Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 16

Landscape Maintenance Throughout the Year

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Have you ever wondered when to apply pre-emergent herbicide and fertilizer to your lawn? When to cut back perennials or prune roses? When to prune trees and shrubs? In this class, you will learn when to do these tasks as well as a host of other tasks that need to be performed in the landscape throughout the year. Participants will also learn what to do each month of the year to stay on top of landscape maintenance. Start the New Year off right by learning what needs to be done in January and every other month of the year.

Instructor: Steve Huddleston

Fee: $40.00

Saturday, January 20

Grow your Own Jurassic Ferns: Propagation of Fern Spores

Propagation 2

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

Instructors Richard Kurth, Karl Rosenboom, and Claudia Teague are Master Gardeners who love teaching hands-on classes in many areas of horticulture and gardening. They especially enjoy teaching spore propagation of ferns.

Please Note: This class will take place at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Tuesday, January 23

Residential Landscape Design

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Before you delve into spring landscaping, learn the principles and elements of design that will make your landscape stand out, how to sketch a design for your landscape, and which plant materials to use. In this course, you will also view examples of landscape transformations that have taken place right here in Fort Worth.

Dates: January 23 & 30, 2018

Meets: Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, 2 sessions

Instructor: Steve Huddleston

Fee: $66.00

Saturday, January 27

Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

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Ready to grow your own food but wish you knew more? Then this is the class for you! Introduction to Vegetable Gardening, taught by Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farm, will cover a range of topics to help the beginning vegetable gardener be successful growing their own food organically. Pair this class with Starting your Spring Transplants taught in the afternoon and get a jump on your 2018 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.

$30 members/ $35 non-members

 

Introduction to Botanical Watercolors

Perfect for beginners!

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This  full day workshop is designed for those who would like to learn how to capture the beauty of nature in watercolor. It is especially designed for beginners who have never picked up a brush before. We will cover all the basics of watercolor painting, including papers, paints, basic techniques, lighting, staging your subject etc. Participants will paint at least one subject (flower, vegetable, fruit etc) from live material during the class. Those who have paints and brushes that have been sitting idle on a shelf for years are encouraged to bring them. We will provide paper, palettes, a limited selection of paints and brushes and other materials (pencils, erasers etc). Watercolor painting will give you new ways to view and observe nature. Even those who claim that they can't draw a stick-figure will be surprised at what they can really do.  Please bring a brown bag lunch and any snacks you might want as we'll be working through lunch!

Instructor Denis Benjamin practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospital in Seattle and later at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth.  Now retired from medical practice he devotes his energy to natural history and documenting wildflowers and mushrooms with photography and watercolors. The latter was inspired by a workshop with the noted Russian botanical artist (Alexander - Sasha - Viazmensky). He is the author of Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas (1995, WH Freeman and Co. NY, NY) and Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging (2010 Tembe Press, Cle Elum, WA) He now lives in Fort Worth and is a Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. He is a member of the High Country Artists in Cle Elum, WA and the Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth.

$85 members/$95 non-members  SOLD OUT  -  WAITING LIST

Suggested Materials List

If you would like to purchase your own supplies for class, the following are suggested:

  1. Bushes - rounds #2, #6, #8 and #10 or #12, synthetic or mixed synthetic/sable (Inexpensive or moderate grade. Don't spend a bundle at the beginning.)
  2. Paint - a 24 color pan set from Yarka (St. Petersburg). These are around $60.00 and my first box lasted almost five years and many dozens of paintings. I still have a number of the colors that I have never used. If you would prefer to buy tubes, which is really not necessary for botanicals, all you need is six - a cool red (eg alizarin crimson) and warm red (eg scarlet lake), a cool blue and warm blue and a cool yellow and warm yellow. Theoretically one can create any color with this set, although it is not as straightforward as it sounds. I don't recommend tubes for beginners.
  3. Paper - 140 lb cold press or hot press - 9x12 inch pads or blocks (eg Arches - expensive, Strathmore - cheap, Canson - cheap, Fabriano - average, Winston-Newton - average)
  4. A good attitude!

 

On-line art supplies; DIck Blick, Utrecht, Cheap Joes, Amazon

Pruning Your Trees and Sharpening Your Tools

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

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 at both the FWJG and for private clients.

Please Note: This class will take place at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Starting Your Spring Transplants

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Join Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farm for Starting your Spring Transplants a hands-on seed starting workshop that will be taught in the FW Botanic Garden greenhouse. Tuition covers a variety of seeds and planting materials. You’ll go home with an understanding of seed starting and seeded pots that can become the foundation for your home 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.

