Special Interest Classes
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.
Registration for Fall programs is now open. We look forward to seeing you in the garden soon.
Deluxe Cuba Gardens & Nature Trip
January 29, 2016 – February 5, 2016
$4,999 (Members only)
Dallas Arboretum & Florida Keys TREE Institute
Members can join us for an unforgettable experience to the once-forbidden island of Cuba. For 13 years, the TREE Institute has been providing humanitarian exchange programs to Cuba. Raul Verdecia, one of Cuba’s leading authorities on plants, will be your guide as you travel throughout the country on the true “People to People” exchange of culture and the environment. Enjoy birding in the Zapata Swamp, Orchid hunting in the Soroa Orchid Garden, traversing the breathtaking scenery of the Vinales National Park, exploring both public and private botanical gardens and taking in the critically acclaimed National Museum of Fine Arts. This and more will be a part of your eight-day/eight-night trip. You will also have a chance to explore on your own and take in some of the Private Paladares that are revolutionizing Cuban cuisine.
What travelers are saying: “Our trip to Vinales and Havana is among the best we've ever taken… We've not had as cost effective a trip where…everything was first class from the food, the bus, the hotels to your incredibly versatile and knowledgeable guide. What a difference it makes traveling with someone who is 'wired' in so many dimensions with the host country. Our primary interest was the Cuban Botanical world, but the architectural lecture, the museum tours, the visit to the arts district and other extensions from our primary purpose are what made the trip so extra special."
Nick Hurd, Board Member: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Craft Beer Tastings in the Garden
All Tastings: 6:15-7:15 p.m.
$50 ($45 for Members)
Join us for pre-concert tastings with popular craft breweries from around the metroplex. Each tasting includes four samples of their finest hand-crafted brews, a brewery tasting glass to keep and a full beer of the brewer’s choice to enjoy at the end of the tasting. Light bites will be provided. Fee includes admission to the concert.
September 24: Texas Ale Project
October 1: Deep Ellum Brewing
October 8: Lakewood Brewing Company
October 29: Martin House Brewing
An Evening at DeGolyer: French Wine Tasting
October 13, 7-9 p.m.
$109 ($99 for Members)
In partnership with Pogo’s Wine & Spirits
Join us for this very special evening learning about and sampling French wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Loire Valley and Champagne. Guests will enjoy strolling in and around the DeGolyer House, stopping at stations to experience wines from each of the five regions. Wine experts will share points about each of the wines as you enjoy a tasting tour around France. Pogo’s staff will be available to assist in ordering bottles/cases of your favorite tastes. Music, light hors d’oeuvres and tasting glass to keep are included. A list of wines being served can be viewed online.
Concrete Leaf Casting
October 3, 9-11 a.m.
November 14, 9-11 a.m.
$60 ($54 for Members)
Joanne Durbin, Concrete Artist
Using leaves from the garden and a few simple ingredients, Joanne will show you how to transform a piece of nature into a beautiful decoration for your garden. Learn how to embellish your piece using paint to finish your piece at home. Space is limited, so register early!
Ikebana Floral Design: All About Space & Line
October 10, 12-2 p.m.
$89 ($80 for Members)
Amira Matsuda, Sogetsu School of Ikebana
Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arranging, where a three-dimensional artistic expression is composed of flowers, plants and other natural materials. Join Amira as she shows you how human hands express beauty through the careful observation and placement of the floral materials. Through instruction and demonstration, this class will show you the theory behind Ikebana as well as how to create your own floral work of art.
Custom Natural Perfume Workshop
Jessica Hannah, J. Hannah Co.
In the beginner level program, you will create a personalized natural perfume while learning about aroma structures, plant origins and distillation. Sniff oils from around the world, including American clary sage, Egyptian jasmine, Italian bergamot and more. You will formulate a unique combination of oils which the instructor will blend into a .25 ounce bottle. In the advanced session, dive deeper into the world of scents as you learn perfume structures, plant origins, and their historical context. You will blend two unique perfumes during our time together, improving your skills and olfactory recognition as we analyze each blend. Fee includes two .25 ounce vials of custom natural perfume to take home. No preliminary perfuming experience is necessary.
October 31, 9-11 a.m. – Beginner
$89 ($80 for Members)
October 31, 12-4 p.m. – Advanced
$170 ($153 for Members)
Succulent Pumpkin Design
October 31, 12-2 p.m.
$99 ($89 for Members)
Cynthia Koogler, Flower Child Plants
Using a collection of beautiful succulents, Cynthia will show you how to transform an ordinary pumpkin into a living decoration for your home. These hardy succulents will be nestled into the top of your pumpkin and with minimal care they will last through Thanksgiving.
Vertical Succulent Garden
November 7, 9-11 a.m.
$95 ($86 for Members)
Steven Chamblee, Head Horticulturist at Chandor Gardens
Vertical gardens are one of the trendiest ways to adorn your walls, but did you know that you can make them yourself? In this hands-on class, Steven will help you design and construct a vertical, wall-hanging garden frame and fill it with beautiful succulent plants. You will go home with a one-of-a-kind work of living art that is sure to wow your friends!
Wine Tastings with Times Ten Cellars
November 12, 19, December 3 and December 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
$55 ($50 for Members)
Times Ten Cellars
What better way to begin your visit to The 12 Days of Christmas than with a fun wine tasting? The tasting includes 3 red and 3 white wines and a Crystal wine glass to take home. Full bottles of your favorite tastings will be available for purchase after the event. Light bites will be provided. Fee includes admission to The 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit.
Succulent Holiday Wreath
November 19, 6-8 p.m.
$127 ($115 for Members)
Cynthia Koogler, Flower Child Plants
This living wreath thrives with little care and will surprise and delight for seasons to come. Cynthia will help you hand-assemble your wreath into groupings of green-gray, burgundy and silver succulents; the wreath’s design will display each plant’s distinctive textures, foliage patterns and colors. This project makes a great holiday gift, if you can part with it. After class, stay and enjoy The 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit.
December 5, 12-2 p.m.
$80 ($72 for Members)
Emily Riggert, Oil & Cotton
Back by popular demand! This fun class will teach you how to turn your glass bottles into functional glassware. Please bring any cylindrical glass bottles you have with you, and remove all labels beforehand. Get ready, this technique is addictive!
Tea Time in Texas – Making the Perfect Cup of Tea
December 10, 6-8 p.m.
$45 ($41 for Members)
Randy & Sue Weston, Owners of Weston Gardens in Bloom
Randy and Sue Weston will take you on a tour around the globe and share the history and legend of this influential commodity. Learn all about the tea plant, the different processing methods, the difference between herbal and pure tea as well as how to make the perfect cup. Lastly, enjoy samples of various teas from around the world and discover why it appeals to all of your senses. After class, stay and enjoy The 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit.