Saturday, November 16

Floral Design: Thanksgiving

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Online registration for this class has ended. New participants may register on-site the day of the class. 

Join us for this exciting hands-on class in the principles and basics of floral design including color, balance, proportion, scale, and rhythm with Fort Worth Botanic Garden employee, Agnes Slociak Knasiak.  Dr. Slociak Knasiak will share the history of floral arrangements along with the containers, tools and mechanics of designs. Each student will take home the design on which they work along with a 4” potted fern that Agnes propagated to use in future flower designs.

Instructor Agnieszka Slociak Knasiak, has degrees from two universities in Europe including a PhD in Horticulture. During her doctoral study in Wroclaw, Poland she took special classes for “The Art of Floral Design.” She creates the flower designs each year for the Japanese Garden Festivals. She also designs arrangements for special events in Botanic Garden such as birthday parties, anniversaries, funerals, holidays tables, etc. She is currently a Greenhouse Attendant at the Botanic Garden.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$40 members/$45 non-members

Cutting and Pressing

Girl Scouts Growing Stronger Series with the Fort Worth Garden Club

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Click here to learn more about the series. 

November 16: 1:30 - 3:30 PM 

Due to low registration, we unfortunately have to cancel our November Girl Scout Saturday session. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your family. 

December 14: 1:30 - 3:30 PM 

What do you do with dried flowers? What do they look like up close? 

Investigate pressed flowers with our Scanning Electron Microscope and take home your floral arrangement! 

**Please note, petals or badges are not available on site; they can be purchased at the GS store or online.** 

Event Details: 

  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76107)
  • Parking: BRIT (Free)
  • Cost: $10/Scout
  • Age: Brownies - Ambassadors

Badges Scouts can earn: 

  • Brownies Journey: It's Your World - Change It!
  • Brownie Badges: Eco Friend & Outdoor Art Creator Part 1
  • Juniors Journey: It's Your World - Change It!
  • Juniors Badges: Gardener, Flowers, and Outdoor Art Explorer part 1
  • Cadettes Badges: Science of Happiness, Trailblazing, and Outdoor Art Apprentice part 1
  • Ambassador Badges: Outdoor Art Master part 1 & Eco Advocate part 1

Click here to register! 

Contact rlincoln@brit.org with any questions or concerns. 

Monday, November 18

The Overstory

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From Amazon.com:

"New York Times Bestseller
Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
One of the Washington Post‘s 10 Best Books of 2018 and Time's 10 Best Fiction Books of 2018
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018

A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most "prodigiously talented" (The New York Times Book Review) novelists."

Tuesday, November 19

GROW Guided Field Study Trips

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GROW-Guided Field Study Trips are two-hour, immersive experiences available at both BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden campuses, led by our amazing GROW educators. Students can become scientists in our herbarium of over 1.5 million plant species, explore the many areas of the gardens, and learn about botany in TEKS based, nature-inspired field study trips! 

Registration for Fall GROW-Guided Field Study Trips is now closed. 

Registration for Spring GROW-Guided Field Study Trips is coming soon! Submit an inquiry form to request a date, or click here to download the Butterflies in the Garden Field Study Trip Guide with details and pricing.

This fall season offered:

FWBG Experiences:

  • Pre-K - 2nd: Pumpkin Palooza
  • 3rd - 5th: Pumpkin Problems
  • Middle & High School: Spectacular Systems

BRIT Experiences:

  • Pre-K - 2nd: Botanists in Training
  • 3rd - 5th: Botany at BRIT
  • Middle & High School: LEEDing the Way (10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Available : Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 am – 12 noon (exceptions upon request)

$7 /student and $5 /registered adult*

$140 minimum for groups of 20 or fewer.

Any unregistered adult joining on the day of a Field Study Trip at the Garden will pay the regular garden admission of $12.

*Click here to download our Fall Field Study Trip Guide for further details on experiences and pricing. 

Registration for Fall GROW-Guided Field Study Trips is now closed.

Registration for Spring GROW-Guided Field Study Trips is coming soon! Submit an inquiry form to request a date, or click here to download the Butterflies in the Garden Field Study Trip Guide with details and pricing.

