Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 6

Growing Bulbs for the Garden and Patio

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Join the Master Gardener Bulb team as they share their extensive experience growing all types of bulbs.  You will learn the different types of bulbs including tunicate, imbricate, corms, tubers and rhizomes. You will also engage in hands-on activities on how to plant bulbs in pots and in the ground, how to force bulbs to bloom and how to propagate bulbs from seeds and from chipping to expand your collection.  You will leave with bulbs in pots and cut bulbs to plant in the fall.  

The Master Gardener Bulb Propagation team of Claire Alford, Jeanie Browning, Rocky Duetscher and Mary Reagor specialize in growing and propagating bulbs in their own landscapes, they continually search for bulbs that grow in this region and they teach bulb care to garden clubs in the area.  Together they have over 36 years in Master Gardening experience.

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

$30 members/$35 non-members

Registration opens soon!

Wednesday, April 17

Vine to Table

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BRIT’s Vine to Table, Wine Dinner & Auction & Special Presentation of the 2019 International Sustainable Wine growing Award Winner to be Announced in January

Event Chairs, Gina & Bob Ravnaas

Alfresco at Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.

It will feature a fabulous silent auction; a dinner prepared by celebrity chefs including

  • Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s Restaurant Group
  • Michael of Thomson of Michael’s Cuisine 
  • Bernard Tronche of Saint-Emilion Restaurant
  • John Piccolino of B&B Butchers & Restaurant 
  • Lanny Lancarte of Righteous Foods
  • Jason Harper of Trio
  • More to Come

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 22

Reading the Landscape of America

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From Amazon.com: "In this natural history classic, the author takes the reader on field trips to landscapes across America, both domesticated and wild. She shows how to read the stories written in the land, interpreting the clues laid down by history, culture, and natural forces. A renowned teacher, writer and conservationist in her native Midwest, Watts studied with Henry Cowles, the pioneering American ecologist. She was the first to explain his theories of plant succesion to the general public. Her graceful, witty essays, with charming illustrations by the author, are still relevant and engaging today, as she invites us to see the world around us with fresh eyes."

Tuesday, April 23

Introduction to Watercolor

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GROW is excited to offer this multi-week course that will serve as an introduction to transparent watercolor techniques appropriate to both beginner and intermediate artists, with a focus on learning how to control the water. Techniques include washes, glazing, dry brushing, and color theory. This course lays the foundation for creating beautiful botanical watercolor portraits. Students can expect some homework each week. 

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. 

Materials list to follow.

This class will meet:
April 23, 2019
April 30, 2019
May 7, 2019

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$110 members/$135 non-members

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Champagne in the Japanese Garden

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Enjoy a sparkling wine during an evening in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's beautiful Japanese Garden. Learn how sparkling wines are produced and sample five from different areas of the world, including Champagne, France. Please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne. You must be 21 or older to register for this course.

Please note: This class is coordinated by TCU. For more information, or to register, please click the registration button to the left.

Saturday, May 4

Hypertufa

The fun way to make gorgeous garden accents.

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Hypertufa was developed in the 1930’s to replicate the stone troughs used by English gardeners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Using basic molds and 4 ingredients you can create a rustic, textured pot as easy as making mud pies! This fun process results in containers that are lighter than cement, yet porous and practical in the garden.

Instructor Nancy Curl has been a Tarrant County Master Gardener since 2007. She has served on the board of the TCMGA for 4 years and as president for 2 years. She was named Tarrant County Master Gardener of the Year and State Master Gardener of the Year, large counties in 2012.

As a Greenhouse, Oak Wilt, Propagation, and Rain Water Harvesting Advanced Trainer, she teaches gardening and garden- related topics at the Botanic Garden, TCC, Home & Garden shows, the Union Gospel Mission and garden clubs. She is the Education Coordinator for the TCMGA and the Water Works Learning Center at the Resource Connection of Tarrant County and she volunteers as a docent at the Botanic Garden Japanese Garden, Butterflies in the Garden, and with the BG/BRIT GROW Education Series.

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

$40 members/$45 non-members

 

 

Photo from https://www.mein-schoener-garten.de/.

Grow your own Cut Flower Garden!

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Save money and enjoy the process of growing your own cut flowers. Learn which varieties to start with, how to grow them, proper harvesting techniques and holding techniques to get the most out of your flowers. 

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.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

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Culinary Herb Gardening

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Join the team from Barking Cat Farm and learn about growing herbs for your home usage. You’ll learn what to plant when, best care practices, harvesting tips and storage ideas.

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.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$20 members/$25 non-members

Registration opens soon!

Saturday, May 18

Greening the Inside

The care and choosing of houseplants.

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Join Agnes Knasiak for this delightful class and learn the joy and care of beautiful plants for the home.  Dr. Knasiak will discuss the types of plants suitable for inside your home, their light and water needs, and how to propagate plants in order to expand your collection or to grow for gifts.  She will also share solutions for problems like pests and diseases. Students will take home a suitable plant for their home.

