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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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

Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

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Ready to grow your own food but wish you knew more? Then this is the class for you! Introduction to 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. Pair this class with Starting your Spring Transplants taught in the afternoon and get a jump on your 2018 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.

$30 members/ $35 non-members

 

Pruning Your Trees and Sharpening Your Tools

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Nick Esthus, Senior Gardener at Fort Worth Japanese Garden, will present information on pruning in the garden. Topics will include best practices for pruning small trees, shrubs and other material and how pruned plants impact your garden design. Plant biology and physiology and how it pertains to pruning will also be discussed. He will give you tips on sharpening your pruning tools and will also give a pruning demonstration on trees in the garden and on a Japanese maple from Metro Maples.

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 at both the FWJG and for private clients.

Please Note: This class will take place at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Starting Your Spring Transplants

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Join Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farm for Starting your Spring Transplants a 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.

$20 members/$25 non-members.

 

Permaculture Basics for the Home Gardener

Work smarter, not harder.

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Join us for this two hour class and discover what, exactly, permaculture is and how using the principles of permaculture can allow you to work smarter not harder when it comes to your garden and landscape. By the end of this class participants will have the basic skills necessary to begin building a sustainable and self-sufficient garden of their own.

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.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Raised Beds and Irrigation Systems

Get growing fast.

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Raised beds are a quick way to begin growing your garden and a great way to sidestep our sometimes difficult north Texas soil. Learn what your raised bed options are and the various pros and cons of each type of raised bed. Explore a variety of 'out of the box' raised bed solutions and learn how to build a simple irrigation system for your beds.

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.

Grafting Japanese Maples and Air Layering Rubber Trees

Propagation 3

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Grafting will introduce a different 'mating' technique to our sex in the garden series. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the natural phenomenon of 'inosculation’ (where two trees grow together through their roots, trunks or branches) and actually use this method on a Japanese Maple.

Air layering is a common technique used for plants that have gotten very tall and leggy. It can also be used to propagate small numbers of individuals from large established container or landscape plants. A Rubber Tree will be used in this method. (And, remember, even an ant can move a Rubber Tree plant!) You will leave with a Japanese Maple you have grafted and a rubber tree you have air-layered.

Instructors Claudia Teague, Karl Rosenboom, and Marjorie Day are Master Gardeners and Plant Propagation Specialists who love teaching propagation using hands-on techniques. They volunteer in the greenhouse at the Master Gardener Demo Garden at the Resource Connection. They also maintain their own beautiful gardens where they practice the best techniques of master gardening.

Please Note: This class will take place at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

$20 members/$25 non-members