Please contact Michelle Schmidlkofer at mschmidlkofer@brit.org with any questions or concerns about Field Study Trips.

FST  FST

  

Little Sprouts

Third Tuesday of the Month

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Explore the outdoors with your children ages 18 months to 3 years at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Spend your morning outside as we enjoy story time and activities with Carlos the Cactus! This month we will be reading the book, “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert. Enjoy story time with Carlos the Cactus and then explore the garden as we search high and low finding woodland tree treasures to create our own little Leaf Man. This will be your last month to have fun in the Garden since winter is quickly approaching and our Garden is going to sleep. Hope to see you there!Book

  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location: Backyard Veggie Garden
  • Parking: Botanic Garden Welcome Center (free)
  • Tram Drop-Off: Circle drive by the Backyard Veggie Garden
  • Age: Catered to children 18 months to 3 years old

Free (including garden admission) for all children under 6 years old and accompanying caregivers (limit 2 adults). Regular admissions rates apply to all additional individuals.  

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please enter through the Garden Center (Welcome Center) to check-in. There will be a free tram service to transport you and your family to this program at the Backyard Veggie Garden! We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes early to account for tram transportation time.

*No programs in July, December, January, & February.*

Tuesday, December 3

From Proteas to Welwitchia: Unique plants of Namibia & the Cape of Good Hope

Denis Benjamin

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The presentation illustrates some of the desert adapted plants of the Namib Desert, including the otherworldly Welwitchia mirabilis, and the unique fynbos ecosystems of the Western Cape of South Africa. This is the ancestral home of a substantial number of plants in commercial horticulture, including many daisies, geraniums, Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise), cannas, etc.

composite figure of four photographs of South African plants

 

Denis Benjamin will also read selected passages from his two recently published books, which will be available for sale and signing.

Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A natural history of foraging

The Compleat Physician: Reflections from a golden era of clinical medicine

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Wednesday, December 4

Winter Homeschool Day

Cancelled

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Due to low registration, we unfortunately have to cancel our Winter Homeschool Day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your family. 

We are returning next year with Butterflies in the Garden! Students will explore the Garden's conservatory filled with tropical butterflies and then spend time at BRIT engaged in educational pollinator activities. 

Click here to learn more. 

Thursday, December 5

Young Artists: All Saints' Episcopal School

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All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth is delighted to showcase the art of its Upper School, Middle School, and Lower School art students, alumni, and art educators at BRIT's Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall. The art on view focuses on botanical subjects in a variety of media and styles. 

The All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth’s Visual Arts Program aims to motivate students to explore essential questions, which results in developing and expanding visual perception, aesthetic awareness, historic perspective, artistic skills, and techniques and critical thinking practices. Through a sequential, developmental curriculum alignment, which emphasizes critical thinking, students have the opportunity to learn and analyze works of art while gaining the skills of fine artisanship. The overall objective is for students to emerge with refined technical skills, a well-informed appreciation of the expression of others, and confidence to cultivate art reflecting their artistic vision.

Isabel Logan, Tree, 2019
Saturday, December 7

Mindfulness Meditation

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Meeting the first Saturday of each month, our Mindfulness Meditation in Nature classes invite you to slow down, release the stresses of everyday life, and tune in to the serenity of the natural world. With plants all around, explore the grounds of BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as you learn mindfulness practices and techniques from meditation instructor Lisa November, M.A. Ed. Lisa leads her students in unique, hour-long mindfulness meditations, always attuned to the surrounding natural world. Class may take place outdoors, weather permitting. 

Lisa November is a meditation teacher based in Fort Worth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communication from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and her Master of Arts in Special Education-Moderate Needs from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. She is a life-long teacher and learner and has been practicing mindfulness based meditation since 1996. Most recently, she has received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings in the Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien, Ordained Students of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh in August of 2019. She is also a student of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven heath and wellness program from the Oasis Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Please note: This class will meet at BRIT.

$8 members/$10 non-members

Thursday, December 12

Holiday in the Garden - Member Preview

Sip & Shop at BRIT

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GROW members are invited to sip and shop at BRIT for goods before the public event on December 14. Complimentary appetizers and beverages provided. Members receive 10% off purchases. This event is for GROW members, Garden and BRIT staff and BRIT board members.

