Horticulture and Gardening

Sustainable by nature. 

As community leaders in plant based knowledge and education, BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to partner with experts in the fields of horticulture and gardening to provide the public with opportunities to expand their knowledge of the plant world through a variety of classes and workshops. 

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Program Information

PROGRAM POLICIES

GROW Adult Education programs are for adults 18 and older. BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden endeavor to offer a quality educational experience to each program participant, with class sizes supporting this policy. Registered participants may not bring an unregistered participant of any age to class. Onsite registrations, when a class is not sold out, are encouraged.

GROW members may register for courses at the discounted member rate; guests of members do not qualify for the member rate. Program registration fees include complimentary entry into the Botanic Garden the day of the program. Entry to BRIT is always free. 

Many courses are held outdoors and may require moderate walking to and from one or more locations. As such we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. If you have questions about physical requirements, please send an email to ewhite@brit.org. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

To cancel your registration for a class, please email mschmidlkofer@brit.org at least ten calendar days prior to the start of that class. You will receive an 85% refund. No refunds are granted less than ten calendar days before the class starts.

If you choose, you may gift your seat in the class to a friend or family member; just send us the name and email address of the person who is taking your spot so we can add them to the roster and send them the appropriate information.

Payment for your class reserves your seat and allows us to secure the instructor. If you are late for class, your seat will be reserved; we do not transfer your seat to walk-in participants. Partial refunds or transfers are not available for unattended classes.

In the event that we must cancel a class, you will be notified email and will have several options: we can transfer your ticket to another class right away (or classes, so long as the new value does not exceed the original value), issue a credit to be applied to another class or classes in the same calendar year, or provide a refund. This applies to classes that do not meet the minimum registrant requirement, which sometimes occurs.

By registering online, over the phone, or in person, you are agreeing to GROW's ten-day cancellation policy outlined above. 

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

As community leaders in plant based knowledge and education, BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to partner with experts in the fields of horticulture and gardening to provide the public with opportunities to expand their knowledge of the plant world through a variety of classes and workshops. 

Upcoming Events

Spring Pruning in the Garden: Trees and Shrubs

Virtual Class (Zoom) + Onsite Demonstration

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Get your trees and shrubs in shape before the burst of spring in this blended workshop with Japanese Garden Horticultural Manager, Nick Esthus. You will enjoy a pre-recorded lecture as well as attend a pruning demonstration in the Japanese Garden. Topics will include best pruning practices for small trees, shrubs, and other materials and how pruned plants impact your garden design. Plant biology and physiology and how it pertains to pruning will also be discussed. You will also learn tips on sharpening your pruning tools. 

Instructor: Nick Esthus is the Senior Gardener for the Fort Worth Japanese Garden located at Fort Worth Botanic Garden.  His previous work experience includes garden curator at Memphis Botanic Garden’s Japanese garden, Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden at Ohio State University, and nursery intern at Longwood Gardens.  He holds an Associate’s degree from Columbus State Community College in Landscape Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Horticulture from Ohio State University. Nick specializes in Japanese garden design, maintenance and installation both FWJG and private clients.  

Saturday, February 6, 2021 (9 – 10:30 am)

Registration Deadline: February 4     

$28/$25 member

Location: The pre-recorded lecture will be sent to you a week prior to the live demonstration portion of the class; if you register less than a week before the live demonstration, you will receive the recording upon registration. All students will have access to the recorded lecture for one week following the class. You will receive emailed directions to the onsite pruning demonstration the day before the class. 

In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for this onsite demonstration is February 20 (9 - 10:30 am).

Beginners Class: Vegetable Gardening and Planting Sites

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Join us to discover the essential elements of vegetable gardening in North Texas. A special emphasis will be given to the planting site – in ground, raised beds, and containers – and vegetable varieties for our locale will be recommended.

Instructor: Harold Annis has been a Tarrant County Master Gardener since 2011, when he completed the advanced training for vegetable gardening. Like many, he gained a mountain of knowledge from his Grandmother who he lived with and gardened with during college years. He currently gardens in Southlake where he has a large vegetable garden, growing everything from asparagus to zucchini. 

Saturday, February 6, 2021 (10 am – noon)

Registration Deadline: February 4      

$25/$20 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. 

It's Valentine's Day, Time to Prune Your Roses!

Virtual Class (Zoom) + Onsite Demonstration

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Love your roses? Then help them to love you back! This blended class includes a pre-recorded lecture from resident rose expert, Jeffrey Myers, as well as a hands on pruning experience in the Rose Garden. The lecture will be sent to you a week prior to the hands on portion of the class, where questions will be answered, and roses pruned. 

Instructor: Jeffrey Myers has been the rose gardener at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden since December of 2008. A graduate of Penn State University, he received degrees in Agricultural Education and Horticulture.  After college, he taught high school agricultural science before joining the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society where he served as a community garden coordinator, senior education specialist, and Country administrator for the society’s neighborhood greening program, Philadelphia Green.  Jeff spoke to area garden clubs, presented workshops at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and appeared on HGTV’s Philadelphia Flower Show specials.  Jeff created a horticultural job skills training program and community kitchen garden for residents of a homeless shelter in Southwest Philadelphia. In Phoenix, Jeff worked for the Arizona Department of Agriculture as an inspector and the state’s Noxious Weed Coordinator, traveling throughout the state locating invasive plant species and working with area groups and agencies to control and remove the pest. Jeff also acted as the Department’s liaison to the Governor’s Arizona Invasive Species Advisory Council. 

Saturday, February 13, 2021 (1 – 2:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: February 11

$28/$25 member

Location: The pre-recorded lecture will be sent to you a week prior to the live demonstration portion of the class; if you register less than a week before the live demonstration, you will receive the recording upon registration. All students will have access to the recorded lecture for one week following the class. You will receive emailed directions to the onsite pruning demonstration the day before the class. 

In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for this onsite demonstration is February 27 (1 - 2:30 pm).

Advanced Class: Vegetable Gardening in North Texas (2 Sessions)

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Do you have a garden, but want to strengthen your vegetable gardening skills? You’ll learn how to be successful this season in your garden with this mix of presentation and conversation. A wide range of topics will be covered including site selection, irrigation, soil biology, specialty gardens like herb, salad and salsa gardens, and much more. This 5 hour seminar is split into two sessions.

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.

Saturdays, March 6 & 13, 2021 (1 – 3:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 4

$75/$65 member

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

 

Building Your Butterfly Garden

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Butterflies bring beauty and the pollination of our fruits and flowers. And they need us to create ecosystems in our gardens to help them flourish. If you’ve always wanted to attract these beautiful pollinators to your garden, this is the class for you! Join one of Fort Worth’s favorite Master Gardeners to learn what you need to build a successful and fun Butterfly Garden. 

Instructor: Theresa Kay Thomas is a TCMGA Master Gardener, NC NPSOT Member and Cross Timbers Master Naturalist. She is Co-lead at the Southwest Regional Library Native Plant Demonstration Gardens.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (10 – 11 am)

Registration Deadline: March 8

$25/$20 member

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

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).

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Past Events