Local Learning and Events at Houston Botanic Garden

Our local Houston Botanic Garden hosts some awesome events, and this holiday season is no exception. Learn cooking, art, crafting, yoga, and more with these wonderful upcoming events!


Bold Botanic Art

Make Your Own Natural Wonder

Thursday, November 11, 2021

2:00 — 5:00 pm

Arts & Culture


Carole Bailey, a member of the Garden’s board of directors, will show participants how to make incredible, dazzling creations from nature. In addition to hands-on instruction, participants will walk the Garden with Bailey to notice the artistic potential nature holds. A wine tasting and art to take home are included.

As just one example of the botanical fantasies Bailey has created with nature’s leftovers: Using wings cut from miniature palmetto leaves, a body shape with a dried thistle flower, and a head made from a tiny poppy seed pod, she crafted a ring depicting a hummingbird whose proboscis dips into the center of a many-petaled flower.

The non-member fee of $48 for the workshop includes general admission to the Garden, wine tasting, and art to take home. Members receive a $10 discount.


Elements of Tibetan Meditation Series

Exploring Air

Saturday, November 06, 2021

10:00 — 11:30 am

Health & Wellness


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The Elements of Tibetan Meditation series will explore the five natural elements that serve as the basis for Tibetan medicine and practice – Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. Each session will feature a brief lecture, followed by movements, breath exercises, and meditation, all enriched by the beautiful sights and calming sounds of the surrounding Garden.

In the fourth session, Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., founder, and director of The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute, will explore how the energy of Air is expressed in the natural world, including our human bodies.

Garden members receive a $5 discount off registration.

*Non-member price ($10) covers the meditation session but does not include general admission to the Garden on Saturday, Nov. 6, which is an additional $15 for adults, $10 for children and students.

Additional upcoming date in the Elements of Tibetan Medicine Series:

All sessions are held from 10-11:30 a.m.


Seed, Cook, Compost

Creating Holiday Desserts & Appetizers

Thursday, November 11, 2021

6:00 — 8:00 pm

Arts & Culture


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Chef Keisha Griggs – who uses her expertise and flexibility to introduce new flavors to everyone who experiences her food – will guide participants through the hands-on creation of holiday appetizers and desserts incorporating fresh produce from local farms, as well as the Houston Botanic Garden’s Culinary Garden. She will also share a wine and beer pairing that works with the delicious dishes.

Hailing from the Caribbean, Chef Griggs realized her love for cooking at an early age. Within her Trinidadian family, good food always came with a great memory. After 13 years as an interactive marketing executive, Chef Griggs followed her passion and a lifelong love of cooking to pursue a career in the culinary industry. After graduating from the Art Institute’s most-honored culinary program, she has had the opportunity to work alongside some of Houston’s most prestigious chefs and celebrated kitchens, crafting techniques in classical French, Asian, vegetarian, vegan, New American, and fine dining cuisines.

Space is limited to the first 20 registrants.

The non-member fee of $58 for the workshop includes general admission to the Garden, and tasting of the finished meal, wine, and beer. Members receive a $10 discount.


Botanical Printing

Use Nature Creatively

Saturday, November 20, 2021

10:00 am — 2:00 pm

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Molly Koehn, a Houston-based environmental artist, will show participants how to use a variety of leaves to make botanical prints on fabric through eco printing. Eco printing is a natural dye process that creates incredible prints of leaves on fabric without using artificial dyes or harmful chemicals.

The workshop will cover techniques to achieve clear prints as well as mordanting – the process of preparing fibers to accept color – to create color variations. The resulting prints will be “color fast;” they should not wash out or fade quickly, and the printed fabrics can be used in clothing, household items, quilting, collage, or even be considered works of art themselves. The techniques learned in the workshop could also be used to make prints on paper.

Everything participants will need to benefit from the workshop is included in the registration and supply fees. We also encourage participants to bring their own leaves to experiment with, if they like.

The cost of the workshop includes admission to the Garden and registration ($45), as well as a supply fee ($35). Garden members receive a $10 discount off registration.

Additional workshops offered by artist Molly Koehn:


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