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. *Please note that we do not send out tickets for events. We enter your name on our class lists once we receive your payment! So if you get a receipt from PayPal, you're good to go!

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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 exotic stick insects, hissing cockroaches, pillbugs and tarantulas!

July

Butterfly Tea Party featuring “Bonjour Butterfly”
July 30, 2015 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. $12 ages 3-11 / $10 members $3 ages 1-3 / $2 members At door purchase; $2/child surcharge.
We are sold out! We encourage you to purchase tickets now for the August Party -- see below!

August

Butterfly House Discovery Tour
August 1, 2015 at 11 am
Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, followed by our daily noon butterfly release. Included with admission.
Stories and More! This is the Sunflower by Lola Schaefer
August 6, 2015 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. $8 ages 3-11 / $6 members $3 ages 1-3 / $2 members At door purchase; $2/child surcharge.
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Garden Explorers Walk: 5 Senses Garden Tour
August 8, 2015 at 11 am
Get out in the garden on this family friendly walk! Search for plants that stimulate the senses. It ends in time for you to catch the noon Butterfly Release talk in our conservatory. Included with admission.
Butterflies and Bugs! Family Festival
August 15, 2015 from 10 am – 3 pm
Join us for our annual celebration of insects! Discover live and pinned insects, family friendly activities, butterfly house tours, crafts and more. Included with admission
Butterfly Tea Party featuring “Bonjour Butterfly”
August 20, 2015 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. (See dropdown menu to the right to purchase in advance). $12 ages 3-11 / $10 members $3 ages 1-3 / $2 members At door purchase; $2/child surcharge.
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September


Stories and More! Bye, Bye Butterflies by Andrew Larsen
September 3, 2015 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. $8 ages 3-11 / $6 members $3 ages 1-3 / $2 members At door purchase; $2/child surcharge.
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Butterfly House Discovery Tour
September 5, 2015 at 11 am

Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, followed by our daily noon butterfly release! Included with admission
Garden Explorers Walk: Fall Wonders September 12, 2015 at 11 am Get out in the garden on this family friendly walk! Search for fall color and texture, and then catch the Butterfly Release talk at noon in our conservatory. Included with admission
State Fair of Texas
September 25 through October 18, 2015

Texas Discovery Gardens is on Fairgrounds, so a visit to the Gardens entails State Fair of Texas parking and admission (and, while not mandatory, we strongly recommend a corny dog). Enjoy our special exhibits and reduced admission ($4/adults, $3/ages 60+, $2/ages 3-11, free for under 3)! Extended hours 10 am to 7 pm.

October

Drought Tolerant Plants
October 24, 2015 from 3 pm - 5 pm

Some common – and not so common – landscape plants are tough enough to survive Stage Four Water Restrictions. Director of Horticulture Roger Sanderson will showcase drought-tolerant plants available at our Fall Plant Sale, as well as fall planting tips. $25; $20 for TDG Members. Register in advance.
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Fall Plant Sale Safaris
October 30, 2015 from 3 pm – 4 pm (Preview – attendance allows entry to Member’s Plant Sale)
October 31, 2015 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
October 30, 2015 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
October 31, 2015 from 10 am - 2 pm

Enjoy native and adapted plants that are rare to find in local nurseries!

November

Stories and More! Yucky Worms! by Vivian French
November 5, 2015 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. $8 ages 3-11 / $6 members $3 ages 1-3 / $2 members At door purchase; $2/child surcharge.
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Butterfly House Discovery Tour
November 7, 2015 at 11 am

Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, followed by our daily noon butterfly release! Included with admission
Succulent Wreath Making
November 14, 2015 from Noon -2 pm

Create a gorgeous succulent wreath to enjoy all year long. We provide supplies and guidance on care/maintenance. $75, $60 for TDG Members. Register in advance.
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Homemade Holiday Decor
November 21, 2015 from noon - 2 pm

Join us for this family friendly class as we create gifts and festive decorations inspired by gardens. Make nature-filled globes, mini evergreen wreaths, pressed leaf stamped notecards and homemade bird feeders. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome! $50, $40 for TDG Members. Register in advance.
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December

Stories and More! Verdi by Janell Cannon
December 3, 2015 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. $8 ages 3-11 / $6 members $3 ages 1-3 / $2 members At door purchase; $2/child surcharge.
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Butterfly House Discovery Tour
December 5, 2015 at 11 am
Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, followed by our daily noon butterfly release! Included with admission
A Natural Winter
December 1-31, 2015
Our lobby gets transformed into a natural winter wonderland as we celebrate this stunning season. Enjoy crafts and activities throughout the month.

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.