Horticulture and Gardening

Horticulture and Gardening

Come discover how your garden grows.

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. 

These half and full day classes and workshops will take place on the BRIT campus, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and in the field. Please check the individual event announcements for further details.

 

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Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: GROW Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public. 

Nice to Know: Since you never know where GROW Adult Ed might take you, we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. A sweater or light jacket is a good idea in case the A/C is working too well and closed toe shoes are always a good idea. Please check individual class listings for any specific requirements and, as always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at a GROW Adult Ed class soon! 

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Adult 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. 

These half and full day classes and workshops will take place on the BRIT campus, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and in the field. Please check the individual event announcements for further details.

 

Upcoming Events

So you think you want a Greenhouse?

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Do you wish you had a greenhouse in your backyard?  Join the Advanced Master Gardener Greenhouse Management team to explore the joys and concerns of maintaining a greenhouse.  They will discuss the options available to you from types and uses of greenhouses to placement in the landscape and the costs based on your wants and needs. 

The Advanced Master Gardener Greenhouse Management Team is a group of  Master Gardeners who are  trained to teach the benefits and problems associated with backyard greenhouses.  They either have greenhouses or volunteer in various greenhouses in Tarrant county.

Please note: This class will be held in the Conservation Greenhouse Classroom at FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

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Spring Pruning

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Nick Esthus, Senior Gardener at Fort Worth Japanese Garden, will present information on pruning in the garden.  Topics will include best pruning practices for small trees, shrubs and other material and how pruned plants impact your garden design. Plant biology and physiology and how it pertains to pruning will also be discussed.  He will give you tips on sharpening your pruning tools and will give a pruning demonstration on trees in the garden. 

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.  

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

Sex in the Garden

Seed Propagation

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Join the Advanced Master Gardener Plant Propagation team in this hands-on class where you will learn how seeds develop in flowers, then sow seeds into pots, and how to “bump-up” the seedlings for your garden.  You will leave with pots of potential plants and seedlings which can be planted in your garden.

Instructors Bobbye Hitzfeld, Sue Sappington and Betty Starnes love gardening and sharing their knowledge and tricks.  They love seeing seeds sprout and grow into beautiful vegetables, herbs or landscape plants.  They have received advanced training in all types of propagation. Among them they have over 19 years in the Master Gardener program and 80 years in growing and loving plants! 

Please note: This class will be held at the Conservation Greenhouse Classroom at the FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

What is Permaculture?

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GROW Adult Education is pleased to partner with Barking Cat Farm to provide this brief introduction to the fascinating subject of permaculture, a sustainable, permanent growing system. In this class you’ll learn how to begin to apply basic concepts to your own property such as optimal placement of buildings, gardens and pathways. You’ll learn about creating self sustaining eco-systems, water saving techniques and creating abundance on your property.

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 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.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

Raised Beds for Immediate Gratification

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In this hands-on class students will learn all about using raised beds to jump start their home gardens. Students will learn about different raised bed designs, soil considerations that accompany the use of raised beds and how to assemble a basic drip irrigation system for a raised bed. Students will have the opportunity to explore commonly available raised bed kits, will get hands on experience in assembling beds from items obtained from the big box stores, and can work with drip irrigation parts.

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 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.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

Japanese Gardens

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy

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For many, Japanese Gardens and the techniques they employ are a mystery. Join John Powell, Japanese garden designer, and Nick Esthus, lead gardener for the FWBG Japanese Garden, as they lead us through a brief history of Japanese garden styles, techniques, aesthetics, and elements of design featuring examples of these applications in Texas gardens and others throughout the United States and Japan. 

Instructor John Powell, owner of Zoen, LLC, designs Japanese-style gardens and serves as lead garden consultant for several public gardens throughout the United States, specializing in garden restorations and sustainable maintenance programs.  John received his training from various Japanese garden masters both in Japan and the United States including internship at the prestigious Adachi Museum of Art gardens in Yasugi, Japan.  A regular contributor to Sukiya Living magazine (The Journal of Japanese gardening), John also presents frequently for the North American Japanese Garden Association and is a member of its board of directors.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$30 members/$35 non-members

 

 

Tsubo-Niwa

The Art of Japanese Gardens in Small Spaces

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The Japanese Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, which will soon celebrate its 50th birthday, serves as the classroom for this unique series of hands-on workshops. Join FWJG Senior Gardener Nick Esthus and Japanese garden expert John Powell for a series of workshops on the art of tsubo-niwa (small garden) inside the Japanese Garden.  Participants will gain hands on experience in a variety of crucial tsubo-niwa elements including setting boulders, stone paving, tree and shrub pruning and placement, and working with bamboo, all while assisting with permanent changes to the garden. Attendees will gain insight into the art of Japanese gardens, their connection to architecture and will take away valuable ideas for their own gardens.  

Instructor John Powell, owner of Zoen, LLC, designs Japanese-style gardens and serves as lead garden consultant for several public gardens throughout the United States, specializing in garden restorations and sustainable maintenance programs.  John received his training from various Japanese garden masters both in Japan and the United States including internship at the prestigious Adachi Museum of Art gardens in Yasugi, Japan.  A regular contributor to Sukiya Living magazine (The Journal of Japanese gardening), John also presents frequently for the North American Japanese Garden Association and is a member of its board of directors.

