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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.

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.

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Irrigation Insights

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

Gail Donaldson, City of Allen Water Conservation Manager

Learn how to assess what needs to be watered and how often as well as strategies to help get the maximum plant health for the minimum amount of water. You will leave with a true understanding of the critical part that an irrigation system plays in a beautiful, healthy landscape


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Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

July 23, 9 – 11am; $33 ($30 for Members)

Val Nolan, Owner Mother Herbs Garden


Bugs are a natural part of gardening, but which bugs are good and which ones are bad? Val will teach you which insects keep your garden beautiful and healthy, how to attract them as well as how to get rid of the pests that can destroy your garden.


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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)

Native Plants for Southern Landscapes; Andrea Delong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center;

Bio-controls in the Organic Garden; Lloyd Travern, Owner Peace Tree Farm

Plants with Style; Kelly Norris, Author and Director of Horticulture at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden


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