Botanical Arts and Crafts

Botanical Arts and Crafts

The Art of Science. The Science of Art.

Get in touch with your inner artist by taking a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. You will find options for all interests and skill levels. These classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will not only allow you to increase your skills but will also enhance your understanding of the natural world.

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Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: GROW Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public. 

Nice to Know: Since you never know where GROW Adult Ed might take you, we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. A sweater or light jacket is a good idea in case the A/C is working too well and closed toe shoes are always a good idea. Please check individual class listings for any specific requirements and, as always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at a GROW Adult Ed class soon! 

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

Get in touch with your inner artist by taking a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. You will find options for all interests and skill levels. These classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will not only allow you to increase your skills but will also enhance your understanding of the natural world.

Upcoming Events

Color Studies from the Fall Garden

A watercolor workshop with focus on drawing, design, and color.

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The fall garden displays a mix of fading and drying plants with interesting pods and bursts of color in the last blooms and changing leaves. In the morning we will draw and study the structural and gestural shapes of stems and leaves exploring design possibilities by cutting up our drawings and rearranging them. Using a palette of colors limited to primary colors, we will mix secondary colors and then mix complementary colors to create the more nuanced colors of the season. In the afternoon we will draw and paint several studies of different plants.

Instructor Carol Ivey is a still life painter who gathers plants from her garden for her subject matter. Her studio is animated by towering forms of dried sunflowers and the eleven-foot tall stalk of a century plant and vases with a myriad of plant forms. She enjoys observing and painting their changing states.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$100 members/$110 non-members


Materials list:

Watercolor Paint
Daniel Smith Essentials Watercolor Set (

  • Hansa Yellow Light
  • New Gamboge
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Pyrrol Scarlet
  • Phthalo Blue GS (green shade)
  • French Ultramarine

Watercolor Paper
Arches Watercolor Pad, cold pressed, 140 lb., 10 x 14”
Or other professional quality watercolor paper of your choice

Watercolor Brushes
Sable, sable blend, or synthetic.
Large Brush for backgrounds a larger round like #12 or similar
Round #8
Round #4
Flat - 1 inch (suggest - Winsor & Newton Cotman Series 777 Aquarelle)
3/8 inch flat or similar
Angle shader - ¼ inch
Look for a soft bristle with a good spring. Watercolor brushes have short handles, brushes for oil painting have long handles.


  • Palette – large white plastic with lots of wells and cups
  • All-purpose sketchpad 11x14” or similar (Canson Mixed Media pad is great!)
  • Sponge – small natural preferred (such as Artists Sea-Silk , size #2)
  • Drawing pencils - 2B and HB
  • Medium Kneaded Eraser
  • Masking tape
  • Painting or drawing board, 16 x 20 inches or larger – needs to be stiff and light weight and must withstand moisture and repeated taping.
  • 2 small white tubs for water containers

Asel Art Supply offers a 10% discount to students.


Decorating with Botanicals

Welcoming your family and friends for the holidays.

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Join instructor Barbara Baker as she shares her tips, tricks and ideas to achieve that special look for your home during the holidays. Take home a wreath for your front door and a fresh flower arrangement for your dining table. All flowers and other materials are included.

Barbara Baker is former President of Fort Worth Garden Club and Texas Garden Clubs.  She incorporates English gardening ideas from her travels into her own garden. Barbara has taught flower arranging as a National Garden Club Flower Show Judge and Instructor from Oregon to New Hampshire. 

Please note: This class will take place at the FWBG.

$40 members/$45 non-members

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 FWBG.

$30 members/$35 non-members

Miniature Gardens

Create your own world in a planter.

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Join Master Gardeners in this hands-on class as they discuss how to create an attractive and sustainable miniature garden. With step-by-step instructions and practical tips, you will design and create your own miniature garden during the class and take it home with you. All plants and other materials are included. Just bring yourself!

Instructor Hester Schwarzer is a native East Texan. She grew up with a mother who loved and grew flowers, vegetables and fruit and taking the Master Gardener classes the year after retiring from a teaching career has given her the opportunity to return to her roots. Miniature gardens have fascinated her since playing in the soil making roads, designing tiny buildings and finding small plants to populate her landscapes. Instructor Kay Sekio is a native of Japan. She received a Ph.D. in Public Administration from UTA and is currently working as a trilingual linguist. She became a Master Gardner in 2003 and a Plant Propagation Specialist in 2013. Garden craft including miniature gardens is one of her specialties. As the 4th generation of Bonsai-loving family, she was interested in moss and was certified as a moss craft (Kokedama) instructor in 2016 in Japan after completing a special training session.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG

$20 members/$25 non-members

Registration opens soon!

Basic Upright Moribana, a Classic Expression of Ikebana

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Join instructor Judy Ratzlaff as she shares her love of Japanese flower arranging using the Ikebana technique of Moribana.  she will supply the flowers, kenzan (frog), and other supplies.  You will need to bring a shallow container for your arrangement.  You may also bring flowers with long stems from your own garden.  Not only will you leave with an Ikebana arrangement but with instructions to create your own at home.

Instructor Judy Ratzlaff was trained in Ikebana in Japan where she lived for many years. She is a Sogetsu school teacher and also studied Ohara school. As 2nd VP on the International Board of Ikebana, headquartered in Tokyo, from 1995-1998 she oversaw 174 Chapters in 60 countries. She was one of only 2 foreigners on the board. She was 1st VP of the Nagoya Chapter in 1991. Judy represented and co-hosted Ikebana International at the American Embassy for a tea and tour and co-chaired the Tokyo Founding Chapters Christmas Fundraiser for three years. She attended 4 International Conferences in Tokyo over 20 years, the Sixth Asian Conference in Manila, Philippines and the North American Conference in Ottawa while an officer. Judy was also 1 of 2 representatives from the North American Conference at the International Conference in Yokohama.

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

$40 members/$45 non-members

Creating Thanksgiving Floral Arrangements

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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 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