Tuesday, June 1

Members-only Hours

(8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

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The first and last hours of the day are reserved for all Fort Worth Botanic Garden and BRIT members (8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.). This benefit will be available to members through the month of October. Hours and benefits subject to change.

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Wednesday, June 2

Bella's Book and Nature Club - June

1st Wednesday each month

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Connect to nature with Bella's Book & Nature Club - back in person for Spring 2021! Join Bella at BRIT each month to discuss nature, read a story, sing and move, plus a family nature challenge! All activities take place outdoors. Spots are limited, register today!

June’s book is Round by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo! If you can’t join us in-person, tune in to BRIT’s Facebook page, where we will be sharing the story-time portion of this program LIVE!

The safety of our staff and guests is very important to us. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on group size, it is important we maintain an accurate headcount of participating individuals. Registration for this program is by family, please put only 1 registration per family in your cart. Once you have done so, a form will pop-up for you to report the number of adults and children participating. Masks should be worn at all times during the program. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe, inviting environment!


Date: Wednesday, June 2
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Location: BRIT
Registration Closes: May 31
Price: $10 /Non-Member family or $0 /Member family (Log in to receive Member benefits.)
If you do not know your member login information, please call our Membership office at 817-332-7518 for assistance.

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Thursday, June 3

Botany Spotlight: Island Biology

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Flora and fauna of islands fascinate biologists worldwide and throughout time. Native island plants and animals evolve in isolation and develop unique traits that are not shared by their continental family members. And they raise many fascinating questions, such as how did these life forms ever reach remote islands in the first place? And why are there so many finches in the Galapagos and lobeliads in Hawaii? Find out why studying plants and animals from islands have helped develop the fields of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, and why they’re so much fun to study! This class will include examples from BRIT archive collections and current research from the Research team.

Instructor: Kimberly Shay joined the BRIT staff in October 2019 as the Press Coordinator and Assistant Editor, managing press fulfillment and assisting with publications. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kim completed degrees in Biology and Bioinformatics at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Her MS in Botany (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology concentration) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa focused on pollination ecology and reproduction of Hawaiian coastal plants, focusing on Jacquemontia sandwicensis

Thursday, June 3, 2021 (noon – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 31      

$20/$15 member

Location: This class will take place online; 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.

Saturday, June 5

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.

Tuesday, June 15

Little Sprouts Book & Garden Club - June

3rd Tuesday Each Month

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Connect to nature with Little Sprout Book & Garden Club - back in person for Spring 2021! Join Carlos the Cactus in the Backyard Vegetable Garden each month to discover nature, read a story, sing and move, plus a family nature challenge! All activities take place outdoors. Spots are limited, register today!

June’s book is Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh! If you can’t join us in-person, tune in to BRIT’s Facebook page, where we will be sharing the story-time portion of this program LIVE!

The safety of our staff and guests is very important to us. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on group size, it is important we maintain an accurate headcount of participating individuals. Registration for this program is by family, please put only 1 registration per family in your cart. Once you have done so, a form will pop-up for you to report the number of adults and children participating. Masks should be worn at all times during the program. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe, inviting environment!

Date: Tuesday, June 15
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Location: BRIT
Registration Closes: June 13
Price: $10 /Non-Member family or $0 /Member family (Log in to receive Member benefits.)
If you do not know your member login information, please call our Membership office at 817-332-7518 for assistance.

Click Here to Register in our New Webstore!

Saturday, June 19

Family Workshop: Self-Care Kit

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Join textile artist Lesli Robertson to learn healthy ways to manage stress and anxiety. Using a Self-Care Kit that you and your family create together, Robertson will offer you tactile and therapeutic techniques to approach difficult emotions. Self-Care Kits include instructions for therapy techniques such as breathing practices, positive self-talk, and grounding techniques. These techniques are directly tied to a textile-based activity using plants that you and your family are bound to enjoy.

The safety of our staff and guests is very important to us. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on group size, it is important we maintain an accurate headcount of participating individuals. All participants must register. Unregistered individuals are not permitted to join activities. Masks should be worn at all times during the program.

