Monday, June 1

Members Only Hours

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The Garden is currently slated to open in early June, pending advice from public health officials and the City of Fort Worth leaders.

When the Garden opens, we will work to minimize physical contact and practice social distancing while allowing our biggest supporters special benefits. 

The first and last hours of the day are reserved for GROW members (8 am - 9 am and 5 pm - 6 pm). Like the public members are also required to reserve their free admission tickets online to help manage capacity. This benefit will be available to members throughout the month of June or longer.

Online tickets will become available the week before the Garden opens. 

Members Only 20% off in NEW Trellis Gift Shop

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The Garden is currently slated to open in early June, pending advice from public health officials and the City of Fort Worth leaders.

When the Garden opens, we will work to minimize physical contact and practice social distancing while allowing our biggest supporters special benefits.

GROW members always receive a discount in our gift shops. As an extra perk, members receive 20% off their total in the new "Trellis" Garden Center Gift Shop through August. Discount not applicable on consignment items or use in combination with employee discount. "Treasure Tree" Gift Shop in the Japanese Garden will be closed until a later date.

Tuesday, June 2

See, Sketch, Learn: Nature Journaling and Research

ONLINE LECTURE (ZOOM)

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See, Sketch, Learn: Nature Journaling and Research

A Brown Bag Lecture by Owen Curtsinger

Join local art teacher and amateur naturalist Owen Curtsinger as he discusses his process of learning about local plants and animals through an artistic lens. Owen's curiosity about the ecology of Texas has led him to explore the his surroundings through illustrating them with pencil, pen, and watercolor. He has researched, written, and illustrated two zine publications, "Ecoregions of Texas" and "Rare Fauna of Texas," that explore various ecosystems of Texas and the endangered species that inhabit them. In this online lecture, Owen will walk us through his process of documenting, illustrating, and researching the world around him, as well as speak to the value of slowing down and looking at something with the eyes of an artist, no matter how much skill one has for the arts. His work can be found on www.owencurtsinger.com.

This lecture will take place online. Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlfuytpzMoE9UlBp6SRji6VhndQnMw-qlj 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Saturday, June 6

Mindfulness Meditation

ONLINE CLASS (ZOOM)

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Meeting the first Saturday of each month, our Mindfulness Meditation classes invite you to slow down, release the stresses of everyday life, and tune in to the serenity of the natural world. With plants all around, explore the grounds of BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as you learn mindfulness practices and techniques from meditation instructor Lisa November, M.A. Ed. Lisa leads her students in unique, hour-long mindfulness meditations, always attuned to the surrounding natural world. Classes often take place outdoors, weather permitting.   

Instructor: Lisa November is a meditation teacher based in Fort Worth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communication from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and her Master of Arts in Special Education-Moderate Needs from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. She is a life-long teacher and learner and has been practicing mindfulness based meditation since 1996. Most recently, she has received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings in the Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien, Ordained Students of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh in August of 2019. She is also a student of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven heath and wellness program from the Oasis Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Saturday, June 6, 2020 (2 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 4        

$10/$8 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

 

Monday, June 8

Camp BRIT

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Summer Camps Cancelled (COVID-19)

In order to ensure the safety of our wonderful community, we will be cancelling our much anticipated Camp BRIT and Summer Family Camp. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience of this and are saddened ourselves to have to cancel. We feel it is the best option to protect campers, their families, and our staff.

For those who have already completed payment, the following list provides options for your registration fees: 

  1. We can issue a full refund to you through the mail. (It should arrive in the next 7-10 business days)
  2. You can donate all of (or a portion of) your registration fee to BRIT’s Education Team. With the postponement of our revenue producing programs during COVID-19, donations are especially important right now and are greatly appreciated.
  3. You can use all of (or a portion of) your registration fee as credit to apply towards a GROW membership to receive free admission to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (expected to open in June) and reciprocal admission to 300 gardens throughout the nation. Click here to learn more about our membership offerings.

Please email Rachel at rlincoln@brit.org to let us know how you would like to proceed with your registration fees and we can get the process started.

We are missing our community and hope to see you all again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we are providing free online videos and activities for outdoor inquiry along with reduced rate online workshops. Click here to learn more.

