▪ Learn about using water wisely in the landscape and garden at a “Yard Smart” seminar, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
At 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, learn about the history and design of the Japanese Garden on a free walking tour. Admission to the Japanese Garden still applies; it’s $7, $5 seniors and $4 for ages 4-12.
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. fwbg.org
▪ Master naturalist Leigh Langford’s family-friendly walk through the Cross Timbers returns at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake. It’s $5 per person.
Or join an orienteering class using compasses and iPhones that have a compass at 11 a.m. Saturday. It’s $15, and participants must be 14 or older. 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake. 817-491-6333; bjnc.org.
▪ Take a “Home-grown Vegetables for Small Spaces” class at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at all area Calloway’s stores. calloways.com.
▪ Kids can join a live animal exploration, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the River Legacy Living Science Center. 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817-860-6752; riverlegacy.org.
▪ Learn techniques for amending soil and preparing garden beds at “Back to Basics,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Redenta’s Garden, 5111 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington. 817-451-2149; http://redentas.com.
▪ Learn the history of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge on a Greer Island hike, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. It’s free with paid admission ($2-$5). At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, a staff artist will demonstrate watercolor and sketching techniques used in nature journaling. Bring your own supplies and join in. The session is also free with paid admission.
At 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, take a leisurely “Early Birds” hike with a naturalist. It’s free with paid admission, but registration is required.
The refuge is at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410; www.fwnaturecenter.org.
▪ Landscape designer Sharon Duquemin will review the “10 Questions Your Landscape Designer Will Ask You” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Marshall Grain Co.’s Grapevine store, 3525 William D. Tate Ave. 817-416-6600; www.marshallgrain.com.
▪ The popular Butterflies in the Garden, an exhibit of live, exotic butterflies, returns to the conservatory of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and runs through April 3. It is open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission is $10 ages 13-64, $8 seniors, $6 ages 3-12 and free for kids under 3. To purchase timed-entry tickets online, visit www.bitg16.org. For more information, call 817-392-5510 or visit www.fwbg.org.
The conservatory is at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth.
▪ Learn about herbs and plants of biblical times from master gardener Amy Harsha at the Sunday, March 6, meeting of the Arlington Garden Club. It’s at 2:30 p.m. at the Fielder Museum, 1616 W Abram St. Facebook: Garden Club- Arlington TX, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Orchid expert Mark Margolis will talk about his favorite flowers at a meeting of the Fort Worth Orchid Society, 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. fwbg.org
▪ See the “Native to This Place: The Plants and Prairies of North Central Texas” exhibit at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, through Thursday, March 10. Free. 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. 817-332-4441; www.brit.org.
▪ Get your gardening questions answered with a call to the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association help desk, 817-884-1944. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
▪ Johnson County Master Gardeners also answer gardening questions and give advice 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. Call the Johnson County Extension Office at 817-556-6370 and ask to speak to a master gardener.
Mark your calendar …
▪ For “Yoga in the Meadow,” 9 a.m. March 12 at the Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake. It’s $10 per person. 817-491-6333; bjnc.org.
▪ For a week’s worth of spring break activities, March 14-18, at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. For details, visit www.fwnaturecenter.org.
▪ For April 4, the deadline to order 50-gallon rain barrels, $72.50, and 65-gallon compost bins, $67.50, from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the city of Fort Worth’s sale. Order at www.rainbarrelprogram.org/britfortworth. Pick them up 9 a.m.-noon April 9 at BRIT, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. www.brit.org.
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