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

Registration for Spring 2015 classes is now open.

Introduction to Landscaping Click for More

March 7 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Maria Bargellini, Dallas Curb Appeal


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Come learn what goes into planning a beautiful landscape before any plants go in the ground. Maria will discuss assessing your current yard, evaluating and addressing drainage or irrigation issues, adding borders and paths, selecting the right plants, as well as how to care for and maintain your new landscape. Please bring photos or designs of your garden.

Extreme Makeover: Landscape Renovations Click for More

March 7 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Diana Harris, TCLP, Dallas County Master Gardener


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Are you sick of looking at overgrown hedges? Well it’s time to give your landscape a total makeover. Learn simple techniques to rejuvenate your landscape, basic design tips to turn boring into beautiful and which plants will liven up your landscape.

Landscape for Life™ Sustainable Gardening Certificate Click for More

March 10 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Iris Clawson-Davis, Arboretum Horticulture Supervisor

& Gail Donaldson, City of Allen Water Conservation Manager

The Landscape for Life™ program is your guide to harnessing nature’s power for a healthy, beautiful garden. Based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™, this program was created by the US Botanic Garden & Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. This five-part series will take you step by step through the process of transforming your landscape, no matter what size, into a garden that works with nature rather than against it. Throughout the series, you will evaluate your home landscape while learning about the importance of creating healthy soil, the role of water in the sustainable garden, which plants will work together to create a healthy, and beautiful garden and how selecting the right trees and plants can save you resources in the landscape and inside your home. Space is limited in this class, so don’t wait to register.

Out on a Limb: General Tree Care Click for More

February 28 | 9-11 a.m. Rescheduled 

March 14 | 9 - 11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Tyson Woods, Trees by Woods Inc.


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Trees are the largest and often the most valuable plants in our landscapes. Tyson will share details on how to care for the trees that you have, which trees do best in our area, proper placement and planting techniques, basic maintenance and more. Class will include a tour of the garden to identify trees that grow well in North Texas.

Lawn Alternatives Click for More

March 14 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Randy Weston, Weston Gardens in Bloom


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Severe water restrictions mean now is the time to think about some alternatives for turf in your landscape. Randy will share creative solutions for reducing the size of your lawn while allowing you to still have a beautiful landscape.

Curb Appeal Click for More

March 14 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Brad Sandy, Dallas County Master Gardener


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Join Brad as he shares tips on how to make your home the star of the street. Learn simple design tips and find out how to make your yard care, care-free. Brad will review photos sent in by students and give advice on how to address problem areas. Deadline to submit photos is 3/6.

Lunchtime Learning with Horticulture: The Arboretum’s Top 10 Click for More

12 - 1:15 p.m.

$25 ($20 for Members) per session

The Arboretum is fortunate to have an exceptional team of horticulturists who know how to create stunning displays from season to season. This spring you will have a chance to learn from them. Bring your lunch on Wednesdays in March and April while some of our team shares their expertise and top plant picks with you. Some programs will include tours of the garden, so please wear comfortable shoes. You may pre-order a box lunch online when you register.


March 18 - Top 10 Perennials for Sun/Shade 

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April 1 - Top 10 Summer Tropicals 


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April 15 - Top 10 Annuals for Spring/Summer


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April 29 - Top 10 Trees and Shrubs


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Designing the Garden Click for More

March 21 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$50 ($45 for Members)

Alan Franz, Landscape Architect with Britton & Associates


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Alan will show you how to reinvigorate your garden to create a unique treasured space. The first part of the class will include a brief overview of garden design history – both formal and informal – and will be followed by the basic design principles used to lay out your garden. The second part will give you hands-on practice, designing your own garden. Bring photos, property surveys, site plans, house plans and measurements of your yard to help jump start the design process.

Sustainable Rose Gardening Click for More

October 4 | 9-11 a.m., Rescheduled 

April 11, 2015 | 9-11 a.m. New Session!

$30 ($27 for Members)

Instructor: Al Oson, Arboretum Trial Garden Volunteer

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Al Olson will show you how to easily add roses throughout the garden as well as the varieties that stand up to Texas growing conditions. Learn how to prepare your soil, maintenance and pruning techniques, good watering practices and which roses you can easily grow from cuttings. 


Gardening with Annuals Click for More

April 18 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Alan Franz, Landscape Architect with Britton & Associates


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Using annuals is a quick and easy way to add color to your landscape. Alan will show you how to effectively combine plants to create incredible impact throughout your landscape. He will also share the best annuals for Dallas for each season and address a variety of elements such as color, light and soil conditions.

Green Thumb, Brown Garden Click for More

April 18 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Maria Bargellini, Dallas Curb Appeal


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Do you have a problem maintaining and caring for your landscape? Learn basic techniques to grow a greener garden. Learn how to evaluate your garden, map out your sun exposure and water use, what to plant and when, as well as how to care for the variety of plants in your garden.

Ornamental Grasses Click for More

April 18 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Dan Coletti, Just Natural Design


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Grasses thrive in Texas weather and are a great way to add color, texture and movement to the garden. Dan will share some of the best native plants and ornamental grasses to use as well as how to incorporate them into any landscape. 

​Attracting Butterflies to Your Yard Click for More

May 2 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Dan Coletti, Just Natural Design


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Butterflies are a delight in any garden and their hard work as pollinators make them welcome in any season. Dan will share tips on designing a garden that will attract butterflies. He will show you which plants attract which butterflies, as well as must-haves for your butterfly garden.

Landscaping with Trees Click for More

May 9 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Bram Franklin, Landscape Design Consultant


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Trees are the largest and often the most valuable plants in our landscapes. From large to small, evergreen to deciduous, Bram will show you how to select trees that will thrive in different areas of your landscape. He will also discuss proper placement and planting techniques, as well as basic maintenance.

Texas Natives Click for More

May 9 | 12-2 p.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Kevin Wiley Arboretum Horticulture Manager


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Native plants are a great choice for any garden because they thrive in our climate and conserve water in the landscape. Kevin will introduce you to a broad selection of colorful flowering trees, shrubs and perennials that will perform well in our area before taking you on a tour to see these plants in the garden.

Drought Tolerant Plants Click for More

May 16 | 12-2 p.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Kevin Wiley, Arboretum Horticulture Manager


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If you want to cut back on your water bill without turning your yard into a desert, this class is for you. Kevin will share which plants to select and how to add color to your landscape and still be water conscious. Come find out how simple changes can create a beautiful landscape using fewer resources and less money.

The Wine Grape Click for More

May 16  9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Iris Clawson-Davis, Arboretum Horticulture Supervisor


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Did you know that Texas had one of the first European-style vineyards, and today boasts over 4,000 acres of production vineyards? Join Iris as she shares growing techniques that can make the most of your vines using a sunny arbor or fence! She will share her knowledge and tips for cultivating wine grapes and then take you on a tour of our orchard and vineyard in the Children’s Garden. Tour included.

Mini Field Trial Day Click for More

June 13 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Kaylee Decker, Arboretum Trial Program Manager


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Want to get a sneak peek at the results from our Trial Program? Kaylee will give a brief presentation of the top performers from Summer 2014 through Spring 2015 trials research. She will also take you on a walking tour of the trial gardens to show you what is new for Summer 2015. This information is usually only shared with horticulture industry professionals, so don’t miss your chance to find out what our trial program is all about and how you can start applying our research in your garden.

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