Learn the basics and benefits of rainwater har­vesting and reduce the effect your stormwater has on the environment. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home. This class is hands on “DIY” where each participant will build and take home a 55-gallon rain barrel at $50 dollars each. Rain barrels are recycled food-grade containers and are roughly 24” wide by 36” tall.

Free garden talk

Having a raised garden bed at home is a terrific way to grow small plots of flowers or vegetables without the clutter of many containers throughout your yard. A raised garden bed can provide better control of the soil quality and it is easier to remove weeds. 

Pre-registration is required through the City of Coppell Activities website.

Info: cnp@coppelltx.gov or 972-304-3581.

Learn from well-known local experts on topics such as pollinators of North Central Texas, potted plants, Texas trees and more. Attendees can question a panel of experts about gardening issues during the Ask the Experts session. A conservation garden tour will follow at 1 p.m.


Take a walk around the BRIT campus with Dr. Grace Bascopé, BRIT resident research associate and medical and environmental anthropologist, to learn about which and how plants were used by the First Peoples of the North Central Texas area. She will also discuss archaeological research carried out right around BRIT. Dr. Bascopé will show you the First Peoples Demonstration Garden and discuss how Native Americans and others optimize water conservation in their gardens in this dry region.


How'd your tomatoes do this summer? Your squash? If the answer is 'unfortunately, not so great' then this is the class for you! Successful Vegetable Gardening, taught by Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farm, will cover a range of topics to help the beginning vegetable gardener be successful growing their own food organically. Apply your new found knowledge to your fall garden or get a jump on your 2019 garden. $35.

Hosted by Native Plant Society of Texas, White Rock Lake Chapter.

Learn how to plan out your existing landscape with the best combo of native plants that can sustain butterflies, bees other pollinators, and save your household money.

Brett Johnson, urban biologist for Dallas Parks and Recreation, will provide updates on White Rock Lake Prairie Remmants Management.



Owners of the Ebel Grassland Ranch in Sulphur Bluff, Texas, will speak about their conservation methods.

Taylor Quedensley, PhD, research botanist at BRIT will speak on “Developing a Lichen Research Program at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.”

The herbarium at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas houses approximately 1.5 million botanic specimens. Recently, BRIT has added to its collection of lichen specimens, not only from Texas, but from other parts of the world as well.

Topics to be discussed include lichen biology, the distribution of lichens in Texas,and projects involving the collection and acquisition of lichen specimens through research at BRIT.