The ladybug has been deemed “a fairy godmother for plants.” In their lifetime of about one year, a single ladybug can eat as many as 5,000 aphids — that’s almost 14 garden pests a day! Sadly, popular agricultural practices have contributed to the rapid decline in ladybug populations. This class is an opportunity to learn what steps to take to protect this vital component of our ecosystem. By taking our pledge, and showing ladybugs and other beneficial insects some love, you can make an impact.

Registration required.

Come early to select from more than 100 species of organically grown native plants, including ground covers, perennials, shrubs, vines and trees – most below nursery prices. Including host plants for butterflies and nectar plants for pollinators. Many hard-to-find species.

For a full gallery of the native plants available at the sale, visit this photographic display, grouped by landscape/habitat use.



Learn how to successfully care for your trees from establishment to maturity from Dr. Greg Church, certified professional horticulturist and consulting arborist. Jeffrey Raska with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Dallas will give a presentation on growing fruit trees in the home garden.

$15. Includes a light breakfast and workshop materials.

Registration required.

Michelle Villafranca, Natural Resource Specialist for the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, will discuss the efforts of Native Neighborhoods, an exciting City of Fort Worth initiative that encourages residents to plant native pollinator plants in their home garden

Learn how to beautify your lawn for fall and get it ready for winter without using toxic pre-emergents or chemical fertilizers

Class leader, Sandy Olah of Adams Wholesale Supply Company, will provide an overview of organic lawn care versus conventional methods, and discuss what steps to take and products to use to ensure a healthy, organically maintained lawn. She’ll also provide a maintenance routine for homeowners to follow along with a list of recommended products to use.


A Botanical Waltz Across Texas by the ever-entertaining Barney L. Lipscomb of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas will give a broad overview of the 10 vegetational areas of Texas and highlight some of the unique and fascinating ecological systems, plus give a closer look at some of the more rare plants in the Lone Star State.

The Dallas VegFest seeks to diminish food insecurity by educating the Oak Cliff community about proper nutrition and holistic health. Above all, we are invested and committed to building the future of Oak Cliff.

Find more than 600 varieties of rare native and adapted pollinator-friendly plants. Many can’t be found in local nurseries! 

Presale events on Sept. 13:

TDG Members’ Plant Sale allows you to shop before the Saturday rush! Members also receive 10 percent off plants. At Plant Sale Safari, learn how to incorporate native and adapted plants into your landscape. Throughout this tour you'll learn about the best plants for your yard and when the Plant Sale gates open you'll know exactly what to look for. 

See website for details.


This unique cooking class will not only introduce you to practical cooking techniques and locally grown nutritious ingredients, but it will help power our Soup It Forward programming to create food security for all! Any you too will become a Soup SOULdier! Aug. 28 

MENU: Thai Basil Blast - a delicious herbal refreshment Passed blistered Okra with Olive Oil Drizzle & Parm Lavanga's Tomato Basil Soup Soup It Forward Cucumber Salad Herb Butter Guests will also plant and take home a Thai basil plant for their kitchen! 


Presented by Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, the Small Producers Initiative, and the Council for Healthy Food Systems.

Tracks include public policy, homesteading, crop production, business practices and small producers. Pre-conference workshops cover sustainable practices, forming co-ops, food safety, farm capital and SNAP programs. 

Early bird pricing until July 19.