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2015  HIGHLIGHTS & HAPPENINGS -EDUCATION CALENDAR

Upcoming Classes at the SOUTH TEXAS BOTANICAL GARDENS & NATURE CENTER

8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi TX  78413        361.852.2100      (Please Phone in your Reservations)


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KIDS CLASSES & ADULT CLASSES (FREE for members, unless otherwise noted!)


Adult Classes

ORCHIDOLOGY

1st Thursday of the month, 7 pm

On-going Orchid chat-and-learn monthly class series, for novice to experienced growers, with Orchid Curator Sam Jones, in the Education Station classroom. Monthly topics range from different orchid genera to specific orchid culture techniques. FREE! Orchids for sale at most meetings.

For information, call 361-854-7624.


WINTER LECTURE SERIES

From 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays, January 7 through February 25

A variety of unique nature and horticultural topics which define and explain our unique South Texas Environment. For Winter Texans, other travelers and Coastal Bend residents. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.

Jan 7 Container Gardens / Downsizing Solutions – Carol Krank, staff Horticulturist

Jan 14 Citrus Greening, Expanding Disease Threat in Texas – Kalina Tostado, Texas Dept. of Agriculture

Jan 21 Scent-sational Plants – Dr. Michel Womack, STBGNC Executive Director & Horticulturist

Jan 28 Cultivating Cactus – J.T. Garcia, Texas Cactus Council

Feb 4 Animal Rehabilitation at Texas Sealife Center – Dr. Tim Tristan, Director & Veterinarian

Feb 11 Peppers, Peppers, Peppers! – Charles DeHart, Chef “Hellbilly

Feb 18 Legends & Lore of Texas Wildflowers – Betty Whitt, Nueces Master Gardener

Feb 25 Ranch Hand Cooking – Karen Howden, Nueces County Historical Society


WATER GARDENING: GETTING READY FOR SPRING

Saturday, February 7, 10-noon.

Denise Housler of Aquaria Services helps people understand the chores and maintenance needed for water gardens before the busy spring season, and gives suggestions for beginners thinking about adding a water feature to their landscape. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


ROSE PRUNING WORKSHOP!

Saturday, February 21, 10-noon.

Corpus Christi Rose Society members present a South Texas rose-growing lecture and workshop followed by hands-on pruning and planting demos. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


GARDENING FOR THE BIRDS

Saturday, February 28, 10-noon.

Pat Botkin and Karen Smith, Nueces Master Gardeners and Audubon Outdoor Club members, share their secrets about the best plants to attract migrating birds, and other tips to bring in feathered friends to your yard. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


MINIATURE FAIRY GARDENS!

Saturday, March 14, 10-noon.

STBGNC Horticulturist talks about containers and accessories to create your own miniature container garden, perfect for fairies, gnomes and other tiny garden guests. Materials available to purchase separately for a hands-on workshop following lecture. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES TO YOUR GARDEN

Saturday, March 21, 10-noon.

Learn the necessary components of a Butterfly Garden from Brenda Dziedzic, author of Learn about Butterflies in the Garden. Want Monarchs, Giant Swallowtails, or Cloudless Sulphurs in your landscape? Choose the butterflies you would like to see and learn the right plants to ensure they come to your yard. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


HERBS FROM GARDEN TO TABLE

Saturday, March 28, 10-noon.

STBGNC Horticulturist Carol Krank and Nueces Master Gardener “Herbies” share secrets of their favorite herb varieties that thrive in South Texas, offering growing tips, harvesting techniques and simple recipes to get them from garden to table. A tour of the STBGNC’s Earthkind Herb Garden will follow. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


ANTIQUE ROSES FOR SOUTH TEXAS

Saturday, April 11, 10-noon.

Discover the best antique rose varieties for South Texas and tips to help them thrive from Antique Rose Emporium’s Robbi Will. Participants will be able to purchase recommended varieties after presentation. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOR IN THE LANDSCAPE

Saturday, May 2, 10-noon.

Learn about how our brains interpret color and how to strategically design and plant your landscape to create moods and special effects from Gill Landscape Nursery Landscape Designer, Kathy Hubner. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


MARVELS OF MOMMA MARTINS

Saturday, May 9, 10-noon.

Coinciding with Mother’s Day weekend, Louise Chambers of the Purple Martin Conservation Association shares insights of attracting Purple Martins, their ideal housing, and gives a peek into the nests of STBGNC martin colony as she conducts nest checks. Learn what it takes to be a proud mom to these tiny but ravenous baby birds. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


ORGANIC GARDENING 101

Saturday, May 16, 10 to noon.

Develop a “taste” for organic gardening in this seminar with Andy Chidester, of Ladybug Organic Gardening. Learn about several organic gardening styles, techniques, products and how to utilize them. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


COOKING WITH CACTUS

Saturday, May 23, 10-noon.

J.T. Garcia from the Texas Cactus Council will focus on growing cacti we can eat, and demonstrate turning them into a delicious meal.

Cookbooks will be available for purchase! MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


BEEKEEPING BASICS

Saturday, May 30, 10-noon.

Justin Hodge of Coastal Bend Beekeepers Association shares importance of these often misunderstood garden pollinators and how to start a home hive plus other resources for becoming a backyard beekeeper. Products will be available for purchase. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


TEXAS SUPERSTARS

Saturday, June 6, 10-noon.