Date: Saturday, June 19
Time: 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Location: Japanese Garden
Registration Closes: Thursday, June 17
Price: $23 /Non-Member or $20 /Member (Log in to receive Member benefits.)
If you do not know your member login information, please call our Membership office at 817-332-7518 for assistance.

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Monday, June 21

Adventure Days in the Garden

A Camp-Inspired Family Outing to Fit Your Schedule

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Instead of a traditional camp, this year we are introducing a whole new way to experience the Garden together through themed activity kits. Adventure Days in the Garden offer the fun of camp for the whole family! Adventure kits are designed to engage all ages in activities that draw attention to nature while exploring unique garden spaces.

For five weeks this summer, families are invited to experience the Garden in new ways through specially designed activity kits. Inspired by camp themes and activities, you will be given the supplies to conduct experiments, make art, and engage with nature. Admission to the Botanic Garden is included for your family on the day of pick-up. Pick up your kit at the Garden Center any day throughout the week, allowing you to explore on your own schedule. Everything you need for a day of outdoor fun, and more to explore at home, adventure kits are yours to keep! We recommend one kit per child.

$60 /Kit

Or $50 /Kit with Member Discount (Log in to shop.brit.org to receive Member benefits.)

Dates:

June 21-27 (Plants)  

What is your favorite thing about plants? How do plants appear in your everyday life? Learn about how plants help us every day while exploring the garden!

June 28-July 4 (Food)

Food systems are all around us – learn about how food is found throughout the garden, and explore our very own Backyard Vegetable Garden to find some of your favorite foods, and how to grow them at home.

July 12-19 (Water)

What’s so great about water? Explore the Garden’s water features, spot creatures that live in our wet spaces, and learn about local wetland habitats.

July 19-25 (Soil)

Soil is an important base for all the plants you’ll see in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Spend some time looking closer to the ground and learn about what makes soil so special to plants… and to humans!

July 26-August 1 (Energy)

How do we use a variety of energy sources in the Garden? Explore natural sources of energy, not just for electronics, but how our bodies find energy in nature as well!

Registration is now open for members at the Partner level or higher.

Registration will open to the general public on April 12th.

A Sand County Almanac (ZOOM)

By Aldo Leopold

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A Sand County Almanac 

The environmental classic that redefined the way we think about the natural world—an urgent call for preservation that’s more timely than ever. These astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape—the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. Conjuring up one extraordinary vision after another, Aldo Leopold takes readers with him on the road and through the seasons on a fantastic tour of our priceless natural resources, explaining the destructive effects humankind has had on the land and issuing a bold challenge to protect the world we love.

Saturday, June 26

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.

Monday, July 19

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind (ZOOM)

By Harriet Washington

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A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind

From injuries caused by lead poisoning to the devastating effects of atmospheric pollution, infectious disease, and industrial waste, Americans of color are harmed by environmental hazards in staggeringly disproportionate numbers. This systemic onslaught of toxic exposure and institutional negligence causes irreparable physical harm to millions of people across the country-cutting lives tragically short and needlessly burdening our health care system. But these deadly environments create another insidious and often overlooked consequence: robbing communities of color, and America as a whole, of intellectual power.

The 1994 publication of The Bell Curve and its controversial thesis catapulted the topic of genetic racial differences in IQ to the forefront of a renewed and heated debate. Now, in A Terrible Thing to Waste, award-winning science writer Harriet A. Washington adds her incisive analysis to the fray, arguing that IQ is a biased and flawed metric, but that it is useful for tracking cognitive damage. She takes apart the spurious notion of intelligence as an inherited trait, using copious data that instead point to a different cause of the reported African American-white IQ gap: environmental racism - a confluence of racism and other institutional factors that relegate marginalized communities to living and working near sites of toxic waste, pollution, and insufficient sanitation services. She investigates heavy metals, neurotoxins, deficient prenatal care, bad nutrition, and even pathogens as chief agents influencing intelligence to explain why communities of color are disproportionately affected -- and what can be done to remedy this devastating problem. Featuring extensive scientific research and Washington's sharp, lively reporting, A Terrible Thing to Waste is sure to outrage, transform the conversation, and inspire debate.

