Horticulture and Gardening

Sustainable by nature. 

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. 

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Program Information

PROGRAM POLICIES

GROW Adult Education programs are for adults 18 and older. BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden endeavor to offer a quality educational experience to each program participant, with class sizes supporting this policy. Registered participants may not bring an unregistered participant of any age to class. Onsite registrations, when a class is not sold out, are encouraged.

GROW members may register for courses at the discounted member rate; guests of members do not qualify for the member rate. Program registration fees include complimentary entry into the Botanic Garden the day of the program. Entry to BRIT is always free. 

Many courses are held outdoors and may require moderate walking to and from one or more locations. As such we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. If you have questions about physical requirements, please send an email to ewhite@brit.org. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

To cancel your registration for a class, please email mschmidlkofer@brit.org at least ten calendar days prior to the start of that class. You will receive an 85% refund. No refunds are granted less than ten calendar days before the class starts.

If you choose, you may gift your seat in the class to a friend or family member; just send us the name and email address of the person who is taking your spot so we can add them to the roster and send them the appropriate information.

Payment for your class reserves your seat and allows us to secure the instructor. If you are late for class, your seat will be reserved; we do not transfer your seat to walk-in participants. Partial refunds or transfers are not available for unattended classes.

In the event that we must cancel a class, you will be notified email and will have several options: we can transfer your ticket to another class right away (or classes, so long as the new value does not exceed the original value), issue a credit to be applied to another class or classes in the same calendar year, or provide a refund. This applies to classes that do not meet the minimum registrant requirement, which sometimes occurs.

By registering online, over the phone, or in person, you are agreeing to GROW's ten-day cancellation policy outlined above. 

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community 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. 

Upcoming Events

Compost and Compost Tea (Parts I & II)

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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All compost is not created equal. So if you've learned the basics of composting, come take a deeper dive into this wonderful world with this two-class, online workshop. You will learn which type of composting is considered the gold standard and how to make aerated compost tea. You will also learn how to determine whether your soil needs fungal or bacterial compost, how to make these two types of compost, and the best way to use both. You will leave knowing how to harness the enriching, healing power of compost in your yard and garden.

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.

Saturday, October 3 & 10, 2020 (10 am – 12:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: October 1       

$85/$75 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to the first class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Bonsai 101

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Bonsai is a Japanese art form which utilizes cultivation techniques to produce, in containers, small trees that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. Join the Fort Worth Bonsai Society for an introduction to this beautiful tree cultivation method. You will learn about the history of bonsai, tree species, and a variety of styles.

Stay tuned for Your Bonsai Tree, an an intermediate class held in March in the Japanese Garden. There you will learn about soil, how to pot your tree and secure it with wire, and take home your very own tree. 

Instructor: The Fort Worth Bonsai Society promotes knowledge of and interest in bonsai and serves as a focal point for those interested in bonsai in and around the Fort Worth area. The Society provides a variety of educational and support services to the bonsai community. The Officers and Directors of FWBS are unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to spreading the word about this wonderful, satisfying, and challenging hobby. 

Saturday, October 10, 2020 (2 – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: October 8        

$15/$12 member

Location: This class will take place online; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Fragrant Winter Blooms: Forcing Bulbs

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Forcing bulbs indoors is easy to do and yields a beautiful product to brighten your holidays. Join the Tarrant County Master Gardeners for this virtual class and learn how growing bulbs indoors lets you enjoy the colors and fragrance of spring when it is still months away!

Instructor: Tarrant County Master Gardeners are an integral part of BRIT / FWBG educational classes for adults. Their generous sharing of their gardening and horticultural expertise enriches the lives of class participants.  

Saturday, November 14, 2020 (1 – 2:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: November 12        

$15/$12 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password.

Past Events