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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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