Tuesday, April 14

Story Time Yoga

Second Tuesday of the Month

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BRIT is partnering with Nanda Yoga, the children's yoga community of Fort Worth, to provide Storytime Yoga once a month. Your child will learn calmness, breathing, and mindfulness, while developing strength, flexibility, and focus. Storytime Yoga provides a space where children can experience integrated learning.

Your child is given the opportunity to explore and challenge their bodies, expand and connect physical movements to themes and stories, and increase their vocabulary which allows them to better express themselves both physically and emotionally. Storytime yoga is a great way to connect with your child and enjoy some mindful moments!

  • Price: $10/member family & $15/non-member family
  • Park: BRIT Parking Lot
  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107)
  • Register in advance.

Registration for this event has closed and all educational programs are suspended through April 15th. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns about this program, please email Rachel at rlincoln@brit.org

Thursday, April 16

Self-Guided Exploration

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Self-Guided Explorations provide the freedom to explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden at your own pace. GROW Educators will not be present during this experience. 

Available: Year-Round,  Monday - Friday 9 am - 3 pm 

$6 /participant (students & registered adults)

Minimum of 20 participants to qualify. 

Any unregistered adult joining on the day of a Self-Guided Exploration will pay the regular garden admission of $12.

Self-Guided Exploration pricing is available for schools, homeschool groups, and after-school programs for children Pre-K-12th grade only. If you want to register a college class or an adult group to visit the garden, please contact Stephanie Sellers for group rates: stephanie.sellers@fortworthtexas.gov

Fill out our quick inquiry form to request a date for your exploration!

Please contact Michelle Schmidlkofer at mschmidlkofer@brit.org with any questions or concerns about self-Guided Explorations. 

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GROW-Guided Field Study Trips at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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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! 

Spring and Summer FWBG Experiences:

  • Pre-K - 2nd: Super Seeds
  • 3rd - 5th: Texas Ecoregion Roundup
  • Middle & High School: Spectacular Systems

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 Garden 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, April 18

Composting 101

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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Instructor: Lance Johnson, Master Composter

Saturday, April 18, 2020 (10 - 11 am)

Registration Deadline: NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY & no deadline - First logged into Zoom, first served. Simply click on the URL below to join the Zoom meeting - you will be prompted to enter a password, which you see below. DO NOT click the "Click Here to Register Now" tab at the top left of this page; it will take you to our regular paid classes. We recommend joining the Zoom meeting 15 minutes prior to the start of the class in case you need extra time to download and navigate Zoom. 

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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.*

Monday, April 20

Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm (Postponed)

by Isabella Tree

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Longlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for Nature Writing

“This must be the most inspirational nature book of the year . . . a narrative of conservation, courage, vision and miracles…”  Bel Mooney, 'The Year's Best Books on Nature' - Daily Mail

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain – the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade.  Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.

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.

Tuesday, April 21

Little Sprouts Book & Garden Club

Third Tuesday 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!

Book and Garden Club families receive a Nature Box to collect treasures in along with extension activities to continue the learning at home. 

  • 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: $10/ Non-Member Families, FREE for GROW members!
  • Register in advance. 

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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 INFORMATION: 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.*

Saturday, April 25

GROW Family Hike

Second and Fourth Saturdays

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Come join GROW Girl for a fun, hands-on family hike every second and fourth Saturday of the month! Each family receives a botanist backpack to use during their hike filled with scientific tools. Work together to complete activities while GROW Girl guides you through a different part of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden each month! This program lasts for 1 hour and each hike is about a ½ mile long. There will be tons to discover so come and GROW with us! This location is ADA accessible. You do not need to register for this event. 

  • Time: 10 AM - 11 AM
  • Dates: April 25
  • Parking: Botanic Garden Welcome Center (Free)
  • Hike Location: Perennial Garden
  • Tram Drop-Off Location: Circle drive by Backyard Veggie Garden
  • Pricing: Free to the public! (includes garden admission)
  • No registration required. Check-in with a GROW teammate at hike location.  

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

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

Exploration Stations

Second and Fourth Saturdays

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Explore the Texas Native Forest Boardwalk to learn about the Garden and enjoy science-based activities that are fun for the whole family. Themes and topics change monthly. 

  • Time: 1 PM - 2 PM
  • Dates: April 25
  • Parking: Botanic Garden Welcome Center (Free)
  • Location: Texas Native Forest Boardwalk
  • Pricing: Free to the public! (includes garden admission)
  • No registration required. Check-in with a GROW teammate upon arrival.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please enter through the Garden Center (Welcome Center) and let the front desk know you are there for Exploration Stations. The Texas Native Forest Boardwalk is a quick walk from the Garden Center. Please refer to #11 on this map for further directions. 

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

Residential Landscape Design

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

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Learn the basics of residential landscape design with Senior Horticulturalist for the Botanic Garden, Steve Huddleston. Now is the perfect time of year to plan and plant your home landscape. Huddleston has taught extensively on a variety of horticultural topics. 

Instructor: Steve Huddleston, Senior Horticulturalist, FWBG

Saturday, April 25, 2020 (2 - 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY & no deadline - First logged into Zoom, first served. Simply click on the URL below to join the Zoom meeting - you will be prompted to enter a password, which you see below. DO NOT click the "Click Here to Register Now" tab at the top left of this page; it will take you to our regular paid classes. We recommend joining the Zoom meeting 15 minutes prior to the start of the class in case you need extra time to download and navigate Zoom. 

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Friday, May 1

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!

Spring and Summer BRIT Experiences (available May 1 - August 28):

  • 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 BRIT 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 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 Herbarium Collections Manager 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. 

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.

Wednesday, May 27

Spring Homeschool Day

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Come on out to celebrate spring with the GROW Education team! 

  • Date: May 27, 2020
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107)
  • Parking: BRIT Parking Lot (Free)
  • Price: $7/participant

Registration for this event has closed and all educational programs are suspended through April 22nd. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns about this program, please email Rachel at rlincoln@brit.org.

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. 

A workshop with the authors will follow the lecture and will look at 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.

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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.

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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. All three classes are included in the class fee; an à la carte option is not available. 

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

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. All three classes are included in the class fee; an à la carte option is not available. 

Classes & Instructors:

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

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. All three classes are included in the class fee; an à la carte option is not available. 

Classes & Instructors:

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

Thursday, June 18

Botanical Art Collective Summer Show

The Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall

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Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18 (6 – 8 pm)

Join us for the newest summer show from the Botanical Art Collective of North Central Texas, juried by curator Erin Starr White. The artists represented are inspired by plants and the natural world; their work celebrates the range of the genre of botanical art. The Collective is comprised of a community of artists interested in sharing, exploring, and expanding both the traditional and contemporary practice of botanical art and illustration. 

Artists will be in attendance at the reception and available for questions and conversation.