Horticulture and Gardening

Sustainable by nature. 

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. 

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Program Information

PROGRAM POLICIES

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 ewhite@brit.org. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

To cancel your registration for a class, please email mschmidlkofer@brit.org 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

Director of Community Education

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. 

Upcoming Events

Grow Your Own Cut Flower Garden

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Interested in growing your own blooms for flower arrangements and gifts? Then join us for an afternoon with farmers Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farms. You will learn the basics of creating and tending a home cutting garden, including where to locate your garden, preparing the planting site, what flowers to grow, and how to harvest your blooms. 

Instructors: Instructors Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, owners of Barking Cat Farm, teach others to grow high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner, just as they do. 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.

Saturday, May 1, 2021 (1 – 2:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 28

$30/$25 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Can’t attend the live class? If you pre-register, you will be sent a link to the class recording (available for a limited time only) which you can view when convenient.

Begonia Terrarium Workshop

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Everyone loves a terrarium, and now you can create your own using begonias from the internationally recognized Begonia Species Collection at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Enjoy a virtual tour of the Species Bank and learn all about these beautiful plants. You'll then learn how to create and care for your miniature tropical habitat for rare and exotic species and hybrids, building your beautiful glass terrarium at home. A kit for building your terrarium will be available for pickup at The Garden.

Instructor: Deborah Garrett, Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Taddie Hamilton, Volunteer

Saturday, May 15, 2021 (1 – 2:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 12  

$35/$30 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. Your terrarium materials will be available for pickup May 13 & 14. You will receive an email with pickup instructions. 

Keeping Your Plants Healthy: Organic Disease Control

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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This class will teach you how to identify diseases and nutrient deficiencies in your plants. Learn how to identify the root causes of these issues and the best steps to take to fix the problems. You will also learn how to examine your own garden soil under a microscope, test plant material with a refractometer, and how to use different sprayers.

Instructors: Instructors Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, owners of Barking Cat Farm, teach others to grow high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner, just as they do. 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.

Saturday, June 5, 2021 (10 am – 12 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 2

$40/$35 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Can’t attend the live class? If you pre-register, you will be sent a link to the class recording (available for a limited time only) which you can view when convenient.

Organic Pest Control in the Garden

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Eager to grow beautiful vegetables and flowers, but frustrated by pests in your garden? Join us for this informative workshop, where you will learn to identify common garden pests, and non-toxic methods of removing and (best part) avoiding them. 

Instructors: Instructors Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, owners of Barking Cat Farm, teach others to grow high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner, just as they do. 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.

Saturday, June 5, 2021 (1 – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 3

$40/$35 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Can’t attend the live class? If you pre-register, you will be sent a link to the class recording (available for a limited time only) which you can view when convenient.

Hands-On Bonsai

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Have you always wanted to know about bonsai and how to nurture your very own tree? Join us for this hands-on class in the Japanese Garden, lead by the experts of the Fort Worth Bonsai Society. This class will teach you about bonsai and how to train and maintain them. In addition to knowledge and experience, you will receive a nursery potted Green Mound Juniper and starter bonsai pot. Once your tree is repotted, you will learn how to train your tree and turn it into a bonsai. You will leave with the skills to take care of your bonsai so it can provide a lifetime of enjoyment.

Instructors: The Fort Worth Bonsai Society promotes knowledge of and interest in bonsai and serves as a focal point for bonsai fanciers in and around the Fort Worth area. They provide a variety of educational and support services to the bonsai community and are dedicated to spreading the word about this wonderful, satisfying and challenging hobby.

Saturday, June 26, 2021 (8 – 10 am)

Registration Deadline: June 23

$40/$35 member

Location: Japanese Garden

Materials: Provided

Propagation for the Home Gardener: Air Layering and Grafting

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Do you have beloved plants that have grown a bit too tall? It may be time to learn new propagation techniques, such as grafting and air layering! Join the Master Gardener Advanced Plant Propagators in this virtual, hands-on class. You will learn to propagate rubber trees, dracaena, and Japanese maples. Your plant kit, which contains a rubber tree, a Japanese maple, and materials needed for air layering, will be ready for pickup at BRIT. 

Instructor: Deborah Garrett, Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Taddie Hamilton, Volunteer

Saturday, June 26, 2021 (10 am – noon)

Registration Deadline: June 23

$45/$40 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. Your propagation kit will be available for pickup June 24 and 25. You will receive an email with pickup instructions. 

Don't Throw Away Your Orchid

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Phalaenopsis are the most popular orchid because the beautiful flowers last for months. Unfortunately, many of these orchids are thrown away after all the flowers drop. Orchids are perennials - they will grow and flower every year for many years! Explore the mystery around the orchid plant family and orchid growing with orchid grower Dr. Dotty Woodson. Discover where and how orchids grow in nature and how you can grow orchids on your windowsill, in your greenhouse, and even outdoors in the summer. This course will cover orchid growing, potting, dividing, watering, fertilizing, propagating, collecting, and maintaining orchids for many years.

Instructor: Dr. Dotty Woodson has grown orchids since 1973. Woodson’s goal is to share her knowledge and enjoyment about growing orchids. Woodson is a member of the Fort Worth Orchid Society, Greater North Texas Orchid Society, Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association and the American Orchid Society. She has written articles about orchid culture for many newspapers and magazines and appeared on many television and radio shows to discuss growing orchids. Woodson’s DVD Growing Orchids Made Easy with Dotty is available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Bookstore at https://agrilifebookstore.org/. Woodson has B. S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture from Tarleton State University and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M and Texas Tech Universities. Before retirement, Woodson taught landscape water conservation by design, plant selection, and irrigation efficiency for 32 years at Tarrant County College, TCU, UTA, and for Texas A&M Extension as a County Extension Agent in Tarrant County and Water Resource Extension State Specialist. She owns D & B Orchids in Fort Worth. 

Saturday, June 26, 2021 (1 - 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 23

$25/$20 member

Location: Zoom online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Can’t attend the live class? If you pre-register, you will be sent a link to the class recording (available for a limited time only) which you can view when convenient.

Past Events