$20 members/$25 non-members.

 

Saturday, February 3

Botanical Watercolors: Next Steps

Develop your watercolor skills.

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This one day intensive workshop will build on the skills learned in Introduction to Botanical Watercolor. Students will learn tips for composition and watercolor techniques emphasizing realism of botanical subjects, and will create their own unique botanical piece. Please bring a brown bag lunch and any snacks you might want as we'll be working through lunch!

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.

$85 members/$95 non-members

Required Materials List

Please bring the following items to class with you:

  • Paints: Look for professional grade watercolors. Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith are good brands. I prefer tubes, but half pan kits are also very good. Avoid student-grade watercolors like Cotman brand.
    • Basic/Primary Palette: Lemon or Winsor yellow, Cadmium yellow medium, scarlet lake, quinacridone rose, french ultramarine, prussian blue, burnt sienna, neutral tint
    • Also useful: sap green, quinacridone gold, quinacridone magenta
  • Brushes: Round watercolor brushes with good points. Size 0 and 6 are good sizes, but this depends on your preference. Windsor Newton, Daniel Smith, Sceptre Gold, and Princeton are good brands. Look for a sable or synthetic/sable blend with a good point.
  • Hot pressed watercolor paper (at least 9” x 12” sheet, 140lb or 300lb): recommend Fabriano Artistico or Arches brand
  • Optional supplies (useful but not required): masking fluid, lifting preparation, permanent white gouache, ox gall fluid, white cotton gloves
  • BRIT will provide other incidental supplies.

Permaculture Basics for the Home Gardener

Work smarter, not harder.

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Join us for this two hour class and discover what, exactly, permaculture is and how using the principles of permaculture can allow you to work smarter not harder when it comes to your garden and landscape. By the end of this class participants will have the basic skills necessary to begin building a sustainable and self-sufficient garden of their own.

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.

$20 members/$25 non-members

The Eye and the Microscope

Introduction to Microscopy

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The Eye and the Microscope:  A comprehensive beginning course into the how and why of using the compound and stereo microscopes. No math, no physics, just some basic concepts about how and why a microscope should be used in a specific way for optimal results.  Learn how your visual problems may be affecting proper use of the microscope and what to do about them.  Don’t be intimidated by any microscope you see or by who may be using one.  A behind the scenes look as to what you need to understand will make you feel comfortable and enable a whole world of excitement to be opened up to you. This two hour experience will consist of an interactive discussion and personal use with both the compound and stereo microscopes.  Immediately following, an optional one hour hands-on opportunity to gain more experience and assistance in using these microscopes will be available.  Participants are encouraged to bring samples of what they would like to view under the microscopes.  

Instructor Ed Forrester has never met an optical instrument he didn't like. His experience, ranging from clinical to surgical instrumentation and the application of lasers with an emphasis in the field of opthalmology, provides the basis for an interesting and effective approach to teaching microscopy. He has held positions ranging from product development to international marketing and and has consulted with start-up companies in the medical field. Due to his interest in photography, astronomy, and most importantly, microscopy he exhibits muse-like characteristics when teaching!

$20 members/$25 non-members

Raised Beds and Irrigation Systems

Get growing fast.

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Raised beds are a quick way to begin growing your garden and a great way to sidestep our sometimes difficult north Texas soil. Learn what your raised bed options are and the various pros and cons of each type of raised bed. Explore a variety of 'out of the box' raised bed solutions and learn how to build a simple irrigation system for your beds.

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.

Tuesday, February 6

Integrating geospatial technologies to monitor and manage invader species in rangelands

Dr. Humberto Perotto, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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The explosion of geospatial technologies is providing new opportunities to explore and study rangelands at spatial and temporal scales that were not possible a few years ago. One area where these technologies are playing a fundamental role is in the monitoring of invader species and how they can potentially affect the distribution of cattle in pastures. The objective of this presentation is to provide a summary of multiple projects aimed at one common goal: the control of an invader species through management. We are integrating habitat management, fire ecology, and landscape ecology with geospatial technologies to better understand the effects of different management strategies to minimize the impact of tanglehead in South Texas pastures.  Prescribed fires are used to remove above-ground biomass and decadent growth creating palatable growth that can be consumed by cattle. Cattle are being used as a management tool, and are fitted with GPS collars (10-minute interval between locations) to assess their movement and habitat use. Unmanned aerial systems are being used to map prescribed burned areas and to quantify the changes in species and above-ground biomass resulting from the fire and pasture use by cattle. We are also using remote sensing to classify the spatial distribution of vegetation types and their temporal dynamics. All data and information are collected and integrated in a geographic information system and that are analyzed to generate new information on the spatial and temporal dynamics of tanglehead and its potential impact on pasture use by cattle.  

