Fort Worth Botanic Garden I BRIT is a 115-acre living museum, containing plants from around the world as well as an extensive sculpture collection installed amidst the beauty of our gardens. We hold over thirty pieces of outdoor sculpture by artists such as Gene Owens, Glenna Goodacre, Cameron Schoepp, Chris Powell, Charles T. Williams, and Patrick Dougherty. Many sculptures on our campus are maintained by Fort Worth Public Art, managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth.
Monthly docent-guided tours of our outdoor sculpture collection are available the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 am, with capacity at 15 participants. First-come, first-served. Admission to the BRIT building is free. Admission to The Garden is always free for members; non-members may purchase tickets here.
There are a variety of venues across our campus in which to enjoy art related to, and in, nature. The BRIT building offers two distinctive art viewing spaces: the elegant Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall the Upper Atrium Collections Gallery. The Samples Hall showcases artwork dealing with topics such as ecology, plants, sustainability, conservation, and the natural world – we highlight work by local and national artists. The Collections Gallery features a rotation of botanical and nature-based prints from our Library collection, including The Arader Natural History Collection of Art. We honor and celebrate the traditional roots of botanical art, while expanding and redefining the field for the 21st century.
Art can also be enjoyed throughout The Garden, with permanent outdoor sculpture installed in select groves and clearings. These sculptures engage visitors with the natural landscape, delighting and offering food for thought. We occasionally welcome contemporary sculptors to install large-scale artworks in our gardens for visitors to enjoy and reflect upon.
Erin joined our staff in 2019. She is a program director, curator, and environmentalist and brings over a decade of experience as a museum educator to her role as Director of Community Education. Erin delights in working with adult learners, having led the docent corps at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She served on the UTA Fort Worth Gallery Advisory Committee and has written extensively about art of all types. She is trained as a traditional naturopath and continues to study natural wellness. Erin served on the board of Slow Food DFW and enjoys continuing to develop her ties to the local community through plants and art.
At FWBG | BRIT, Erin’s focus is twofold: to connect community members with nature through classes that focus on plants, ecology, sustainability, conservation, and wellness; and to serve as curator of the Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall, where she creates art exhibitions that explore similar subjects. She also teaches and mentors Art in the Garden docents. Through art, visitors locate new ways to think about the natural world and their place within it.
“Being in touch with the natural world is crucial.” -Sir David Attenborough