A volunteer at the San Antonio Botanical Garden works in a bed overflowing with late winter and early spring blooms. Find details below about SABOT events.
To submit a garden-related public event for the e-gardens calendar, please e-mail details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is the 15th of the month prior to the event date.
Austin / Travis County
Visit an exhibit, “Never the Same River Twice,” featuring the linocuts, lithographs and silkscreen prints of artist Margie Crisp in the McDermott Center of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Crisp traveled the length of the Colorado River from its headwaters in Dawson County, south of Lubbock, to its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico at Matagorda Bay, traveling by foot, kayak and motorboat to research the subjects captured in her art. Find details at www.wildflower.org.
Check the calendar for the Winter Lecture Series at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Wednesdays, 10 -- 11:30 a.m. Topics in February include Spring Rose Pruning (Feb. 13), Recycled Materials for Garden Design (Feb. 20), and Backyard Bee Keeping (Feb. 27). Class fee included in general admission. Members free. www.stxbot.org/index.html.
Bryan and Brazos County
Attend a seminar sponsored by Brazos County Master Gardeners -- “Captured Rainwater -Your Liquid Gold!” on Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m. at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan. Billy Kniffen, water resource specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will lead an informative seminar that teaches you how to capture, store and use rainwater in your home and landscape. Fee of $45 includes handouts, snacks and lunch buffet. Pre-register to attend; forms and further information available at www.brazosmg.com.
Dallas County / Collin County
Attend a free Lawn Care Seminar sponsored by Dallas Water Utilities at Richland College’s Fannin Hall (12800 Abrams Road in Dallas) on Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 -- 11 a.m. You’ll learn ways you can maintain a healthy lawn with less frequent watering and discover the most effective and earth-friendly way to care for your yard. Gail Donaldson, a turf and irrigation specialist, and water conservation manager for the City of Allen, is the presenter. Space is limited, so please register online at www.SaveDallasWater.com or call (214) 670-3155.
Register now for Adventure Day on Feb. 13 at the Heard Natural Sciences Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. This is a chance for all people to participate in a ropes course program and zip line. The ropes course usually requires a group of 10 or more in order to participate. On this day, however, individuals or groups may come out and get a chance to experience the Heard’s challenging ropes course. Cost is $35. See participant requirements and activity details at www.heardmuseum.org/.
Attend the Dallas Arboretum’s Adult Education Signature Series featuring special guests and garden tours this spring. The series begins Saturday, Feb. 16, with a lecture by renowned landscape architect Billy Goodnick, 10:00 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. Future guests include National Geographic explorer Boyd Matson. Find details at http://www.dallasarboretum.org/AdultEducation/index.htm.
Mark your calendar for Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum, March 2 -- April 7, and later in the spring 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
Enroll now for “Understanding Garden Insects” taught by Gail Manning at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 -- 8:30 p.m. You’ll learn about insects good and bad, find out about pollinators, and take home an artificial nest to keep these essential insects in your garden. Fee is $45. Find details at www.fwbg.org.
Attend the February lecture in the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 14, when MengMeng Gu, of Texas A&M, College Station, presents “Urban Landscape Philosophy and Strategies in China!” The Reeves garden lectures are held in room 110 of the Stephen F. Austin State University Agriculture Building. Refreshments and a rare plant raffle are included. Free and open to the public. For more information call 935-468-1863 or e-mail email@example.com.
San Antonio / Bexar County
Attend “Texas Tough Landscapes: Do you have cabin fever?” on Friday, Feb. 1, or Saturday, Feb. 16, at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 10 a.m. -- noon. The class will help you get ready for the South Texas planting season. Class fee: $10 (free for active volunteers). Find details at http://www.sabot.org/?nd=adults.
Learn all about “Beginning Gardening” on Saturday, Feb. 16, at San Antonio Botanical Garden, 10 a.m. -- noon. Whether you are a beginner to South Texas gardening or just need help with water conservation and plant choices, instructor Mary Irish will help you get started. Class fee $10. Find details at http://www.sabot.org/?nd=adults.
Mark your calendar for adult classes taking place in March at San Antonio Botanical Garden: “Texas Tough Landscapes -- What to Plant and Where” on Friday, March 1, or Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m -- noon, or “Vegetable Gardening for Newbies of San Antonio and Surrounding Areas” on Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The landscape class is free for active volunteers, $10 for others. Fee for the vegetable gardening class, taught by horticulturist David Rodriguez of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is $20. Find details at http://www.sabot.org/?nd=adults.