 

Connect to nature at Camp BRIT! Camp BRIT offers a variety of experiences for children in preschool through fifth grade. Each camp encourages children to connect with the wonders of nature and their local ecosystems through science explorations, artistic activities, and special opportunities available only at BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden campus.

Sessions: 

Bella Goes to Camp

  • Age: Pre-K or K children; ages 4-5
  • Dates: June 8-11 or June 15 - 18 
  • Times: Monday - Thursday from 9:00AM - 11:30AM
  • Cost: $90 per child/members, $110 per child/non-members
  • Details: Campers will explore the role of plants as a food source - both their role in the food chain and how people use plants for food.

Little B.I.T.s - Little Botanists in Training

  • Age: Students entering 1st or 2nd grades; ages 6-7
  • Dates: June 22-25 or July 6-9
  • Time: Monday-Thursday from 9:00AM - 3:30PM
  • Cost: $200 per child/members. $250 per child/non-members
  • Details: Campers will explore native plants on the BRIT Prairie - tall grasses & wildflowers, and their unique properties and importance in nature.

My Plants, My Place

  • Age: Students entering 3rd - 5th; ages 8-10
  • Dates: June 22-25 or July 6-9
  • Time: Monday-Thursday 9:00AM - 3:30PM
  • Cost: $200 per child/members, $250 per child/non-members
  • Details: Campers will explore the native prairie ecosystem, its history, and the impact a prairie still has on our day to day lives.

Click here to register!

Thursday, June 11

Plant-Based Sushi

ONLINE CLASS (ZOOM)

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Add delicious variety to your homemade meal repertoire with this fun plant-based sushi -making class. Join Dixya Bhattarai to make a variety of vegetarian sushi options, perfect for our warm, late-spring weather. Get comfy in your kitchen and make dinner a fresh and memorable experience!

Instructor: Dixya Bhattarai, MS, RD, LD, is a Fort Worth-based Registered Dietitian & Food and Nutrition Expert. Dixya moved to the United States from Nepal more than a decade ago for college. She didn't grow up cooking, but being far away from home she craved mo:mo (Nepalese dumplings) and her mom's cauliflower curry, which forced her to learn and recreate them in her American kitchen. She created the website Food, Pleasure, and Health in 2011 to share easy, wholesome recipes, and provide a creative health and wellness space to help others enjoy healthy lives in an approachable way. When she's not working at the hospital, she's probably at her dumpling pop-up, teaching cooking classes, or developing recipes for her site.

Wednesday, June 11 (6 - 7:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 10 (closes at midnight)

$35/$30 member (estimated grocery cost: $25)

Location: This is an online class; upon registration you will receive an email with a grocery list and instructions for prep work to be done prior to class. The Zoom class code and password will be emailed the day before class. 

Monday, June 15

The Cast Iron Forest: A Natural and Cultural History of the North American Cross Timbers (ZOOM)

by Richard V. Francaviglia

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Winner, Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award, Texas Institute of Letters, 2001

A complex mosaic of post oak and blackjack oak forests interspersed with prairies, the Cross Timbers covers a north-south belt of southern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, and North Central Texas. Home to Native Americans over several thousand years, the Cross Timbers became a barrier to westward expansion in the nineteenth century, until roads and railroads opened it up to farmers and ranchers, coal miners, and modern city developers, all of whom changed its character in far-reaching ways.

This landmark book fully describes the natural environment of the Cross Timbers and the role that people have played in transforming the region. Richard Francaviglia opens with a natural history that discusses the region's geography and geology, vegetation, and climate. He then traces the interaction of people and the landscape, from the earliest Native American inhabitants and European explorers to the developers and residents of today's ever-expanding cities and suburbs. Many historical and contemporary maps and photographs illustrate the text.

Thursday, June 18

Botanical Art Collective Summer Show

Virtual Exhibition

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Join us for the newest summer show from the Botanical Art Collective of North Central Texas, juried by curator Erin Starr White. The artists represented in this virtual exhibition are inspired by plants and the natural world; their work celebrates the range of the genre of botanical art. The Collective is comprised of a community of artists interested in sharing, exploring, and expanding both the traditional and contemporary practice of botanical art and illustration. 

