Thursday, September 26

Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora

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A reception with ASBA Director of Exhibitions, Carol Woodin, will be held Saturday, October 5 from 1-3 pm. Ms. Woodin will present her remarks and a gallery tour at 1 pm, with a desert and coffee reception to follow. All are welcome to attend. 

BRIT is proud to host the landmark exhibition, Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora, as part of a worldwide project organized by the American Society of Botanical Artists. America’s Flora features original works by contemporary American artists portraying plants native to the United States and is one of many national exhibitions launched simultaneously in 25 countries on six continents.

Working in collaboration with the US Botanic Garden, the exhibition includes plants from around the US, from cacti to woodland wildflowers to trees. The work shown in this exhibition represents only a small percentage of the estimated 20,000+ plant species in North America. Although a small percentage, subjects range from species new to science and threatened with extinction, to those that are quite widespread and familiar. Members of the American Society of Botanical Artists worked over four years on the project, creating 240 images of U.S. native plants. Forty-six 46 works were selected by jurors featuring plants from around the country, including the flowering dogwood of East Texas, saguaro cactus from the desert southwest, bigleaf maple from the west coast, and numerous species of the  eastern U.S. Familiar plants are shown, including sunflowers and violets, as well as rare species such as lady’s-slipper orchids.

The artists in this exhibition have created works of art devoted to the indigenous plants of the U.S.A., while hundreds of artists around the world have depicted plants indigenous to their home countries. Each country will provide up to 40 images of works in their exhibitions to be compiled into a digital slide show that will be shown at BRIT.

The global Botanical Art Worldwide collaboration aims to increase appreciation and understanding of the world’s plant diversity (estimated at 400,000) and to link people with plants through botanical art. Art at BRIT shares this mission, with exhibitions of botanical art and artwork dealing with topics such as ecology, plants, sustainability, conservation, and the natural world. We honor and celebrate the traditional roots of botanical art, while also expanding and redefining the field for the 21st century.

BRIT gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors for Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora.

Logos for: Frost Bank, American Society of Botanical Artists, United States Botanic Garden, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth Magazine

Saturday, September 28

Monarch Migration and the Fall Garden

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Join us for this workshop and learn which fall nectar plants attract the migrating monarchs.  Learn about the annual migration, the 5th generation, and the overwintering grounds in Mexico. We’ll tag monarchs if our timing is right! This class contains material not covered in the spring Gardening for Monarchs class.

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 BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Garden Accents: Cement Leaves

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Add an amazing piece of hand crafted art to your landscape when you learn how to create a concrete leaf cast using Portland cement, fine sand and water. They're fun to make and each one is unique and gorgeous!

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 the BG/BRIT GROW Education Series.

Please note: This class will be held at FWBG.

$40 members/$45 non-members

Succulent Container Garden

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Join Gay Larson and create a colorful succulent container garden that seems to flow across a pot. Bring your own 12”-14” pot and we'lll supply the other materials including plants, decorative stones, sea glass and, of course, soil! You will leave with a delightful, easy to maintain pot of succulents that will add interest to your patio.

Instructor Gay Larson is a Master Gardener in both Tarrant and Parker Counties.  She is the Project Leader for Union Gospel Mission and has landscaped various Master Gardener projects in Fort Worth, Aledo, Azle, Annetta, Weatherford, and Willow Park since 1997.  She teaches classes to 4 H, Eagle Scouts and various Master Gardener Associations and Conferences. She was recognized by the Star Telegram as one of five Women of the Year in 1997 for her volunteer work at Union Gospel Mission and named Master Gardener of the Year in 2000.

Please note: This class will be held at FWBG.

$40 members/$45 non-members

Tuesday, October 1

GROW Guided Field Study Trips

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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! 

This fall season we are offering:

FWBG Experiences:

  • Pre-K - 2nd: Pumpkin Palooza
  • 3rd - 5th: Pumpkin Problems
  • Middle & High School: Spectacular Systems

BRIT Experiences:

  • Pre-K - 2nd: Botanists in Training
  • 3rd - 5th: Botany at BRIT
  • Middle & High School: LEEDing the Way

Available : Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 am – 12 noon (exceptions upon request)

$7 /student and $5 /registered adult chaperone*

$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 Fall Field Study Trip Guide for further details on experiences and pricing. 

