbs & natives from experienced herbalist Leslie Bingham, then watch/sample as Chef Dave prepares 4-5 different dishes using native plants. Complete your day by making a simple, self-watering herb garden with Myra Pilant.
Bring your own 18-gal. plastic storage bin. Opaque (not clear) plastic recommended
Thanks to SAWS underwriting, this program is offered at reduced rate of only $50 per person. Seating is extremely limited, and available on a first-come-first basis serve only

Instructors: Leslie Bingham, Myra Pilant, Dave Terrazas

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Gardening with Natives That Attract Butterflies and Birds

Saturday, February 10th 10am to 12:30pm

Is it possible to have low maintenance and beauty too? Join Jana Gibbons of the Native Plant Society of Texas, as she shows popular native plants that attract butterflies and birds. Jana has replaced her traditional landscaping with natives and can help you see how to do the same! She will take us on a little walk to see the natives right here on site!
Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Instructor: Jana Gibbons

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You're in Texas Now! Conservation Is A Way of Life!

Saturday, March 10th, 9AM to 11:30AM

If you recently moved to our area, you're very quickly going to find that all those plants you brought from "back home" aren't going to grow here. Gardening in this area is gardening in the desert. In this class, we cover soils, plants, fertilizers, plant problems, composting, pruning, turf grass and xeriscape. It's a lot of material, but it's vital to successful gardening here. Bring your questions for the Q&A following his presentation!
Sponsored by SAWS
Fee: $25 ($22.50 members)

Tom Harris, Ph. D., is a Master Gardener certified by the State of Texas, a Master Pruner certified by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, and a founder and volunteer for the Gardening Volunteers of South Texas (GVST). From the Master Gardener program he has received advanced training in plant diseases, insects, drip irrigation, hazardous waste, compost and soils, and has been actively involved in vegetable trials and plant propagation.

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Certified Arborist Prep Course

Fridays in February @ 9am-4pm (February 2, 9, 16 & 23)

Description: 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.
Cost: $300 includes Arborist’ Certification Study Guide

Register early - class fills quickly!

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NEW! Butterfly Walks

Friday, March 23rd, 10AM to 11:30AM

Join butterfly expert and ethnobotanist Jessica Leslie for a walk in the Garden. Learn about butterfly habitats and what they need to survive. Find out which butterflies are fluttering around and why they love the Garden.

Meet at 10 am at the Breezeway of the Halsell Welcome Building.
Free with admission, but registration is required. Sponsored by SAWS.

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Native Plant Walks

3rd Friday of the month. 10 am

Explore our Texas Native Trails with 2 experienced Master Naturalists, Nancy and Gary Rogers, with a focus on specific native plants along the trail. Learn a little history and ethno-botany along the way and join in the discussion of water, soil, topography and weather that allow our natives to thrive.
Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at San Antonio Water System, walk is free to members or with paid admission, but registration is required.
Tour meets at 10 a.m. in the Breezeway of the Halsell welcome building.

No Native Plant Walk in December

Register here for Friday, January 19th

WaterSaver Walks

3rd Thursdays of the month 10am

Explore our WaterSaver Gardens with Master Naturalist Linda Cace. Learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes. Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at San Antonio Water System, walk is free to members or with paid admission, but registration is required.
Tour meets at 10 a.m. in the Breezeway of the Halsell welcome building.

Resuming March 15th. Click here to register

Bird Walks

Every 3rd Saturday at 9:15 AM to 11AM

Bird Walks are scheduled every third Saturday, except during the summer months.
Meet at 9:00 am in the Greenwood Breezeway for a walk that starts at 9:15 am with a birding docent. Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at San Antonio Water System, walk is free to members or with paid admission, but registration is required.

Register here for January 20th Bird walk