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Gardening Essentials Classes

June 20, 2022 Gardening Essentials Class

“Water Conservation in Action”

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Corina Solis, Senior Conservation Assistant Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

When: June 20, 2022 – 12-3 p.m. 

Topic: Water Conservation and Native Plants

Where: San Antonio Garden Center (3310 N. New Braunfels, 78209)

Session 1 – Mitchell Lake and the role of the Audubon Center

  • Outdoor education

  • Water conservation - Wetlands

  • Reclaimed natural habitat


Session 2 – Native & Well Adaptive Plants for the San Antonio Area

  • Simply put, native plants are those growing in the same ecosystem in which they developed.

  • Water conservation with native plants


Free and Open to the Public

General Information about the Classes

The GVST Gardening Essentials classes are typically held on the third Monday of each month. We try and cover important topics that will help you establish and maintain a beautiful and water efficient landscape. The classes are always informal, interactive and fun. Here are the basics.

  • Class runs from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

  • You can bring a brown bag (or contribute and participate in the pot luck buffet- NOT YET ).

  • We have door prizes at each class. A $5 donation is appreciated to support that activity.

  • You can have your hand-pruning tools sharpened.

  • We host pass-along plants and sell tables. You are welcome to bring plants and seeds to share with the group.

  • There are always knowledgeable gardeners there to answer questions.

For more information about the Gardening Essentials Classes, please email us at

Upcoming Classes and Topics


Gardening Essentials Classes

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Next Session - Monday, October 16, 2023 (12-3 p.m.)


Free and Open to the Public

Suggested donation $5

San Antonio Garden Center

3310 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209

SAWS WaterSaver Rewards = 2 points for this class!

Topics and Speakers for October 16 will be announced soon.

Previous Gardening Essentials Class (SEP 2023)

Texas A&M Forest Service

Mitigation and Prevention Department 


Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise USA Program Coordinator Kari Hines will present “Fire-resistant Landscaping”

During this 1-hour session, participants will be introduced to the basics of protecting their homes, property, and communities from wildfire. Preparing the home and landscaping for the potential of a wildfire is something that most everyone can take action on. Choices will vary based on personal preferences, but there is almost always an option for doing something. Participants will work in small groups to discuss group questions and talk through what "preparing for wildfire" means to them.

San Antonio Water System 


San Antonio Water System Planner II Cleveland Powell will present "Utilizing Native Grasses in Residential Landscapes" 

Learn why native grasses are establishing themselves as beautiful, drought tolerant improvements to any San Antonio landscape. From formal plantings to lawn replacements native grasses can solve a variety of landscape problems.

Gardening Essential Extras!

Tool Sharpening: Ron Csehil will be there to sharpen your tools!

Plant Xchange: Bring in your plants so Sharon Hughes & friends can find them a new home!

Potluck Social - Meet & Greet: Bring your favorite dish to share and enjoy lunching with our group!


"Come Join Us & Bring a Friend"

To see a list of GVST volunteer opportunities visit

Gardening Essentials Class Materials

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Previous Gardening Essentials Class Materials

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