Fill out our quick 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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What’s the Future of Wildlife in Texas?

Sam Kieschnick, Texas Parks & Wildlife

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TPWD Urban Biologist Sam Kieschnick will be discussing the proposed Recovering America's Wildlife Act and what it means for Texas.

"The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H. R. 3742) will provide states, territories, and tribes with $1.4 billion annually to catalyze proactive, on-the-ground, collaborative efforts to restore essential habitat and implement key conservation strategies, as described in each state's Wildlife Action Plan. This legislation follows the recommendation of a diverse group of conservation and industry leaders—the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources."

For more information on the act, please see the National Wildlife Federation website.

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Self-Guided Exploration

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

Available:  Monday-Tuesday 9 am - 3 pm and Wednesday-Friday 1 - 3 pm 

$6 /participants (students & registered adult chaperones)

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. 

 

Wednesday, October 2

2019 International Award of Excellence in Conservation

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SherwoodHonorary Hosts Sasha and Ed Bass, Ramona and Lee Bass, Laura and Greg Bird, and Stephanie and Billy Brentlinger invite you to join us at the Palmwood Event Center in Frost Tower Fort Worth for an evening of enchantment.

Our International Award of Excellence in Conservation recipient, Dr. Shirley Sherwood, is a botanist by training and was part of the research team of Nobel Prize winner Sir James Black, whose group discovered Tagamet, one of the most successful treatments of duodenal ulcers. Nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Sherwood began to collect contemporary botanical illustrations and paintings inspired by her extensive travels. Her now comprehensive collection comprises around 1,000 artworks by 303 artists from 36 countries.

Dr. Sherwood connects people with plants through art with important exhibitions of her collection around the world, and the Sherwood family’s support of the development and operation of the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

For more information, contact Sara Richardson srichardson@brit.org 817.332.2748

 

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Saturday, October 5

Drawing in Graphite II

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In this twelve hour course, students will build on skills acquired in Drawing in Graphite I, and will dive deeper into composition, will discuss mapping to make drawing easier, and will learn how to tackle Fibonacci patterns. Students will also work in depth with flower and leaf shapes. 

Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. Afterwards, while living in New York City, she discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden, and decided to pursue science illustration full time, attending the graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works in the graphics department at the Dallas Zoo and is the President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists.

This class will meet from 9am to noon on the following dates: 
10/5/2019
10/12/2019
10/19/2019
10/26/2019

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$200 members/$210 non-members

 

Materials list:

For the first class, please have:

• Paper pad: 9”x12” or 11”x14” of ONE of the following:

  • Strathmore 400 Series Drawing paper (brown cover)
  • Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum surface
  • Stonehenge 250 GSM Vellum surface
  • Fabriano Studio Watercolor 140 lb HOT PRESS (Orange/red cover) (DO NOT BUY COLD PRESS PAPER) If you’re planning to take a bunch of classes or aren’t sure whether you want to focus on a specific medium, I’d recommend this paper. It works well for pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor

• Pencils: 2H, H, and HB graphite pencils, mechanical pencils, or lead with holder. Please bring your own handheld or battery-operated sharpener as needed. Derwent, Staedtler-Mars Lumograph, and Tombow are all good brands.

• Tracing paper: Strathmore 300 series tracing or similar

• Kneaded eraser

• White vinyl eraser (Magic Rub or similar)

• 6” or 12” ruler (clear ones are great!)

• Large fluffy clean brush or feather; new makeup brushes work great

• Drafting tape

• Saral graphite transfer paper

• Divider tool: 5-1/2" or 6"; [Alvin #560 economy divider, Staedtler Masterbow] looks like a compass but with 2 needle points

Native American Plant Use

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Take a walk around the BRIT campus with Dr. Grace Bascopé, BRIT Resident Research Associate and Medical and Environmental Anthropologist, to learn about which and how plants were used by the First Peoples of the North Central Texas area. She will also discuss archaeological research carried out right around BRIT. Dr. Bascopé will  show you the First Peoples Demonstration Garden and discuss how Native Americans and others optimize water conservation in their gardens in this dry region.