Monday, August 16

In Defense of Plants (Zoom)

by Matt Candeias

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In Defense of Plants 

We will have special guest and author of the book, Matt Candeias, leading the discussion and taking questions!

“Matt Candeias succeeds in evoking the wonder of plants with wit and wisdom.” ―James T. Costa, PhD, executive director, Highlands Biological Station and author of Darwin's Backyard

#1 New Release in Nature & Ecology, Plants, Botany, Horticulture, Trees, Biological Sciences, and Nature Writing & Essays

In his debut book, internationally-recognized blogger and podcaster Matt Candeias celebrates the nature of plants and the extraordinary world of plant organisms.

A botanist’s defense. Since his early days of plant restoration, this amateur plant scientist has been enchanted with flora and the greater environmental ecology of the planet. Now, he looks at the study of plants through the lens of his ever-growing houseplant collection. Using gardening, houseplants, and examples of plants around you, In Defense of Plants changes your relationship with the world from the comfort of your windowsill.

The ruthless, horny, and wonderful nature of plants. Understand how plants evolve and live on Earth with a never-before-seen look into their daily drama. Inside, Candeias explores the incredible ways plants live, fight, have sex, and conquer new territory. Whether a blossoming botanist or a professional plant scientist, In Defense of Plants is for anyone who sees plants as more than just static backdrops to more charismatic life forms.

In this easily accessible introduction to the incredible world of plants, you’ll find:

  • Fantastic botanical histories and plant symbolism
  • Passionate stories of flora diversity and scientific names of plant organisms
  • Personal tales of plantsman discovery through the study of plants

If you enjoyed books like The Botany of DesireWhat a Plant Knows, or The Soul of an Octopus, then you’ll love In Defense of Plants.

Monday, September 20

Seeds of Hope (ZOOM)

By Jane Goodall

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Seeds of Hope

In her wise and elegant new book, Jane Goodall blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Long before her work with chimpanzees, Goodall's passion for the natural world sprouted in the backyard of her childhood home in England, where she climbed her beech tree and made elderberry wine with her grandmother. The garden her family began then, she continues to enjoy today. 

SEEDS OF HOPE takes us from England to Goodall's home-away-from-home in Africa, deep inside the Gombe forest, where she and the chimpanzees are enchanted by the fig and plum trees they encounter. She introduces us to botanists around the world, as well as places where hope for plants can be found, such as The Millennium Seed Bank, where one billion seeds are preserved. She shows us the secret world of plants with all their mysteries and potential for healing our bodies as well as Planet Earth.
Looking at the world as an adventurer, scientist, and devotee of sustainable foods and gardening-and setting forth simple goals we can all take to protect the plants around us-Jane Goodall delivers an enlightening story of the wonders we can find in our own backyards.

Monday, October 18

The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants (ZOOM)

By Jennifer Jewell

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The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants 

In this beautiful and empowering book, Jennifer Jewell—host of public radio’s award-winning program and podcast Cultivating Place—introduces 75 inspiring women. Working in wide-reaching fields that include botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice, these influencers are creating change from the ground up. Profiled women include flower farmer Erin Benzakein; codirector of Soul Fire Farm Leah Penniman; plantswoman Flora Grubb; edible and cultural landscape designer Leslie Bennett; Caribbean-American writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid; soil scientist Elaine Ingham; landscape designer Ariella Chezar; floral designer Amy Merrick, and many more. Rich with personal stories and insights, Jewell’s portraits reveal a devotion that transcends age, locale, and background, reminding us of the profound role of green growing things in our world—and our lives.

Monday, November 15

Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds (ZOOM)

By Bernd Heinrich

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Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds

Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can only be spied on by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father," as well as observing them in their natural habitat. He studies their daily routines, and in the process, paints a vivid picture of the ravens' world. At the heart of this book are Heinrich's love and respect for these complex and engaging creatures, and through his keen observation and analysis, we become their intimates too. Heinrich's passion for ravens has led him around the world in his research. Mind of the Raven follows an exotic journey;from New England to Germany, and from Montana to Baffin Island in the high Arctic;offering dazzling accounts of how science works in the field, filtered through the eyes of a passionate observer of nature. Each new discovery and insight into raven behavior is thrilling to read, at once lyrical and scientific.