Library Current Exhibitions

BRIT Library has ongoing exhibitions on view in the Upper Atrium Collections Gallery and the Library, which highlight the Library's Arader Natural History Collection of Art and rare materials from the Library's Special Collections and Rare Book Room. The Library also oversees installations on current BRIT Research Programs in the Upper Atrium Research Gallery.

Current Exhibition

Tracing Topiaries And Finding Catesby's Birds


October 2020 - March 2021

Topiaries have an extraordinary history and presence in gardens. Spanning centuries, with their origins in the gardens of Rome, they extend across the world through Asia, Australia, the Americas, and beyond. They have evolved and transformed through the years taking many forms that surprise and delight, becoming multi-directional accentuation points for the garden. 

Tracing Topiaries and Finding Catesby’s Birds, which runs concurrently with the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Topiaries in the Garden show, highlights those plants often or occasionally used for topiaries as well as birds frequently found among their foliage. A selection of pieces from the Library’s Arader Natural History Collection of Art is on view with works by Pierre Joseph Redouté, Leonhart Fuchs, William Roxburgh, and the wonderful birds of Mark Catesby. Rare books from the Library’s collection and specimens from the Herbarium are on view as well.

This exhibition is part of a collaboration between the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Library and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Topiaries in the Garden is on view October 16, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

Upper Atrium Research Gallery

Auxiliary Collections at the BRIT Herbarium

Auxiliary Collections at the BRIT Herbarium

A single collecting event can result in multiple derivative specimens and auxiliary collections, such as fruit, wood, slide, seed, and photographs. It is the goal of curators and biodiversity informaticians to connect these various resources in a way that is meaningful to our study of an organism. At BRIT, our herbarium is complemented by a collection of over 16,000 microscope slides, along with over 5,000 light micrographs and scanning electron micrographs of pollen.  This auxiliary collection enriches botanical studies and adds value to our collection as a resource for research and education.


Ferns & Lycophytes of the BRIT Herbarium

Dr. Alejandra Vasco has marshaled the effort to produce an exhibit about the ca. 37,300 ferns and lycophytes in the BRIT Philecology Herbarium. You can download a PDF of the exhibit in English and Spanish here, and take a closer look at two featured specimens further into this article. Ferns & Lycophytes of the BRIT Herbarium

Hidden Gardens

Hidden Gardens of the BRIT Herbarium

A closer look at eight common bryophytes of the Dallas-Fort Worth area by BRIT Research Associate Charles Gardner.