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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 Fall programs is now open. We look forward to seeing you in the garden soon.

Compost, the Other Black Gold! Click for More

Compost, the Other Black Gold!

October 3, 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Susan Gregory, Master Composter & Master Naturalist


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Compost is an invaluable ingredient in any successful garden. By duplicating nature’s recycling process, you can turn leaves, grass clippings, yard trimmings and kitchen scraps into dark nutrient-rich humus that is great for your garden. Susan will share the importance of using compost to clean up your yard and how it can help plants resist stress and disease. 

Fall is the Best Time for Planting Click for More

Fall is the Best Time for Planting

October 3, 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Brad Sandy, Dallas County Master Gardener


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In this class you will learn how to design for curb appeal and the spring garden. Brad will discuss how to get your landscape ready for changes that last a long time, troubleshooting problem areas and how to create a beautiful yard with more plant choices than you thought possible.

Great Herbs for Texas Gardens Click for More

Great Herbs for Texas Gardens

October 3, 12-2 p.m.

$45 ($40 for Members)

Cathi Gartin, The Cultivated Gardener, Inc


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Learn the cultural needs of many common herbs recommended for North Texas. She will cover soil prep, troubleshooting insect and disease problems, propagating herbs, harvesting and more. Come find out how you can have the tastiest landscape in town!

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All About Annuals

October 3, 12-2 p.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Alan Franz, Author and Landscape Architect for Britton & Associates


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Join Alan as he shares the best fall annuals for your Dallas garden. Learn how to add pizzazz to your garden by incorporating these seasonal gems into your landscape and containers. Alan will discuss design tips, soil and water requirements, and uses for the most impact in your landscape. Looking to expand your plant palette? Pick up Alan’s book on perennials in the gift store.

Year Round Color in the Garden Click for More

Year Round Color in the Garden

October 10, 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Diana Harris, Dallas County Master Gardener


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Is your garden gorgeous in the spring and dull the rest of the year? Diana will show you how to create a garden that will pop with color year round using the full spectrum of plant types. With careful planning, Diana will show you how to create an eye-catching garden that is beautiful season to season.

Attracting Monarchs & Butterflies to the Garden Click for More

Attracting Monarchs & Butterflies to the Garden

October 17, 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Dan Coletti, Just Natural Design


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With fall comes the migration of the magical Monarch. They are delight in the garden and their hard work as pollinators make them welcome in any season. Dan will share tips on designing a garden that will attract these garden guests. Learn which plants attract which butterflies, as well as must-haves to make your garden a stop on the monarch migration.

Greenhouse Gardening Click for More

Greenhouse Gardening

October 17, 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Gail Donaldson, Water Conservation Manager for the City of Allen


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Is your home inundated with your tender plant material each winter? It may be time to consider a greenhouse. Gail will share the different types of greenhouses, how they work, prepping plants for the greenhouse, maintenance and purchasing sources. Come find out how to keep your thumb green year-round!

Fall & Winter Landscape Color Click for More

Fall & Winter Landscape Color

October 31, 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Bram Franklin, Complete Landsculpture


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Your fall garden doesn’t have to be drab or dreary. Bram will show you how to bring bold color and texture to your fall and winter landscape. He will share which plants are great choices for these seasons and where they will work best in your landscape.

Principles of Design Click for More

Principles of Design

November 7, 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Johnette Roundtree-Taylor, Roundtree Landscaping


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You know that you want to re-landscape your home, but where do you start? Learn basic design principles to help you lay out a new landscape. Johnette will share before and after transformations, dos and don’ts in the landscape as well as when it’s time to call in the professionals. Send in advance or bring photos of problem areas from your yard to discuss in class.

Permanent Raised Bed Gardening Click for More

Permanent Raised Bed Gardening

November 14, 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Steve Upson, The Noble Foundation


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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. He will share tips on managing your beds to maximize your yield as well as how to create a low-tech greenhouse structure - called a hoop house - that allows you to grow fruit and vegetables year around.

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Creative Winter Containers

December 5, 9-11 a.m.

$35 ($32 for Members)

Jennifer Wang, Arboretum Horticulture Manager


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Jennifer will show you how to turn ho-hum winter containers into show stopping works of art. Using various natural materials, she will share the secrets to embellishing your containers and creating unique winter displays that will wow your neighbors. Through demonstration and a walking tour, Jennifer will show you how to create beautiful seasonal containers.

Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden


Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Administrative Office Open Monday Through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

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