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Event Date

February 6, 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Horticulture and Gardening

Program Information


GROW Adult Education programs are for adults 18 and older. BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden endeavor to offer a quality educational experience to each program participant, with class sizes supporting this policy. Registered participants may not bring an unregistered participant of any age to class. Onsite registrations, when a class is not sold out, are encouraged.

GROW members may register for courses at the discounted member rate; guests of members do not qualify for the member rate. Program registration fees include complimentary entry into the Botanic Garden the day of the program. Entry to BRIT is always free. 

Many courses are held outdoors and may require moderate walking to and from one or more locations. As such we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. If you have questions about physical requirements, please send an email to 


To cancel your registration for a class, please email at least ten calendar days prior to the start of that class. You will receive an 85% refund. No refunds are granted less than ten calendar days before the class starts.

If you choose, you may gift your seat in the class to a friend or family member; just send us the name and email address of the person who is taking your spot so we can add them to the roster and send them the appropriate information.

Payment for your class reserves your seat and allows us to secure the instructor. If you are late for class, your seat will be reserved; we do not transfer your seat to walk-in participants. Partial refunds or transfers are not available for unattended classes.

In the event that we must cancel a class, you will be notified email and will have several options: we can transfer your ticket to another class right away (or classes, so long as the new value does not exceed the original value), issue a credit to be applied to another class or classes in the same calendar year, or provide a refund. This applies to classes that do not meet the minimum registrant requirement, which sometimes occurs.

By registering online, over the phone, or in person, you are agreeing to GROW's ten-day cancellation policy outlined above. 

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

Get your trees and shrubs in shape before the burst of spring in this blended workshop with Japanese Garden Horticultural Manager, Nick Esthus. You will enjoy a pre-recorded lecture as well as attend a pruning demonstration in the Japanese Garden. Topics will include best pruning practices for small trees, shrubs, and other materials and how pruned plants impact your garden design. Plant biology and physiology and how it pertains to pruning will also be discussed. You will also learn tips on sharpening your pruning tools. 

Instructor: Nick Esthus is the Senior Gardener for the Fort Worth Japanese Garden located at Fort Worth Botanic Garden.  His previous work experience includes garden curator at Memphis Botanic Garden’s Japanese garden, Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden at Ohio State University, and nursery intern at Longwood Gardens.  He holds an Associate’s degree from Columbus State Community College in Landscape Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Horticulture from Ohio State University. Nick specializes in Japanese garden design, maintenance and installation both FWJG and private clients.  

Saturday, February 6, 2021 (9 – 10:30 am)

Registration Deadline: February 4     

$28/$25 member

Location: The pre-recorded lecture will be sent to you a week prior to the live demonstration portion of the class; if you register less than a week before the live demonstration, you will receive the recording upon registration. All students will have access to the recorded lecture for one week following the class. You will receive emailed directions to the onsite pruning demonstration the day before the class. 

In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for this onsite demonstration is February 20 (9 - 10:30 am).

About Horticulture and Gardening

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.