Special Interest Classes

Special Interest Classes and Travel

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

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.

Register for any adult education class here

For more general information about adult classes, visit the Adult Programs main page. Please contact education@dallasarboretum.org with additional questions.

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

New! FAMILY PROGRAMS Click for More


Join us this fall for our first programming series aimed at families with kids between ages 5-12. These fun, hands-on workshops will be great for kids and adults alike.

Sessions run from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

$40/class ($36 for Members) for an Adult & Child, $10 for additional child or adult

December 7 – From Plant to Paper
Create seeded paper to take home and plant, make into a notecard, or display while you learn the history and basic steps of the papermaking process.

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Tea Time in Texas Click for More

Tea Time in Texas

December 7, 6-8pm, $40 ($36 for Members)
Randy & Sue Weston, Owners of Weston Gardens in Bloom

Learn all about the tea plant, the different processing methods, the difference between herbal and pure tea as well as how to make the perfect cup. Lastly, enjoy samples of various teas from around the world.

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Custom Natural Perfume
December 10, 12-2pm, $121 ($110 for Members)
Mary Ellen Dorey, Dorey Aromatherapy

Learn about aroma structures, plant origins and distillation. Sniff oils from around the world, including Egyptian jasmine and Italian bergamot and then formulate your own unique combinations of oils blended into two .25 ounce perfumes.

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Succulent Stag Wall Hanging Click for More

Succulent Stag Wall Hanging
December 10, 9-11am, $83 ($75 for Members)
Dustin Miller, Dallas Arboretum Education

Capture the beauty of Mother Nature in a unique wall hanging. Using a variety of Tillandsia plants and different mosses you will create your own beautiful work of art to adorn your walls or give as a gift.

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The Art of Flower Crowns Click for More

The Art of Flower Crowns
January 21, 12-2pm, $110 ($99 for Members)
J Schwanke, AAF, AIFD, Founder of UBloom.com

Join award winning floral design consultant, J Schwanke, for a celebration of flowers. In this hands-on workshop you will design a beautiful and fragrant flower crown. After class, join us for a glass of bubbly and find out about our upcoming CA trip with J. See Trips for more info.Space is limited, so register early.

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California Flower Farm Trip Preview Click for More

California Flower Farm Trip Preview

January 21, 2-3pm, $15 ($10 for Members)
J Schwanke, AAF, AIFD, Author
Join us to learn more about our California adventure with J. In September of 2017, J will lead a members only tour of flower farms from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Join us for a preview of the trip and a glass of bubbly, then stay and enjoy the garden.

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Floral Philosophies Click for More

Floral Philosophies

February 25, 9am-12pm, $85 ($77 for Members)
Bryna Morrow, Owner of A Fresh Approach

Dive into the roots and influences of European floral design and how it still impacts the floral world today. You will design a hand-held arrangement, highlighting the mechanics and textural combinations that will truly bring your design to life.

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The Galápagos: Natural & Cultural History Click for More

The Galápagos: Natural & Cultural History

An Exclusive Learning Adventure for Dallas Arboretum Members

August 24-September 3, 2017

Study unique animal and plant species on this small ship voyage exploring one of the world’s most extraordinary settings – the Galápagos Islands. Encounter the exotic animals that made the Galápagos famous, including Blue-footed Boobies, Darwin’s finches, giant tortoises and marine iguanas. Traveling on the Galaxy II boat, you will navigate inlets, swim with sea lions and snorkel off remote beaches in search of tropical marine life. Learn about the unique and hardy vegetation of the Galápagos, including lava cacti, Scalesia trees, lichens, mangroves and Opuntia cacti.

More info including a full itinerary is available here.

This program has been coordinated through Road Scholar and has a moderately challenging activity level.

Double-occupancy Program-Only: $6,145

Deposit due by March 1.

Airfare to and from Quito is separate and is available through Road Scholar.

Note: These prices include a $400 donation to the Arboretum.

Direct questions to the education office at education@dallasarboretum.org or 214-515-6538.