Event Date

October 16 - June 30, 2021


Art at BRIT

Program Information

Free to the public.

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

Topiaries have an extraordinary history and presence in gardens. Spanning centuries, with their origins in the gardens of Rome, they extend across the world through Asia, Australia, the Americas, and beyond. They have evolved and transformed through the years taking many forms that surprise and delight, becoming multi-directional accentuation points for the garden. 

Tracing Topiaries and Finding Catesby’s Birds, which runs concurrently with the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Topiaries in the Garden show, highlights those plants often or occasionally used for topiaries as well as birds frequently found among their foliage. A selection of pieces from the Library’s Arader Natural History Collection of Art is on view with works by Pierre Joseph Redouté, Leonhart Fuchs, William Roxburgh, and the wonderful birds of Mark Catesby. Rare books from the Library’s collection and specimens from the Herbarium are on view as well.

This exhibition is part of a collaboration between the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Library and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Topiaries in the Garden is on view October 16, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

The visit is free to the public. The exhibition is self-guided and includes the Upper Atrium Collections Gallery and the Library Alcove. Once we resume docent tours, this exhibit will be part of the Thursday BRIT docent tour and also include the Library’s main room. There is wall text for the exhibition, which is located at the very end of the Upper Atrium Collections Gallery. The exhibition includes the entire hallway of the Upper Atrium Collections Gallery as well as the Library Alcove and their adjoining hallway. There is a sign downstairs pointing people to the Upper Atrium Collections Gallery. The front desk can direct visitors as needed. Visitors can view the exhibition during the hours that BRIT is open to the public. Additional questions can be communicated to Brandy Watts at bwatts@brit.org.

Topiaries Art Gallery

About Art at BRIT

Art at BRIT offers two distinctive art viewing spaces: the elegant Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall and the smaller, more intimate Upper Atrium Collections Gallery. The Samples Exhibit Hall showcases botanical art and artwork dealing with topics such as ecology, plants, sustainability, conservation, and the natural world – we highlight work by local and national artists, both well-known and emerging. The Upper Atrium Collections Gallery features a rotation of botanical and nature-based prints from our Library collection, including The Arader Natural History Collection of Art. We honor and celebrate the traditional roots of botanical art, while also expanding and redefining the field for the 21st century.