Stay tuned for a virtual tour and artist interviews. 

 

Saturday, June 20

Organic Pest and Disease Control

ONLINE CLASS (ZOOM)

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In this online 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. You will learn the basics of examining your 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 – 12 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 18      

$40/$35 member

LocationThis is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Tuesday, June 23

Summer Family Camp

Fun for the whole family!

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Summer Camps Cancelled (COVID-19)

In order to ensure the safety of our wonderful community, we will be cancelling our much anticipated Camp BRIT and Summer Family Camp. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience of this and are saddened ourselves to have to cancel. We feel it is the best option to protect campers, their families, and our staff.

For those who have already completed payment, the following list provides options for your registration fees: 

  1. We can issue a full refund to you through the mail. (It should arrive in the next 7-10 business days)
  2. You can donate all of (or a portion of) your registration fee to BRIT’s Education Team. With the postponement of our revenue producing programs during COVID-19, donations are especially important right now and are greatly appreciated.
  3. You can use all of (or a portion of) your registration fee as credit to apply towards a GROW membership to receive free admission to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (expected to open in June) and reciprocal admission to 300 gardens throughout the nation. Click here to learn more about our membership offerings.

Please email Rachel at rlincoln@brit.org to let us know how you would like to proceed with your registration fees and we can get the process started.

We are missing our community and hope to see you all again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we are providing free online videos and activities for outdoor inquiry along with reduced rate online workshops. Click here to learn more.

 

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. 

 

Summer Family Camp

Fun for the whole family!

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Summer Camps Cancelled (COVID-19)

In order to ensure the safety of our wonderful community, we will be cancelling our much anticipated Camp BRIT and Summer Family Camp. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience of this and are saddened ourselves to have to cancel. We feel it is the best option to protect campers, their families, and our staff.

We are missing our community and hope to see you all again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we are providing free online videos and activities for outdoor inquiry along with reduced rate online workshops. Click here to learn more.

 

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.

Wednesday, July 1

Human Uses of Mushrooms: A Brief Ethnomycological Journey

ONLINE CLASS (ZOOM)

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This presentation covers how different societies have viewed mushrooms over the years and the relationships they have developed with them. Some cultures remain afraid of mushrooms, while others have elevated them to near mythic status. We will examine the use of mushrooms as food, medicine, spiritual and totemic uses, a source of dyes, and even fire starter.

Instructor: Denis R Benjamin, MD grew up in South Africa, emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in 1970; he practiced pediatric pathology at the children's hospitals in Seattle and Fort Worth. He became an amateur mycologist soon after his arrival in the USA and was a consultant to the regional poison control center, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, and a past Chairman of the Toxicology Committee of the North American Mycological Association. In addition to nearly 100 professional publications, he has contributed to the lay literature and mushroom magazines. He is author of the landmark book on the health effects of mushrooms (Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas) and published a collection of mushroom foraging essays (Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging). Dr. Benjamin is a Resident Research Associate at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas, as well as a watercolorist focusing on fungi and botanical art.

Wednesday, July 1 (12 – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 29

$18/$15 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Wednesday, July 8

Vinyasa Flow Yoga (Series)

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Join us for this six-week Vinyasa flow series, led by Fort Worth yoga instructor Julie Vitek. Take in the tranquil morning view of BRIT's prairie as you enjoy this slow, meditative yoga flow, connecting movement to the breath. You will leave each session feeling relaxed and refreshed, with a stronger connection to yourself and to the world. All levels are welcome. This class is a series; single classes are not currently available.

Instructor: Julie Vitek

Wednesday, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12 (8:30 – 9:30 am)

Registration Deadline: July 6

$70/$55 member

Location: BRIT Atrium

Saturday, July 11

Biters and Stingers

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Working in the garden this season, you have probably seen quite a few little creatures amongst the plants. Join Botanic Garden entomologist Gail Manning to learn about biting and stinging insects and spiders of the area. Find out about different venoms, bite site reaction, and how OTC products work to relieve symptoms.

Instructor: Gail Manning is an entomologist and oversees the citizen science programs at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, where she has worked for 14 years.

