Saturday, March 21

Little Sprouts Saturday Story Time

Third Saturday of the Month

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Explore the outdoors with your children ages 18 months to 6 years at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Spend your morning outside in the Backyard Veggie Garden as we enjoy story time and activities with Carlos the Cactus! Hope to see you there!

  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location: Backyard Veggie Garden
  • Parking: Botanic Garden Welcome Center (free)
  • Tram Drop-Off: Circle drive by the Backyard Veggie Garden
  • Age: Catered to children 18 months to 6 years old
  • Price: FREE! (Includes garden admission)
  • No Registration Required. Check-in with a GROW teammate at beginning of program.

Free (including garden admission) for all children under 6 years old and accompanying caregivers (limit 2 adults). Regular admissions rates apply to all additional individuals.  

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please enter through the Garden Center (Welcome Center) and let the front desk know you are there for Little Sprouts. There will be a free tram service to transport you and your family to this program at the Backyard Veggie Garden! We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes early to account for tram transportation time.

*No programs in July, December, & January.*

Fort Worth Garden Club Show: Youth Level Preparatory Sessions

Girl Scouts Growing Stronger Series with the Fort Worth Garden Club

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Click here to learn more about the series.

  • March 21: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
  • April 11: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Girl Scouts earn badge work at these sessions while preparing for the Fort Worth Garden Show together! Scouts partner with a Garden Club mentor and use their new found skills from the series to create an entry for the Fort Worth Garden Club's show in April.  

**Please note, petals or badges are not available on site; they can be purchased at the GS store or online.** 

Event Details: 

  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76107)
  • Parking: BRIT (Free)
  • Cost: FREE

Register here!

Saturday, March 28

Catching Butterflies Without a Net: Photographing Butterflies in the Garden

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Meet Edgar Miller in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservatory to photograph Butterflies in the Garden!  We begin in the classroom, where you will learn the techniques and settings that will allow you to capture these ephemeral beauties in both the controlled environment of the conservatory and in open local flowerbeds.  Afterward, you’ll enjoy a full hour of private time in the exhibit, allowing you to practice what you have learned without worrying about the crowds. You will leave with amazing photos and knowledge to use on future butterfly “catching” expeditions! Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods to create lasting memories. This workshop takes place both indoors and out. Comfortable clothes are recommended. Participants are encouraged to share their photos by using #britAdultEducation.

Instructor: Edgar Miller is a commercial and fine art photographer and educator, having earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has taught photography and art for the last 20 years and is always looking for new ways to help his clients learn. His work has been shown and awarded in several Texas and national exhibitions, and he is a member of the Texas Photographic Society and the Texas Artists Coalition. Influenced by his late father and his college photography professor, Edgar continues to find interesting light on interesting subjects.  

Saturday, March 28, 2020 (8:30 – 10 am)

Registration Deadline: March 24       

$38/$28 member

Location: FWBG

Supplies: Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods.

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Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas

Butterflies in the Garden

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Butterflies in the Garden is back!

Join us for this special event as we explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's beautiful conservatory full of live, tropical butterflies! Learners will spend half of this program in the conservatory, and the other half at BRIT participating in engaging pollinator activities. All grade levels welcome. We have a limited number of spots open for this event so register quickly!

** Due to the limited capacity of the conservatory, all participating individuals must register. This includes all students, adults, and younger siblings. **

  • Date: March 28th
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Ages: All ages welcome
  • Price:
    • Individuals with Down syndrome are free
    • $8/participant (Includes siblings and adults)
    • Siblings under 5 years of age are free
  • Registration Deadline: 9 days prior

Register here!

Creating a Monarch Waystation

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Join Gail Manning, Fort Worth Botanic Garden's resident entomologist, to learn about the monarch’s journey north! Learn the elements of a successful waystation and plants that feed caterpillars and butterflies. This is a great opportunity to discover how you can be involved in citizen science.

