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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Butterfly Identification Walking Workshop

Saturday, October 26 | 9:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Join naturalist Jessica Leslie on a walking butterfly workshop in the Old Fashioned Garden and the Texas Native Trail. Learn to identify our resident and migrant butterflies as well as the plants they require for food and reproduction. Jessica will help participants identify which plants work better in their landscapes to attract and maintain butterfly populations.
Fee: $10 ($9 member)

_Jessica Leslie, Texas Master Naturalist, Master Gardener, member Native Plant Society of Texas, garden designer

Register for October 26

Plant ID Using Dichotomous Keys and Online Resources

Saturday, October 26 | 1pm-4pm

Identifying Texas plants doesn’t have to involve looking through hundreds of plant photographs trying to find the right one. Join conservation botanist Michael Eason in this class and learn how to use the tools botanists use to identify unknown plants: dichotomous keys, field guides, and online resources. Michael will discuss the advantages of each tool and model their use. There will be hands-on activities in class where students will have the opportunity to put these tools to work identifying collected plants. Participants will receive a free plant. Optional: Students may want to bring a hand lens or magnifying glass, Wi-Fi capable laptop/tablet, camera/phone, and notebook.
Fee: $20 ($18 member)

Instructor: Michael Eason, author, conservation botanist, and San Antonio Botanical Garden Plant Conservation and Research Director

Register for October 26

Japanese Landscaping: Watersaving Lessons from Kumamoto En

Thursday, October 31 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Kumamoto En is a favorite destination of the Botanical Garden for many visitors. In celebration of its imminent opening, Stephanie Jones will talk about the horticulture, philosophy, and art of Kumamoto En. Special attention will be given to the water conserving features of this style of gardening and how to incorporate these features into your landscape. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $10 ($9 members)

Stephanie Jones, Botanical Garden volunteer and Master Gardener

Register for October 31

Holiday Succulent Arrangements

Saturday, November 2 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join Master Gardener, Stephanie Jones, and succulent grower, Don Clowe, for this holiday-themed succulent design gardening class. Learn about the types and growing requirements of succulents. The group will be led on a tour of the succulent wall outside the Carriage House. Participants will be guided through the creation of their very own holiday succulent wreaths to take home—the perfect holiday centerpiece! Fee includes all materials.
Fee: $45 ($40.50 member)

Instructor: Stephanie Jones, Master Gardener and SABG volunteer; Don Clowe, Succulent grower and SABG volunteer

Register for November 2

Succulents in Landscapes: Beautiful, Distinctive and Drought Tolerant

Saturday, November 9 | 10am-12pm

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 member)

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 November 9

Cultivating Orchids in Your Home

Saturday, November 16 | 10am-12pm

There is nothing more intriguing, exotic, or beautiful family of plants than orchids. In the plant world, their diversity and range are matched only by the sunflower family. Despite the fact that most orchids grow in tropical climates, many gorgeous specimens can be successfully grown in San Antonio. In this workshop, Luis Valdez, former president of the Alamo Orchid Society, will discuss the natural history of the orchid plant, the environments in which they grow, and provide detailed instruction on how you can successfully propagate this plant at home. He will also have specimens on hand to examine and will lead a tour through the orchid room at the Lucille Halsell Conservatory.
Fee: $20 ($18 members)

Instructor: Luis Valdez, former president, vice president and board member of the Alamo Orchid Society

Register for November 16

Lunch and Learn: Ecosystem Diversity Matters: Why Invasives are Harmful

Friday, November 22 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

It is commonly understood that invasive species, whether floral or faunal, negatively affect the quantities and types of native species in ecosystems. What are less well understood are the broader consequences of such invasions. In this Lunch and Learn, Professor Kelly Lyons of Trinity University presents her research and thoughts on this subject. In particular, she elaborates upon the role of biodiversity in the provision of ecosystem services and the long term costs of diminished biodiversity. The audience is also invited to share their experiences dealing with the consequences of invasive plants and animals. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Fee: $10 with lunch, $5 without lunch ($9/4.50 member)

Instructor: Dr. Kelly Lyons: Professor, Department of Biology, Trinity University; President, Society for Ecological Restoration, Texas Chapter

Register for November 22

Photography Field Workshop

Saturday, November 23 | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

In this monthly outdoor workshop, photographer Victor Watson will walk participants through different areas of the Botanical Garden based on seasonal changes, butterfly and bird migrations, and other factors that are part of garden dynamics. Participants will be guided through equipment and image-capturing techniques. So, bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods and create lasting memories. This workshop is outdoors so please dress for the weather. Participants are encouraged to share their photos by using #sabotgarden.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 member)

Instructor: Victor Watson, photographer, owner of Schertz Photography

Register for November 23

Protecting Our Most Endangered Plants

Saturday, December 7 | 1pm-3pm

Join Michael Eason, Plant Conservation and Research Director, to learn about the work of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), its partnership with the San Antonio Botanical Garden, and the specific rare and endangered South Texas plants which the Botanical Garden has the responsibility to conserve, propagate, and protect. This workshop includes a tour of the gardens, including the rare Texas plant area, a view inside the CPC greenhouse, and a free plant.
Fee: $15 ($13.50 member)

Instructor: Michael Eason, author, conservation botanist, and San Antonio Botanical Garden Plant Conservation and Research Director

Register for December 7

Many Guided Walks are available and included with admission

Bird Walks
Water Saver Walks
Native Plant Walks
Sustainability Walks

Check them out here!