Gardening Essentials Classes

May 16, 2022 Gardening Essentials Class

When: May 16 2022 – 12:00-3:00p.m.

Session 1 Plant Propagation 101 

Session 2 Workshop - Plant Propagation 


Where - San Antonio Garden Center 3310 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209

Session 1 - Join the Practicing Gardener: William "Bill" Swantner as he introduces us to “Plant Propagation-101” and explore his experience propagating the Mexican Mint Marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy, Blackfoot Daisy, and Mystic Spires Salvia.

Session 2 - "Bill" Swantner will guide us through a plant propagation session as we practice some of the techniques he demonstrated, while he answers your questions.

As an added bonus Bill will discuss:

  • The Best Medium for Rooting your Cuttings

  • 7 propagation mistakes you should avoid

  • Propagation tips – Why do cuttings fail?

February Gardening Essentials Class

“Bugs Every Home Gardener Should Know” & Integrated Pest Management

When: Feb 21, 2022 - 12 p.m. 

Topic: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - 20 Bugs Every Gardener Should Know

Where: Online via Zoom - See the link below.

Register in advance for this webinar is required: 

Molly will discuss “20 Bugs Every Home Gardener Should Know” & Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Ms. Keck works with AgriLife Research and Extension faculty, program specialists, county staff and local citizens to plan, conduct and evaluate educational activities, result demonstrations and applied research projects on urban and landscape IPM in the San Antonio metroplex and surrounding counties. She provides educational programs for youth in public school, private school, afterschool and other community programs. She plans and implements Community Wide Fire Ant Management Programs for Bexar County residents and works with pest management professionals, homeowners, master gardeners and other organizations to develop training programs on integrated pest management.

Integrated pest management (IPM), also known as integrated pest control (IPC).  IPM/IPC is abroad-based approach that integrates practices for economic control of pests. IPM aims to suppress pest populations below the economic injury level (EIL). The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization defines IPM as "the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to the home gardener and encourages natural pest control mechanisms."


Register in advance for this webinar is required:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

February Gardening Essentials Class Materials

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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

January 24, 2022 - 12 p.m.

The Next Generation of Mulch and Compost!

Where: Online via Zoom

February 21, 2022

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

20 Bugs Every Gardener Should Know

Annual Business Meeting

March 21, 2022

"Kiss the Ground" Movie with Q&A

Native Landscape Certification Program - Overview 

April 18, 2022

Organic Gardening

Soil and Planting Mediums

Container Gardening

May 16, 2022

Plant Propagation

Workshop - Plant Propagation

June 20, 2022

Plants that Thrive in San Antonio

Pruning Demonstration - Ornamentals and Shade Trees