Gardening & Waterwise

Interested in Volunteering at the Garden? Learn more about upcoming fall training here

Texas Native Trails Working Workshop

Wednesdays | 9am-12pm

Learn about Texas native plants while working in the Garden. We will discuss our natives’ growing requirements, characteristics, ethnobotanical and wildscape uses and learn to identify them in a naturalistic setting. Our work will be in the Native Trails areas of the Garden removing invasive plants, repairing trails, and planting new natives. Wear comfortable clothing; tools, snacks, and hydration provided. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. WaterSaver Rewards Eligible
Fee: Free to the public; registration required.

Instructor: Gary Poole, San Antonio Botanical Garden Conservation and Adult Programs Specialist

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Tree Buds Citizen Forester Training

Saturday, January 11 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

If you would like to learn about tree pruning from professional arborists and support the City of San Antonio’s tree planting initiatives, the Tree Buds Citizen Forester training is for you. As a Tree Buds Citizen Forester, you will be asked to volunteer a total of 12 hours each year to help the city care for recently planted young trees in parks and public spaces. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: free; apply below

Instructor: Alamo Forest Partnership and the San Antonio Arborists Association

Application here

Dreamweek: Roots of Change: Community Gardens and Food Justice

Saturday, January 18 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Brian Gordon, Food Sovereignty Coordinator at Roots of Change Community Garden, will discuss the struggles of the food justice movement as well as the state of that struggle in San Antonio. Participants will learn how community gardens can help address the nutritional and social justice needs of our community. He will also talk about Roots of Change Community Garden and its role in promoting community stewardship.
Fee: Free to the public; registration required.

Instructor: Brian Gordon, Food Sovereignty Coordinator at Roots of Change Community Garden Internal:

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Bokashi Composting: Good for Your Landscape and the Planet

Friday, January 24 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Bokashi composting is a method of converting food waste, including meat and dairy, into a nutritious soil amendment using specialized bacteria in an anaerobic rather than aerobic process. This process preserves organic carbon and other nutrients that are often lost in the aerobic composting method. It is also a technique that can be used in an apartment or other living space without the benefit of an outdoor compost pile. In this workshop, join Betsy Gruy of Compost Queens and learn how to use Bokashi composting to turn kitchen waste into organic material for your garden, material that conserves water, creates healthier soil and plants, and sequesters carbon in the ground.
Fee: $10 deposit required; returned upon attendance

Instructor: Betsy Gruy, co-founder of Compost Queens

Register for January 24

Purple Martins: Role and Requirements in San Antonio Ecosystems

Saturday, January 25 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Educator, purple martin enthusiast, and fabulous storyteller, John Henry, shares his knowledge of purple martins: their habits, habitat requirements, role in and benefits for our ecosystems, and how to attract them to your yard. Participants will examine purple martin houses and learn how to care for and clean them. Class will include a tour of the Botanical Garden’s birdhouses.
Fee: $10 ($9 member)

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

Register for January 25

Many Guided Walks are available and included with admission

Bird Walks
Water Saver Walks
Native Plant Walks
Sustainability Walks

Check them out here!