Saturday, June 20

Organic Pest and Disease Control

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In this seminar you will learn how to identify common garden pests, diseases, and soil nutrient deficiencies. You will come to understand how to identify the root causes of such issues, and best steps to take to fix them. A hands on portion will include examining your own garden soil under a microscope, testing plant material with a refractometer, and how to use different sprayers.

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 the soil biology is constantly improving. Both Laurie & Kim have their Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Course. Both have studied under Dr. Elaine Ingham and are working towards becoming Certified Soil Life Consultants. They offer permaculture design and soil biology consulting services to other growers and gardeners.

Saturday, June 20, 2020 (10 am – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 16        

$85/$75 member

Location: BRIT

Fern Propagation

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This hands-on class with Agnes Slociak Knasiak, PhD explores the unusual way in which ferns propagate. As ferns bear no flowers or seed pods, we will probe this very primitive process of plant sexual reproduction. You will take home pots of ferns ready to bring the mystery of spore reproduction into its full glory in your plant collection.

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 Conservation Curator at the Botanic Garden.

Saturday, June 20, 2020 (1 pm – 3:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 16        

$30/$25 member

Location: FWBG

 

Tuesday, June 23

Summer Family Camp

Fun for the whole family!

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Come enjoy a beautiful summer day in the Garden as a family! Attend the morning session for an exciting mystery activity that will take you on an investigative Garden adventure together. The afternoon session will enjoy a science-based art program lead by a local artist.

Age: Catered to ages 12 and under, all ages welcome

Sessions:

  • June 23rd Morning: 10 AM - 12 PM
  • June 23rd Afternoon: 1 PM - 3 PM
  • June 24th Morning: 10 AM - 12 PM
  • June 24th Afternoon: 1 PM - 3 PM

Pricing:

  • $12/session per non-member child
  • $10/session per member child

Parents are free and do not have to register. (Limit of 2 parents per camper.) Please email Rachel at rlincoln@brit.org with any questions or concerns. 

Register here!

 

Summer Family Camp

Fun for the whole family!

More Info >

Come enjoy a beautiful summer day in the Garden as a family! Attend the morning session for an exciting mystery activity that will take you on an investigative Garden adventure together. The afternoon session will enjoy a science-based art program lead by a local artist.

Sessions:

  • June 23rd Morning: 10 AM - 12 PM
  • June 23rd Afternoon: 1 PM - 3 PM
  • June 24th Morning: 10 AM - 12 PM
  • June 24th Afternoon: 1 PM - 3 PM

Pricing:

  • $12/session per non-member child
  • $10/session per member child

Parents are free and do not have to register. (Limit of 2 parents per camper.) Please email Rachel at rlincoln@brit.org with any questions or concerns. 

Register here!

 

Monday, July 20

The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72

by Molly Peacock

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"Like collage itself, The Paper Garden is carefully layered--part fascinating biography . . . part gripping memoir, . . . accompanied by dozens of vivid photo reproductions. Beautifully written and rendered." – “Maclean’s”


Artist Mary Granville Delany (1700-1788) bloomed in her 70’s, when she embarked on her life’s work- -creating 985 life-size botanical prints now held by the British Museum.  Some consider her the first mixed media collage artist because she employed paint, paper, and flower parts.  Nothing like it had been seen before. As she tracks the extraordinary life of Mary Delany, internationally acclaimed poet Molly Peacock weaves in delicate parallels in her own life and, in doing so, creates a profound and beautiful examination of the nature of creativity and art. This gorgeously designed book, featuring thirty-five full-color illustrations, is to be devoured as voraciously as one of the court dinners it describes.  

Monday, September 21

Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers

by Amy Stewart

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“Engaging and scrupulously reported”  Constance Casey for The New York Times

Award-winning author Amy Stewart takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes look at the flower industry and how it has sought—for better or worse—to achieve perfection.  Stewart traveled the world for a year to research the $40 billion dollar cut-flower industry. She tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists working to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature can provide.  At every turn she discovers the startling intersection of nature and technology, of sentiment and commerce. The author also raises environmental issues related to the trade, as well as the concerns of florists. 

Monday, October 19

Remarkable Creatures

by Tracy Chevalier

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“Chevalier admirably weaves historical figures and actual events into a compelling narrative.”
—San Francisco Chronicle 

Remarkable Creatures is a beautifully written book about two remarkable women, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot. A fictional account based on real-life characters and events, Remarkable Creatures is set in the early 1800's in the coastal town of Lyme Regis, England.  Mary Anning, born in a poor family, was from an early age fascinated by the fossils that could then be picked up on the beaches.  Her discoveries of fossils leads to conflict with the religious authorities in town and friendship with Elizabeth Philpot, a woman of higher social class who is also fascinated by the fossils. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy. Ultimately, in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

Thursday, October 22

2020 International Award of Excellence in Conservation

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The Botanical Research Institute of Texas is proud to announce the recipients of our 2020 International Award of Excellence in Conservation: Cristina Mittermeier, international photographer, conservationist, and founder of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers; and Russell Mittermeier, Global Wildlife Conservation’s Chief Conservation Officer and a world leader in the field of biodiversity and tropical forest conservation.

Both Mittermeiers have devoted their lives to protecting Earth’s natural habitat and informing and influencing people as to the delicate balance between nature and traditional cultures and both have made significant impacts on preserving the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and protecting its ecosystems.

Join us at our annual gala on October 22, 2020 at Frost Tower for an inspiring evening of conversation with two of the world's greatest conservation adventurers as we recognize their impactful achievements.

Monday, November 16

The Lochsa Story: Land Ethics in the Bitterroot Mountains

By Bud Moore

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"Bud Moore's The Lochsa Story is epic. It's an autobiography, a history, and a manifesto; a massive work of nonfiction incorporating folklore and ecology." --Zach Dundas, Missoula Independent

This story chronicles the history of the Bitterroot Mountains, the preservation of forest landscapes, early Native Americans, the Lewis and Clark Trail, and Bud Moore's life as the last of the mountain men to live there and join the U.S. Forest Service. He became Head Ranger of Powell Ranger District, Chief of the Forest Service Region in Missoula, Montana, the leading authority on fire management and smoke-jumpers of the northwestern forests and the system of fire lookouts and fire suppression.   Moore is profoundly dedicated to the forest and all of the natural elements, including people, that make it whole. He believes anyone who works with the land must have a feel for it. "When in doubt, go slow," he advises. "Be humble. Learn from your mistakes."