Saturday, October 5

Supermarket Botany

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Take an imaginary trip through a typical supermarket with BRIT botanist Brooke Byerley Best and explore basic plant anatomy and investigate some of the wacky ways plants have been “hacked” to satisfy human needs. You’ll never look at your salad the same way again! No prior botanical knowledge is required. Hands-on dissections will help us in our explorations.

Instructor Brooke Byerley Best earned a PhD in Botany from Colorado State University, where she studied floral morphology and evolution in the genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae) and the impacts of native and invasive ant-plant interactions. She joined BRIT in 2007, originally working as a volunteer in the herbarium. Currently she works primarily with the BRIT Press, editing and producing the Botanical Miscellany book series and Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texasa plant science and taxonomy journal. 

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

Saturday, October 12

Butterfly Release Party

All Scouting Levels

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We'll release live butterflies at this special fall event on BRIT's prairie! Through interactive stations, scouts will learn about flowers, what butterflies eat and plant their own milkweed! We will also design butterfly picture holders and more! Includes a patch. 

Station #1: Butterfly design center

Station #2: Paper butterfly group art 

Station #3: Exploring butterfly sizes, shapes, and types

Station #4: Butterfly release

Station #5: Butterfly face painting

Location: BRIT 1700 University Drive Fort Worth,TX 76107

Price: $10 per scout

Parking: You can park in BRIT's main parking lot. Kat, our program lead, will be there to greet you inside the main entrance!

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

Monday, October 21

The Forest Unseen

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From Amazon.com: "In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life."

Wednesday, October 30

Fall Homeschool Day

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K-2nd: Enjoy story time, hosted by Bella the Begonia, that transforms the landscape through literary wonder and then wiggle your way through the dirt and embrace swirls in nature's design.

3rd-5th: Peek into the earth’s past through geological landforms that helped create our local Texas soil. Gain a deeper understanding of fossils and our relationship with the soil we use today.

6th-10th: Explore the physics behind a pumpkin in order to answer the questions: How much pressure can a pumpkin withstand? Does a pumpkin sink or float? 

Times:
K-5th: 10:00—11:30, meet in the BRIT Atrium (1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107)  

6th-10th: 9:45—Noon, meet/park/pick up at the Japanese Garden Parking Lot. We will have a sign in sheet there for students. 

Cost: $5 per person (includes adults and children)

 

Saturday, November 2

Plein Air Painting with Watercolors

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This is a one day workshop designed as an intermediate course focusing on creating artwork from direct observation of the landscape. We will discuss the work of well-known artist’s plein air paintings throughout art history. Before beginning the painting exercise, discuss how to prepare a palette in preparation for the fast-paced nature of plein air paintings. This is a course designed for those with some experience with drawing and using watercolor paints, and for those who enjoy an active painting experience. Plein air painting is a fun and freeing challenge to paint the changing light and colors of a particular outdoor scene. Please bring a brown bag lunch, and be prepared to complete several pieces on paper during this exciting workshop! 

Please note: This class will be held on the grounds of BRIT and the FWBG.

$85 members/$95 non-members

Materials list to follow soon!

Bring Color into your Home with Terrariums.

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Join Debbie Garrett, Curator of the nationally recognized Begonia Species Bank and Collection and Bobbie Price, a 20-plus year volunteer in the nationally recognized Begonia Species Bank along with Don Miller who has spent his life searching for new species and conserving rare begonias to create a lovely terrarium using Rex Begonias You will learn the method of creating and caring for a miniature tropical habitat for rare and exotic species and hybrid begonias.  You will take home your glass terrarium for instant color.

Instructor Bobbie Price is a 20 year volunteer in the nationally recognized Begonia Species Bank along with Don Miller who has spent his life searching for new species and conserving rare begonias. Debbie Garrett, the staff curator for the collection, studied horticulture at the University of North Texas.  Her love for begonias centers on the conservation of the species. 

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

$30 members/$35 non-members

 

Holiday Wreath Workshop

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Ring in the holidays with this two hour make and take wreath workshop. Working with a grapevine base, greens trimmed from the Garden and various other natural and decorative elements you will craft a special and unique wreath for the door or mantle for the upcoming holidays. Find inspiration, learn techniques, and get your hands dirty as you start on your perfect holiday wreath.

