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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

Next Session - February 20, 2023 (12-3 p.m.)
Speaker & Topic TBD

Gardopia Gardens
Growing Healthy Communities - January 23, 12-3:00

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Gardopia Gardens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency based in the Near East of San Antonio, founded in May 2015.  Effective interventions are needed to address the growing epidemic of obesity related diseases and environmental issues. Over the next 5 years, Gardopia Gardens aims to reduce obesity and malnutrition by increasing accessibility to fresh produce and implementing strategic intervention programming in schools, businesses, and community organizations.

Ask gardeners where they learned about plants, and most will tell you about a parent, grandparent, or favorite aunt or uncle who passed along a love of digging in the dirt. Certainly, these green-thumbed mentors did a lot right. It was, after all, their colorful perennial borders and bountiful veggie patches that inspired the next generation to pick up a trowel. Amid all their sound advice, though, they probably passed down some less-than-scientific lore, too.

Social - Potluck Social - Meet & Greet / Everyone is encouraged to bring something to share (those that bring food to share should have a hardcopy of their food/cookie recipe to set out on the hospitality table?  This will help anyone with a food allergy).

When: January 23, 2023 12-3 p.m.

Session 1 – Garden Myths

  • When you read something about gardening in an article or book, try to confirm that the information is valid.

  • Many homegrown garden tricks simply don't live up to their hype when researchers put them to the test. But old ways are slow to change.


Session 2 – Gardopia Gardens Overview 

  • Mission / Programs - Cultivate San Antonio

  • Spring Garden Competition


  • Monthly Garden Chores & Tips

  • Update - Gardening 101 classes 

  • Door Prizes Raffle


Free and Open to the Public

San Antonio Garden Center

3310 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209

Previous Gardening Essentials Class Materials

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Previous Gardening Essentials Class Materials

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