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November 2016

November 12, 2016


Adult Workshop: Eating from the Garden

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 (10 - noon)
Part of the Shangri La Lecture & Workshop Series!   It’s been said many times before – eat your vegetables! That may be a fact of a healthier lifestyle, but how can vegetables be exciting? Shangri La’s Master Gardeners will demonstrate some new ideas and answers. Gather in the Children’s Garden as…

Saturday Adventure Series: Survival Part 1

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 (10 - 11am)
Foraging for Flowers, Fruit & Foliage Bring the family to discover which plants are edible around the gardens. Then explore the art of foraging by collecting and sampling plants. Boost basic survival skills by learning which plant parts are palatable and what nutrition they provide! Included with general admission. Members free.   Register for…

October 2016

October 29, 2016


Up Close with Nature – Live animal show

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 (11am - 3pm)
Join us the last Saturday of each month for a live animal show called Up Close with Nature (March – November) from 11 am – 3 pm as our wildlife curator, Robert Morgan, features one or more live animals that call Shangri La home. During these exciting & informative programs, you will…

Saturday Adventure Series: Bat Buddies

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 (10 - 11am)
We’re all going batty! Creepy critters of the night Do they give you a great fright? Come to Shangri La and see Bats are friends to you and me! Just in time for Halloween And fun for the whole family!   Included with general admission. Members free.   Register for this class below. For more info on the Saturday Adventure Series,…

October 22, 2016


Saturday Adventure Series: The Dirt on Soil

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 (10 - 11am)
“Gardens need lots of water-most of it perspiration.” Every garden starts in the same place: the soil. Discover how soil helps plants grow and get all 10 fingers dirty during some hands-on experiments. Then use the findings to make and take a soil wrapped seed bomb. Included with general admission. Members free.   Register…

October 16, 2016


Symphony at Shangri La

Sunday, October 16, 2016 (5-7:30pm)
Symphony at Shangri La returns for a second year!   The Symphony of Southeast Texas, directed by Maestro, Chelsea Tipton, returns to Shangri La Gardens at the peak of Scarecrow Festival once again to indulge patrons with a festive evening of seasonal nature and magnificent music. This year the program includes a…

October 15, 2016


Saturday Adventure Series: Swamp Symphony

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 (10 - 11am)
Listen up and let’s B-Sharp! Frogs, birds and bugs sing sweet songs just in time for symphony weekend. Join the critter chorus and perform a new swamp symphony using sounds found in nature, then make and take a bamboo wind chime! Make sure to bring the whole family as an audience…

October 11, 2016


Scarecrow Festival 2016

Oct. 11 - Nov. 5, 2016 (9am - 5pm)
Walk among the Scarecrows! Each year, Shangri La hosts the largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas, with dozens of hand-crafted scarecrows displayed along the Garden’s pathways. Created by community organizations, businesses, schools, and families, scarecrow designs range from funny, to clever, to wacky and weird! For sure, no two scarecrows are ever…

October 8, 2016


Saturday Adventure Series: Budding Botanists

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 (10 - 11am)
Q: “Where does a botanist sleep?” A: “On a Mon-o-cot” There are so many plants at Shangri La! How do we tell them all apart? Enjoy a family program and learn some of the key features that scientists use for identifying plants. Before “leafing,” become a junior botanist and make a…

October 1, 2016


Saturday Adventure Series: Buzz Off – Keeping Insects at Bay the Natural Way

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 (10 - 11am)
“Texas ‘skeeters’ are big enough to keep as a pet!” The heat may be fading, but the mosquitoes sure aren’t! Join friends and neighbors for a family-friendly program and discover which plants can keep people bite-free this fall. Then, create a natural insect repellent to bring home. Included with general admission. Members…