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 Ed classes are designed for adults 18 and older. Interested children 14 and older are invited to attend classes with a parent or guardian if both individuals purchase a seat. Please don't hesitate to contact Laura Venhaus if you have any questions about this policy.

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

Community Education Manager

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

Compost Master Class

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All compost is not created equal so, if you've learned the basics of composting, come take a deeper dive and learn which type of composting is considered the gold standard and how to make aerated compost tea. Learn how to determine whether your soil needs fungal or bacterial compost, how to make these two types of compost and the best way to use both. Join us for this 5 hour hands-on workshop and harness the power of compost! 

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 be held at BRIT.

$75 members/$85 non-members

Water Efficient Lawns and Landscape Care

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Join Agrilife Horticulturalist Steve Chaney to learn how to work smarter not harder to have a luscious landscape by choosing more efficient methods of watering as you add plants that require less water.  Learn to maintain your yard even with the water restrictions that are necessary in our climate.  

Instructor Steve Chaney is originally from a small town in Southern Oklahoma where he learned to love the garden from a very young age.  After receiving two BS degrees from Oklahoma State University in Landscape Architecture and Marketing, he owned and operated a design/building firm for over ten years before joining the Extension family and acquiring his Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education.  He first served as a CEA in Wichita County and, after four years, continued his service to the community as a CEA in Tarrant County, where he still continues to make a significant impact.  His experience and expertise have helped the Tarrant County Home Horticulture programs to become recognized as ‘tops in the state’.

Please note: This class will be held at FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Soil Biology Super Class

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The key to growing nutrient dense food and happy plants is having healthy, functioning soil in your garden. The organisms living in soil are crucial to soil health and in this five hour, hands-on class participants will work with microscopes to identify the different types of organisms that live in the soil and learn how to manage them for optimal soil health. This workshop will give you an understanding of how to use soil biology in your organic gardening to grow tasty, healthy, nutritious food. 

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 be held at BRIT.

$75 members/$85 non-members

Monarch Migration and the Fall Garden

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Join us for this workshop and learn which fall nectar plants attract the migrating monarchs.  Learn about the annual migration, the 5th generation, and the overwintering grounds in Mexico. We’ll tag monarchs if our timing is right! This class contains material not covered in the spring Gardening for Monarchs class.

Instructor Gail Manning is an entomologist and has been at the Botanic Garden for 13 years. Her focus is conservation and citizen science, primarily on the monarch butterfly. 

Please note: this class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Paracord Garden Hacks

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In this hands-on class, you will learn many handy uses for paracord in the garden including how to create colorful and comfortable tool handle wraps. We'll also cover how to make charming paracord insects and animals for your gardening friends. You’ll go home with at least one finished project and guidelines for others.  

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 be held at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members

Starting your Spring Transplants

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Want to start your own transplants but are unsure how to approach it?  This hands-on seed starting workshop will step you through the "art" of starting transplants, including potting soil considerations, seed depth, watering and food needs, lighting requirements, environmental control, and more.  You’ll go home with an understanding of seed starting and seeded pots that can become the foundation for your home garden.  Seeds and planting materials will be provided.

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 tow

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members

Poinsettias

Behind the scenes with this holiday favorite.

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Join Dr. Agnes Knasiak in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservation Greenhouse as she shares the history of poinsettias including their introduction into commercial production and how they have become the default Christmas flower. Dr. Agnes will take you through a typical production cycle using the crop that is currently in production as the visual aid. You will look at culture in the greenhouse and also in the home or hobby greenhouse and discuss best practices to maintain them through the Holiday season and into the New Year!

Instructor Agnieszka Slociak Knasiak, has degrees from two universities in Europe including a PhD in Horticulture. During her doctoral study in Wroclaw, Poland she took special classes for “The Art of Floral Design.” She creates the flower designs each year for the Japanese Garden Festivals. She also designs arrangements for special events in Botanic Garden such as birthday parties, anniversaries, funerals, holidays tables, etc. She is currently a Greenhouse Attendant at the Botanic Garden.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

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