Upcoming Events at Texas Discovery Gardens

Take a look at what Texas Discovery Gardens has to offer! We have events going on all year long.

We're excited to offer a shopping cart, so that you may sign up for multiple classes at once. If it's easier, you may also register over the phone at (214) 428-7476 x343. Online registration usually closes two days prior to the event.

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Daily Butterfly Release Talk

John Watts leading a Butterfly Release at Texas Discovery Gardens

Inside the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium

Join us Daily at Noon for a talk and butterfly release as we let newly-emerged butterflies out into the conservatory.

Enjoy the two-level butterfly house with hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies. See more than 60 species of tropical plants. Looking for more than butterflies? In our lobby, we have rotating insect and arthropod displays. See eye-to-eye with scorpions, hissing cockroaches, pillbugs and tarantulas!

Weekly

Monday Evening Pilates
Mondays from 6 pm to 6:45 pm


Get a healthy start to your week with our brand new Evening Pilates at Texas Discovery Gardens! Led by certified instructor Donelle Simmons, the series is great for beginners. Bring a mat (and a Pilates mat is better than a yoga mat). Note: To sign up for more than one date, add each day to the right (ex: May 2,9,16,23). Once you go to the shopping cart, you will have the option to choose the number of classes you are signing up for, and you can increase "one class" to four with one click.
Advance registration required. $15, $12 for TDG members.
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Sunrise Pilates
Thursdays from 7:30 am - 8:15 am


Get a healthy start to your day through Sunrise Pilates at Texas Discovery Gardens! Led by certified instructor Donelle Simmons, the series is great for beginners. To register, read directions above under "Evening Pilates." See you there!
Advance registration required. $15, $12 for TDG members.
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August

Stories and More! Title: Grandpa’s Garden by Stella Fry & Sheila Moxley
August 7, 2014 at 11 am

Join our butterflies for story time! We’ll make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks! The programs end with our daily noon butterfly release and are geared for the under-five/stroller crowd. Let's read! Adults pay regular admission. Advance: $8/Child 3-11, $6/Member; $3/ Child 1-2,$2/Member. At door: add $2/child.
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Garden Explorers Walk: 5 Senses Garden Tour
August 9, 2014 at 11 am

Get out in the garden on this family friendly walk! Take a garden tour with our garden docent and search for plants that stimulate all of your senses. It ends in time for you to catch the Butterfly Release talk at noon in our conservatory. Included w/ admission ($8/adults, $6 for ages 60+, $4 for ages 3-11).
Garden to Table: Organic Food 101
August 9, 2014 from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Flavors are at their peak with locally grown, organic vegetables from garden to table. Learn the value of eating fresh-from-the-garden vegetables. Discover recipes to use with the vegetables that grow best in Texas. Workshop presenters Marilyn and Donelle Simmons are garden educators and own Garden Inspirations and host the FarmGirls Radio Show on 770 AM. $25; $20 for TDG Members. Register in advance.
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Budding Botanist Camp
August 11-15, 2014 from 9:30-3:30. 3-5 year olds

Explore everything about a plant while getting dirty and planting your very own mini-garden. From Muddy Monday to Fruity Friday, we learn all about how plants, people and animals all need each other’s help to keep growing! Pack a lunch for your child – we provide a healthy afternoon snack. $200; $170 for TDG Members. Discounts and pre/post care available.See details and register here.
Butterflies and Bugs! Family Festival
August 16, 2014 from 10 am – 3 pm

Join us for our annual celebration of insects! Enjoy displays of live and pinned insects, family friendly activities, butterfly house tours, crafts and more. Included w/ admission ($8/adults, $6 for ages 60+, $4 for ages 3-11).
Bug Day Camp
August 19, 2014 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 3-6 year olds
August 20, 2014 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 2nd-5th grade

Our day will be full of bug encounters, bug songs, bug games and even a bug-themed craft! We will explore where bugs live and why bugs are important. Pack a lunch for your child – we provide a healthy afternoon snack. $35; $30 for TDG Members. Discounts and pre/post care available. See details and register here.
Butterfly Tea Party featuring “Bonjour Butterfly”
August 21, 2014 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Enjoy ‘fancy’ activities, tea, snacks, and more as we celebrate the book, “Bonjour Butterfly,” by Jane O'Connor! We’ll end our party with crafts and special edition of our noon butterfly release. Fancy Nancy Series © 2009 Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. Adults pay regular admission. In advance: $12/Child 3-11, $10/Member Child; $3/Child 1-3, $2/ Member Child. At door, $2/child surcharge.
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September

Stories and More! Title: Adios, Oscar by Peter Elwell
September 4, 2014 at 11 am

Join our butterflies for story time! We’ll make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks! The programs end with our daily noon butterfly release and are geared for the under-five/stroller crowd. Let's read! Adults pay regular admission. Advance: $8/Child 3-11, $6/Member; $3/ Child 1-2,$2/Member. At door: add $2/child.
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Butterfly House Discovery Tour
September 6, 2014 at 11 am

Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly guided tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at these winged wonders. The tour is followed by our daily noon butterfly release! Included w/ admission ($8/adults, $6 for ages 60+, $4 for ages 3-11).
Garden Explorers Walk: Fall Wow's in our Gardens
September 13, 2014 at 11 am

Get out in the garden on this family friendly walk! Search for everything Mother Nature shares with us this time of year. It ends in time for you to catch the Butterfly Release talk at noon in our conservatory. Included w/ admission ($8/adults, $6 for ages 60+, $4 for ages 3-11).
State Fair of Texas
September 26 through October 19, 2014

Texas Discovery Gardens gets Fresh for the Fair! Enjoy great exhibits and kid-friendly fun. Extended hours 10 am to 7 pm; half priced admission. State Fair fees and parking apply during the fair.