 

Humberto L. Perotto*,1
Chase Walther1
Karelys Labrador 1
Jose Mata1
J. Alfonso Ortega-S.1
Sandra Rideout-Hanzak1
David B. Wester1
Jinha Jung2
Junho Jeom2
Anjin Chang2

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife research Institute, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Kingsville, TX.
Department School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX.

 

Good Earth: From Healthy Soil to Healthy Garden

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Everything in the garden starts with the soil. Understanding this essential element is your key to success in growing everything from orchids to okra, but it doesn't have to be complicated. This course offers a user friendly take on the science and art of creating soils for a successful garden using basic techniques developed over generations. From sand and clay to alkalinity and fertility, learn the key aspects of soils, how they interact to affect your soil's ability to support plants, and some basic things you can do to for healthier, more productive flowers, vegetables and fruit.

Instructor: Bob Byers

Fee: $48.00

Saturday, February 17

Grafting Japanese Maples and Air Layering Rubber Trees

Propagation 3

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Grafting will introduce a different 'mating' technique to our sex in the garden series. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the natural phenomenon of 'inosculation’ (where two trees grow together through their roots, trunks or branches) and actually use this method on a Japanese Maple.

Air layering is a common technique used for plants that have gotten very tall and leggy. It can also be used to propagate small numbers of individuals from large established container or landscape plants. A Rubber Tree will be used in this method. (And, remember, even an ant can move a Rubber Tree plant!) You will leave with a Japanese Maple you have grafted and a rubber tree you have air-layered.

Instructors Claudia Teague, Karl Rosenboom, and Marjorie Day are Master Gardeners and Plant Propagation Specialists who love teaching propagation using hands-on techniques. They volunteer in the greenhouse at the Master Gardener Demo Garden at the Resource Connection. They also maintain their own beautiful gardens where they practice the best techniques of master gardening.

Please Note: This class will take place at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

$20 members/$25 non-members

 

Monday, February 19

Walden

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Please note: the date for this meeting has changed to February 19.

Join us as we kick off the new year with a discussion of Henry David Thoreau's classic Walden. In this much-loved volume Thoreau condenses his two-year sojourn in a house which he built himself on the shores of Walden Pond just outside of Boston, Massachusetts into a single year, using the four seasons to organize and make sense of the cycle of life shared by both nature and man. It is said that "Walden is eternal". Read with us and see if you agree!

Half Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

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Join the BRIT Reads Book Club in February as we discuss Half Earth, the latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward O. Wilson. In this work, called "his most urgent book to date", the author lays out a proposal for preserving the biodiversity of our planet and saving ourselves from mass extinction. 

“Wilson’s passion for the planet shines through on these pages. He looks at life in its broadest, grandest sweep…Wilson is a thinker in the tradition of Alexander von Humboldt.”
Matthew Price, The National

Please note: we will be discussing two books this month and the meeting is scheduled to run to 1:30pm.

Tuesday, February 20

Lessons from the Gardens of Italy

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What do the great gardening traditions of modern Europe have in common? They all started in Italy. Learn how the gardens of Italy were inspired by their Roman, Greek, and Middle Eastern forbears, how ideas from the Italian Renaissance informed other great western gardens. From design to plant materials, they still offer great ideas we can use today. Come learn how you can grow a better garden.

Instructor: Bob Byers

Fee: $45.00

Saturday, February 24

Bring Color into Your Home with Terrariums

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Join Begonia experts in creating your own terrarium using begonias from the nationally recognized Begonia Species Collection. You will learn the method of creating and caring for a miniature tropical habitat for rare and exotic species and hybrids. 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 take place at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Create a Monarch Waystation

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Learn how to create a garden to attract and support monarch butterflies on their journey north in the spring as well as their migration south in the fall. This class explains the monarch migration and the perils the butterflies face in the US and Mexico. Find out about conservation efforts and how you (or your class) can get involved in citizen science projects.

Instructor: Gail Manning

Fee: $45.00

Saturday, March 3

Introduction to Botanical Illustration with Colored Pencils

Take your botanical illustrations in a new direction.

