Special Interest Classes

Special Interest Classes and Travel

Our Special Interest programs give you an opportunity to try your hand at a new hobby.

Learn how to use herbs and plants from the garden to create products for the bath or home, turn a lovely bouquet of flowers into a beautiful arrangement or get back to nature by learning how to become a bird watcher. Whichever program you choose, you are sure to enjoy connecting with nature and sharing your new talents with friends.

Register for any adult education class here

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

Bottle Cutting Click for More

Bottle Cutting

July 9

a.m. – 11 a.m.

$80 ($72 for Members)

Emily Riggert, Oil & Cotton
Enjoy turning your glass bottles into functional glassware. Students should bring six cylindrical glass bottles with you, and remove all labels beforehand. Get ready, this technique is addictive!


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Bundle Dyeing Click for More

Bundle Dyeing

July 13

p.m. – 8 p.m.

$77 ($70 for Members)

Sarita Westrup, Oil And Cotton Creative ExchangeExplore the magic of bundle dyeing on silk with organic materials. This process imprints beautiful color on cloth by using mordant salts, pressure, and steam while using very small amounts of water and dyestuff such as cochineal, marigold, and madder root. Students will complete two silk scarves and leave with an instructional guide to take home. 


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Handmade Kaleidoscope Click for More

Handmade Kaleidoscope

July 13

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

$77 ($70 for Members)

Rachel Rushing, Oil And Cotton Creative Exchange


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Concrete Leaf Casting

August 13

a.m. - 11 a.m.

$60 ($54 for Members)

Joanne Durbin, Concrete Leaf Artist

Using leaves from the garden and a few simple ingredients, you will transform a piece of nature into a beautiful decoration for your garden. Space limited, register early!


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The Galápagos: Natural & Cultural History Click for More

The Galápagos: Natural & Cultural History
An Exclusive Learning Adventure for
Members of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
New dates for 2017! August 24 - September 3

The Dallas Arboretum in partnership with Road Scholar will offer Members of the Arboretum an in-depth experience to the Galápagos Islands. Study unique animal and plant species on this small ship voyage exploring one of the world’s most extraordinary settings — the Galápagos Islands. Encounter the fascinating wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. 


More information on this trip can be found ​here
Very limited space is available on this learning adventure. Please direct questions to jmatthews@dallasarboretum.org

GNO - Spa Night in the Garden Click for More

GNO - Spa Night in the Garden

August 24

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

$110 ($99 for Members)

Mary Ellen Dorey, Dorey Aromatherapy

Grab your friends and join us for a relaxing evening making your own bath and body products. Using pure, artisan produced essential oils, you will learn how aromatherapy can benefit your skin and your spirits as you blend unique products to create your own at-home spa experience


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