 

Saturday, December 14

Fragrant Winter Blooms

Forcing Bulbs

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Forcing bulbs indoors is easy to do and involves a minimum of muss and fuss.  Join the Tarrant County Master Gardeners for this hands on class and learn how growing bulbs indoors lets you enjoy the colors and fragrance of spring when it is still months away!

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$30 members/$35 non-members

Holiday in the Garden

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Spend a day in the Garden and BRIT campus, celebrating the holiday spirit. Check out these fun events throughout the day:

Holiday Sip & Shop at BRIT and FWBG
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free to the public 
[Food trucks, live music from Trinity River Ramblers 1-3 p.m., artisan market featuring handmade goods for sale.]

Santa in the Garden
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free to the public
[Photos with Santa $10]

Holiday Tea
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Adults $45
Children $35
[Reservations are Required]

Free Afternoon in the Garden
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Holiday Movie
5:00 pm
[Free to the public\

Holiday in the Garden

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Spend a day in the Garden and BRIT campus, celebrating the holiday spirit. Check out these fun events throughout the day:

Holiday Sip & Shop at BRIT and FWBG
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free to the public 
[Food trucks, live music from Trinity River Ramblers 1-3 p.m., artisan market featuring handmade goods for sale.]

Santa in the Garden
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free to the public
[Photos with Santa $10]

Holiday Tea
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Adults $45
Children $35
[Reservations are Required]

Free Afternoon in the Garden
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Holiday Movie
5:00 pm
[Free to the public\

Floral Design: Christmas

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Go beyond holly and ivy in this hands-on workshop with Fort Worth Botanic Garden employee, Dr. Agnes Slociak Knasiak. Take a quick look at the history of floral arrangements and learn the basics of floral design including color, balance, proportion, scale, and rhythm.  Dr. Slociak Knasiak will share information about the containers, tools and mechanics of design and then each student will work on and take home a beautiful holiday floral arrangement.

Instructor Agnieszka Slociak Knasiak, has degrees from two universities in Europe including a PhD in Horticulture. During her doctoral study in Wroclaw, Poland she took special classes for “The Art of Floral Design.” She creates the flower designs each year for the Japanese Garden Festivals and designs arrangements for special events in the Botanic Garden such as birthday parties, anniversaries, funerals, holidays tables, etc. She is currently a Greenhouse Attendant for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$40 members/$45 non-members

Friday, January 10

Subjective Terrain

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The Botanical Research Institute of Texas is proud to host an exhibition of paintings by Fort Worth-based artists, Dennis and Daniel Blagg. Subjective Terrain showcases the grandeur of the Texas landscape through two unique artistic visions. Both contemporary landscape painters, Dennis Blagg paints the Big Bend region of West Texas and Daniel Blagg captures predominantly urban landscapes. Both painters look to the rich tradition of landscape painting for inspiration, while adding their concern for the safeguarding of the land that inspires them. 

Dennis Blagg’s painted vistas of the remote mountain desert of Big Bend, void of human presence, pulse with the vibrancy of mountains, flora, clouds, and sunlight. Due to the harsh climate of his chosen muse, he paints from photographs; an undeniable sense of place emerges from his canvases, at once subjective and universal. Daniel Blagg’s compositions of large-scale, old-fashioned neon signs set against sweeping views of open land and sky elicit curiosity – what is this place and what happened here? These vast, and by turns foreboding and sublime, views of the Texas landscape call to mind the relationship between humans and their environment. The viewer is left to make sense of just what that relationship might be. What has humankind subjected its environment to, and what stories do we tell ourselves about it?

Daniel Blagg, Fatherland, 2017, oil on panel, 24" x 48"
Saturday, January 11

Growing a Garden - Microgreens

Girl Scouts Growing Stronger Series with the Fort Worth Garden Club

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Click here to learn more about the series. 

What are medicinal plants?

