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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.

2014 Adult Education Classes are sponsored by HD Metal Prints

Experts from around the country will inspire you to design using the best plants and practices for North Texas gardens. Registration for 2014-2015 classes will open on Friday, August 15. For more general information about adult classes, visit the Adult Programs main page. Please contact education@dallasarboretum.org with additional questions.

Permanent Raised Bed Gardening Click for More

September 27 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Instructor: Steve Upson, The Noble Foundation


The benefits of gardening in a raised bed are bountiful and now is the perfect time to learn how to create one for yourself. Steve will introduce you to the different styles of raised beds that can make gardening more productive and enjoyable. He will share tips on managing your beds to maximize your yield. Want to garden in your beds year-round? Join us for Hoopin’ It Up to find out how.


Year-Round Color in the Garden Click for More

September 27 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Instructor: Diana Harris, Dallas County Master Gardener

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. With careful planning, Diana will show you how to create an eye-catching garden that is beautiful season to season.


Herbin' Gardening in Containers Click for More

September 27 | Noon-2 p.m.

$40 ($36 for Members)

Instructor: Cathi Gartin, The Cultivated Gardener

Growing herbs in containers is easier than you might think! Cathi will share what you need to know to be successful. Find out what soil to use, which herbs work well together, how to propagate herbs and then plant your own small container to take home. 


Hoopin’ It Up! Hoop House Gardening Click for More

September 27 | Noon-2 p.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Instructor: Steve Upson, The Noble Foundation


Hoop houses are low tech greenhouse structures that allow you to grow fruit and vegetables year-round. They also shelter gardens from stormy weather and pests. Steve will share the basics of hoop house design, construction and utilization before taking you out to see a demonstration hoop house in the garden.


Spice Up Your Landscape With Herbs Click for More

October 4 | 9-11 a.m.

$35 ($32 for Members)

Instructor: Bram Franklin, TechScape Landscaping

Come find out how to have the tastiest landscape in town! Let Bram show you how to add flavorful and useful herbs to your yard. Learn how herbs can complement your landscape plants and which ones conserve water. Then plant your own herb to take home.


Sustainable Rose Gardening Click for More

October 4 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Instructor: Al Oson, Arboretum Trial Garden Volunteer

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. 


Designing a Succulent Wreath Click for More

October 11 | 9-11 a.m.

$99 ($90 for Members)

Instructor: Cynthia Koogler, Arboretum Horticulture Supervisor

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


Multiplicity: Propagating Succulents Click for More

October 18 | 9-11 a.m.

$42 ($38 for Members)

Instructor: Kevin Wiley, Arboretum Horticulture Manager

Join Kevin as he shares propagation techniques used by professionals to multiply succulents. He will introduce you to a variety of species from Adenium to Yucca. He will also cover proper care and how to create an environment where they will thrive. You will go home with your own newly propagated cutting.


Creating a Backyard Habitat for Birds Click for More

October 18 | 9-11 am

$30 ($27 for Members)

Instructor: Carolyn Oldham and Jerri Kerr, Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society


Through plant and design recommendations Carolyn and Jerri will show you how to imitate nature to create a backyard oasis for a variety of bird species. Part of the class will be spent in the garden looking for birds and the plants that attract them. Please bring binoculars, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Creating Color in the in the Fall & Winter Garden Click for More

October 18 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Instructor: Bram Franklin, TechScape Landscape

Bram will show you how to bring bold color and texture to your fall and winter landscape. Find out which plants are great choices for these seasons and where they will work best in your landscape.


Halloween’s Magical Herbs Click for More

October 25 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Instructor: Mary Nell Jackson, North Texas Unit of Herb Society of America

Long ago, many common herbs were called upon to aid in the transition from one season to another. Join Mary Nell Jackson as she shares the love, lore and the history of some of the herbs of Halloween. Also, go home with your own little bag of tricks. 


Creative Winter Containers Click for More

December 13 | 9-11 a.m.

$35 ($32 for Members)

Instructor: Jennifer Wang, Arboretum Horticulture Manager

Jennifer will show you how to turn ho-hum winter containers into showstopping 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. 


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