NEISD Community Ed Classes
At the Garden
To register for any of the classes below, please go online to www.communityed.neisd.net.
Tai Chi in the Garden
The ancient art of tai chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of today’s busy lifestyles and improve health. Anyone,
regardless of age or physical ability, can practice tai chi. Instructor Ming Xie has been training in and teaching tai chi for over 25
years. Enjoy the beautiful San Antonio Botanical Garden while practicing this “meditation in motion.” Students may pay the $7
admission fee each week at the main gate or purchase yearly admission to the garden for $45. 12 weeks beginning Saturday,
September 12 from 9:00 am—10:00 am. Fee: $100.
Floral Watercolors in the Garden
Join noted local watercolorist, Lesta Frank, as she demonstrates how to draw and paint watercolors of flowers and
plants at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. In this session, we will focus on drawing to strengthen your watercolors.
We will experiment with various compositions to create interest and drama in your floral paintings. No experience
necessary. Meet at the Carriage House and plan to pay the $7 admission fee. Supply list can be obtained by visiting
our website at www.communityed.neisd.net. 8 weeks beginning Thursday, September 24 from 9:00 am—12:00 pm.
Planting from Scratch
Plant Propagation: Ever wonder how some people just seem to get plants started? Magic? Nah. Just some good old-fashioned
gardening sense about how plants do what they do. This class covers seeds, cuttings, planting media, and two methods of grafting.
Dr. Tom Harris, a Texas certified Master Gardener, Master Pruner, and gardening columnist teaches the class and answers questions.
Saturday, October 3. 9:30 am—11:30 am. Fee: $31.
Square Foot Gardening
No work. No weeds. No digging. No kidding. If that sounds like your kind of gardening, join Master Gardener,
Master Pruner, and gardening columnist Dr. Tom Harris as he shares tips on this very simple yet revolutionary
system perfect for beginning and expert gardeners alike. He will discuss location, construction, soil, planting,
vertical gardening, and out-of-season growing--all on a smaller plot that will save 80 percent of space, water
and work. This easy, efficient way to garden is making a comeback because it makes so much sense. The
class covers everything from construction of the bed to harvesting. Saturday, October 10. 9:30 am—11:30 am.
Haircuts for Your Plants
Pruning is one of those gardening tasks that most people just can't or won't do. The truth of the matter is,
however, that plants actually need some pruning to help them bloom, set fruit, and/or generally prosper...believe it
or not. And, they will respond according to how they are pruned. Dr. Tom Harris, a Texas certified Master Gardener,
Master Pruner, and gardening columnist teaches the class and answers questions. He will also teach you what not to
do and will show you how to sharpen your pruning shears. Bring a pair to class and see how to keep them razor
sharp. Saturday, November 7. 9:30 am—11:30 am. Fee: $31.
Herbs for the Garden, Kitchen & Bath - Savor the joys of an edible and useful landscape! Herbalist,
horticulturalist and designer Diane Lewis will discuss the herbs best suited to this area and show you how to
incorporate them into your everyday life. You'll find out how to cultivate, harvest and store them and you will have
fun learning how to make a relaxing tea blend and bath salts to take home. You will also tour the herb garden at the
Botanical Garden. A $10 food fee payable to the instructor covers cost of herbal tea, bath salts and an herbal-based
sack lunch (recipes provided). Saturday, November 14. 9:30 am—1:00 pm. Fee: $43.
Herbal Delights for the Eyes & Palette - Tour the herb garden at the Botanical Garden with herbalist Diane Lewis and learn the
best way to harvest fresh herbs for flavor and garnishes. Then come inside and learn how to use them to make delicious, quick and
easy dips, spreads, salsa, salad dressings and more. You will also find out how to preserve fresh herbs in tasty vinegars and pesto.
These recipes are different than those in Diane's other classes. A $10 food fee covers cost of a delicious herb-flavored lunch.
Saturday, December 5. 10:00 am—1:00 pm. Fee: $37.
San Antonio Botanical Garden ♦ 555 Funston ♦ San Antonio, TX 78209 ♦ (210) 207-3250