Saturday, July 11 (1– 2 pm)

Registration Deadline: July 9

$18/$15 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Mindfulness Meditation

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Meeting the first Saturday of each month (barring holidays), our Mindfulness Meditation classes invite you to slow down, release the stresses of everyday life, and tune in to the serenity of the natural world. With plants all around, explore the grounds of BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as you learn mindfulness practices and techniques from meditation instructor Lisa November, M.A. Ed. Lisa leads her students in unique, hour-long mindfulness meditations, always attuned to the surrounding natural world. Classes often take place outdoors, weather permitting.   

Instructor: Lisa November is a meditation teacher based in Fort Worth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communication from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and her Master of Arts in Special Education-Moderate Needs from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. She is a life-long teacher and learner and has been practicing mindfulness based meditation since 1996. Most recently, she has received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings in the Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien, Ordained Students of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh in August of 2019. She is also a student of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven heath and wellness program from the Oasis Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Saturday, July 11, 2020 (2:30  – 3:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: July 9        

$10/$8 member

Location: BRIT / FWBG

Monday, July 20

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

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.  

Saturday, July 25

The Wonderful World of Granola

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Are you a granola connoisseur, always searching for the perfect crunch-to-soft ratio? Then this class is for you! Join Gina Propp, granola evangelist and owner of Crunchy Girl Granola of Fort Worth, to learn the ins and outs of this sweet and healthful food. You will make your own granola in class, then take it home to bake.  

Instructor: Doing things the “crunchy way” has been part of Gina Propp’s life for a long time.  Composting, repurposing, growing her own fruit/vegetables, and recycling are among the many ways she stays crunchy. Gina began Crunchy Girl Granola of Fort Worth in the fall of 2019 and can be found at Clearfork Farmer’s Market every Saturday. Her granola is also available at Neighbor’s House Grocery and The Table Market and Culinary Studio.

Saturday, July 25 (10 – 11:30 am)

Registration Deadline: July 20 (9 am)

$35/$32 member

Location: BRIT

Materials: Provided

Craft Beer: Brewing with the Garden

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Have you always wanted to brew with herbs and fruit from your own garden? Do you enjoy trying new beers and supporting our local breweries? Then join Funky Picnic's Head Brewer, Michael Harper, for this spirited overview of the beer brewing process. Learn the basics, and tips and tricks, all while sampling a very special summertime beer brewed with wild yeast, herbs, and fruit from the Botanic Garden. 

Instructor: Michael Harper is the Head Brewer at Fort Worth's Funky Picnic Brewery. Harper is a drum-playing, mariachi-loving head brewer who studied at the American Brewers Guild in 2013. He is passionate about classic techniques but also loves to experiment with new styles and terroir-based ingredients. When he's not knee-deep in spent grain, you can find him at home with his wife, cats, and pet tortoise.

Saturday, July 25 (1 –  3 pm)

Registration Deadline: July 23

$65/$60 members

Location: BRIT

Saturday, August 1

Flora in Western Art: A Brief History

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Humans have always been drawn to plants, and the history of art is full of depictions of vegetation of all types. Join art historian Erin Starr White in this spirited exploration of art whose subject includes flowers, stems, leaves, and trees. Did we mention flowers?  Artists from the Western artistic tradition will be our focus, from Raphael to O'Keeffe, and beyond. 

Instructor: Erin Starr White is an art historian, curator, environmentalist, and gardener. She serves as Community Education Manager for BRIT / FWBG and brings over a decade of experience as a museum educator to her role. Erin is passionate about working with adult learners, having led the docent corps at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She has served on the UTA Fort Worth Gallery Advisory Committee and written extensively about art of all types. 

Saturday, August 1, 2020 (10 – 11:30 am)

Registration Deadline: July 30      

$18/$15 member

Location: BRIT

Mindfulness Meditation

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Meeting the first Saturday of each month, our Mindfulness Meditation classes invite you to slow down, release the stresses of everyday life, and tune in to the serenity of the natural world. With plants all around, explore the grounds of BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as you learn mindfulness practices and techniques from meditation instructor Lisa November, M.A. Ed. Lisa leads her students in unique, hour-long mindfulness meditations, always attuned to the surrounding natural world. Classes often take place outdoors, weather permitting.   