Instructor: Gail Manning, Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Saturday, March 28, 2020 (1 – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 24   

$25/$20 member

Location: BRIT

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The Collectors' Show

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Join BRIT and Galerie Kornye West for FWADA’s 2020 Spring Gallery Night on Saturday, March 28 and enjoy The Collectors’ Show, a selection of quality, representational artworks. The Collectors’ Show features paintings by more than twenty-five award-winning artists who hail from across the United States and have consistently proven desirable among new and established collectors. The exhibition and sale run through April 24. This event is sponsored by Galerie Kornye West and hosted by BRIT. 

BRIT opens at 5 pm and the opening night reception begins at 6 pm. For more information about Gallery Night at BRIT, please contact Erin Starr White. For more information about The Collectors' Show or Galerie Kornye West, please click here.

Wednesday, April 1

Tai Chi & Qi Gong

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This six-week course is comprised of six sessions focusing on the practices of tai chi and qi gong. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art whose movements are structured, smooth, and continuous; it is philosophy in motion. It can be practiced for health purposes, self-defense, or to focus and calm the mind. Qi Gong is the ancient Chinese art of increasing the internal chi energy within the body. It fosters the development of an internal power to improve health, maintain youthfulness, age gracefully, and perfect mental powers. This practice opens your heart and connects your spirit. 

Instructor: Tamara Nishida began her karate instruction in 1998, attained her second degree black belt in 2003, and has studied tai chi since 2000. Currently she teaches tai chi and qi gong meditation at Genjikai Karate, Tai Chi & Qi Gong dojo. She has taught high school students, teachers, veterans, seniors, and athletes.   

Wednesday, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 2020 (9:30 - 10:30 am)

Registration Deadline: March 27        

$110/$100 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: No special supplies are necessary. Do wear comfortable clothing. 

Drawing in Graphite I

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This class is for the very beginner or someone what wants to brush up on their basics. Coursework will cover value, perspective, light on form, and accurate measurements, laying the foundation for realistic botanical drawings in pencil. Students can expect some homework each week. Supplies are not provided (see supply list below).

Instructor: Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas. She received her B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. She discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden and decided to pursue science illustration full time, receiving a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works as an Exhibit Graphic Designer at the Dallas Zoo and was the founding President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group.

Wednesday, April 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2020 (6 – 8 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 26       

$165/$150 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: Click here for the supply list. 

Saturday, April 4

Photography in the Japanese Gardens: The Zen of Bokeh

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The term bokeh comes from the Japanese and refers to the aesthetic quality of the blur created in out-of-focus parts of photograph. Join Edgar Miller as you learn to include this technique into your photographic repertoire, all amidst the carefully composed beauty of the Japanese Garden. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing the elements that make a strong photograph, such as selective framing, focus, and exposure. You will take away connections with fellow-photographers and your own “zen of bokeh” to be used in all your images. Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods to create lasting memories. This workshop is outdoors; comfortable clothes are recommended. Participants are encouraged to share their photos by using #britAdultEducation.

Instructor: Edgar Miller is a commercial and fine art photographer and educator, having earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has taught photography and art for the last 20 years and is always looking for new ways to help his clients learn. His work has been shown and awarded in several Texas and national exhibitions, and he is a member of the Texas Photographic Society and the Texas Artists Coalition. Influenced by his late father and his college photography professor, Edgar continues to find interesting light on interesting subjects.  

Saturday, April 4, 2020 (10 am – noon)

Registration Deadline: March 31          

$35/$30 member

Location: Japanese Garden

Supplies: Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods.

Sketching in the Japanese Garden

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In this class you will learn different techniques for drawing foliage, texture, and value, all while sketching the elegant beauty of the Japanese Garden. Artist Erika Duque Scully will demonstrate how to achieve these techniques and will share examples of other artists’ works for further inspiration. You will be encouraged to draw loosely, sketching balanced and interesting compositions of trees and other plants with confidence. Supplies are not provided (see below for a supply list)

Instructor: Erika Duque Scully is a landscape and nature-based painter who lives and works in Fort Worth, TX. Scully received her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in painting at Texas Christian University. She has been featured in over thirty solo and group shows throughout the Metroplex. In 2017, Scully was nominated by Ro2 Gallery for Rising Star Fundraiser at the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. She is currently represented by Fort Works Art Gallery in Fort Worth.

