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BUTTERFLIES: Texas Discovery Gardens hosts its annual Valentine’s event, Butterfly Kisses. Guests are invited to stroll through the Butterfly House at sunset. Hors d’oeuvres, champagne and chocolate-covered insects will be served. A discussion on insect reproduction is also planned. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas. $35 per person or $50 per couple. Advance registration required.

EARTH-KIND GARDENING: Learn to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening and landscaping principles. Class will cover water conservation, reducing use of fertilizer and pesticide, energy conservation and more. 10:15 a.m. Saturday. All Calloway’s Nursery locations.

TURF TALK: Learn about different grasses that thrive in North Texas. The free session will also cover weed management and fertilization. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Bruce Miller Nursery, 1000 E. Belt Line Road, Richardson. 972-238-0204.

GROWING VEGETABLES: Learn about growing vegetables from a Dallas County master gardener. 10 a.m. Saturday. Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, 3646 Rosemeade Parkway, Dallas. Free. 972-306-2899.

GARDEN CLASSES: Nicholson-Hardie Nursery is offering a variety of spring gardening seminars, 5060 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas. Free, but reservations are required. 214-357-4674.

Urban vegetable gardening, 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Gardening with herbs, 11 a.m. Saturday

Enhancing your life with herbs, 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Cooking with herbs, 3 p.m. Saturday

Baking sourdough herb breads, 4:20 p.m. Saturday

Butterfly gardening,

11:30 a.m. Wednesday

Cottage cutting garden, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday

Agave, cactus and succulent gardening, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

HERBS: The Greater Fort Worth Herb Society welcomes garden educator Marilyn Simmons for a discussion on fresh, local food. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Texas Garden Club Building, Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Free.

GARDEN EDUCATION:  North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas, offers the following free events.

Valentine’s Day gifts, 4 p.m. Thursday

Chicken sale, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Gardening in cloth pots, 1 p.m. Saturday

Plentiful potatoes, 2 p.m. Saturday

Rose pruning, 1 p.m. Sunday

Plant now, 2 p.m. Sunday

Iris Society, 3 p.m. Sunday

Terrariums, 2 p.m. Feb. 22

HERB GARDENING: Learn how to create and maintain your own herbs in containers or raised beds. 11 a.m. Saturday. Covington’s Nursery, 5518 Bush Turnpike, Rowlett. Free. 972-475-5888. covington

PRESIDENTS DAY AT THE ARBORETUM: The Dallas Arboretum is planning a patriotic celebration for Presidents Day. Activities including a children’s costume contest and a tree scavenger hunt are planned. $1 hot dogs, $1 popcorn and $1 fried cherry pies will be available. Admission will be $5, and active military personnel will be free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. 8525 Garland Road, Dallas.

WILD ONIONS: Texas master naturalist Carol Clark will discuss wild onions in North Texas at the monthly meeting of the Native Plant Society of Texas. 7 p.m. Monday. REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway west of the Dallas North Tollway, Dallas. Free.

CACTI: The Garden Club of Dallas will feature a presentation on cactus and succulents. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Nicholson-Hardie, 5060 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas. Free.

SUCCULENTS: The Rockwall-Rowlett Garden Club’s monthly meeting will include a presentation on seductive succulents by Roseann Ferguson. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Rockwall Community Center, 815 E. Washington St., Rockwall. Free. 972-463-4989.

DRUNKEN BOTANIST’: Author Amy Stewart will discuss her book, The Drunken Botanist. She will offer advice for growing your own cocktail ingredients. The evening will include botanical cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 6:30 Feb. 20. Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. Advance ticket purchase required. $30.

PLAN YOUR LANDSCAPE: Discover the basic steps in planning and designing your landscape. Learn how to plot features such as irrigation, utilities and existing plants. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 18-27. Collin College Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., Plano. $59. Register at and search for “plan your landscape.” 214-770-6252 or 972-985-3711.

CONSERVING WATER: Half-day workshop will explore water-efficient property management. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite. $49. 469-554-9202.

TRINITY BIRD COUNT: Join the Trinity Bird Count at Elm Fork. Participants should bring water and binoculars. 7 to 10 a.m. Feb. 22. Bird’s Fort Trail Park, a quarter mile north of Northwest Highway on Riverside Drive, Dallas. Register with Stephen Fuqua at

ROSES: The East Texas Garden Lecture Series will educate attendees about growing roses in the first of seven seminars. The event will cover new rose breeds and pruning techniques. 9 a.m. Feb. 22. Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, 10926 U.S. Highway 69 North, Tyler. $15 per lecture or $45 for a season pass to all seven sessions, which are set for March 22, April 12, May 17, Sept. 13, Oct. 25 and Nov. 15. 903-590-2980.

CUT FLOWERS: The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers will offer a program on growing flowers for bouquets and more. Attendees will make hand-tied bridal bouquets using locally grown flowers. March 3 and 4. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Advance registration required.

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