  • January 11: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
  • February 8: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Complete Girl Scout badge work while discovering a variety of purposes for plants and how you can grow them at home. Learners will take home a garden starter at both sessions! (Program takes place both indoors and outdoors)

**Please note, petals or badges are not available on site; they can be purchased at the GS store or online.** 

Event Details: 

  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76107)
  • Parking: BRIT (Free)
  • Cost: $10/Scout
  • Age: Brownies - Ambassadors

You can complete work towards these badges:

  • Brownies: Bugs, Senses, Hiker, & Outdoor Art Creator part 2
  • Juniors: Animal Habitat, Digital Photographer, Eco Camper, Flowers, Gardening, & Outdoor Art Explorer part 2
  • Cadettes: Trees, Eco Trekker, Digital Movie Maker, & Outdoor Art Apprentice part 2
  • Seniors: Eco Explore & Outdoor Art Expert part 2
  • Ambassadors: Photographer, Outdoor Art Master Part 2, & Eco Advocate part 2

Click here to register! 

Contact rlincoln@brit.org with any questions or concerns. 

Saturday, February 29

Ecosystem and You!

Girl Scouts Growing Stronger Series with the Fort Worth Garden Club

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What's happening around me? 

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Girl Scouts earn badge work while exploring natural systems and their needs. Scouts also get to investigate and create their very own take-home terrariums! Discounted Butterflies at the Garden tickets will be available at this event. 

**Please note, petals or badges are not available on site; they can be purchased at the GS store or online.** 

Event Details: 

  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76107)
  • Parking: BRIT (Free)
  • Cost: $10/Scout
  • Age: Brownies - Ambassadors

You can complete work towards these badges:

  • Brownies: Bugs, Senses, Hiker, & Outdoor Art Creator part 2
  • Juniors: Animal Habitat, Digital Photographer, Eco Camper, Flowers, Gardening, & Outdoor Art Explorer part 2
  • Cadettes: Trees, Eco Trekker, Digital Movie Maker, & Outdoor Art Apprentice part 2
  • Seniors: Eco Explore & Outdoor Art Expert part 2
  • Ambassadors: Photographer, Outdoor Art Master Part 2, & Eco Advocate part 2

Click here to register! 

Contact rlincoln@brit.org with any questions or concerns. 

 

Tuesday, March 3

Butterflies in the Garden

Field Study Trips

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Butterflies in the Garden Field Study Trips are two-hour, immersive experiences led by our amazing GROW educators. Students enjoy TEKS based, nature-inspired activities at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's Conservatory with live butterflies! 

Available March 3rd through April 10th, Tuesdays through Fridays.

This Spring season we are offering: 

  • Pre-K - 2nd Grade: Skippers
  • 3rd - 5th Grade: Swallowtails
  • Middle/High School: Blue Morphos

Available Time Slots:

  • 10:00 AM (120 Participant Maximum)
  • 12:30 PM (60 Participant Maximum)

$8/ participant (Students and Adults)    $2/ participant Garden admission add-on

$160 minimum for groups of 20 or fewer

Click here to download our Butterflies Field Study Trip Guide for further details on experiences and pricing. 

Fill out our quick inquiry form to request a date for your Field Study Trip!

Please contact Michelle Schmidlkofer at mschmidlkofer@brit.org with any questions or concerns about Field Study Trips.

Wednesday, March 4

Butterflies in the Garden: Homeschool Day

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Butterflies in the Garden is back!

Join us for this special event as we explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's beautiful conservatory full of live, tropical butterflies! Students will spend half of this program in the conservatory, and the other half at BRIT participating in engaging pollinator activities. All grade levels welcome. We have a limited number of spots open for this event so register quickly!

** Due to the limited capacity of the conservatory, all participating individuals must register. This includes all students, adults, and younger siblings. **

  • Price: $7 Participant (All participating individuals, includes adults and younger siblings)
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Date: March 4, 2020

Register here! 

 

Saturday, March 21

Fort Worth Garden Club Show: Youth Level Preparatory Sessions

Girl Scouts Growing Stronger Series with the Fort Worth Garden Club

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  • March 21: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
  • April 11: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Girl Scouts earn badge work at these sessions while preparing for the Fort Worth Garden Show together!

**Please note, petals or badges are not available on site; they can be purchased at the GS store or online.** 

Event Details: 

  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76107)
  • Parking: BRIT (Free)
  • Cost: FREE

Click here to register! 

Contact rlincoln@brit.org with any questions or concerns.