Saturday, April 4, 2020 (11 am – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 31        

$35/$30 member

Location: Japanese Garden

Supplies: Supply list pending. 

Wildflower Hand Embroidery

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Back by popular demand, instructor Colleen Duarte will walk you through step-by-step instructions for the five basic stitches used in her Wildflower Hoop. Colleen will also share her special tips and tricks to help you begin your own Wildflower Hoop. This workshop is perfect for all levels. Please keep in mind, hand embroidery is a slow craft that is meant to be done at a leisurely pace.  While we will have time to walk-through and practice each stitch during the class, additional stitching time at home will be required to complete this project. 

Instructor: Colleen Duarte of And Other Adventures Embroidery brings her love of embroidery, books, and flowers to the world through her online shop and workshops. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020 (1 – 4 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 31  

$65/$60 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: A full Wildflower Hoop embroidery kit in your choice of color palette is included; additional kits will be available for purchase.

 

Mindfulness Meditation

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Meeting the first Saturday of each month, our Mindfulness Meditation classes invite you to slow down, release the stresses of everyday life, and tune in to the serenity of the natural world. Enjoy the grounds of BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as you learn mindfulness practices and techniques from meditation instructor Lisa November, M.A. Ed. Lisa leads her students in unique, hour-long mindfulness meditations, always attuned to the self and the natural world. Classes take place outdoors when weather permits. 

Instructor: Lisa November is a meditation teacher based in Fort Worth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communication from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and her Master of Arts in Special Education-Moderate Needs from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. She is a life-long teacher and learner and has been practicing mindfulness based meditation since 1996. Most recently, she has received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings in the Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien, Ordained Students of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh in August of 2019. She is also a student of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven heath and wellness program from the Oasis Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Saturday, April 4, 2020 (2 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 2        

$10/$8 member

Location: FWBG/BRIT

Supplies: If you have a mat or cushion, you are welcome to bring it. 

Monday, April 20

Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food

by Wendell Berry

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Drawn from over thirty years of work, this collection joins bestsellers The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Pollan, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, as essential reading for anyone who cares about what they eat. The essays address such concerns as: How does organic measure up against locally grown? What are the differences between small and large farms, and how does that affect what you put on your dinner table? What can you do to support sustainable agriculture?

 

Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry’s caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence. A progenitor of the slow food movement, Wendell Berry reminds us all to take the time to understand the basics of what we ingest. “Eating is an agriculture act,” he writes. Indeed, we are all players in the food economy. For the last five decades, Berry has embodied mindful eating through his land practices and his writing. In recognition of that influence, Michael Pollan here offers an introduction to this wonderful collection that is essential reading for anyone who cares about what they eat.

Saturday, April 25

Sex in the Garden, Part II

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Join the Advanced Master Gardener Plant Propagation team as they teach you to expand your landscape plants without buying them!  Learn to propagate by using cuttings to clone your favorite landscape plants. You will leave with an assortment of cuttings that you will be able to plant in your home landscape.

Instructor: Taddie Hamilton, Tarrant County Master Gardener

Saturday, April 25, 2020 (10 am – 12 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 23  

$25/$20 member

Location: FWBG

Saturday, May 2

Don't Throw Away Your Orchid

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Phalaenopsis are the most popular orchid because the beautiful flowers last for months. Unfortunately, many of these orchids are thrown away after all the flowers drop. Orchids are perennials - they will grow and flower every year for many years! Explore the mystery around the orchid plant family and orchid growing with orchid grower Dr. Dotty Woodson. Since 1973, Dr. Woodson has grown, lectured and demonstrated about orchids. Discover where and how orchids grow in nature and how you can grow orchids on your window sill, in your greenhouse, and even outdoors for the summer.  This course will cover orchid growing, potting, dividing, watering, fertilizing, propagating, collecting, and maintaining orchids for many years. The class will visit a large orchid collection for an applied learning experience.

