Event Date

June 3 - July 20, 2016



Program Information

Free to the public.

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Community Education Manager

BRIT's annual exhibit, The Hidden Gardens, curated by the research department, traces the roots of botanical collections in this region, displaying collections made by 19th century botanists such as Lindheimer, (Father of Texas Botany), Julius Reverchon, and Albert Ruth. The founder of the BRIT herbarium, Dr. Lloyd Shinners, is featured with his collections, along with Dr. Eula Whitehouse, known for her moss collections and for contributing to the BRIT botanical library while at SMU. The story of how Dr. Robert Kral, founder of the Vanderbilt herbarium collections, brought the collection of southeast plants to BRIT along with some of his collections, one of which has been identified as now extinct, is also featured. Visitors will see dried and pressed specimens from various subsections of the BRIT herbarium, examples of the various digital collections currently housed at BRIT, and specimens from our Mycology and Bryology collections. Research Associates Dr. Denis Benjamin and Dr. Harold Keller display exquisite watercolor art and a video along with their unique collections of fungi and slime molds. Adding even more interest are rare books and manuscripts from our collections along with many of the new publications from our current research staff. Join us this summer and enjoy a visit to our Hidden Gardens!

About Exhibits

Botanical art plays an important role at BRIT and we are fortunate to have two exhibit spaces, the elegant Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall and the intimate Welcome Center Gallery, in which to display a variety of art from both well-known and emerging local artists. BRIT joins with the rest of the Fort Worth visual arts community twice a year and participates in spring and fall Gallery Nights.

Interested in exhibiting at BRIT? Please see our submission guidelines here.