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

Greenhouse Pests

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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At a loss for how to handle the pests in your greenhouse? Then join us for a morning of solutions! Garden expert Jeffrey Myers will share his successful approaches to pest management in this virtual class, taking your questions and helping you in your journey to a manageable greenhouse environment. 

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

Thursday, January 7, 2021 (10 – 11:30 am)

Registration Deadline: January 5

$25/$20 member

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

Starting Your Garden Transplants

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Learn the basics of seed starting for healthy transplants and expand the varieties of plants growing in your garden. You will gain an understanding of seed starting and seeded pots that can become the foundation for your home garden.

Instructors: Instructors Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, owners of Barking Cat Farm, teach others to grow high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner, just as they do. 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, January 9, 2021 (10 am – 12 pm)

Registration Deadline: January 7

$30/$25 member

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

Good Earth: From Healthy Soil to Healthy Garden

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Healthy gardens start with healthy soil. But how do you get there? Learn the fundamentals of building healthy soil and keeping it that way with Bob Byers, Assistant Director and VP of Horticulture. You will leave with practical tools to create the healthy garden you've always wanted. 

Instructor: Bob Byers is Assistant Director and Vice President of Horticulture. He joined the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as Director in 2015. Bob learned to love gardening and plants working beside his parents in family gardens as a child. After college, he worked professionally as a landscape architect in Wisconsin, Florida, Alabama, and Arkansas before a 21-year career as the Director of Operations and Associate Executive Director for Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He is enjoys growing vegetables and flowers in his home garden in Willow Park and learning the large and varied flora of Texas.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (6:30 – 8 pm)

Registration Deadline: January 15        

$25/$20 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. 

Beginners Class: Landscape Design

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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It's cold outside, but it's the perfect time to dream about your landscape's design from the comfort of your sofa. Engage your imagination in this exploration of landscape design approaches and techniques, for beginners. Master Gardener Steve Cheney will share his knowledge and experience, inspiring you as you reimagine your home landscape. 

Instructor: Steve Chaney learned to love the garden from a very young age. After receiving two BS degrees from Oklahoma State University in Landscape Architecture and Marketing, he owned and operated a design/building firm for over ten years before joining the Extension family and acquiring his Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education. He first served as a CEA in Wichita County and, after four years, continued his service to the community as a CEA in Tarrant County, where he still continues to make a significant impact. His experience and expertise have helped to make the Tarrant County Home Horticulture programs recognized as “tops in the state."

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 (10 – 11:30 am)

Registration Deadline: January 25       

$25/$20 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. 

Spring Pruning in the Garden: Trees and Shrubs

Virtual Class (Zoom) + Onsite Demonstration

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Get your trees and shrubs in shape before the burst of spring in this blended workshop with Japanese Garden Horticultural Manager, Nick Esthus. You will enjoy a pre-recorded lecture as well as attend a pruning demonstration in the Japanese Garden. Topics will include best pruning practices for small trees, shrubs, and other materials and how pruned plants impact your garden design. Plant biology and physiology and how it pertains to pruning will also be discussed. You will also learn tips on sharpening your pruning tools. 

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.  

Saturday, February 6, 2021 (9 – 10:30 am)

Registration Deadline: February 4     

$28/$25 member

Location: The pre-recorded lecture will be sent to you a week prior to the live demonstration portion of the class; if you register less than a week before the live demonstration, you will receive the recording upon registration. All students will have access to the recorded lecture for one week following the class. You will receive emailed directions to the onsite pruning demonstration the day before the class. 

Beginners Class: Vegetable Gardening and Planting Sites

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Join us to discover the essential elements of vegetable gardening in North Texas. A special emphasis will be given to the planting site – in ground, raised beds, and containers – and vegetable varieties for our locale will be recommended.

Instructor: Harold Annis has been a Tarrant County Master Gardener since 2011, when he completed the advanced training for vegetable gardening. Like many, he gained a mountain of knowledge from his Grandmother who he lived with and gardened with during college years. He currently gardens in Southlake where he has a large vegetable garden, growing everything from asparagus to zucchini. 

Saturday, February 6, 2021 (10 am – noon)

Registration Deadline: February 4      

$25/$20 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. 

It's Valentine's Day, Time to Prune Your Roses!

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Love your roses? Then help them to love you back! This blended class includes a pre-recorded lecture from resident rose expert, Jeffrey Myers, as well as a hands on pruning experience in the Rose Garden. The lecture will be sent to you a week prior to the hands on portion of the class, where questions will be answered, and roses pruned. 

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

Saturday, February 13, 2021 (1 – 2:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: February 11

$28/$25 member

Location: The pre-recorded lecture will be sent to you a week prior to the live demonstration portion of the class; if you register less than a week before the live demonstration, you will receive the recording upon registration. All students will have access to the recorded lecture for one week following the class. You will receive emailed directions to the onsite pruning demonstration the day before the class. 

Advanced Class: Vegetable Gardening in North Texas (2 Sessions)

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Do you have a garden, but want to strengthen your vegetable gardening skills? You’ll learn how to be successful this season in your garden with this mix of presentation and conversation. 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. This 5 hour seminar is split into two sessions.

Instructors: Instructors Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, owners of Barking Cat Farm, teach others to grow high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner, just as they do. 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.

Saturdays, March 6 & 13, 2021 (1 – 3:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 4

$75/$65 member

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

 

Building Your Butterfly Garden

Virtual Class (Zoom)

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Butterflies bring beauty and the pollination of our fruits and flowers. And they need us to create ecosystems in our gardens to help them flourish. If you’ve always wanted to attract these beautiful pollinators to your garden, this is the class for you! Join one of Fort Worth’s favorite Master Gardeners to learn what you need to build a successful and fun Butterfly Garden. 

Instructor: Theresa Kay Thomas is a TCMGA Master Gardener, NC NPSOT Member and Cross Timbers Master Naturalist. She is Co-lead at the Southwest Regional Library Native Plant Demonstration Gardens.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (10 – 11 am)

Registration Deadline: March 8

$25/$20 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