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Take your botanical illustrations in a new direction and learn how to work with colored pencils - a fun, versatile medium. The class will start with an introduction to some basic drawing techniques, making this an ideal class for individuals of all skill levels. Learn how to use colored pencils to portray perspective and plant structure, create texture, detail, and depth, and to accurately reproduce realistic color. Instructor Betsy Barry will help you experiment with different paper surfaces, learn techniques for blending and shading, and learn finishing techniques that will make your drawings stand out. Individual attention will put you on the path to create a finished botanical piece. Please bring a brown bag lunch and any snacks you might want as we'll be working through lunch!

Instructor Betsy Barry is originally from New England but she is currently living and creating in Kingwood, Texas. Her artistic process includes observing the small things around her that she finds interesting and beautiful, then studying the subject and drawing directly from life, striving to capture its beauty in colored pencil, graphite pencil or pen & ink.

In 2015, Barry completed the Distance Learning Diploma Course with the Society of Botanical Artists London, graduating with Distinction. You can see her work at her website: https://www.betsybarry.com/ 

Member ASBA, American Society of Botanic Artists, Member CPSA, Colored Pencil Society of America, Member GNSI, Guild of Natural Science Illustrator

$85 members/$95 non-members

Required Materials List

Please bring the following items to class with you:

  • Graphite pencils - one each (2B, 4B, HB, 2H, 4H)
  • Hand held pencil sharpener
  • White eraser
  • Assortment of colored pencils: Faber-Castell Polychromos is my preferred brand and can be purchased online through quality art supply stores, ie: Dick Blick etc.. Colors should include a variety of greens, browns, grays and any other colors on hand.
  • Sketchbook : Canson Mixed Media sketch, minimum size 7x10. This is a great all around paper that works well for colored pencil work
  • Finish quality paper: Bristol 500 Plate surface and Stonehenge paper are good choices. A good quality, HOT Press watercolor paper or Bristol Paper are preferred, but it is a very individual choice! Can be purchased in a pad or as individual sheets.
  • BRIT will provide other incidental supplies.

Lichens: The Introductory Course

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Lichen biology is usually only included in basic science textbooks as an example of symbiotic associations between fungi and algae. There are, however, few opportunities to study the intricate structures and processes of these complex organisms compared to opportunities to study birds, rocks, flowers, and trees. The study of lichens is highly rewarding and you do not have to go very far to find them - they are all around you. The purpose of this workshop is to encourage the study of lichens in this region by exploring the basic characteristics needed to understand lichen biology and identification. This will be a self-paced, hands-on laboratory experience, using the author's Lichen Study Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States. Participants are encouraged to bring lichens they have collected.

Instructor Sheila Strawn is a native Oklahoman and she holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.Ed in Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her Ph.D. in Grassland Ecology is from the University of Oklahoma. For the past 20 years Strawn has taught at the University of Central Oklahoma as Part-time Faculty teaching 4 to 8 hours of General Biology for non-majors each semester. She is the founding editor of the Oklahoma Native Plant Record and has served in that capacity for the last seventeen years. Her current research involves collecting, identifying, and developing distribution maps and an identification key for lichens growing in Oklahoma. Strawn is the author of Lichen Study Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States, which was published by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in 2017.

$20 members/$25 non-members

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Lichen Study Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States
https://shop.brit.org/products/oklahomalichens

Culinary Herbal Infusions

Bright and flavorful.

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Join us in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's kitchen and learn the basic techniques for infusing natural herbs in oil, vinegar, and honey. Make a natural infusion in class, and discover how to use infusions for culinary, household, and personal use. Take home basic recipes to expand your knowledge and skills of this fun and easy culinary craft.

Instructor Cassie Burgess is a lifelong lover of nature and plants, but herbs have always been a favorite focus. Recently, she has become fascinated by their usefulness in cooking, cleaning, and personal care. Burgess is currently studying to become an entrepreneurial herbalist, and spends lots of quality study time at the BRIT Library, expanding her knowledge of the herbal world.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Tuesday, March 6

The perils of pecan production: fighting the fungal, furry and feathered

Nikki Charlton & Will Moseley, Noble Research Institute

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Pecans are the only native nut commercially produced in the United States and are an important crop in the Southern Great Plains. It can be a lucrative enterprise for producers and their popularity as a healthy food is growing rapidly. However, producing a crop comes with risks. Some of those risks come in the form of a disease called pecan scab, caused by the fungus Venturia effusa, as well as wildlife species such as squirrels, crows and feral hogs. Researchers at Noble Research Institute, LLC are learning more about these pests so they can work with producers to reduce their loss of production and produce a safe crop for human consumption. Learn about the current research being conducted and how producers are combatting these pests to increase yield and profitability.

