Gardening & Waterwise


Thursday, April 27, 11:30 AM - 1:00PM Artificial Turf for Lawns - A Green Option for Thirsty South Texas Lawns?

Artificial turf is not what it was 10 or 15 years ago. Today it is a real option for having a green lawn in the drought of South Texas. It requires none of the usual watering, and a little goes a long way. Learn the benefits of installing artificial turf grass in home landscapes, including how it can save you water, time and money.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 members)

Instructor: Karen Mitchell, Hill Horticulture, Inc.

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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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WILDFLOWERS: So Much More Than A Pretty Face

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 11AM – 1 PM

Come celebrate National Wildflower week, discovering the beauty and the benefits of using wildflowers. Wildflowers are so much more than beautiful plants. They thrive with little to no maintenance, provide nectar for our pollinators and shelter for wildlife all while helping to improve your soil. In this walking class, learn about them, and when and how to plant them. Participants will leave with a plant.
Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Instructor: Jana Gibbons, Native Plant Society of South Texas & Master Naturalist

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Turn That Black Thumb Green with Herb Gardens!

SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH 9:30AM - 11:30AM

This interactive class will enlighten you on how to successfully grow herbs in San Antonio whether you have a yard or just a windowsill! Covers plant placement, maintenance and seed harvesting for a true sustainable garden. Leave with a plant and seeds to start your fall herb garden! Offered in partnership with SAWS.
Class fee: 20 ($18 members)

Intructor: MB Wilkinson, San Antonio Herb Society

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Session 1: SATURDAY, MAY 20TH, 12 PM - 2 PM

Can you grow citrus tress in San Antonio's heat and drought conditions? The answer is yes! Join Horticulturalist Ben Ryan as he leads this multi-part series. Offered in partnership with SAWS.

Session 1 - Citrus Tree Selection and Planting Tips

Session 2 - Propagation Workshop and Planting Tips

Session 3 - Tree Care & Pruning Workshop

Class fee per session: $20 (18 members)

Instructor: Benjamin Ryan, Horticulturalist

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Behind the Scenes Tour: Purple Martin Walk


Learn about the life cycle and homes of our nesting purple martins, with local expert, John Henry. Enjoy a walk to various Purple Martin houses in the Garden and even get to take a look inside one of the houses!
Fee: $15 ($13.50 members)

Instructor: John Henry, Audubon Society

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Certified Arborist Prep Course


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: $300, includes Arborist Certification Study Guide. Certificate awarded upon completion.

Seating is limited. Register early!

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