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.

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

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Bottle Cutting

Two Classes - Same Day

May 7 

9 - 11 a.m. 

12 - 2 p.m. - SOLD OUT

$80 ($72 for Members)

Emily Riggert, Oil & Cotton

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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!

Day Trips From Dallas – Falster Farm Click for More

Day Trips From Dallas – Falster Farm

May 7

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

$125 ($113 for Members)

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Trip Itinerary:

Falster Farm: Tour and lunch – A Certified Wholistic family farm specializing in Mini-Herefords. They also raise pork and poultry.

Stella Bella Winery: Brief tour and tasting at the winery

Jersey Girls Dairy: Brief tour, tasting & shopping

Return to Dallas.

Lunch Menu:

  • A cup of soup- light broth from Falster chicken stock with yogurt crackers
  • Deviled eggs, (Falster fresh)
  • Crustless quiche (featuring Falster Eggs and pork) with Falster Farm organic pork sausage, Jersey Girl cheese, and organic veggies with JG cheese OR crust-less quiche organic veggie and JG cheese
  • Fresh, organic salad (fixin's from neighbor who has organic market garden) with homemade honey mustard dressing *(Falster bees supplied the honey)
  • Raw fermented sauerkraut to taste
  • Homemade ice cream topped with lemon curd cap and chocolate sauce
  • Plain brewed ice tea or water (sweet and unsweet)

Coolers will be supplied so that guests can purchase products from the farm and dairy. Any guests interested in purchasing beef can order from the farm and it will be delivered to the Dallas Farmer’s Market.


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Tillandsia Frames

May 21

9 - 11 a.m.

$90 ($81 for Members)

Cynthia Koogler, Flower Child Plants

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Create a one of a kind work of art using Tillandsia plants artfully displayed in a frame that you can hang just about anywhere.

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Insect Hotel

June 4, 9-11 am
$45 ($40 for Members)

Dustin Miller, Dallas Arboretum Children’s Program Manager

As we tidy our lawns, we take away habitats for little critters in our landscape. Create a one-of-a-kind work of art to beautify your backyard using natural materials from the garden artfully arranged to attract the right insects to your yard.

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Vertical Succulent Garden

June 18, 9-11am
​$110 ($99 for Members)

Steven Chamblee, Chandor Gardens

In this hands-on class, learn to 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.

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.
Very limited space is available on this learning adventure. Please direct questions to jmatthews@dallasarboretum.org