Spring isn’t quite in full bloom this month, but the San Antonio Botanical Garden is active with a full schedule of exciting events and activities. You’ll find fun, educational opportunities for all ages, including these options:
- Certified Arborist Course: Friday, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course helps prepare professional arborists for the ISA Certified Arborist exam. Nonprofessionals are welcome to participate and gain a better understanding of the benefits of trees and proper tree care. Fee $250.
- Family Flashlight Night: Friday, Feb. 19, from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight and explore the gardens at night. Encounter nocturnal insects, stargaze and test your directional skills in a light maze. Admission is free for garden members; regular admission for non-members.
- Japanese Gardening, San Antonio Style: Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9:30- 11:30 a.m. Discover how to create a Japanese garden of your own with plants that require less water and are suitable for the San Antonio climate. $18 for members, $20 for non-members.
- Tai Chi Level 1: Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. February through May. Practice “meditation in motion” with Ming Xie. All levels and ages welcome.
- Chen Style Tai Chi: Saturdays Feb. 20-May 7 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Students will experience Chen style’s unique alternated speed and silk reeling technique to quickly enhance balance, strength and power.
- Children’s Vegetable Garden Program: Saturdays Feb. 20-June 4 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This program gives children ages 8-13 the opportunity to grow their own vegetables and ornamental plants, with the help of instructors. Each child is allotted a garden plot that he or she tends during the program. Participants can also earn their Junior Master Gardener certificate by participating in hands-on activities after they have tended their garden. $40 per child or $60 for two children.
- Storybook Houses Spring Exhibit: Daily beginning March 5 and continuing through July 10. The exhibit features five unique, interactive interpretations on storybook themes, including Oh! The Places You’ll Go, San Antonio & the Beanstalk, Diary of a Worm, The Little House, and Sleeping Beauty. Each exhibit was created by an area architect and design team through an ongoing partnership between the botanical garden and the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. All storybook houses will be interactive, allowing visitors to explore them inside and out.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston Pl. To register for classes above, and to learn more about additional upcoming classes and events, visit www.sabot.org.