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Gardening Essentials Classes

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The Gardening Essentials Class is March 18, 2024

We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you - No Registration Required


Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, this in-person event is perfect for anyone looking to enhance their gardening skills. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from expert gardeners and fellow gardening enthusiasts, who will share their knowledge and tips on various gardening techniques. From choosing the right plants for your garden to proper soil preparation and maintenance, we’ll cover all the essentials you need to know to create a thriving garden.

GVST Gardening Essentials Class

March 18, 12 Noon-3:00pm

3310 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209

SAWS WaterSaver Rewards eligible

Gardening Essentials Class March 2024

March's Presentations - Charles M. Allen will give both (2) presentations.


Session One - Foraging edible native plants

This is a hands on (actually mouth on and nose on) presentation with fresh and dried samples of edible and useful plants.  A brief overview of each plant is presented and then participants are encouraged to graze on the salad plants.  Freshly brewed teas from an assortment of dried plants will be prepared for sipping.  Jars of dried leaves of red bay, mountain mint, and other spices will be available for all to smell.


Session Two - From blade to summer home: Building a switchgrass house with a Caddo elder


Charles M. Allen will share how he learned to build a summer shelter from native switchgrass under the instruction of Caddo elder and historian Phil Cross in 2006.  Presentation will show details of construction from start to completion.

We appreciate you and look forward to a great author series in 2024.


Door Prizes & More 

Come enjoy this festive time of fellowship!

Free and Open to the Public ($5.00 Donation Appreciated)


If you missed  season 1 or 2 of "Go Gardening" episodes you can now watch all previous episodes on GVST's YouTube channel. (

2024 Gardening Essential Extras!

Tool Sharpening: Ron Csehil will be there to sharpen your tools ($3 ea.)!

Plant Xchange: Bring in your plants so GVST & 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"

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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 lunch /snack (or contribute and participate in the pot luck buffet).

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

  • You can have your hand-pruning tools sharpened ($3 ea.).

  • 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 ask and answer questions.

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

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