Thursday, April 22

Sketching the Japanese Garden

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In this class you will learn different techniques for drawing foliage, texture, and value, all while sketching the elegant beauty of the Japanese Garden. Artist Erika Duque Scully will demonstrate how to achieve these techniques and will share examples of other artists’ works for further inspiration. You will be encouraged to draw loosely, sketching balanced and interesting compositions of trees and other plants with confidence. 

Instructor: Erika Duque Scully is a landscape and nature-based painter who lives and works in Fort Worth, TX. Scully received her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in painting at Texas Christian University. She has been featured in over thirty solo and group shows throughout the Metroplex. In 2017, Scully was nominated by Ro2 Gallery for Rising Star Fundraiser at the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. She is currently represented by Fort Works Art Gallery in Fort Worth.

Thursday, April 22, 2021 (10 am – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 20       

$65/$55 member

Location: FWBG, Japanese Garden*

*This class will take place outdoors with space for 6' between participants. Class size will be capped at 15. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Mask use is encouraged. 

Supplies: Click here for the supply list. 

In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for this class is April 29 (10 am - 1 pm).

Saturday, April 24

Walking Class: Tinsley Garden

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Join Head Gardener Zach Gomez for our inaugural Walking Class, a special experience of a specific garden with a Garden expert. You'll learn about the long history of the Tinsley/Rock Springs Garden and its beautiful and water-wise native Texas plants.

Instructor: Zach Gomez is the gardener of the Tinsley/Rock Springs Garden at FWBG. Rock Springs is designed as a North Central Texas Native Plant Garden using primarily plants native to the Western Cross Timbers. Zach has 20 years of experience working in virtually all aspects of landscape horticulture, from retail nursery, golf operations, organic vegetable production, and landscape design and installation. He was instrumental in the final design, installation, and maintenance of Rock Springs. His favorite hobby is to spend time with his two daughters hiking and hunting for plants around the area to propagate and introduce the Garden.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 (10 – 11 am)

Registration Deadline: April 22      

$25/$20 member

Location: Tinsley Garden*

*This class will take place outdoors with space for 6' between participants. Class size will be capped at 15. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Mask use is encouraged. 

In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for this class is April 25 (10 - 11 am).

iPhone Nature Photography Workshop

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Join artist and iPhone enthusiast Tuba Öztekin Köymen for a morning workshop during the bloom of spring color. Learn the best camera settings and dozens of tips for taking great outdoor photos with your smartphone amidst the colorful beauty of our Rose Garden. After class visit and photograph more of the Botanic Garden, including the Tinsley and Japanese Gardens.

Instructor: Tuba Öztekin Köymen is an artist, educator, and designer who lives and works in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. She was born in Turkey and graduated in 1995 from the Department of Graphic Design at Bilkent University. In 1999, she was awarded an MFA in Photography and Digital imaging by the Maryland Institute College of Art. Köymen’s art calls attention to human nature by offering candid scenes of everyday life through the media of photography, mixed media, and photo based installations. Working across the gamut of photographic processes — from alternative to digital — Köymen centers on issues arising from place, culture, and social interaction.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 (10 am – noon)

Registration Deadline: April 22   

$42/$37 member

Location: Rose Garden*

*This class will take place outdoors with space for 6' between participants. Class size will be capped at 15. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Mask use is encouraged. 

Materials: smartphone (iPhone or Android)

In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for this class is April 25 (10 am - noon).

Walking Class: Native American Plant Uses in North Central Texas

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Take a walk around the BRIT campus with Dr. Grace Bascopé, BRIT Resident Research Associate and Medical and Environmental Anthropologist. You will learn about which and how plants were used by the First Peoples of the North Central Texas area. Dr. Bascopé will also discuss archaeological research carried out right around BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Explore the First Peoples Demonstration Garden and discuss how Native Americans and others optimize water conservation in their gardens in this dry region.

Instructor: Dr. Bascope left the classroom after years of teaching Anthropology and conducting field schools in Yucatán, México with both Texas Christian University and University of North Texas. Though specializing in Medical Anthropology, her dissertation work (The Household Ecology of Disease Transmission: Childhood Illness in a Yucatán Maya Community) pulled her toward exploring the environment through the eyes of collaborating community members. This led to facilitating place-based learning programs and gathering ethno-environmental data. Current qualitative research focuses on how diminishing corn cultivation, craft production from local forest resources and worldwide economic realities articulate to impact construction of Yucatec Maya cultural identity. Commitment to local Sense of Place learning has also led her to explore how indigenous peoples of North Texas utilized the land prior to European contact.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 (1 – 2 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 22              

$25/$20 member

Location: BRIT Grounds*

*This class will take place outdoors with space for 6' between participants. Class size will be capped at 15. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. The use of masks is encouraged. 

