Horticulture and Gardening

Horticulture and Gardening

Come discover how your garden grows.

As community leaders in plant based knowledge and education, BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to partner with experts in the fields of horticulture and gardening to provide the public with opportunities to expand their knowledge of the plant world through a variety of classes and workshops. 

These half and full day classes and workshops will take place on the BRIT campus, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and in the field. Please check the individual event announcements for further details.

 

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Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: GROW Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public. 

Nice to Know: Since you never know where GROW Adult Ed might take you, we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. A sweater or light jacket is a good idea in case the A/C is working too well and closed toe shoes are always a good idea. Please check individual class listings for any specific requirements and, as always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at a GROW Adult Ed class soon! 

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

As community leaders in plant based knowledge and education, BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to partner with experts in the fields of horticulture and gardening to provide the public with opportunities to expand their knowledge of the plant world through a variety of classes and workshops. 

These half and full day classes and workshops will take place on the BRIT campus, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and in the field. Please check the individual event announcements for further details.

 

Upcoming Events

Successful Vegetable Gardening

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Ready to grow your own food but wish you knew more? Then this is the class for you! Successful Vegetable Gardening, taught by Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farm, will cover a range of topics to help the beginning vegetable gardener be successful growing their own food organically. Apply your new found knowledge to your fall garden or get a jump on your 2019 garden.

Instructors Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, owners of Barking Cat Farm, focus on growing high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner. Brix testing is done regularly to monitor the nutritional quality of the produce and compost and compost teas are applied to the soil to ensure that soil biology is constantly improving. Both Laurie & Kim have their Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Course. Both have studied under Dr. Elaine Ingham and are working towards becoming Certified Soil Life Consultants. They offer permaculture design and soil biology consulting services to other growers and gardeners.

Please note: This class will take place at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members.

Registration opens soon!

Grow your own Salad Bowl

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Are you new to gardening? Did you know that Texas is the perfect location for fall and winter gardening? Are you tired of paying for a clamshell of 'fresh' lettuce or other greens? Then why not grow your own salad bowl right at home? In this class we will discuss how to raise lettuce and other greens at home. Enjoy the convenience of walking out your back door and harvesting your own greens rather than making yet another trip to the grocery store.

Instructor Joyce Fethke-Block, a native Minnesotan, was raised on a family farm in the southern part of the state where she learned to love all aspects of gardening. After deciding that a career in the restaurant business wasn’t for her, she returned to school at the University of Minnesota and majored in Horticulture. She moved to Texas several years ago, married a native Texan, and along the way became a Master Gardener, a member of Texas Nursery and Landscape Professionals, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in, what else, Horticulture. Joyce has worked at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as the curator for the Rainforest Conservatory & Christmas Coordinator for almost 4 years. She and her husband live in Alvarado, TX. According to Joyce, Texas is a whole other country when it comes to gardening!

Please note: This class will take place at the FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Demystifying the Food Forest

How does this low-maintenance, sustainable, food production system work?

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Intrigued by the phrase 'Food Forest'? Are you wondering what one is? Or how to build one? In this class, we will be discussing the basics of building a Food Forest for the North Texas area. Instructor Jason Ramsey will be explaining what a Food Forest is, and discussing its needs, how to design a Food Forest, and how to maintain the system. He will also be touching on several techniques that will make the most of any property or backyard. 

Instructor Jason Ramsey of Perma-Scape Landscape Design and Management, a consultancy firm dedicated to regenerative agriculture practices and the Permaculture philosophy. Jason received his Permaculture certification in February of 2014 through Permaculture Denton. Jason has been a practitioner of Permaculture since 2008.

Please Note: This class will take place at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

What is the Soil Food Web?

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The key to having nutrient dense food is having a healthy functioning soil food web in your garden. This course will give you a good foundation in understanding how to use biology in your organic gardening to grow tasty, healthy, nutritious food. Pair this class with the hands-on 'Soil Biology for Gardeners' for a deeper dive into this fascinating subject.

Instructors Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, owners of Barking Cat Farm, focus on growing high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner. Brix testing is done regularly to monitor the nutritional quality of the produce and compost and compost teas are applied to the soil to ensure that soil biology is constantly improving. Both Laurie & Kim have their Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Course. Both have studied under Dr. Elaine Ingham and are working towards becoming Certified Soil Life Consultants. They offer permaculture design and soil biology consulting services to other growers and gardeners.

Please Note: This class will take place at BRIT 

$30 members/$35 non-members

Soil Biology for Gardeners

Get up close and personal with your soil.

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The organisms living in soil are crucial to soil health. In this hands-on class participants will work with microscopes to identify the different types of organisms that live in the soil. This class is a companion to the earlier class "What is the Soil Food Web?" and it is strongly recommended that they be taken together for a more complete understanding of the soil organisms we’ll be discussing and viewing. 

Instructors Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, owners of Barking Cat Farm, focus on growing high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner. Brix testing is done regularly to monitor the nutritional quality of the produce and compost and compost teas are applied to the soil to ensure that soil biology is constantly improving. Both Laurie & Kim have their Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Course. Both have studied under Dr. Elaine Ingham and are working towards becoming Certified Soil Life Consultants. They offer permaculture design and soil biology consulting services to other growers and gardeners.

Please Note: This class will take place at BRIT. 

$20 members/$25 non-members

Blooms for Weeks

Layering bulbs in a container

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Join Claire Alford for this class as she teaches about the different types of bulbs we plant for spring blooms. Students will then have a hands-on experience in layering tunicate bulbs in pots.  Students will take home a 12" pot with 2-3 different tunicate bulbs which will bloom at different times during the spring.

Instructor Claire Alford has been a Master Gardener for 13 years.  She leads the Plant Propagation Specialists and teaches Propagation to Master Gardeners from across Texas. She has taught at conferences on tomatoes, From Rain to Drought and the Southern Region Conference. During these years she has been learning to make her yard work easier and found that bulbs are one of the simplest perennials to grow.  

Please Note: This class will take place at the FWBG.

$30 members/$35 non-members

Seed Starting 101

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Join Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farm for this hands-on seed starting workshop that will be taught in the FW Botanic Garden greenhouse. Tuition covers a variety of seeds and planting materials. You’ll go home with an understanding of seed starting and seeded pots that can become the foundation for your home garden.

Instructors Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, owners of Barking Cat Farm, focus on growing high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner. Brix testing is done regularly to monitor the nutritional quality of the produce and compost and compost teas are applied to the soil to ensure that soil biology is constantly improving. Both Laurie & Kim have their Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Course. Both have studied under Dr. Elaine Ingham and are working towards becoming Certified Soil Life Consultants. They offer permaculture design and soil biology consulting services to other growers and gardeners.

Please note: This class will take place at the FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Urban/Suburban Permaculture

Applying permaculture to the home garden

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Join us for this three hour class and take the first steps in applying Permaculture design to your property. The class will cover Zones and Sectors, Climate and Topographical Effect, Soil Building, Water Harvesting, System Succession, and Design. Students will learn several techniques that will help you get started designing your own yards and making the most of your space. 

Instructor Jason Ramsey of Perma-Scape Landscape Design and Management, a consultancy firm dedicated to regenerative agriculture practices and the Permaculture philosophy. Jason received his Permaculture certification in February of 2014 through Permaculture Denton. Jason has been a practitioner of Permaculture since 2008.

Please note: This class will take place at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members

 

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