InstructorDr. Dotty Woodson has grown orchids since 1973. Woodson’s goal is to share her knowledge and enjoyment about growing orchids. She has presented orchid programs to orchid growers and gardeners in many states, at four International Master Gardener Conference, two International Phalaenopsis Alliance Conferences, California Speakers Day, Texas, New England and New York Speakers Circuits and to international audiences on Norwegian Cruise Line.  Woodson is a member of the Fort Worth Orchid Society, Greater North Texas Orchid Society, Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association and the American Orchid Society. Woodson has also written articles about orchid culture for many newspapers and magazines and appeared on many television and radio shows to discuss growing orchids. In addition, she has produced several orchid videos and contributed orchid material and photographs for several books. Woodson’s DVD “Growing Orchids Made Easy with Dotty” is available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Bookstore at https://agrilifebookstore.org/.

Woodson has B. S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture from Tarleton State University and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M and Texas Tech Universities. Before retirement, Woodson taught landscape water conservation by design, plant selection, and irrigation efficiency for 32 years at Tarrant County College, TCU, UTA, and for Texas A&M Extension as a County Extension Agent in Tarrant County and Water Resource Extension State Specialist. For 21 years, Dotty wrote a weekly horticulture column for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Dotty appeared weekly on NBC News and other television programs for 25 years.

Saturday, March 14, 2020 (10 am – noon)

Registrations Deadline: April 30

$35/$30 member

Location: FWBG

All About Herbs: From Garden to Table

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Herbs are a great way to begin gardening, or to deepen your relationship with your garden and your food! Join Rita Hottel to learn about where and when to plant herbs, the requirements for growing healthy herbs, and how to use them for adding flavor and zest to our food.

Instructor: After becoming a Master Gardener in 2000, Rita Hottel quickly found her niche in herbs. She is currently the Lead Gardener of the Herb Garden at the Tarrant County Master Gardener Community / Education Garden. Even though she was trained in all aspects of gardening, herb gardening was the perfect compliment to her other hobby of cooking.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 30   

$35/$30 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: All materials are provided. 

Meet Your Inner-Botanist

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Is the language of botany a mystery to you? Do you wish you knew how plants are named and how to identify them? Join BRIT's Tiana Franklin Rehman in this hands-on and lecture-based class exploring the fundamentals of the fascinating science of plants. We will investigate foundational concepts in botany including naming and classification, morphology, and basic identification skills to be practiced with both plants collected in the field and preserved scientific specimens from the BRIT Herbarium.

Instructor: Tiana Franklin Rehman, BRIT Herbarium Collections Manager

Saturday, May 2, 2020 (1 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 28        

$25/$20 member

Location: BRIT

Mindfulness Meditation

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Meeting the first Saturday of each month, our Mindfulness Meditation classes invite you to slow down, release the stresses of everyday life, and tune in to the serenity of the natural world. With plants all around, explore the grounds of BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as you learn mindfulness practices and techniques from meditation instructor Lisa November, M.A. Ed. Lisa leads her students in unique, hour-long mindfulness meditations, always attuned to the surrounding natural world. Classes often take place outdoors, weather permitting.   

Instructor: Lisa November is a meditation teacher based in Fort Worth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communication from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and her Master of Arts in Special Education-Moderate Needs from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. She is a life-long teacher and learner and has been practicing mindfulness based meditation since 1996. Most recently, she has received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings in the Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien, Ordained Students of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh in August of 2019. She is also a student of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven heath and wellness program from the Oasis Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 (2 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 30         

$10/$8 member

Location: FWBG/BRIT

Supplies: If you have a mat or cushion, you are welcome to bring it. 

Monday, May 4

GROW-Guided Field Study Trips at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas

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GROW-Guided Field Study Trips are two-hour, immersive experiences available at both BRIT* and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden campuses, led by our amazing GROW educators. Students can become scientists in our herbarium of over 1.5 million plant species, explore the many areas of the gardens, and learn about botany in TEKS based, nature-inspired field study trips!