October and November

Creepy Crawl-o-ween!
October 25, 2014 from 10 am-3 pm

Colossal stick insects, titanic tarantulas, and slithery snakes take their masks off and reveal their not so scary side with educational presentations, activities, arts & crafts, and more! Included w/ admission ($8/adults, $6 for ages 60+, $4 for ages 3-11).
Fall Plant Sale Safaris
October 31, 2014 from 3 pm – 4 pm (Preview – attendance allows entry to Member’s Preview Plant Sale)
November 1, 2014 from 9 am to 10 am (Regular sale)

This pre-sale tour by TDG’s Director of Horticulture Roger Sanderson, shows you how to incorporate native and adapted plants into your landscape. Learn about the environmental conditions they thrive in and the beneficial insects they attract. $10, $5 for TDG Members. Advance registration strongly encouraged.
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Member's Fall Plant Sale Preview
October 31, 2014 from 4 pm – 7 pm

Our Member's Plant Sale allows you to shop before the Saturday rush! Members also receive 10% off plants. Rare native pollinator-friendly plants are our specialty.
Fall Plant Sale
November 1, 2014 from 10 am -- 2 pm

Enjoy native and adapted plants that are rare to find in local nurseries! Our updated plant sale list will be added in September.
Butterfly House Discovery Tour
November 1, 2014 at 11 am

Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly guided tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at these winged wonders. The tour is followed by our daily noon butterfly release! Included w/ admission ($8/adults, $6 for ages 60+, $4 for ages 3-11).
Evening Chat: How to Winterize Your Garden
November 5, 2014 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Planting in the fall saves money and builds a garden faster. Leaving leaf litter in your beds protects it in the winter and fertilizes it in the spring. Learn more fun fall gardening tips as you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and join us for a chat! $5; $4 for TDG Members. Register in advance.
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Stories and More! Title: Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson
November 13, 2014 at 11 am *Note later date

Join our butterflies for story time! We’ll make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks! The programs end with our daily noon butterfly release and are geared for the under-five/stroller crowd. Let's read! Adults pay regular admission. Advance: $8/Child 3-11, $6/Member; $3/ Child 1-2,$2/Member. At door: add $2/child.
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Garden Explorers Walk: Nuts and Seeds
November 8, 2014 at 11 am

Get out in the garden on this family friendly walk! See all of the nuts and seeds that a garden provides for our animal friends for the winter. It ends in time for you to catch the Butterfly Release talk at noon in our conservatory. Included w/ admission ($8/adults, $6 for ages 60+, $4 for ages 3-11).
Succulent Container Gardening
November 8, 2014 from 3 pm -- 5 pm

Discover the wonderful world of succulents with Marilyn and Donelle Simmons from Garden Inspirations and The FarmGirls Organic Radio Show. Bring your favorite container (make sure it has holes in the bottom) and we will have a variety of succulents for you to choose from and some trinkets for decoration. You will leave with a complete container garden! $50; $45 for TDG Members. Register in advance.
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Evening Chat: Desert Ecology
November 12, 2014 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening talk on the vibrant world of desert ecology with Director of Horticulture Roger Sanderson. See a slide presentation on the flora and fauna that make up the Texas desert. $5, $4 for TDG Members.
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Make Your Own Holiday Wreaths
November 22, 2014 from 3 pm – 5 pm

Adorn your front door with a beautiful pine and cedar wreaths using recycled boughs from the Christmas Tree Corner Store. Supplies include wired holiday ribbon and matching holiday picks to decorate the wreath. Expect joy, laughter and fun -- and celebrate the season with Marilyn and Donelle from Garden Inspirations and hosts of the FarmGirls Radio Show. Leave with a beautiful holiday wreath for your home. $50, $45 for TDG members. Register by Thursday so we can purchase supplies.
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December

Stories and More! Title: A Pill Bug’s Life by John Himmelman
December 4, 2014 at 11 am

Join our butterflies for story time! We’ll make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks! The programs end with our daily noon butterfly release and are geared for the under-five/stroller crowd. Let's read! Adults pay regular admission. Advance: $8/Child 3-11, $6/Member; $3/ Child 1-2,$2/Member. At door: add $2/child.
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Butterfly Wonderland Shopping Event
December 4, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm

Make holiday shopping fun and relaxing as we open up our Gift Shop in the evening. Stroll through our butterfly house, enjoy live music, and warm up with festive drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Members receive 10 percent off all Gift Shop items!
Christmas Gifts from Your Garden
December 6, 2014 from 10 am to noon

Learn how to make cute gifts from commonly-found objects in your garden. We will search through our gardens for supplies, and then make up gifts for you to take home. You will also leave with several more ideas to try at home. $25, $20 for TDG members. Register in advance.
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Butterfly House Discovery Tour
December 6, 2014 at 11 am

Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly guided tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at these winged wonders. The tour is followed by our daily noon butterfly release! Included w/ admission ($8/adults, $6 for ages 60+, $4 for ages 3-11).

Questions? Contact our Outreach Manager at (214) 428-7476 x 240  or programs@texasdiscoverygardens.org for details on classes and events. For 'Stories and More' questions, ask our Education Manager at (214) 428-7476 x 270. To register over the phone, call (214) 428-7476 x 343.