In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for this class is April 25 (1 - 2 pm).

Saturday, May 1

Botanicals in Blue: Cyanotype Workshop

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In this workshop you will learn to create botanical cyanotype prints. You will learn how artists made the first photographs of plants and flowers using this camera-less technique. Enjoy experimenting to make unique compositions using local flora from the Garden or bring your own plant specimens. You will make several prints using this process in natural daylight, learning how to fix your images on a range of different papers.

Instructor: Edgar Miller is a commercial and fine art photographer and educator, having earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has taught photography and art for the last 20 years and is always looking for new ways to help his clients learn. His work has been shown and awarded in several Texas and national exhibitions, and he is a member of the Texas Photographic Society and the Texas Artists Coalition. Influenced by his late father and his college photography professor, Edgar continues to find interesting light on interesting subjects. His work can be found at Edgar Miller Images

Saturday, May 1 (10 am – 12 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 29  

$50/$40 member

Location: BRIT Grounds and indoor classroom

*This workshop will take place mainly outdoors with space for 6' between participants. Class size will be capped at 15. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Mask use is encouraged outdoors and required indoors (some time will be spent indoors). 

Supplies: Provided

In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for this class is May 8 (10 am - noon).

Image courtesy Edgar Miller

Watercolor: Next Steps

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Continue your watercolor learning journey with this intermediate class, building on the skills learned in Introduction to Botanical Watercolor. Students will learn tips for composition and watercolor techniques emphasizing realism of botanical subjects, and will learn "insurance policies" to fix many common watercolor mistakes.

Instructor: Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas. 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.

Saturday, May 1, 2021 (1 - 4 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 29

$65/$55 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Materials: A full list of necessary materials will be emailed upon registration. If you are interested in the class but would like more information on necessary materials, please email ewhite@brit.org. 

Image courtesy Samantha Peters

Grow Your Own Cut Flower Garden

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Interested in growing your own blooms for flower arrangements and gifts? Then join us for an afternoon with farmers Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farms. You will learn the basics of creating and tending a home cutting garden, including where to locate your garden, preparing the planting site, what flowers to grow, and how to harvest your blooms. 

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, May 1, 2021 (1 – 2:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 29

$30/$25 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Tuesday, May 4

Homeschool Day: Pollinator Pathway

May 4

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During May's Home School Day program, discover the various symbiotic relationships within the garden and how these systems are vital to our existence. Examine the characteristics and needs of organisms and why biodiversity impacts an environment.

*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.

Price: $10 / students and parents
Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: FW Botanic Garden
Registration Closes: Thursday, April 29

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Thursday, May 6

Yoga in the Japanese Garden (series)

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Experience the beauty of late-spring in the Japanese Garden in this four-session yoga class. As the days grow longer and the sun grows brighter, our focus will be a slow, but strong, practice greeting the sun. Each class will begin with exercises invigorating the spine and opening the shoulders, culminating in Sun Salutations. We will close with a series of gentle and accessible inversions, backbends, and spinal twists.

Instructor: Brynn Byrne has taught Yoga for 15 years. Her focus is on Classical Ashtanga Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga. In 2010, she founded Elemental Yoga and the Mind Arts with the mission of providing therapeutic and accessible Yoga to the Fort Worth community. At Elemental Yoga, she leads yoga, meditation, philosophy, and teacher training. She resides in Fort Worth with her husband Michael and her dog Aurora.

Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2021 (9:30 – 10:30 am)

Registration Deadline: May 4

$55/$45 member 

Location: Japanese Garden

*Due to ongoing social distancing measures, this class will maintain 6' distance between participants and is held outdoors. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available for use while indoors, though masks are not required during the class. In the case of inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled.  

Materials: A yoga mat and any props you wish to use

Friday, May 7

Herbal Topiary Workshop

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Enjoy a live demonstration building an herbal topiary using a small armature, then try one for yourself! You’ll have fragrant culinary herbs and and green and variegated ivy to use, and can take your topiary home and continue enjoying its fragrance and beauty. The workshop ends with a brief tour through The Garden's topiary exhibit, installed throughout the grounds. 