BRIT Experiences (available May 1 - 30):

  • Pre-K - 2nd: Botanists in Training
  • 3rd - 5th: Botany at BRIT
  • Middle & High School: LEEDing the Way

* Because the activities for Butterflies in the Garden take place on the BRIT campus, there is not a separate GROW-Guided experience available at BRIT during this time. BRIT experiences will resume in May.

Available : Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 am – 12 noon (exceptions upon request)

$7 /student and $5 /registered adult

$140 minimum for groups of 20 or fewer.

Any unregistered adult joining on the day of a Field Study Trip at the Garden will pay the regular garden admission of $12.

Click here to download our Spring 2020 Field Study Trip Guide for further details on experiences and pricing. 

Submit an inquiry form to request a date for your Field Study Trip!

Please contact Michelle Schmidlkofer at mschmidlkofer@brit.org with any questions or concerns about Field Study Trips.

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Saturday, May 9

Beginner's Class: Welcome to Watercolor!

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In the perfect class for beginner's, students learn watercolor techniques including creating flat and graded washes, dry brushing, and basic color theory. We will cover foundational watercolor basics such as brush selection, color mixing, layering, and the interaction of paint, water, and paper. Enjoy the expertise of instructor and longtime watercolorist, Samantha Peters, and leave with inspiration to continue your journey in watercolor.

Instructor: Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas. She received her B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. She discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden and decided to pursue science illustration full time, receiving a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works as an Exhibit Graphic Designer at the Dallas Zoo and was the founding President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group.

Saturday, May 9, 2020 (10 am – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 5     

$95/$85 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: Click here for the supply list. 

 

Wednesday, May 13

Beginner's Class: Modern Calligraphy & Botanical Watercolor

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Join us in this introduction to modern calligraphy, a mindful activity that offers the opportunity to slow down and sink into the moment. Learn to create beautiful letterforms that can be used on hand-made greeting cards, botanical watercolor paintings, and more. All supplies are included; kits will be available for purchase at the end of class for you to continue your practice.  

Instructor: Swetha Kalluri of Printable Ink Art lives in Frisco and is committed to providing students with fun and valuable workshops. Formerly working in the financial sector, she left to pursue her dream of teaching and inspiring creativity. Swetha teaches students how to paint in watercolor and practice modern calligraphy. She has also carefully curated her popular signature watercolor and Modern Calligraphy kits, which help students use the knowledge and inspiration they gain in class.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (10 am – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 7      

$65/$60 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: Provided

Saturday, May 16

Spring Flower Pounding: Printing Fabric with Natural Elements

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Looking for a way to prolong your spring flowers and create art at the same time? Join Nancy Curl to create a lovely piece of fiber art on prepared fabric using natural pigments from flowers and leaves. Flower pounding is a wonderful way for gardeners to preserve the colors of the garden while relieving stress and creating beauty. 

Instructor: Nancy Curl has been a Tarrant County Master Gardener since 2007. She has served on the board of the TCMGA for 4 years and as president for 2 years. She was named Tarrant County Master Gardener of the Year and State Master Gardener of the Year, large counties in 2012. As a Greenhouse, Oak Wilt, Propagation, and Rain Water Harvesting Advanced Trainer, she teaches gardening and garden-related topics at the Botanic Garden, TCC, Home & Garden shows, the Union Gospel Mission and garden clubs. She is the Education Coordinator for the TCMGA and the Water Works Learning Center at the Resource Connection of Tarrant County and she volunteers as a docent at the Botanic Garden Japanese Garden, Butterflies in the Garden, and with FWBG/BRIT adult education classes. 

Saturday, May 16 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 12

Location: BRIT    

$35/$30 member

Supplies: Provided

Monday, May 18

Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution

by Menno Schilthusizen

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“Not only is evolution a real thing… but some of the fastest, most interesting evolving occurs right under our noses, in our cities. In Darwin Comes to Town, Menno Schilthuizen explores the ways in which animals and plants have rapidly evolved to adapt to the opportunities and exigencies of urban niches. This is a fun, witty, thoroughly informative read.”
―Robert M. Sapolsky, New York Times bestselling author of Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Darwin Comes to Town draws on eye-popping examples of adaptation to share a stunning vision of urban evolution in which humans and wildlife co-exist in a unique harmony. It reveals that evolution can happen far more rapidly than Darwin dreamed, while providing a glimmer of hope that our race toward over population might not take the rest of nature down with us.

