BRIT Collections, Labs & Library Exhibitions

The BRIT Library and the scientific research laboratories are the heart of the Research Institute. These, combined with the BRIT Art Collection and the Exhibits that are housed at FWBG | BRIT, allow the organization to achieve its mission to “Conserve our natural heritage by deepening our knowledge of the plant world and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life. “

The BRIT Library

The BRIT Library supports botanical research and education in Texas and around the world. Our collection has been carefully curated and is a valuable research tool for those studying systematic botany, horticulture, natural history and ethnobotany. The BRIT Library houses one of the largest and finest collections of botanical works in the southwestern United States.

Conservation Seed Laboratory and Seed Bank

Texas is home to 448 rare vascular plant species, including 113 species categorized by NatureServe as Critically Imperiled and at high risk for extinction. The BRIT Seed collections serve as a powerful tool in preventing extinction by serving as a genetic backup that can be used to repopulate a lost population.

Art & Science Exhibits

The BRIT building offers two distinctive art viewing spaces in the BRIT building: the elegant Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall and the smaller, more intimate Upper Atrium Collections Gallery. Art can also be enjoyed throughout The Garden, with permanent outdoor sculpture installed along our many groves, paths, and clearings.