Gardening & Waterwise

Children's Vegetable Garden Program --Fall Session

Saturdays September 8th 2018 through December 15th 2018 8AM to 12PM

The Garden is proud to present one of the nation’s oldest youth gardening programs. Children ages 7-16 get their hands-on horticulture with the help of our partner organizations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners.
This is a 15 week program.
Fee: 1 child $40, shared plot (2 children) $60
*A parent or guardian must accompany children

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Healthy Trees and Certified Arborist Preparation Class

NEXT SESSION - 4 Fridays starting Febuary 1st 2019

This course was designed for the citizen who wants to stay safe while improving the health of trees and learn more about the value of trees and also prepare professional arborists for an ISA Certified Arborist examination. .

Course schedule:
•February 1: Tree Identification,Tree Biology, Installation and Establishment, Soil Science
•February 8: Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization,Tree Selection, Tree Support
•February 15: Plant Health Care, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Pruning and Oak Wilt,Tree Assessment and Risk Management
•February 22: Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, Climbing and Working in Trees
Fee: $300 includes all four classes as well as the Arborist Certification Study Guide (a $115 value)
Course offered in Partnership with the San Antonio Arborist Association and Alamo Forest Partnership.

Limited seating - register early!

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Gardening With Natives That Attract Butterflies and Birds

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10 am to 12:30 pm

Join Jana Gibbons and discover how to turn your yard into a magnet for butterflies and birds using native Texas plants. Learn which plants attract which critters and see the plants in their native state as Jana leads a walk through the garden. . Participants receive a wildlife-friendly plant! Handouts available. Sponsored by San Antonio Water Systems.
Fee: $25 (Members $22.50)

Jana Gibbons, Master Naturalist; member, Native Plant Society

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Butterfly ID Workshop

October 11, 9 am to 12 pm

Join naturalist Patty Leslie Pasztor on a walking butterfly workshop in the Garden. Discover some of the many wonderful butterfly species found in this area and techniques for distinguishing them. We'll also identify the native and adapted plants these butterflies rely on for their larval and nectar needs. Beginners welcome. Participants will learn how to record these observations and will have the opportunity to volunteer for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) butterfly count later in October (optional). This workshop is sponsored by SAWS.
Free with admission, but must preregister to attend.

Space is limited

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Monarch Butterfly Monitor Training Workshop

Saturday, September 29th, 10 am to 12 pm

Learn how to monitor the population and health of monarch butterflies and how to report this information. The workshop includes both classroom and hands-on training and will prepare you to join citizen scientist research at San Antonio Botanical Garden as well as at other San Antonio area locations. You will be asked to make a commitment to monarch butterfly monitoring.
Space is extremely limited! A $10 deposit is required to hold your space. (will be returned to attendees after the workshop.)
Sponsored by SAWS

Instructors: Mobi Warren and Mary Kennedy

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Plants Misbehaving--Native Solutions

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9 am to noon

Nonnative, invasive plants are destroying biodiversity and wreaking havoc. Join Cheryl Hamilton and learn to identify the most challenging invasive plants, discuss why these plants are destructive, and explore native plant alternatives. Includes hands-on activities and a native/invasives plant walk. Participants will receive a non-invasive plant. Sponsored by San Antonio Water Systems.

Fee: $25 (Members $22.50)

Instructor: Cheryl Hamilton, Master Naturalist; member, Native Plant Society; winner, Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama for work as a Master Naturalist; winner, Outstanding Citizen Scientist Award

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Succulent Arrangement Class

October 20, 9:30AM to 11:30AM

Walk the succulent wall with experienced succulent grower, Don Clowe, and learn how to artfully display and successfully maintain containers of succulents. After the outdoor adventure, plant your succulent arrangement with Master Gardener, Stephanie Jones.
Fee: $45 ($40.50 members) includes materials

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Butterfly Identification and Landscape Design Workshop

October 23, 9 am to 11 am

Join Jessica Leslie on a walking butterfly workshop in the Old Fashioned Garden and on the Texas Native Trail in the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Participants will learn to identify our resident and migrant butterflies as well as the plants they require for food and reproduction. Jessica will also help participants identify which plants will work in their landscapes to attract and maintain butterfly populations. Sponsored by SAWS.
Fee: Free with admission, but must preregister. Space is limited

Jessica Leslie, Master Naturalist; Master Gardener; member, Native Plant Society; pollinator garden designer

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A Pioneer Thanksgiving - A Savory Taste of Texas

November 10, 9 am to noon

Join herbalist Leslie Bingham and learn how to celebrate a Texan pioneer Thanksgiving with foods that would have been available in San Antonio during the period 1780 to 1880. Leslie will discuss the types of foods and present a sample menu including main dish, sides and desserts with a focus on the historical herbs used in these recipes. She will also talk about the kitchen facilities available for cooking and preserving foods in the past. Participants will tour the garden learning about the herbal and culinary properties of Texas native plants, receive a plant, enjoy a tasting and receive a recipe booklet. Sponsored by San Antonio Water Systems.
Fee: $25 (members $22.50)

Instructor: Leslie Bingham, herbalist

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Native Milkweed Propagation for Monarch Habitat

Sunday, November 4th, 2 pm to 4 pm

Learn about native milkweeds, their growing requirements and propagation techniques. Instruction will be part classroom and part hands-on preparation of seeds. Participants will take home a tray of potting soil with seeds prepared for germination and propagation in their gardens. Sponsored by San Antonio Water Systems.
Fee: $20 (members $18)

Instructor: Cleve Powell

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Protecting Our Most Endangered Plants

Saturday, December 1, 10:00AM-12:00PM

The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) has the daunting task of identifying, conserving, and propagating endangered plants. Join Michael Eason as he discusses the work of the CPC, its partnership with San Antonio Botanical Garden, and the specific plants for which SABOT has responsibility. Participants will tour the gardens and the CPC greenhouse and receive a plant for their gardens. Sponsored by SAWS
Fee $15 ($13.50 members)

Instructor: Michael Eason, conservation botanist and author, Wildflowers of Texas

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Many Guided Walks are available and free with admission

Bird Walks
Water Saver Walks
Native Plant Walks
Butterfly Walks

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