Christie Eckler

Vice President for Advancement

Chris Chilton

Corporate Relations Manager

Sara Richardson

Director of Philanthropy

Katherine Campbell

Director of Membership

Chris Smith

Marketing Director

Recent Articles

BRIT Receives $1.3 Million Dollar Grant from the National Science Foundation to Study Biodiversity in the Philippines

Texas botanists will collaborate with other U.S. institutions and international personnel to conduct research in threatened forests of Southeast Asia. FORT WORTH, Texas (August 28, 2018) – Researchers at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a project titled “Plant Discovery in the Southern Philippines.” Dr. Peter Fritsch, BRIT’s Vice President of Research, will head the team as Principal Investigator with co-Principal Investigators Dr. Taylor Quedensley (BRIT), Dr. Darin Penneys (University of North Carolina at Wilmington), and Dr. Daniel Nickrent (Southern Illinois University Carbondale). The project begins this month and field expeditions will begin in the spring of 2019. The Philippines...
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Call for Entries - BRIT®/FIVS 2020 International Sustainable Winegrowing Competition

As the only international sustainable winegrowing award of its kind, the BRIT/FIVS competition honors wine organizations that demonstrate a commitment to the environmental, social, and economic aspects of winegrowing. FORT WORTH, Texas (May 1, 2019) – Come join the competition! The Botanical Research Institute of Texas and FIVS are pleased to announce the start of their 2020 sustainable winegrowing competition. Competition applications can be downloaded from BRIT’s web site at and from the FIVS website . The submission deadline for applications is September 30, 2019. This is the first BRIT/FIVS co-branded and co-managed competition since the event began in 2010. The new partnership engages FIVS’s global membership of regional wine associations, wine prod...
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Botanic Garden, BRIT® Host Second Annual "Lunch in the Garden"

Event Celebrates American Public Garden Association’s National Public Gardens Week Building upon momentum from last year’s event, Fort Worth Botanic Garden and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) host the second annual “Lunch in the Garden” May 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public, this year’s event also features performers from Fort Worth Opera and Texas Ballet Theater . “Lunch in the Garden raises awareness for one of Fort Worth’s most beautiful attractions and leads us into National Public Gardens Week starting May 13,” said Bob Byers, Botanic Garden director. “We were extremely fortunate this year to add opera and ballet volunteer performances, believing that folks will appreciate the beautiful gardens as backdrop while they take a break from work or brin...
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Children's StoryWalk® Exhibit Opens Mother's Day Weekend

Families Invited to Free Activities, Author Presentation and Book Signings GROW educators invite children and parents to the first StoryWalk®, a concept combining the love of reading with the outdoors. This free event May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature the book, “A Butterfly is Patient,” and will highlight the newly replanted Pollinator Pathway connecting the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®). Fort Worth Public Library Director Manya Shorr will offer opening remarks, and world-renowned children’s author Diana Aston will discuss her ideas for the featured book followed by a book signing. “We are so honored to have Manya, Diana and other literacy advocates join us for this opening-day celebration,” said Kat Goldin, GROW School Program Mana...
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BRIT® and Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Announce New Sustainable Winegrowing Competition for Texas Wines

This competition is the first of its kind in Texas and will reward both wineries and grape growers for sustainable practices. Applications are now available for downloading. FORT WORTH, Texas – The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (FWSSR) are proud to announce the launch of a unique Texas wine competition honoring both the wine producer and the grape grower. Applications for the inaugural Texas Sustainable Winegrowing Competition can be downloaded from the BRIT website at: or . Application submission deadline is September 30, 2019 with winners announced in November. The competition will award medals to winemakers and their grape growers recognizing that while some Texas wineries grow their...
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2019 Vine to Table Award Dinner and Fundraiser Cancellation

After months of planning and hard work by many, we must regretfully cancel our 2019 Vine to Table Award Dinner and Fundraiser due to the high probability of severe storms with hail . Our heartfelt thanks to all of our patrons for their generous support. Please consider joining our online auction, which is live and will continue until Wednesday , April 17, 8:30 pm: Thank you. Event Planning Committee
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UNTHSC and BRIT teaming up to create new research and educational opportunities

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Botanical Research Institute of Texas and UNT Health Science Center have entered into an agreement to collaborate on research, educational activities and community programs. The memorandum of understanding is a great opportunity that benefits both institutions, said Ed Schneider, PhD, BRIT’s President and Executive Director. With more than 1.5 million species of plants, endless volumes of books and a large collection of illustrations, BRIT provides a rare opportunity for UNTHSC’s medical and pharmaceutical students, Dr. Schneider said. Both institutions are expected to benefit from sharing research as well as having access to lab space, facilities and scientific equipment, said Robert McClain, PhD., Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation at UNTHSC. The...
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Fort Worth Botanic Garden, BRIT Collaborate on Joint Membership

Expanded Partnership Based on Previous GROW Initiative Success Over the past year, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas ( BRIT®) and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden have combined their education and volunteer efforts to launch new and innovative programming. The partnership — called GROW — has resulted in new opportunities for students, families, and adults, including Family Exploration Saturdays, Spring Break Family Camps, Come & Grow Field Study Trips for schools, botanical art for children, and a variety of botanically related classes and workshops for adults. GROW currently includes joint programming for the two facilities and a combined volunteer program. As part of an expanded partnership, the Botanic Garden and BRIT will now begin selling joint memberships to encourage community...
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