Aransas/San Patricio Extension Agent Ginger Smith shares plant recommendations from Texas AgriLife Extension state horticulture program—plants selected for heat tolerance, disease resistance and landscape durability throughout the state! Color handouts will be distributed. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


TRUE KOI PONDS

Saturday, June 13, 10-noon.

Learn how to create the perfect Koi pond from Aquaria Services’ Denise Housler. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


SALVAGE GARDEN DESIGN AND YARD ART

Saturday, June 20, 10-noon.

DeAnna Baumgartner of Gill Landscape Nursery shares her unique perspectives on repurposing unusual items into one-of-a-kind garden features. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission. Optional hands-on workshop following seminar to design a glass garden finial stake with materials purchased separately through STBGNC’s Nature’s Boutique!


RAINWATER HARVESTING AND LANDSCAPE WATER CONSERVATION

Saturday, June 27, 10-noon.

Discover the different options to collect rainwater at your home from San Patricio Municipal Water District’s Karen Ivey. Then learn about the most efficient ways to use this valuable resource in your landscape. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


NEW PLUMERIA PASSIONS

Saturday, July 11, 10-noon.

Plumeria Society member Frank Eicholz will discuss tips on purchasing and raising these exotic, tropical beauties, and lead a tour of the Gardens & Nature Center 100-plant Plumeria Garden & Willoughby Viewing Platform. Winter hibernation also is covered. Limited plants may be for sale. This seminar will give newer plumeria growers basic knowledge before the Plumeria Society’s annual sale 10 am to 1:30 pm, Saturday, July 18, at the Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greely. Seminar FREE for members! Non-members free with General Admission.


ARID GARDENING

Saturday, July 18, 10-noon.

Coastal Bend Cactus and Succulent Society’s Carol Barragy shares her favorite dry-land plants that thrive in hot summer conditions, followed by a walk-and-talk tour of our Arid Garden. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


BACKYARD BUTTERFLY PARADISE

Saturday, July 25, 10-noon.

Discover the plants Nueces Master Gardener Deb Houlihan used to transform her previously boring landscape into the ultimate butterfly habitat, followed by a tour of STBGNC’s Butterfly House and Garden. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


ALL ABOUT TOMATOES

Saturday, August 1, 10-noon.

Staff Horticulturist Carol Krank gives an overview of the plethora of tomato varieties available, shares varietal recommendations, and gives tips on growing a bumper crop of America’s favorite backyard fruit. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


HOT FOR HIBISCUS!

Saturday, August 8, 10-noon.

Find out about different hibiscus varieties and how to grow them from Nueces Master Gardener Sabie Morin. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


HEIRLOOM GARDENING & SUSTAINABLE FARMING

Saturday, August 15, 10-noon.

Explore the revival of heirloom gardening techniques and sustainable farming from Rockport’s Four String Farm owner Justin Butts. Learn about tried and true planting techniques of the past used for centuries to promote healthy living. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.

HUMMINGBIRDS OF TEXAS

Saturday, August 22, 10-noon.

Discover which hummers grace the Coastal Bend each fall and what you can do to keep them around throughout the winter with Texas Parks & Wildlife Biologist Brent Ortego. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


OUT OF YOUR GOURD FOR GOURDS!

Saturday, August 29 10-noon.

Learn about growing unusual gourd varieties and how to harvest, dry gourds from Stephanie Martin and other Nueces Master Gardeners. Then learn all the clever things you can do with the bounty from tools to crafts. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission.


KIDS’ STUFF

DISCOVERING REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS OF SOUTH TEXAS

Saturday, March 7, 10-11 am, and 2-3 pm.

South Texas Botanical Gardens Facilities Manager and Resident Reptiles exhibit creator Billy Feamster teaches kids from three to 93 about habits and habitats of frogs, toads, iguanas, turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes and other creatures—ones you may want to take a closer look at, or have as pets--and those you do not! MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


CREATE A FAIRY GARDEN!

Saturday, March 14, 3-5 pm.

Learn about plants, containers and accessories to create your own miniature container garden, perfect for fairies, gnomes and other tiny garden guests from STBGNC Horticulturist Carol Krank. Materials available for purchase separately for a hands-on workshop to follow. MEMBERS FREE! Non-members free with General Admission. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


THE AMAZING BUTTERFLY

Saturday, March 21, 2 and 3:30 pm.

Kids will learn about the fascinating world of butterflies in an interactive skit performed by “The Butterfly Lady,” Brenda Dziedzek, author of Learn about Butterflies in the Garden. FREE for members! Non-members free with General Admission. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


BLACKLOCK'S BASIC BIRDING FOR KIDS

Monday, June 29 – Wednesday, July 1, 9 am -1pm

Kids ages eight through 13 will learn basic bird identification techniques and bird biology using fun games and challenges, with entertaining birder, author and naturalist Gene Blacklock, and other guest speakers.

$75 per child members; $90 non-members.


KIDS SUMMER NATURE CAMP

June and July choices. Monday through Friday. 9 am to noon.

For ages 5-7, and ages 8-12

Tuition: $75 members, $90 non-members.

REGISTRATION MUST BE PREPAID!

AGES 5-7 AGES 8-12

June 15-19 Birds & Reptiles June 22-26 Birds & Reptiles

July 13-17 Insects & Spiders July 6-10 Recycling & Repurposing

July 20-24 Insects & Spiders

July 27-31 Recycling & Repurposing


Jason’s Deli is sponsoring the 2014 Education Calendar!