Instructor Grace is a Medical and Environmental Anthropologist who has spent most of her professional career working in the Maya regions of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. However, because she comes from North Central Texas, and because she wants the story of the Prairie to begin with the coming of Native Americans rather than the cowboy, she has also spent some time studying plant uses here before European contact.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Supermarket Botany

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Take an imaginary trip through a typical supermarket with BRIT botanist Brooke Byerley Best and explore basic plant anatomy and investigate some of the wacky ways plants have been “hacked” to satisfy human needs. You’ll never look at your salad the same way again! No prior botanical knowledge is required. Hands-on dissections will help us in our explorations.

Instructor Brooke Byerley Best earned a PhD in Botany from Colorado State University, where she studied floral morphology and evolution in the genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae) and the impacts of native and invasive ant-plant interactions. She joined BRIT in 2007, originally working as a volunteer in the herbarium. Currently she works primarily with the BRIT Press, editing and producing the Botanical Miscellany book series and Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texasa plant science and taxonomy journal. 

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

Saturday, October 12

Butterfly Release Party

All Scouting Levels

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We'll release live butterflies at this special fall event on BRIT's prairie! Through interactive stations, scouts will learn about flowers, what butterflies eat and plant their own milkweed! We will also design butterfly picture holders and more! Includes a patch. 

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  • Station #1: Butterfly design center
  • Station #2: Paper butterfly group art 
  • Station #3: Exploring butterfly sizes, shapes, and types
  • Station #4: Butterfly release
  • Station #5: Butterfly face painting

Event Details:

  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive Fort Worth,TX 76107)
  • Price: $10 per scout
  • Parking: BRIT Parking (Free) 

Contact rlincoln@brit.org with any questions or concerns. 

Fall Festival - November 2nd

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Monday, October 21

The Forest Unseen

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From Amazon.com: "In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life."

Saturday, October 26

Introduction to Floral Design

Girl Scouts Growing Stronger Series with the Fort Worth Garden Club

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Why are plants important? 

Join us for this educational event where Girl Scouts can design and create live floral arrangements, learn about sustainability, and complete badge work! (This program will take place indoors.)

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**Please note, petals or badges are not available on site; they can be purchased at the GS store or online.** 

Event Details: 

  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76107)
  • Parking: BRIT (Free)
  • Cost: $10/Scout

Badges Scouts can earn: 

  • Brownies Journey: It's Your World - Change It!
  • Brownie Badges: Eco Friend & Outdoor Art Creator Part 1
  • Juniors Journey: It's Your World - Change It!
  • Juniors Badges: Gardener, Flowers, and Outdoor Art Explorer part 1
  • Cadettes Badges: Science of Happiness, Trailblazing, and Outdoor Art Apprentice part 1
  • Ambassador Badges: Outdoor Art Master part 1 & Eco Advocate part 1

Click here to register! 

Contact rlincoln@brit.org with any questions or concerns. 

Wednesday, October 30

Fall Homeschool Day

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K-2nd: Enjoy story time, hosted by Bella the Begonia, that transforms the landscape through literary wonder and then wiggle your way through the dirt and embrace swirls in nature's design.

3rd-5th: Peek into the earth’s past through geological landforms that helped create our local Texas soil. Gain a deeper understanding of fossils and our relationship with the soil we use today.

6th-10th: Explore the physics behind a pumpkin in order to answer the questions: How much pressure can a pumpkin withstand? Does a pumpkin sink or float? 

Grades: 
K-5th:

  • Time: 10:00 AM —11:30 AM
  • Meet in the BRIT Atrium (1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107)  

6th-10th: 

  • Time: 9:45 AM — 12:00 PM
  • Park: Garden Center (#9s on FWBG Map)
  • Check-In: Garden Center
  • Tram Drop-Off: Japanese Garden 


Cost: $5 per person (includes adults and children)

 

Saturday, November 2

Plein Air Painting with Watercolors

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This is a one day workshop designed as an intermediate course focusing on creating artwork from direct observation of the landscape. We will discuss the work of well-known artist’s plein air paintings throughout art history. Before beginning the painting exercise, discuss how to prepare a palette in preparation for the fast-paced nature of plein air paintings. This is a course designed for those with some experience with drawing and using watercolor paints, and for those who enjoy an active painting experience. Plein air painting is a fun and freeing challenge to paint the changing light and colors of a particular outdoor scene. Please bring a brown bag lunch, and be prepared to complete several pieces on paper during this exciting workshop! 

