Special Interest Classes

Special Interest Classes

Our Special Interest programs give you an opportunity to try your hand at a new hobby.

2014 Adult Education Classes are sponsored by HD Metal Prints


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.

Registration for fall 2014 classes is now open. For more general information about adult classes, visit the Adult Programs main page. Please contact education@dallasarboretum.org with additional questions.

Concrete Leaf Casting Click for More

November 1 | 9-11 a.m. Sold Out

November 1 | 12-2 p.m.

$60 ($54 for Members)

Instructor: Joanne Durbin

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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!


An Evening at DeGolyer: Scotch Whisky Tasting Click for More

October 14 | 7-9 p.m. Sold Out

Instructors: Ambassadors with The Balvenie & Glenfiddich

$65 ($59 for Members)

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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.


Craft Beer Tastings in the Garden Click for More

Deep Ellum Brewing Company Sold Out

October 23 | 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

$45 ($40 for Members)

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Lakewood Brewing Company Sold Out

October 30 | 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

$45 ($40 for Members)

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Join us for pre-concert tastings with two of Dallas’ most popular craft breweries. 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. 


Fried Blueberry Pies Click for More

November 8 | Noon-3 p.m.

$55 or $50 for Members

Instructor: Chef Eva Greer, Greer Farms

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Chef Eva will take you through pie making basics from start to finish. Each element of the process will be covered in detail and you will have the chance to be involved in the pie making process. You will leave with an appreciation and understanding of pie making and a couple of mini pies enjoy or share with friends. 


Urban Chicken Ranching Click for More

November 8 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Instructor: John Ramos, Urban Chicken Ranching

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Keeping hens in urban backyards has become a popular pastime and Dallas is arguably the epicenter for city chickens in Texas. John will discuss the basics of keeping hens in an urban setting, building and maintaining your coop and more. As a special treat, you will get to explore one of John’s coops and meet hens from his flock.


Giving the Gift of Chocolate Click for More

November 15 | Noon-2 p.m. Sold Out

December 6 | 12-2 p.m. 

$40 ($36 for Members)

Instructor: Chef Steven Pilat, Art Institute of Dallas

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Chef Steven will show you how easy it is to dazzle your friends this holiday with simple recipes that taste like you slaved in the kitchen. Learn tips and tricks to working with chocolate and sample some recipes. This fun and delicious class is always a sell out, so register early. 


Custom Natural Perfume Workshop Click for More

November 15 | 9-11 a.m.

$98 ($88 for Members)

Instructor: Jessica Hannah, J.Hannah Co.

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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 bottles. All materials provided. 


Bubble, Bubble, No toil & No Trouble: Soap Making Basics Click for More

December 13 | 9- 11 a.m.

$48 ($43 for Members)

Instructor: David Fisher, Guide to Candles & Soap at About.com

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It is gift giving time and what better way to show someone you care than with hand-crafted soaps? David will demonstrate the basics of soap making and how to customize them. You will go home with instructions, materials and supplies to craft your own soap in a wide range of styles and scents.


Bathing Beauty – Handmade Bath Products Click for More

December 13 | Noon-2 p.m.

$48 (43 for Members)

David Fisher, Guide to Candles & Soap at About.com

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What better time than the holidays to create bath salts or fizzies. David will demonstrate how easy it is to make bath items to help melt away the stress of the season. Go home with samples and recipes to get you started on your own signature blends.

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