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.  

This class will meet on three Saturdays: 
2/9/2019
3/9/2019
3.23/2019

Please Note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$110 members/$135 non-members

 

If it's Valentine's Day, it's Time to Prune Your Roses.

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Join us for this hands on class and learn the history of the Rose Garden at the FW Botanic Garden, the tricks to pruning your roses, and the secrets to having the most beautiful roses on your block! The Rose Garden will be our living classroom where Jeff Myers, rose gardener for the FWBG, will share the joy and care of various types of roses. Students will have the rare opportunity to use the Rose Garden plants to practice the techniques they learn in class. Students will leave with handouts that illustrate the pruning techniques they learned and practiced. 

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 ad remove the pest. Jeff also acted as the Department’s liaison to the Governor’s Arizona Invasive Species Advisory Council.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

The Complete Guide to Successful Vegetable Gardening in North Central Texas

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Flummoxed by vegetable gardening? You’ll learn how to be successful this season in your garden with this mix of presentation and hands on seminar. 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. 

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 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.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$75 members/$85 non-members

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Sex in the Garden, Part II

Cutting Propagation

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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 choose cuttings and leave with pots full of cuttings that you will be able to plant in your landscape.

The Advanced Master Gardener Plant Propagation Team of Loretta Bailey, Bobbye Hitzfeld and Betty Starnes and Sue Sappington love gardening of all kinds but especially the propagation of plants by cuttings.  They have received advanced training in all types of propagation. Among them they have over 10 years in the Master Gardener program and 60 years in growing and loving plants!  

Please note: This class will take place at the FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members

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Gardening for Monarchs

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Monarchs return to our area in March to begin the next generation of butterflies. Get the basics on creating (and certifying) a monarch waystation, find out what plants are best for our area, and learn about citizen science efforts you can participate in from your backyard.

Instructor Gail Manning is an entomologist and has been at the Botanic Garden for 13 years. Her focus is conservation and citizen science, primarily on the monarch butterfly.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$20 members/ $25 non-members

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Growing Bulbs for the Garden and Patio

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Join the Master Gardener Bulb team as they share their extensive experience growing all types of bulbs.  You will learn the different types of bulbs including tunicate, imbricate, corms, tubers and rhizomes. You will also engage in hands-on activities on how to plant bulbs in pots and in the ground, how to force bulbs to bloom and how to propagate bulbs from seeds and from chipping to expand your collection.  You will leave with bulbs in pots and cut bulbs to plant in the fall.  

The Master Gardener Bulb Propagation team of Claire Alford, Jeanie Browning, Rocky Duetscher and Mary Reagor specialize in growing and propagating bulbs in their own landscapes, they continually search for bulbs that grow in this region and they teach bulb care to garden clubs in the area.  Together they have over 36 years in Master Gardening experience.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$30 members/$35 non-members

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Grow your own Cut Flower Garden!

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Save money and enjoy the process of growing your own cut flowers. Learn which varieties to start with, how to grow them, proper harvesting techniques and holding techniques to get the most out of your flowers. 

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 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.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

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Culinary Herb Gardening

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Join the team from Barking Cat Farm and learn about growing herbs for your home usage. You’ll learn what to plant when, best care practices, harvesting tips and storage ideas.

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 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.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

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Greening the Inside

The care and choosing of houseplants.

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Join Agnes Knasiak for this delightful class and learn the joy and care of beautiful plants for the home.  Dr. Knasiak will discuss the types of plants suitable for inside your home, their light and water needs, and how to propagate plants in order to expand your collection or to grow for gifts.  She will also share solutions for problems like pests and diseases. Students will take home a suitable plant for their home.

Instructor Agnieszka Slociak Knasiak, has degrees from two universities in Europe including a PhD 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 in Botanic Garden such as birthday parties, anniversaries, funerals, holidays tables, etc. She is currently a Greenhouse Attendant at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members

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Organic Pests and Diseases

Identification and Eradication

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Join us for this day long workshop and you’ll learn how to identify common garden pests, diseases and nutrient deficiencies. Learn how to identify the root causes of common problems and the best steps to take to fix these problems. With the help of a microscope, students will examine their own garden soil under a microscope. They'll learn how to test 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 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.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$75 members/$85 non-members

Propagation of Ferns

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Join Agnes Slociak Knasiak for a hands-on class which will explore the unusual way in which ferns propagate, as they bear no flowers or seed pods. You will probe into this very primitive process of plant sexual reproduction.  You will take home pots ready to bring the mystery of spore reproduction into its full glory and will have several new ferns to add to your plant collection.

Instructor Agnieszka Slociak Knasiak, has degrees from two universities in Europe including a PhD 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 in Botanic Garden such as birthday parties, anniversaries, funerals, holidays tables, etc. She is currently a Greenhouse Attendant at the Botanic Garden.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$20 members/$25 non-members

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