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Event Date

February 9 - March 23, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Horticulture and Gardening

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

Community Education Manager

The Japanese Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, which will soon celebrate its 50th birthday, serves as the classroom for this unique series of hands-on workshops. Join FWJG Senior Gardener Nick Esthus and Japanese garden expert John Powell for a series of workshops on the art of tsubo-niwa (small garden) inside the Japanese Garden.  Participants will gain hands on experience in a variety of crucial tsubo-niwa elements including setting boulders, stone paving, tree and shrub pruning and placement, and working with bamboo, all while assisting with permanent changes to the garden. Attendees will gain insight into the art of Japanese gardens, their connection to architecture and will take away valuable ideas for their own gardens.  

Instructor John Powell, owner of Zoen, LLC, designs Japanese-style gardens and serves as lead garden consultant for several public gardens throughout the United States, specializing in garden restorations and sustainable maintenance programs.  John received his training from various Japanese garden masters both in Japan and the United States including internship at the prestigious Adachi Museum of Art gardens in Yasugi, Japan.  A regular contributor to Sukiya Living magazine (The Journal of Japanese gardening), John also presents frequently for the North American Japanese Garden Association and is a member of its board of directors.

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.  

Regretfully, this class has been cancelled.


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. 

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.