Special Interest Classes

Special Interest Classes

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.

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


Registration for Spring 2015 classes is now open.

Craft Beer Tastings in the Garden Click for More

$50 ($45 for Members)

Join us for pre-concert tastings with popular craft breweries from across the Metroplex. Each tasting includes four samples of their finest hand-crafted brews, a brewery tasting glass to keep and a full beer of the brewer’s choice to enjoy at the end of the tasting. Light bites will be provided. Fee includes admission to the concert. 


April 30, 6:15-7:15 p.m. – Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Owl Prowl Click for More

May 5 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

Jenna Hanson, Trinity River Audubon Center


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Jenna will introduce you to the owls that call our area home. She will cover owl anatomy, hunting techniques and some of their amazing abilities before setting out on a walk through the Arboretum calling owls and listening for replies.

Wine Tastings with Times Ten Cellars Click for More

May 7, 14, 21 or 28 | 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Times Ten Cellars

$55 ($50 for Members)


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What better way to kick off the Cool Thursday Concert than with a fun wine tasting? The tasting includes 3 red and 3 white wines and a Crystal wine glass to take home. Full bottles of your favorite tastings will be available for purchase after the event. Light bites will be provided. Fee includes admission to the concert.

Custom Natural Perfume Workshop Click for More

May 9 | 9-11 a.m.

$89 ($80 for Members)

Jessica Hannah, J.Hannah Co.


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Create a personalized natural perfume at this beginner-level workshop while learning about aroma structures, plant origins and distillation. Sniff oils from around the world, including American clary sage, Egyptian jasmine, Italian bergamot and more. You will formulate a unique combination of oils which the instructor will blend into a .25 ounce bottle. All materials provided. 

An Evening at DeGolyer: Scotch Whisky Tasting (SOLD OUT) Click for More

May 12 | 7-9 p.m. SOLD OUT

$65 ($59 for Members)

Ambassadors with The Balvenie & Glenfiddich


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Join us for this very special evening learning about and sampling scotch whiskies from The Balvenie and Glenfiddich. Ambassadors will walk you through the process of creating these award winning whiskies before you sample a few of their luxuriously smooth, hand-crafted varieties. Light hors d’oeuvres and tasting glass to keep will be provided.

Concrete Leaf Casting (SOLD OUT) Click for More

May 16 | 9-11 a.m. SOLD OUT

$60 ($54 for Members)

Joanne Durbin, Concrete Leaf Artist


Using leaves from the garden and a few simple ingredients, Joanne will show you how to transform a piece of nature into a beautiful decoration for your garden. Learn how to embellish your piece using paint to finish your piece at home. Space limited, register early.

Good to the Last Drop - Rainwater Harvesting Click for More

May 30 | 9-11 a.m.

$89 ($80 for Members)

Patrick Dickinson, Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center


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Water is a precious commodity and saving rainwater is something that you can do with ease. Learn basic water-harvesting strategies and how to calculate the amount of water that you can capture. Than construct and go home with a rain barrel that is ready for harvest – rainwater harvest that is. 

Designing a Floral Topiary Click for More

May 30 | 12-2 p.m.

$75 ($68 for Members)

Jill Mullaney, Arboretum Greenhouse Manager


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The Arboretum is known for our grand topiary displays, and now you can learn how to bring a touch of this art to your home. Jill will share a variety of ideas for creating a beautiful floral tabletop topiary and then help you create your own arrangement to take home.

Gardens Under Glass: Terrarium Gardens Click for More

June 13 | 12-2 p.m.

$90 ($81 for Members)*

Cynthia Koogler, Flower Child Plants

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Who says you have to have a lot space to garden? Learn about terrariums, plants that work well under glass, and how to assemble a small garden. Then, Cynthia will help you put together your own terrarium to take home.

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Plant a Living Picture: Vertical Succulent Garden Click for More

$99 ($89 for Members) per session

Steven Chamblee, Chandor Gardens

Vertical gardens are one of the trendiest ways to adorn your walls, but did you know that you can make them yourself? In this hands-on class, Steven will help you design and construct a vertical, wall-hanging garden frame and fill it with beautiful succulent plants. You will go home with a one-of-a-kind work of living art that is sure to wow your friends.


June 20 | 9-11 a.m. - Succulent Plants


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June 20 | 12-2 p.m. - Tropical Plants

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Bottle Cutting Click for More

​June 20 | 12-2 p.m.

$80 ($72 for Members)

Emily Riggert, Oil & Cotton


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Back by popular demand! This fun class will teach you how to turn your glass bottles into functional glassware. Please bring any cylindrical glass bottles you have with you, and remove all labels beforehand. Get ready, this technique is addictive.

Dallas Arboretum
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