Christie Eckler, LMSW, CFRE

Vice President for Advancement

Sara Richardson

Director of Philanthropy

Chris Smith

Director of Marketing and Communications

Katherine Campbell

Director of Membership

Chris Chilton

Corporate Relations Manager

Christy Brammer

Membership Coordinator

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Become a member today! Based on a successful GROW education and volunteer collaboration, both BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden joined forces to offer one, joint membership. Membership benefits include Garden admission, reciprocal benefits to more than 300 public gardens, discounts to family programs, classes and events. Find out more information by visiting our Membership page.

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Recent Articles

BRIT Receives $1.3 Million Dollar Grant from the National Science Foundation to Study Biodiversity in the Philippines

Texas botanists will collaborate with other U.S. institutions and international personnel to conduct research in threatened forests of Southeast Asia. FORT WORTH, Texas (August 28, 2018) – Researchers at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a project titled “Plant Discovery in the Southern Philippines.” Dr. Peter Fritsch, BRIT’s Vice President of Research, will head the team as Principal Investigator with co-Principal Investigators Dr. Taylor Quedensley (BRIT), Dr. Darin Penneys (University of North Carolina at Wilmington), and Dr. Daniel Nickrent (Southern Illinois University Carbondale). The project begins this month and field expeditions will begin in the spring of 2019. The Philippines...
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BRIT Closing Announcement

DR. ED SCHNEIDER RELEASED THE FOLLOWING TODAY: Dear Friends, As I write this, blooming bluebonnets and other wildflowers on the BRIT campus remind me that it’s spring, a favorite season for botanists and for all of us who love plants. Sadly, it has also become a season of crisis and caution due to the COVID-19 virus. Accordingly, following Tarrant County and City of Fort Worth mandates to curb the spread of the virus, BRIT will temporarily close beginning today through April 22. For their health and safety, all of our employees will be sheltering at home during this time. Just as the wildflower seasons come and go, we know that this season too will surely pass. Until then, please know this: We are in this thing together . We are in it with your families, friends and loved ones. We are in i...
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After careful consideration the decision has been made to suspend all BRIT-side and Garden-side volunteer activities and educational programming through March 30. Please visit this site for further updates. For questions, please contact the appropriate department: Volunteer Opportunities – Children & Families, Homeschool, Girl Scouts, Butterflies in the Garden programs – Community Education & Field Study Trips –
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Popular Local Event Returns Following Conservatory Renovation “Celebrate the Change” in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s recently restored conservatory and marvel at a multitude of butterflies during “Butterflies in the Garden,” the largest exhibit of live, exotic butterflies in north central Texas, starting Feb. 29, 2020 and running through April 12, 2020. The six-week exhibit will be open daily, including Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Beautiful, exotic butterflies of every hue and size will be flying in the conservatory,” said Gail Manning, Fort Worth Botanic Garden entomologist. “People will have a chance to walk among hundreds of fluttering butterflies from around the world, watch them land on tropical flowers and lush foliage — maybe even on their shoulders — and learn about the ama...
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BRIT/FIVS Announce 2020 International Sustainable Winegrowing Competition Winners

Crittenden Estate of Australia Wins Top Honors in 2020 BRIT/FIVS International Sustainable Winegrowing Competition Additional wineries from Chile, Portugal and the United States receive medals for their outstanding ground-to-glass sustainability programs. Jackson Family Wines receives special platinum multi-brand sustainable winegrowing award. FORT WORTH, Texas – The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) in partnership with FIVS, a global public policy federation serving the wine, spirits, and beer sectors, are pleased to announce the winners of their 2020 International Sustainable Winegrowing Competition. Topping this year’s competition is Crittenden Estate of Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, based on the winery’s on-going programs addressing the three elements of sustain...
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Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo / BRIT Announce Texas Sustainable Winegrowing Competition Winners

Today, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and Botanical Research Institute of Texas announced the winners from the 2020 FWSSR / BRIT™ Texas Sustainable Winegrowing Competition. Top honors were awarded to Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, Texas, in combination with Tallent Vineyards of Mason, Texas. Nice Winery in Houston, Texas won the Grand Reserve Champion award in combination with Alta Mira Vineyards of Anderson, Texas. The top winning wineries were awarded for their sustainable practices in the vineyard and other areas of operation in addition to the wines they submitted to a blind tasting. Bending Branch Tannat Rosé, Texas Hill Country 2018 Nice Winery Texas Blanc, Alta Mira Vineyard 2018 The inaugural wine competition of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo established a unique approach...
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BRIT Board Elects Two New Members

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) Operating Board is pleased to announce the recent election of two new board members: Dana Burghdoff and William Welder. Their individual terms begin 2020. Dana Burghdoff is interim assistant city manager with the City of Fort Worth and will serve on the operating board a s an advisory trustee. Advisory Trustees are non-voting, year-to-year appointments. Ms. Burghdoff has 25 years of city planning and development experience, with 20 of those in the City of Fort Worth. During her tenure with the City, Ms. Burghdoff has served as the policy advisor to the City Council, City Plan Commission, Zoning Commission, and other groups. Her achievements include extensive engagement with the public to reallocate 250,000 residents during decennial redistr...
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Botanical Art Blooms at BRIT

BRIT continues to celebrate its Year of Botanical Art with an exhibition organized by the American Society of Botanical Artists The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) invites the community to be part of a worldwide artistic appreciation of native plants with the exhibition “ Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora ” Sept. 26 through Nov. 27. BRIT is one of just four venues in the United States for the exhibition, which was organized by the United States Botanic Garden and the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). BRIT will host a reception with ASBA Director of Exhibitions Carol Woodin on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. Ms. Woodin will introduce the exhibition and lead a gallery tour at 1 p.m., with a complimentary dessert and coffee reception to follow. The program i...
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