Instructor Stephanie Bergmann, the effervescent, always talking, always laughing, founder of The Fox and Flower, is an innovative floral designer, gardener, and bed digging dynamo, whose nightly dreams are filled with thoughts of worm castings, mushroom matter and soil prep. She enjoys reading the latest scintillating issue of Compost Daily over an Italian espresso before hitting the garden to plant three hundred bulbs while most of us are still drooling away on our pillow. Her ability to make others feel at ease and her wicked sense of humor (with just a touch of snark) allowed Stephanie to charm her way into designing for a number of Fort Worth’s hottest eateries and retailers who delighted in displaying her unique and unusual floral designs. It wasn’t long before others began to take notice of her playful designs and requests began to pour in from individuals and venues around town. Stephanie’s innate sense of style and modern aesthetic are built on a decades long foundation of textile and garden design and creation. Her unexpected color combinations and use of uniquely textured materials make her designs stand apart from the sea of ‘the usual’. Follow her on Instagram at Thefoxandflowerfw.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$60 members/$65 non-members.

Paracord Garden Hacks

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In this hands-on class, you will learn many handy uses for paracord in the garden including how to create colorful and comfortable tool handle wraps. We'll also cover how to make charming paracord insects and animals for your gardening friends. You’ll go home with at least one finished project and guidelines for others.  

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.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members

Poinsettias

Behind the scenes with this holiday favorite.

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Join Dr. Agnes Knasiak in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservation Greenhouse as she shares the history of poinsettias including their introduction into commercial production and how they have become the default Christmas flower. Dr. Agnes will take you through a typical production cycle using the crop that is currently in production as the visual aid. You will look at culture in the greenhouse and also in the home or hobby greenhouse and discuss best practices to maintain them through the Holiday season and into the New Year!

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.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

Starting your Spring Transplants

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Want to start your own transplants but are unsure how to approach it?  This hands-on seed starting workshop will step you through the "art" of starting transplants, including potting soil considerations, seed depth, watering and food needs, lighting requirements, environmental control, and more.  You’ll go home with an understanding of seed starting and seeded pots that can become the foundation for your home garden.  Seeds and planting materials will be provided.

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 tow

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members

Saturday, November 9

Botanical Watercolor II

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This 9 hour course, which builds on skills acquired in Introduction to Watercolors, will allow students to delve into advanced color theory and color harmonies in their paintings. Students will also learn how to troubleshoot their paintings, and will learn specific techniques for painting white flowers, textures, and patterns. 

Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. Afterwards, while living in New York City, she discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden, and decided to pursue science illustration full time, attending the graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works in the graphics department at the Dallas Zoo and is the President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists. 

This class will meet from 9am - noon on the following days:
11/9/2019
11/16/2019
11/23/2019

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$150 members/$160 non-members

Materials list following soon!

Waxed Amaryllis Bulbs

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Tired of the usual holiday decoration?  Then join us and learn how to create a unique winter arrangement using waxed Amaryllis bulbs that will last and provide enjoyment throughout the season. Participants will learn the easy to follow steps to wax and decorate an amaryllis bulb, which will then be used as the centerpiece in a winter arrangement. Make one for yourself or make one for a friend as a thoughtful holiday present. 

Instructor Melinda Burt is a long time resident of Fort Worth and a member of the Fort Worth Garden Club.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$40 members/$45 non-members

Saturday, November 16

Amazing Daisies

Daisies only event

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This Daisies only event will explore the ground beneath our feet! We'll examine different kinds of soil and analyze how plants grow in soil. Daisies can use this event for badge work centered in the outdoors, citizen scientist, and the Between Earth and Sky Journey. 

Location: BRIT 1700 University Drive Fort Worth,TX 76107

Price: $10 per scout

Parking: You can park in BRIT's main parking lot. Kat, our program lead, will be there to greet you inside the main entrance!

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

Floral Design: Thanksgiving

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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

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."

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

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