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 with additional questions.

Registration for Spring 2015 classes is now open.

Lunchtime Learning with Horticulture: The Arboretum’s Top 10 Click for More

12 - 1:15 p.m.

$25 ($20 for Members) per session

The Arboretum is fortunate to have an exceptional team of horticulturists who know how to create stunning displays from season to season. This spring you will have a chance to learn from them. Bring your lunch on Wednesdays in March and April while some of our team shares their expertise and top plant picks with you. Some programs will include tours of the garden, so please wear comfortable shoes. You may pre-order a box lunch online when you register.

April 29 - Top 10 Trees and Shrubs

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​Attracting Butterflies to Your Yard Click for More

May 2 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Dan Coletti, Just Natural Design

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Butterflies are a delight in any garden and their hard work as pollinators make them welcome in any season. Dan will share tips on designing a garden that will attract butterflies. He will show you which plants attract which butterflies, as well as must-haves for your butterfly garden.

Landscaping with Trees Click for More

May 9 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Bram Franklin, Landscape Design Consultant

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Trees are the largest and often the most valuable plants in our landscapes. From large to small, evergreen to deciduous, Bram will show you how to select trees that will thrive in different areas of your landscape. He will also discuss proper placement and planting techniques, as well as basic maintenance.

Texas Natives Click for More

May 9 | 12-2 p.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Kevin Wiley Arboretum Horticulture Manager

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Native plants are a great choice for any garden because they thrive in our climate and conserve water in the landscape. Kevin will introduce you to a broad selection of colorful flowering trees, shrubs and perennials that will perform well in our area before taking you on a tour to see these plants in the garden.

Drought Tolerant Plants Click for More

May 16 | 12-2 p.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Kevin Wiley, Arboretum Horticulture Manager

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If you want to cut back on your water bill without turning your yard into a desert, this class is for you. Kevin will share which plants to select and how to add color to your landscape and still be water conscious. Come find out how simple changes can create a beautiful landscape using fewer resources and less money.

The Wine Grape Click for More

May 16  9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Iris Clawson-Davis, Arboretum Horticulture Supervisor

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Did you know that Texas had one of the first European-style vineyards, and today boasts over 4,000 acres of production vineyards? Join Iris as she shares growing techniques that can make the most of your vines using a sunny arbor or fence! She will share her knowledge and tips for cultivating wine grapes and then take you on a tour of our orchard and vineyard in the Children’s Garden. Tour included.

Mini Field Trial Day Click for More

June 13 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Kaylee Decker, Arboretum Trial Program Manager

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Want to get a sneak peek at the results from our Trial Program? Kaylee will give a brief presentation of the top performers from Summer 2014 through Spring 2015 trials research. She will also take you on a walking tour of the trial gardens to show you what is new for Summer 2015. This information is usually only shared with horticulture industry professionals, so don’t miss your chance to find out what our trial program is all about and how you can start applying our research in your garden.

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