Instructor: Lisa November is a meditation teacher based in Fort Worth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communication from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and her Master of Arts in Special Education-Moderate Needs from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. She is a life-long teacher and learner and has been practicing mindfulness based meditation since 1996. Most recently, she has received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings in the Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien, Ordained Students of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh in August of 2019. She is also a student of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven heath and wellness program from the Oasis Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Saturday, August 1, 2020 (2 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: July 30         

$10/$8 member

Location: FWBG / BRIT

Supplies: If you have a mat or cushion, you are welcome to bring it. 

Thursday, August 13

Pinch Pot Planter Workshop

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Back by popular demand! Join local artist Kendall Davis to learn the earliest method of forming clay. This method begins with a ball of clay, which is pinched into a cup form. There will be the option to turn the cup into a planter with a drainage hole. Supplies and clay are provided. Finished pieces will be taken to Kendall’s studio to be fired and glazed; they can then picked up from her store.

Instructor: Kendall Davis, Kendall Davis Clay

Thursday, August 13, 2020 (6 - 8 pm)

Registration Deadline: August 11       

$70/$60 member

Location: BRIT

Materials: Provided

Monday, September 21

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

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. 

Saturday, September 26

Knowing the Sunflower Family in Texas: Lecture & Workshop

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Join Richard Spellenberg and Naida Zucker, authors of the newly published The Sunflower Family: A Guide to the Family Asteraceae in the Contiguous United States (BRIT Press) for a lecture titled "Knowing the Sunflower Family in Texas." This presentation is based on the newly published book, which details all the approximately 430 genera of sunflowers and relatives in the contiguous United States. The Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) is the largest of plant families, with about 30,000 species. It is found in all habitats, is showy, many species are used for ornamentals and some for food. They provide large swatches of color on the landscape in the warm months and contribute to the misery of pollen allergies in many areas of the country. Though it is a family with many beautiful species, it is to most people baffling because of its compound head of flowers and complex terminology. The presentation covers the mysteries of the sunflower head, genera found only in Texas, a review of some of the widespread, common genera in Texas, and how one goes about identifying these interesting plants. 

A workshop with the authors will follow the lecture and will look at examples detailed in the book. Refreshments will be served, and copies of The Sunflower Family: A Guide to the Family Asteraceae in the Contiguous United States will be available for purchase at a discounted rate of 10% off for lecture attendees (this discount can only be applied in person the day of the lecture). The authors will be available to sign books, whether your copy has been brought from home or newly purchased at the lecture. 

Speakers / Instructors: Richard Spellenberg and Naida Zucker

Saturday, September 26, 2020 (9 – 11:30 am)

Registration Deadline: September 24     

$15/$10 member 

Location: BRIT

SuppliesFor the workshop and walk, participants might find it useful to bring a 10x-20x folding hand lens or loupe to facilitate viewing small parts, understanding that the species selected to view will not make this mandatory.

Monday, October 19

Remarkable Creatures (ZOOM)

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.

Saturday, November 14

Sketching in the Japanese Garden

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In this class you will learn different techniques for drawing foliage, texture, and value, all while sketching the elegant beauty of the Japanese Garden. Artist Erika Duque Scully will demonstrate how to achieve these techniques and will share examples of other artists’ works for further inspiration. You will be encouraged to draw loosely, sketching balanced and interesting compositions of trees and other plants with confidence. Supplies are not provided (see below for a supply list)

Instructor: Erika Duque Scully is a landscape and nature-based painter who lives and works in Fort Worth, TX. Scully received her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in painting at Texas Christian University. She has been featured in over thirty solo and group shows throughout the Metroplex. In 2017, Scully was nominated by Ro2 Gallery for Rising Star Fundraiser at the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. She is currently represented by Fort Works Art Gallery in Fort Worth.

Saturday, November 14, 2020 (11 am – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: November 12        

$35/$30 member

Location: Japanese Garden

Supplies: Click here for the supply list. 

Monday, November 16

The Lochsa Story: Land Ethics in the Bitterroot Mountains (ZOOM)

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."