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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.

Farming 101 – Greenhouse Production Click for More

May 3 | 9-11 a.m.

$40 or $36 for Members

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Greenhouse production can be a game-changer for a farm, financially. Andrea Bithell from Oak Cliff Organics will review greenhouse selection, set-up, and maintenance at the We Over Me Farms. Students will also get hands-on training for starting seeds, tending to seedlings, bumping up to four-inch pots, and propagation techniques as well as creating a spring and fall plant sale to generate revenue. Class takes place at the We Over Me Farms.

Xeriscape Plants Click for More

May 3 | noon-2 p.m.

$27 or $25 for Members

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This is an introductory course featuring perennials, shrubs and trees that can be used to create a xeriscape garden in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Kevin Wiley, horticulture manager for the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, will discuss individual plants, their points of interest, uses as elements of the landscape, and maintenance in a xeriscaped landscape. At the close of the class enjoy a walk through the areas of the Children’s Garden where xeriscape plant material is used in the landscape.

Cacti and Succulents for the Landscape Click for More

May 17 | noon-2 p.m.

$27 or $25 for Members

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Kevin Wiley will introduce you to the many cacti and succulents that can be used in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The focus will be on the individual plants, their points of interest, and the care and maintenance of cacti and succulents in the landscape. At the end of class enjoy a walk through the areas of the Children’s Garden where cacti and succulents are used in the landscape.

Designing a Xeriscaped Landscape Click for More

May 31 | noon-2 p.m.

$27 or $25 for Members

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You will enjoy this class that shows you how to design a beautiful and environmentally friendly xeriscape landscape. Kevin Wiley will explore the design and installation process from the ground up, including soil amendment, topography, watering techniques, plant palates, and the use of micro-climates. At the end of class enjoy a walking tour of the entire property, looking at different xeriscape techniques used in the garden.

Creative Containers Click for More

Shade Containers, May 31 | 9-11 a.m.

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Sun Containers, June 14 | 9-11 a.m.

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$45 or $40 for Members


Today’s smaller lots, larger houses and townhouse gardens present unique challenges for urban gardeners. Let Jennifer Wang, Arboretum horticulturist, share the secrets of the beautiful container displays seen throughout our gardens and help you create your own unique container.

Farming 101 – Urban Farm Animals Click for More

June 7 | 9-11 a.m.

$40 or $36 for Members

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In an urban setting you can keep bees, chickens, fish, worms, and goats, oh my! Owning and caring for livestock is fun and rewarding. During this session, Andrea Bithell from Oak Cliff Organics will discuss taking care of urban-approved animals. She will go from design to layout to choosing the animals and what to feed them. This class will show you how to benefit from using animals in an urban setting. Class takes place at the We Over Me Farms.

Plant a Living Picture - Vertical Succulent Garden Click for More

June 28 | 9-11 a.m.

$83 or $75 for Members

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Vertical gardens have become 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 Chamblee, chief horticulturist at Chandor Gardens, 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.

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