This month you can take advantage of a “Residential Landscape Design” class at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden or “Dog Days -- A Winter Paws” at the San Antonio Botanic Garden. Find details below.
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Austin / Travis County
Take advantage of free admission days at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Jan. 2 -- 31. (The center is closed for the holidays from Dec. 22 -- Jan. 1.) The annual winter clearance at the Wildflower Center Store is scheduled for Jan. 5 -- 6. Tree Talk Winter Walk, featuring tree experts, is scheduled throughout the day on Saturday, Jan. 26. Find details at www.wildflower.org.
Check your calendar for the Winter Lecture Series at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Wednesdays, 10 -- 11:30 a.m., beginning Jan. 16 and continuing through February. You’ll enjoy a variety of unique nature and horticultural topics related to the unique South Texas environment. Class fee included in general admission. Members free. www.stxbot.org/index.html.
Dallas County / Collin County
Reserve your spot for the Winter Night Hike at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Center in McKinney, Saturday, Jan. 5, beginning at 5 p.m. The Heard’s fearless trail guides will lead you on an adventure in which owls hooting, coyotes howling and strange rustlings in the brush are wonderful possibilities. Get a sneak peek into the nightlife of plants and animals. Find details at www.heardmuseum.org.
Mark your calendar for Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum, March 2 -- April 7, and later for the opening of the Arboretum’s exciting new Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The innovative 8-acre laboratory designed for preschool to middle school children opens in May 2013. It features boardwalks through grass tunnels, a Texas Skywalk through the tree canopy, an indoor Discovery Center, and much more, all overlooking White Rock Lake. www.dallasarboretum.org.
Fort Worth / Tarrant County
Plan your landscape for spring by attending the Residential Landscape Design series at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. You’ll learn the three parts of the landscape, the seven principles of an effective landscape design and the elements that will make your landscape stand out. Horticulturist Steve Huddleston leads the two-session class, which meets Tuesdays, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 7 -- 9 p.m. Fee is $55. Find details at www.fwbg.org.
Attend the January lecture in the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series on Thursday, Jan. 17, when Derald Harp, of Texas A&M, Commerce, presents “Landscape Soils ... Growing from the Ground Up!” The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is held at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s SFA Mast Arboretum. A rare plant raffle is held after the program. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. Click for details.
San Antonio / Bexar County
Learn all about Texas-Tough Landscapes at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Friday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. -- noon. Learn what to do in the winter in San Antonio before the ground thaws! Instructor is Laura Rogers. Fee $10. Find details at www.sabot.org/.
Bring your favorite four-legged friend to “Dog Days -- A Winter Paws” at the San Antonio Botanical Garden on Jan. 19 or 20, 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. All dogs must be on a leash. Regular admission required, plus $5 cash only per dog. The canine admission benefits the Animal Defense League, Animal Care Services, the Humane Society of San Antonio, and the San Antonio Botanical Society, co-partners of Dog Days. Visit www.sabot.org for details.