Essentials of Gardening Classes
Free and Open to the Public
3rd Monday of Every Month
San Antonio Garden Center
3310 N. New Braunfels at Funston, adjacent to the San Antonio Botanical Garden
The first session usually starts around 12:15, the second session around 1:30pm.
No advance reservations are necessary.
$5 donation appreciated to help cover expenses.
(Bring your hand pruning tools and have them sharpened by “Dr. Fix-It” for $2 each, a donation to GVST).
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 251-8101.
Monday, April 15
History of the San Antonio Botanical Garden with Paul Cox
Before his retirement, Paul Cox was the Assistant Director of the San Antonio Botanical Garden. He joined the project while it was still in the planning phase by City Parks and Recreation. Paul’s presentation at San Antonio Garden Center will be followed by a walking tour of the Botanical Garden that will highlight historic points in the Garden’s development over the years.
SESSION 1: Deer-Resistant Ornamental Grasses with Lee Franzel
Ornamental grasses are excellent landscape plants for South Texas– whether they are large and majestic or small and feathery. They are drought-tolerant, pest-free and 100% deer-proof. They add interesting textural accents, mixing well with other tough perennials for a low-maintenance landscape.
Lee is a Comal County Master Gardener and the Coordinator of the organizations Spring 2013 Master Gardener training classes.
SESSION 2: Plants that Thrive in San Antonio with Sir Oliver ‘Smitty’ Smith
Plants are an important investment for your landscape and personal environment. Smitty will provide an overview of the plants that are the most drought- and heat- tolerant for our area. Essential information for your next trip to the nursery, no matter what season.
Smitty is a Bexar County Master Gardener and the curator of the Schultz House garden in HemisFair Park.
SESSION 1: Lawn Gone! with Pam Penick
Lecture and book signing by Pam Penick, author of the new book Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for your Yard. With Stage 3 water restrictions expected to be imposed this summer, and a new SAWS rebate for lawn alternatives, Pam will show you innovative ways to replace your lawn with contemporary design elements and low-water plants.
Pam is also an Austin landscape designer and garden writer. She blogs regularly at www.Penick.net.
SESSION 2: Full-Landscape Drip Irrigation with Ron Csehil
Whether you plan to do it yourself, or consult with a licensed irrigator, this workshop will provide you with the basic information that you need to know in advance of the project. As we reduce lawns and expand our planting beds, drip is the most efficient and effective way of watering your plants. This presentation will include a demonstration of the newly installed drip irrigation system at San Antonio Garden Center—a joint project of GVST and the Garden Center.
Ron is the president of Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, a Bexar County Master Gardener, and the co-author of DIY Drip-Line Gardening.