Please note: This class will be held on the grounds of BRIT and the FWBG.

$85 members/$95 non-members

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Bring Color into your Home with Terrariums.

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Join Debbie Garrett, Curator of the nationally recognized Begonia Species Bank and Collection and Bobbie Price, a 20-plus year volunteer in the nationally recognized Begonia Species Bank along with Don Miller who has spent his life searching for new species and conserving rare begonias to create a lovely terrarium using Rex Begonias You will learn the method of creating and caring for a miniature tropical habitat for rare and exotic species and hybrid begonias.  You will take home your glass terrarium for instant color.

Instructor Bobbie Price is a 20 year volunteer in the nationally recognized Begonia Species Bank along with Don Miller who has spent his life searching for new species and conserving rare begonias. Debbie Garrett, the staff curator for the collection, studied horticulture at the University of North Texas.  Her love for begonias centers on the conservation of the species. 

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

$30 members/$35 non-members

 

Holiday Wreath Workshop

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Ring in the holidays with this two hour make and take wreath workshop. Working with a grapevine base, greens trimmed from the Garden and various other natural and decorative elements you will craft a special and unique wreath for the door or mantle for the upcoming holidays. Find inspiration, learn techniques, and get your hands dirty as you start on your perfect holiday wreath.

Instructor Stephanie Bergmann, the effervescent, always talking, always laughing, founder of The Fox and Flower, is an innovative floral designer, gardener, and bed digging dynamo, whose nightly dreams are filled with thoughts of worm castings, mushroom matter and soil prep. She enjoys reading the latest scintillating issue of Compost Daily over an Italian espresso before hitting the garden to plant three hundred bulbs while most of us are still drooling away on our pillow. Her ability to make others feel at ease and her wicked sense of humor (with just a touch of snark) allowed Stephanie to charm her way into designing for a number of Fort Worth’s hottest eateries and retailers who delighted in displaying her unique and unusual floral designs. It wasn’t long before others began to take notice of her playful designs and requests began to pour in from individuals and venues around town. Stephanie’s innate sense of style and modern aesthetic are built on a decades long foundation of textile and garden design and creation. Her unexpected color combinations and use of uniquely textured materials make her designs stand apart from the sea of ‘the usual’. Follow her on Instagram at Thefoxandflowerfw.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$60 members/$65 non-members.

Paracord Garden Hacks

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In this hands-on class, you will learn many handy uses for paracord in the garden including how to create colorful and comfortable tool handle wraps. We'll also cover how to make charming paracord insects and animals for your gardening friends. You’ll go home with at least one finished project and guidelines for others.  

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.

$30 members/$35 non-members

Poinsettias

Behind the scenes with this holiday favorite.

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Join Dr. Agnes Knasiak in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservation Greenhouse as she shares the history of poinsettias including their introduction into commercial production and how they have become the default Christmas flower. Dr. Agnes will take you through a typical production cycle using the crop that is currently in production as the visual aid. You will look at culture in the greenhouse and also in the home or hobby greenhouse and discuss best practices to maintain them through the Holiday season and into the New Year!

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

 

Starting your Spring Transplants

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Want to start your own transplants but are unsure how to approach it?  This hands-on seed starting workshop will step you through the "art" of starting transplants, including potting soil considerations, seed depth, watering and food needs, lighting requirements, environmental control, and more.  You’ll go home with an understanding of seed starting and seeded pots that can become the foundation for your home garden.  Seeds and planting materials will be provided.

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 tow

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members

Tuesday, November 5

Introducing a native landscape at the National Ranching Heritage Center

Julie Hodges & Jason Hodges

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Introducing a native landscape at the National Ranching Heritage Center

Jason and Julie Hodges will describe the process of implementing a native landscape at the National Ranching Heritage Center. During the presentation presenters will describe the process, successes, and challenges faced. The native grass landscape is still in process at the NRHC, which will give presenters an opportunity to discuss future plans for expansion and maintenance. Julie will discuss connections between the NRHC’s educational mission (To preserve and interpret the history of ranching in North America and address contemporary ranching issues) and the project. Jason will discuss the finer points of planning, implementation, and maintenance.

