Gardening and Design

Gardening and Design programs at the Arboretum help expand your gardening knowledge and give you the information to create an incredible landscape from season to season.

Experts from around the country will inspire you to design using the best plants and practices for North Texas gardens.

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For more general information about adult classes, visit the Adult Programs main page. Please contact with additional questions.

​Real World Pokémon and Guided Garden Trek Click for More

Real World Pokémon and Guided Garden Trek

July 27, 6 – 7:30 pm; $12 ($10 for Members)
Ages 10 and up

Megan Proska, Horticulture Manager of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

By now you probably know that our 66-acres are the perfect habitat for all of your Pokémon needs, including 3 gyms and many Pokéstops, but now you can join us for a very special evening event.

We will meet in Rosine Hall and learn about some of the real life plants and animals that inspired your favorite Pokémon characters from our resident expert, Megan Proska. Following this, she will lead a trek into the garden to show you some of the best spots to catch them all!

Children under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult. Reservation is required for all participants.

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Straw Bale Gardening Click for More

Straw Bale Gardening

August 13, 9 – 11am; $33 ($30 for Members)

Anita Mills, Anita’s Arbors

Straw bales can be easy to set up and productive for growing. Learn how to prepare your bales for planting everything from tomatoes to potatoes to herbs. Straw bales may be the solution for renters who don’t want to dig up a landlord’s yard, or the beginning gardener who just wants an inexpensive way to start gardening.

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Only the Strong Survive - Trial Garden Tour Click for More

Only the Strong Survive - Trial Garden Tour

August 20, 9-11am, $33 ($30 for Members)

Kaylee Decker, Plant Trials Manager

Join our Plant Trial Manager for a private tour of the trial gardens. She will share insider information on plants that beat the summer heat, plants that give you the best blooms and what veggie varieties to consider for your garden. This information is usually only shared with horticulture industry, so don’t miss your chance to find out how you can start applying our research in your garden.

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Sustainable Style presented in partnership with Perennial Plant Association

October 8, 9am – 1 pm; $83 ($75 for Members)

Gardening in Texas is serious business. Learning to navigate the intense heat, drought and even flooding is no easy feat. Through a partnership with the Perennial Plant Association, we have brought together an inspiring and knowledgeable group of speakers to share their expertise on sustainability challenges and solutions that homeowners experience. Kelly’s book, Sustainable Style, will be available for purchase at the gift store. A book signing will follow Kelly’s lecture.

Native Plants for Southern Landscapes

Andrea Delong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Are you interested in saving water, reducing pesticide and fertilizer use, and improving the wildlife habitat on your property but don’t want a “zeroscape”? Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, will introduce you to high performing southern native perennial plants suitable for various home landscape situations to help you achieve your landscape goals. Understanding ideal growing conditions, best maintenance techniques for each species, and where to look for more gardening guidance is critical for success and will also be discussed in this presentation.

Bio-controls in the Organic Garden

Lloyd Traven, Owner Peace Tree Farm

Do you want to put Mother Nature to work for you in your garden? Join Lloyd Traven, a passionate and committed sustainably organic greenhouse grower, as he shares successful environmentally friendly sustainable techniques that you can apply in your landscape. His expertise in using bio-controls will help you figure out how to harness the power of these beneficials to address weeds, disease and pest.

Plants with Style

Kelly Norris, Author and Director of Horticulture at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Gardeners need chic, sustainable, thriving plants for modern lifestyles. Plants after all are the very essence of fashionable gardening. In this spirited, provocative lecture, 20-something plantsman Kelly Norris calls for a garden revolution: Out with boring plants and in with stylish alternatives that captivate and enthrall. A passionate horticulturist and lifelong gardener, Kelly is the ideal guide to show you how to forge a personal style in harmony with your garden’s setting and local environment. In chapters on environment, structure, seasonal standouts, and plant combinations he shines a spotlight on the A-list plants in every category—plants that will thrive, not merely survive. As Kelly puts it, “A garden is the best way to savor life on earth.” 

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