Special Interest Classes

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.

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 begins January 8.

Designing a Succulent Heart Wreath Click for More

February 7 | 12-2 p.m.

$99 ($90 for Members)

Cynthia Koogler, Flower Child Plants

Succulents are all the rage in the gardening world and now you can create a beautiful wreath to adorn your door or table this Valentine’s Day. Cynthia will help you design and build a colorful and long-lasting masterpiece using succulents that will grow and change from season to season. 

Giving the Gift of Chocolate Valentine’s Edition Click for More

February 7 | 9-11 a.m.

$45 ($40 for Members)

Steven Pilat, Chef at Art Institute of Dallas

This Valentine’s Day, melt the heart of someone you love with a delectable gift from the kitchen. Learn how easy it is to dazzle your friends with some simple recipes that taste like you slaved in the kitchen. Learn tips and tricks to working with chocolate and then try your hand at some of the recipes. 

The Backyard Florist - Valentine’s Bouquet Click for More

February 14 | 12-2 p.m.

$55 ($50 for Members)

C.A. Hiscock, Dallas County Master Gardener

Learn how to use common and not-so-common plant material from the winter landscape to make unique designs that are easy to create, economical and beautiful. Bring the best part of your garden inside this winter.

Floral Philosophies Click for More

February 21 | 12-2 p.m.

$85 ($77 for Members)

Bryna Morrow, A Fresh Approach

Dive into the roots and influences of European floral design and how it still impacts the floral world today. The design session will involve designing a hand-held arrangement, highlighting the mechanics and textural combinations that will truly bring your design to life. 

Bottle Cutting Click for More

March 7 | 9-11 a.m.
​or June 20 | 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.

Savor the Arboretum Click for More

March 20 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

$65 ($59 for Members)

Delight in the breathtaking beauty of the Dallas Arboretum in spring as you stroll through the gardens in the evening sampling premium wines, beers and spirits. You will also enjoy delectable food samplings from some of Dallas’s finest kitchens. The amazing beauty of the Arboretum at sunset during Dallas Blooms is not to be missed. You will receive your own crystal tasting glass as a memento of this wonderful evening in the garden. Proceeds from this evening will go to support the Education Department at the Arboretum.

Gardens Under Glass: Terrarium Gardens Click for More

March 24 | 6-8 p.m.

$75 ($68 for Members)

Cynthia Koogler, Flower Child Plants

Who says you have to have a lot space to garden? Learn about terrariums, plants that work well under glass, and how to assemble a small garden. Then, Cynthia will help you put together your own terrarium to take home.

Owl Prowl Click for More

March 24 | 6-8 p.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Jenna Hanson, Trinity River Audubon Center

Jenna will introduce you to the owls that call our area home. She will cover owl anatomy, hunting techniques and some of their amazing abilities before setting out on a walk through the Arboretum calling owls and listening for replies.

Craft Beer Tastings in the Garden Click for More

April 9, 6:15-7:15 p.m. – Martin House Brewing Company

April 16, 6:15-7:15 p.m. – Lakewood Brewing Company

April 30, 6:15-7:15 p.m. – Deep Ellum Brewing Company

$50 ($45 for Members)

Join us for pre-concert tastings with popular craft breweries from across 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. 

Concrete Leaf Casting Click for More

April 14 | 6-8 p.m.

or May 16 | 9-11 a.m.

$60 ($54 for Members)

Joanne Durbin, Concrete Leaf 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 limited, register early.

Wine Tastings with Times Ten Cellars Click for More

May 7, 14, 21 or 28 | 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Times Ten Cellars

$55 ($50 for Members)

What better way to kick off the Cool Thursday Concert 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 concert.

Custom Natural Perfume Workshop Click for More

May 9 | 9-11 a.m.

$89 ($80 for Members)

Jessica Hannah, J.Hannah Co.

Create a personalized natural perfume at this beginner-level workshop 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. All materials provided. 

An Evening at DeGolyer: Scotch Whisky Tasting Click for More

May 12 | 7-9 p.m.

$65 ($59 for Members)

Ambassadors with The Balvenie & Glenfiddich

Join us for this very special evening learning about and sampling scotch whiskies from The Balvenie and Glenfiddich. Ambassadors will walk you through the process of creating these award winning whiskies before you sample a few of their luxuriously smooth, hand-crafted varieties. Light hors d’oeuvres and tasting glass to keep will be provided.

Good to the Last Drop - Rainwater Harvesting Click for More

May 30 | 9-11 a.m.

$89 ($80 for Members)

Patrick Dickinson, Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center

Water is a precious commodity and saving rainwater is something that you can do with ease. Learn basic water-harvesting strategies and how to calculate the amount of water that you can capture. Than construct and go home with a rain barrel that is ready for harvest – rainwater harvest that is. 

Designing a Floral Topiary Click for More

May 30 | 12-2 p.m.

$75 ($68 for Members)

Jill Mullaney, Arboretum Greenhouse Manager

The Arboretum is known for our grand topiary displays, and now you can learn how to bring a touch of this art to your home. Jill will share a variety of ideas for creating a beautiful floral tabletop topiary and then help you create your own arrangement to take home.

Plant a Living Picture: Vertical Succulent Garden Click for More

June 20 | 9-11 a.m. - Succulent Plants

June 20 | 12-2 p.m. - Tropical Plants

$99 ($89 for Members) per session

Steven Chamblee, 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.

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