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 with additional questions.

Registration for Fall Adult Education programs opens September 1. Call 2143.515.6539 for more info.

New! Sustainable Style Symposium in partnership with Perennial Plant Assoc. Click for More

Sustainable Style Symposium in partnership with Perennial Plant Association

October 8, 9am – 1 pm; $83 ($75 for Members)

Gardening in Texas is serious business. Learning to navigate the intense heat, drought and even flooding is no easy feat. Through a partnership with the Perennial Plant Association, we have brought together an inspiring and knowledgeable group of speakers to share their expertise on sustainability challenges and solutions that homeowners experience. Kelly’s book, Sustainable Style, will be available for purchase at the gift store. A book signing will follow Kelly’s lecture.

Native Plants for Southern Landscapes

Andrea Delong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Are you interested in saving water, reducing pesticide and fertilizer use, and improving the wildlife habitat on your property but don’t want a “zeroscape”? Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, will introduce you to high performing southern native perennial plants suitable for various home landscape situations to help you achieve your landscape goals. Understanding ideal growing conditions, best maintenance techniques for each species, and where to look for more gardening guidance is critical for success and will also be discussed in this presentation.

Bio-controls in the Organic Garden

Lloyd Traven, Owner Peace Tree Farm

Do you want to put Mother Nature to work for you in your garden? Join Lloyd Traven, a passionate and committed sustainably organic greenhouse grower, as he shares successful environmentally friendly sustainable techniques that you can apply in your landscape. His expertise in using bio-controls will help you figure out how to harness the power of these beneficials to address weeds, disease and pest.

Plants with Style

Kelly Norris, Author and Director of Horticulture at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Gardeners need chic, sustainable, thriving plants for modern lifestyles. Plants after all are the very essence of fashionable gardening. In this spirited, provocative lecture, 20-something plantsman Kelly Norris calls for a garden revolution: Out with boring plants and in with stylish alternatives that captivate and enthrall. A passionate horticulturist and lifelong gardener, Kelly is the ideal guide to show you how to forge a personal style in harmony with your garden’s setting and local environment. In chapters on environment, structure, seasonal standouts, and plant combinations he shines a spotlight on the A-list plants in every category—plants that will thrive, not merely survive. As Kelly puts it, “A garden is the best way to savor life on earth.” 

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A Year in the Garden Click for More

A Year in the Garden included three classes.

Register for all three classes and save!

$90 ($81 for Members); Individual classes: $33 ($30 for Members)

Val Nolan, Owner Mother Herbs Garden

Beginning this fall, join us for a month-by-month series on how to grow a great garden organically.

Prepping for the Fall & Winter Garden; September 10, 12-2pm

Successful Fruit Trees & Berries for N. Texas; October 1, 12-2pm

Herb for the Winter Garden; November 5, 12-2pm

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Raised Bed Gardening

October 22, 9am-12pm, $40 ($36 for Members)

Steve Upson, Soils & Crops Consultant at the Noble Foundation

The benefits of gardening in a raised bed are bountiful and now you can learn how to create one for yourself. Steve will introduce you to innovative growing techniques as well as different styles of raised beds that make gardening more productive.

Getting to Know Your Sprinkler System– Simple Home Repairs Click for More

Getting to Know Your Sprinkler System– Simple Home Repairs

September 10, 9-11am, $33 ($30 for Members)

Gail Donaldson, City of Allen Water Conservation Manager

Come learn the basics of sprinkler system operations, simple repairs, and when to call the professional for cost savings on your water utility bill.

New! Growing a Greener Dallas Click for More

New! Growing a Greener Dallas*

* Register for all three and save!

$138 ($124 for Members)

Jody and Max Wall, Dallas Urban Farms

Join Dallas Urban Farms for this three-part program on modern-day gardening and its impact on our city. With a combination of lecture and hands-on classes you will have a chance to work with two of Dallas’ contemporary gardening pioneers.

Local Food – Why It’s So Important

September 10, 9-11am, $45 ($40 for Members)

Explore the ways that Dallas is embracing the local food movement and take an interactive look at the local initiatives that are changing the food landscape of our city. Sample food grown by local producers and make your own microgreens to enjoy at home.

Creating a Home Hydroponic System

September 24, 9-11am, $75 ($68 for Members)

Learn how to create a deep water culture hydroponic system that can sustainably and easily grow several plants year-round with a few gardening hacks. With step-by-step instruction, you will build a working system to begin growing at home.

The Future of Edible Gardens

October 1, 9-11am, $33 ($30 for Members)

Explore the concept of the Modern Victory Garden as you learn about innovative methods being used to grow food in the city. Learn what small changes in home gardening practices can save water, energy and space. The farmers will share their individual iFarm, showing the space-saving alternative to traditional gardening.

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What’s Bugging You

September 10, 12-2pm, $33 ($30 for Members)

Michael Bohdan, international pest control specialist

Learn how to keep your home free of insects and rodents using low-impact and non-chemical methods. Pest identification, tricks of the trade and preventive techniques will be covered.

Hands-on class.

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The Garden Design Workshop

September 24, 9am-2pm, $80 ($72 for Members)

David Castagno, Landscape Studio

David will introduce you to the design process, share practical skills, and provide an insight to design. Through exercises and time in the garden to discuss various concepts, you will gain a deeper understanding of the design process. Bring printed photos to get and share ideas on your project.

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Pulp Fiction - Citrus for N. Texas

September 24, 12-2pm, $33 ($30 for Members)

Rob Bauereisen, Grounds Supervisor for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Our hot summer days and cool autumn nights give North Texas citrus a sweet flavor and beautiful color. Learn which varieties do well in our climate, how to get the most fruit from your trees and how to care for and maintain your trees year-round.

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Winning Combinations

October 1, 9-11am, $33 ($30 for Members)

Johnette Roundtree-Taylor, President Roundtree Landscaping

Using basic design principles, find out how to use color, texture and form to create the garden look and feel that you want. With some easy-to-use ideas, you’ll learn how to select the right type of plants to create the most impact throughout your landscape.

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Powerful Perennials

October 1, 12-2pm, $33 ($30 for Members)

Randy Weston, Weston Gardens in Bloom

Using a wide variety of perennial plant material, successful plant combinations for sun and shade as well as native plants, you can have a beautiful well-adapted garden that will thrive year after year.

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Principles of Design

November 5, 9-11am, $40 ($36 for Members)

Johnette Roundtree-Taylor, Roundtree Landscaping

Learn basic design principles to help you lay out a new landscape. Johnette will share before and after transformations as well as “dos and don’ts” in the landscape. Bring photos of problem areas in your yard to discuss in class.