Instructor: Joyce Block is Conservatory Collections Specialist, caring for our Conservatory and its myriad plants. She is a native Minnesotan, who is still adapting to gardening in Texas. She has been with the Fort Worth Botanic Garden since 2014. Joyce started her Horticulture career by earning her Associate Degree at the University of Minnesota; becoming a Minnesota Master Gardener in 2000; transferring her Master Gardener to Texas in 2007; and finishing her Bachelor's degree in Horticulture at Texas Tech. She is also a Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional with the Texas Nursery and Landscapers Association. Joyce's work experience includes being a florist and having her own wedding floral design business, working as a retail garden center manager, and community college instruction. She lives in Alvarado, TX with her husband and a herd of cats who help her garden. 

Friday, May 7 ( 1 - 3 pm) 

Registration Deadline: May 5

$42/$37 member

Location: Conservation Greenhouse porch

Materials: Provided

Saturday, May 15

Self-Care Workshop: Plants, Textiles & Therapy

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Join textile artist Lesli Robertson and licensed trauma counselor Tiffany Reves to learn healthy ways to manage stress and anxiety. Using their Self-Care Kits  textiles-based toolkit for emotional wellness  Robertson and Reves 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. Participants will be introduced to the intersection of textiles and therapy, expanding the reach and definition of craft, and enhancing well-being and groundedness.

InstructorsLesli Robertson is an interdisciplinary textile artist and project developer who partners with local and international organizations to develop impactful engagement through interactive programs. She has developed numerous educationally-based trainings and outreach events with the goal of encouraging others to find new perspectives and value on a range of cultural and social topics. These have taken place in countries as diverse at Ghana, Kuwait, Scotland, Uganda, and Armenia. 

Tiffany Reves, MA, LPC-S, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor and the proprietor and clinical director of R&AC. She has worked in the mental health field since 2006, in her own private practice as well as a group practice, a mental health hospital, and non-profit social services. Tiffany is trained in EMDR and has specialty training in evidenced based practices for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She specializes in working with veterans and individuals who have experienced trauma. In addition, she served 6 years as the Clinical Consultant for the Denton County Veteran's Treatment Court and continues to provide counseling services to individuals in the program. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021 (10  – 11:30 am)

Registration Deadline: May 13

$55/$45 member 

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Materials: A self-care kit is included in the price of registration and are available for pickup at BRIT. If you need your kit mailed, we are happy to do so for a $10 postal fee. 

Begonia Terrarium Workshop

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Everyone loves a terrarium, and now you can create your own using begonias from the internationally recognized Begonia Species Collection at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Enjoy a virtual tour of the Species Bank and learn all about these beautiful plants. You'll then learn how to create and care for your miniature tropical habitat for rare and exotic species and hybrids, building your beautiful glass terrarium at home. A kit for building your terrarium will be available for pickup at The Garden.

Instructor: Deborah Garrett, Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Taddie Hamilton, Volunteer

Saturday, May 15, 2021 (1 – 2:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 13   

$35/$30 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 terrarium materials will be available for pickup May 13 & 14. You will receive an email with pickup instructions. 

Monday, May 17

The Incredible Journey of Plants (ZOOM)

By Stefano Mancuso

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The Incredible Journey of Plants 

Generation after generation, using spores, seeds, or any other means available, plants move in the world to conquer new spaces. They release huge quantities of spores that can be transported thousands of miles. The number and variety of tools through which seeds spread is astonishing: we have seeds dispersed by wind, by rolling on the ground, by animals, by water, or by a simple fall from the plant, which can happen thanks to propulsive mechanisms, the swaying of the mother plant, the drying of the fruit, and much more.In this accessible, absorbing overview, Mancuso considers how plants convince animals to transport them around the world, and how some plants need particular animals to spread; how they have been able to grow in places so inaccessible and inhospitable as to remain isolated; how they resisted the atomic bomb and the Chernobyl disaster; how they are able to bring life to sterile islands; how they can travel through the ages, as they sail around the world.

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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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: June 1      

$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

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 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. 

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. 

Monday, June 21

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 24

$40/$35 member

Location: Japanese Garden

Materials: Provided

Propagation for the Home Gardener: Airlayering 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 layering and air layering! Join the Master Gardener Advanced Plant Propagators in this virtual, yet 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. 

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, 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.