The third annual workshop inspired by Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy.

Overwhelmed by all the information about butterflies and bees and native plants and don't know where to start? Learn how to start to redesign your yard so that is beautiful and attracts birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

    •    Keynote by Monika Maeckle founder of the Texas Butterfly Ranch

    •    Daniel Cunningham – Edible plants for pollinators and people 

    •    Liz Moyer – Creating Theme Gardens with Native Plants

If you're passionate about composting and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others, then become a State of Texas Master Composter. Learn how to improve your soil's health by diverting valuable garden resources from the landfill back into your landscape. The 16-hour, 4-class series is a unique opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of the composting process and insights on sharing this knowledge with others. Residents enrolling in Master Composter training are asked to complete 20 hours of community service to advance local composting efforts. Free.

Class Dates:

Help roll seed balls. Benefiting riparian restoration of Stella Rowan Prairie, a native prairie habitat owned by Tarrant County.

Time TBA

It took years of lobbying and negotiating to update the Dallas tree and landscape ordinance. Steve Houser was there from day one in 2005 all the way up until the renegotiated ordinance was passed in 2018. The revisions include incentives for tree preservation and sustainable practices, as well as penalties for non-compliance.

Steve is currently negotiating with city hall on the natural next step for the ordinance; the addition of a Neighborhood Forest Overlay which will protect more trees and encourage proper maintenance.

View the sights of tall trees, scaling vines and evergreen plants. The forest is a place in which wildlife seeks shelter and wintering birds are heard. Come and explore the forest wilderness as we meander along the Riverbottom Trail and observe the seasonal changes along the way.

Pre-registration recommended.

$5 with paid admission.

This program covers a large selection of minimal water use plants that are native and adaptive, ideal for a sustainable land­scape or garden. You will learn proper soil prepara­tion, proper planting, and native and adaptive plant selection. Plant list provided.

Through a variety of short lectures, local experts will share their horticultural expertise, research based information and hands on experience about the challenges and rewards of gardening in North Texas.

Free but register to ensure a seat!


Learn how to and when to prune to keep all your plants looking their best. Led by Roger Sanderson, director of Horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens.

$10. Includes admission to Butterfly House and Garden.

Learn more about how to successfully start a plant from the seed up. This class will incorporate both a slideshow presentation and an in class demonstration on how to properly plant your seeds. 


Info: 940-349-8152.

You don't need to buy birdseed to attract wildlife to your yard. Plant native grasses and shrubs with berries that will feed them for free. Instead cutting back grasses for the fall, leave them up as a seed source and as cover from predators. Doves, mockingbirds, sparrows and other birds will feed on seed heads through the winter.

Join our director of horticulture, Roger Sanderson as he shares more ways to attract birds and other wildlife.