Julie Hodges is the Helen DeVitt Jones Endowed Director of Education at the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University.

Jason Hodges, principal of Prairie Workshop LLC, specializes in sustainable site planning & design. His knowledge of native plants and low impact development strategies make him a valuable landscape consultant. His working experience in the West Texas region includes ten years as Campus Landscape Architect for Texas Tech University System.

 

Saturday, November 9

Botanical Watercolor II

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This 9 hour course, which builds on skills acquired in Introduction to Watercolors, will allow students to delve into advanced color theory and color harmonies in their paintings. Students will also learn how to troubleshoot their paintings, and will learn specific techniques for painting white flowers, textures, and patterns. 

Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. Afterwards, while living in New York City, she discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden, and decided to pursue science illustration full time, attending the graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works in the graphics department at the Dallas Zoo and is the President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists. 

This class will meet from 9am - noon on the following days:
11/9/2019
11/16/2019
11/23/2019

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$150 members/$160 non-members

Materials list following soon!

Waxed Amaryllis Bulbs

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Tired of the usual holiday decoration?  Then join us and learn how to create a unique winter arrangement using waxed Amaryllis bulbs that will last and provide enjoyment throughout the season. Participants will learn the easy to follow steps to wax and decorate an amaryllis bulb, which will then be used as the centerpiece in a winter arrangement. Make one for yourself or make one for a friend as a thoughtful holiday present. 

Instructor Melinda Burt is a long time resident of Fort Worth and a member of the Fort Worth Garden Club.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$40 members/$45 non-members

Saturday, November 16

Floral Design: Thanksgiving

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Join us for this exciting hands-on class in the principles and basics of floral design including color, balance, proportion, scale, and rhythm with Fort Worth Botanic Garden employee, Agnes Slociak Knasiak.  Dr. Slociak Knasiak will share the history of floral arrangements along with the containers, tools and mechanics of designs. Each student will take home the design on which they work along with a 4” potted fern that Agnes propagated to use in future flower designs.

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.

$40 members/$45 non-members

Cutting and Pressing

Girl Scouts Growing Stronger Series with the Fort Worth Garden Club

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November 16: 1:30 - 3:30 PM 

How do you clip flowers and why? 

Go on a greenhouse tour at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and gather your flowers along the way! 

December 14: 1:30 - 3:30 PM 

What do you do with dried flowers? What do they look like up close? 

Investigate pressed flowers with our Scanning Electron Microscope and take home your floral arrangement! 

**Please note, petals or badges are not available on site; they can be purchased at the GS store or online.** 

Event Details: 

  • Location: BRIT (1700 University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76107)
  • Parking: BRIT (Free)
  • Cost: $10/Scout
  • Age: Brownies - Ambassadors

Click here to register! 

Contact rlincoln@brit.org with any questions or concerns. 

Monday, November 18

The Overstory

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From Amazon.com:

"New York Times Bestseller
Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
One of the Washington Post‘s 10 Best Books of 2018 and Time's 10 Best Fiction Books of 2018
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018

A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most "prodigiously talented" (The New York Times Book Review) novelists."

Saturday, December 14

Fragrant Winter Blooms

Forcing Bulbs

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Forcing bulbs indoors is easy to do and involves a minimum of muss and fuss.  Join the Tarrant County Master Gardeners for this hands on class and learn how growing bulbs indoors lets you enjoy the colors and fragrance of spring when it is still months away!

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

$30 members/$35 non-members

Floral Design: Christmas

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Go beyond holly and ivy in this hands-on workshop with Fort Worth Botanic Garden employee, Dr. Agnes Slociak Knasiak. Take a quick look at the history of floral arrangements and learn the basics of floral design including color, balance, proportion, scale, and rhythm.  Dr. Slociak Knasiak will share information about the containers, tools and mechanics of design and then each student will work on and take home a beautiful holiday floral arrangement.

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 and designs arrangements for special events in the Botanic Garden such as birthday parties, anniversaries, funerals, holidays tables, etc. She is currently a Greenhouse Attendant for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

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

$40 members/$45 non-members