Saturday, June 6

Knowing the Sunflower Family in Texas: Lecture & Workshop

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Join Richard Spellenberg and Naida Zucker, authors of the newly published The Sunflower Family: A Guide to the Family Asteraceae in the Contiguous United States (BRIT Press) for a lecture titled "Knowing the Sunflower Family in Texas." This presentation is based on the newly published book, which details all the approximately 430 genera of sunflowers and relatives in the contiguous United States. The Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) is the largest of plant families, with about 30,000 species. It is found in all habitats, is showy, many species are used for ornamentals and some for food. They provide large swatches of color on the landscape in the warm months and contribute to the misery of pollen allergies in many areas of the country. Though it is a family with many beautiful species, it is to most people baffling because of its compound head of flowers and complex terminology. The presentation covers the mysteries of the sunflower head, genera found only in Texas, a review of some of the widespread, common genera in Texas, and how one goes about identifying these interesting plants. 

Following this lecture is a workshop with the authors and a walking tour of BRIT’s grounds to examine examples detailed in the book. Refreshments will be served, and copies of The Sunflower Family: A Guide to the Family Asteraceae in the Contiguous United States will be available for purchase at a discounted rate of 10% off for lecture attendees (this discount can only be applied in person the day of the lecture). The authors will be available to sign books, whether your copy has been brought from home or newly purchased at the lecture. 

Speakers / Instructors: Richard Spellenberg and Naida Zucker

Saturday, June 6, 2020 (9 – 11:30 am)

Registration Deadline: June 5     

$15/$10 member

Location: BRIT

SuppliesFor the workshop and walk, participants might find it useful to bring a 10x-20x folding hand lens or loupe to facilitate viewing small parts, understanding that the species selected to view will not make this mandatory.

Mindfulness Meditation

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Meeting the first Saturday of each month, our Mindfulness Meditation classes invite you to slow down, release the stresses of everyday life, and tune in to the serenity of the natural world. With plants all around, explore the grounds of BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as you learn mindfulness practices and techniques from meditation instructor Lisa November, M.A. Ed. Lisa leads her students in unique, hour-long mindfulness meditations, always attuned to the surrounding natural world. Classes often take place outdoors, weather permitting.   

Instructor: Lisa November is a meditation teacher based in Fort Worth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communication from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and her Master of Arts in Special Education-Moderate Needs from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. She is a life-long teacher and learner and has been practicing mindfulness based meditation since 1996. Most recently, she has received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings in the Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien, Ordained Students of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh in August of 2019. She is also a student of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven heath and wellness program from the Oasis Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Saturday, June 6, 2020 (2 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 4        

$10/$8 member

Location: FWBG/BRIT

Supplies: If you have a mat or cushion, you are welcome to bring it. 

Monday, June 8

Camp BRIT

Registration opens in February

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Connect to nature at Camp BRIT! Camp BRIT offers a variety of experiences for children in preschool through fifth grade. Each camp encourages children to connect with the wonders of nature and their local ecosystems through science explorations, artistic activities, and special opportunities available only at BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden campus.

Click here to register!

Sessions: 

Bella Goes to Camp

  • Age: Pre-K or K children; ages 4-5
  • Dates: June 8-11 or June 15 - 18 
  • Times: Monday - Thursday from 9:00AM - 11:30AM
  • Cost: $90 per child/members, $110 per child/non-members
  • Details: Campers will explore the role of plants as a food source - both their role in the food chain and how people use plants for food.

Little B.I.T.s - Little Botanists in Training

  • Age: Students entering 1st or 2nd grades; ages 6-7
  • Dates: June 22-25 or July 6-9
  • Time: Monday-Thursday from 9:00AM - 3:30PM
  • Cost: $200 per child/members. $250 per child/non-members
  • Details: Campers will explore native plants on the BRIT Prairie - tall grasses & wildflowers, and their unique properties and importance in nature.