Monday, March 19

The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

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In The Wonder of Birds author Jim Robbins makes the case that birds provide our most vital connection to nature. “They compel us to look to the skies, both literally and metaphorically; draw us out into nature to seek their beauty; and let us experience vicariously what it is like to be weightless.” Join the BRIT Reads book club in March as we read and discuss our first book about our avian neighbors.

Tuesday, March 20

Vegetable Gardening in Containers

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If your vegetable gardening is limited by insufficient space or an unsuitable area, consider raising fresh, nutritious, homegrown vegetables in containers. A window sill, a patio, a balcony or ceramic pot will provide sufficient space for a productive mini-garden. Almost any vegetable that will grow in a typical backyard garden will also do well as a container- grown plant. Vegetables that are ideally suited for growing in containers include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, green onions. beans, lettuce, squash, radishes and parsley. Most varieties that will do well when planted in a yard garden will also do well in containers.

Dates: March 20 & 27, 2018

Meets: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, 2 sessions

Instructor: LaVonne Nowlin

Fee: $50.00

Tuesday, April 3

Rare and federally-petitioned plants of Texas

Anna Strong, Texas Parks & Wildlife

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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has initiated status reviews for a dozen rare Texas plant species, which were petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act. For these species to be accurately reviewed for listing status, scientific data must be available and up to date. One of the most reliable sources of information for Texas rare species is the Texas Natural Diversity Database (TXNDD), which is maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This presentation will discuss efforts to assist the TXNDD and USFWS in determining the listing status for the one dozen petitioned plants. For each species, a status report was completed to provide comprehensive species information, including population information, threats, and conservation efforts. Site visits to update population information are ongoing, but have been conducted for as many species and populations as possible.

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Wednesday, April 11

Vine To Table

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BRIT’s Vine to Table, award dinner and auction is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11 and will be held at BRIT, outdoors in a Napa-like, al fresco dining experience. It will feature a silent auction; a dinner prepared by six celebrity chefs including Lead Chef Michael Thomson of Michael’s Cuisine, Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s Restaurant Group, Terry Chandler of Fred’s Texas Café, Tim Love of Time Love Restaurants, Molly McCook of Ellerbe Fine Foods, and Bernard Tronche of Saint-Emilion Restaurant; and presentation of our sustainable winegrowing award to the 2018 winner with a wine toast.

What makes this year’s Vine to Table award dinner and auction unique is that it not only celebrates the sustainable accomplishments of our current year’s winner, but it also celebrates of our past winners.

Monday, April 16

Silent Spring

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If you love to read and you're passionate about botany, natural history, sustainability, and other similar topics, then join us the third Monday of each month for the BRIT Reads Book Club. This informal group meets from noon - 1 pm in the BRIT Library. Bring your lunch and bring a friend and come tell us what you thought about our book of the month. No time to read but still want to hear what people have to say about a particular book? No problem! We'd love to have you!

Saturday, April 28

Nature Hike Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (FWNC&R)

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Nature Hide led by BRIT Board Member and Fort Worth Nature Center Board Member, Bob O’Kennon.

Join us at the Fort Worth Nature Center as we step back in time and experience what the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex was like in the early 20th century. FWNC&R covers 3,621 acres of natural area comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands and includes over 20 miles of hiking trails, making the park one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. 

Bring: Water, hats, sunscreen, hiking sticks, and a sack lunch. We will provide snacks and refills of ice water.

Cost: $10 Non-Members/$5 BRIT Members/FWNCR Members Free

Pets: Are permitted but must be strictly supervised, cleaned up after, and on a leash. 

Location: 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76135

Please bring your Membership cards with you on the hike. Carpooling is suggested. We will meet at BRIT to leave by 7:15 a.m. If you want to carpool, please email Tammie Crole by Friday, April 27th at noon.

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Tuesday, May 1

Meet the Researchers

BRIT Researchers

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What makes the BRIT Researchers tick? How did they develop an interest in botany, and how did they end up here? Find out at this very special presentation! Members of the BRIT Research staff will give a series of five-minute "lightning talks" about how they got started in science and what their current job entails. There will be time for questions and answers after, and our special exhibit will be open to view: "BRIT Collections: The Hidden Gardens of BRIT."