My Plants, My Place

  • Age: Students entering 3rd - 5th; ages 8-10
  • Dates: June 22-25 or July 6-9
  • Time: Monday-Thursday 9:00AM - 3:30PM
  • Cost: $200 per child/members, $250 per child/non-members
  • Details: Campers will explore the native prairie ecosystem, its history, and the impact a prairie still has on our day to day lives.

Click here to register!

Thursday, June 11

Summer Date Nights

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Learn and connect, with the plant world and each other, at this 3-month adult summer class series! In June, create plant-based sushi and enjoy it with your special someone; learn the art of mounting plant specimens side-by-side in BRIT's world-renowned Herbarium in July; and make pinch pot planters together, led by a local ceramicist, in August. With refreshments at the start of each class, this fun, light summer series will engage your mind, enliven your creativity, and give you quality time with your sweetheart this summer. Each hands on class is from 6 - 8 pm.

Classes & Instructors:

  • June 11 Making (and Eating!) Plant-Based Sushi with Dixya Bhattarai, Registered Dietitian & Food and Nutrition Expert
  • July 9Exploring BRIT's Herbarium with Tiana Franklin Rehman, Herbarium Collections Manager
  • August 13Creating Pinch Pot Planters with Kendall Davis, Kendall Davis Clay

Registration Deadline: June 5 

$165/$150 member for the series (couples must purchase all three classes; à la carte classes are not available)

Location: BRIT

Saturday, June 13

Greening the Inside: Houseplant Selection and Care

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Join Agnes Slociak Knasiak, PhD to learn the joy of caring for beautiful houseplants.  Agnes will discuss the types of plants suitable for inside the home, their light and water needs, and how to propagate  your plants in order to expand your collection, or to grow as gifts.  She will also share problems like pests and diseases and how to effectively and safely address them. You will leave with pots of suitable plants for your home environment.

Instructor: Agnieszka Slociak Knasiak, PhD has degrees from two universities in Europe, earning her doctorate in Horticulture. During her doctoral study in Wroclaw, Poland she took special classes for “The Art of Floral Design.” She creates the flower designs each year for the Japanese Garden Festivals. She also designs arrangements for special events at the Botanic Garden and BRIT. She is currently a Greenhouse Curator at the Botanic Garden.

Saturday, June 13, 2020 (1 pm – 3:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 9         

$25/$20 member

Location: FWBG

 

Monday, June 15

The Cast Iron Forest: A Natural and Cultural History of the North American Cross Timbers

by Richard V. Francaviglia

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Winner, Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award, Texas Institute of Letters, 2001

A complex mosaic of post oak and blackjack oak forests interspersed with prairies, the Cross Timbers covers a north-south belt of southern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, and North Central Texas. Home to Native Americans over several thousand years, the Cross Timbers became a barrier to westward expansion in the nineteenth century, until roads and railroads opened it up to farmers and ranchers, coal miners, and modern city developers, all of whom changed its character in far-reaching ways.

This landmark book fully describes the natural environment of the Cross Timbers and the role that people have played in transforming the region. Richard Francaviglia opens with a natural history that discusses the region's geography and geology, vegetation, and climate. He then traces the interaction of people and the landscape, from the earliest Native American inhabitants and European explorers to the developers and residents of today's ever-expanding cities and suburbs. Many historical and contemporary maps and photographs illustrate the text.

Saturday, June 20

Organic Pest and Disease Control

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In this seminar you will learn how to identify common garden pests, diseases, and soil nutrient deficiencies. You will come to understand how to identify the root causes of such issues, and best steps to take to fix them. A hands on portion will include examining your own garden soil under a microscope, testing plant material with a refractometer, and how to use different sprayers.

Instructors: Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, owners of Barking Cat Farm, focus on growing high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner. 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 the 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 20, 2020 (10 am – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 16        

$85/$75 member

Location: BRIT