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. She also designs arrangements for special events in Botanic Garden such as birthday parties, anniversaries, funerals, holidays tables, etc. She is currently a Greenhouse Attendant at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

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

$20 members/$25 non-members

Registration opens soon!

 

Herbal Oils, Vinegars, and Salad Dressings

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Think outside the herbal box! Join Rita Hottel to discusses some of the best local herbs in oils, vinegars, and salad dressings and how they can be used on more than just salads. Come to see how to expand your culinary skills and go beyond the repetition of red wine vinegar and olive oil. Don’t miss out on this chance to taste and take home some new ideas and easy recipes that provide a big range of flavors for everyday cooking. 

After becoming a Master Gardener in 2000, instructor Rita Hottel quickly found her niche in herbs. She is currently the Lead Gardener of the Herb Garden at the Tarrant County Master Gardener Community/Education Garden. Even though she was trained in all aspects of gardening, herb gardening was the perfect compliment to her other hobby of cooking. 

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members

 

Monday, May 20

The Brother Gardeners

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From Amazon.com: "Bringing to life the science and adventure of eighteenth-century plant collecting, The Brother Gardenersis the story of how six men created the modern garden and changed the horticultural world in the process. It is a story of a garden revolution that began in America."

Saturday, June 1

Botanical Hand Lettering

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Join us for this special hands-on workshop that will cover the basics of hand-lettering and introduce a variety of delightful botanical borders, flourishes, and embellishments. We’ll use both medieval sources, such as the Book of Kells and some Books of Hours, as well as modern sources for inspiration. Tuition includes one hand lettering pen and paper to complete in-class projects.

Instructor Mary Dechellis is a sought after calligrapher and hand letterer in the D/FW area. 

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$40 members/$45 non-members

Flower Pounding

Printing fabric with natural elements.

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Create a lovely piece of art on prepared fabric using the natural pigments from flowers and leaves that you'll harvest from the BRIT campus.  Gardeners can preserve the colors of summer or a special flower while reliving some stress!

Instructor Nancy Curl has been a Tarrant County Master Gardener since 2007. She has served on the board of the TCMGA for 4 years and as president for 2 years. She was named Tarrant County Master Gardener of the Year and State Master Gardener of the Year, large counties in 2012.

As a Greenhouse, Oak Wilt, Propagation, and Rain Water Harvesting Advanced Trainer, she teaches gardening and garden- related topics at the Botanic Garden, TCC, Home & Garden shows, the Union Gospel Mission and garden clubs. She is the Education Coordinator for the TCMGA and the Water Works Learning Center at the Resource Connection of Tarrant County and she volunteers as a docent at the Botanic Garden Japanese Garden, Butterflies in the Garden, and with the BG/BRIT GROW Education Series.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members

 

Organic Pests and Diseases

Identification and Eradication

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Join us for this day long workshop and you’ll learn how to identify common garden pests, diseases and nutrient deficiencies. Learn how to identify the root causes of common problems and the best steps to take to fix these problems. With the help of a microscope, students will examine their own garden soil under a microscope. They'll learn how to test 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 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.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$75 members/$85 non-members

Saturday, June 15

Propagation of Ferns

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Join Agnes Slociak Knasiak for a hands-on class which will explore the unusual way in which ferns propagate, as 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 and will have several new ferns to add to your plant collection.

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. She also designs arrangements for special events in Botanic Garden such as birthday parties, anniversaries, funerals, holidays tables, etc. She is currently a Greenhouse Attendant at the Botanic Garden.

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

$20 members/$25 non-members

Monday, June 17

Becoming Native to this Place

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From Amazon.com: "In six compelling essays, Wes Jackson lays the foundation for a new farming economy grounded in nature’s principles. Exploding the tenets of industrial agriculture, Jackson, a respected advocate for sustainable practices and the founder of The Land Institute, seeks to integrate food production with nature in a way that sustains both."

Monday, July 22

Orchid Fever

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From Amazon.com: "The acclaimed author of Motoring with Mohammed brings us a compelling adventure into the remarkable world of the orchid and the impossibly bizarre array of international characters who dedicate their lives to it."

Monday, September 16

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder

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From Amazon.com: "The universal appeal of Laura Ingalls Wilder springs from a life lived in partnership with the land, on farms she and her family settled across the Northeast and Midwest. In this revealing exploration of Wilder’s deep connection with the natural world, Marta McDowell follows the wagon trail of the beloved Little House series. You’ll learn details about Wilder’s life and inspirations, pinpoint the Ingalls and Wilder homestead claims on authentic archival maps, and learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the series. Excerpts from Wilder’s books, letters, and diaries bring to light her profound appreciation for the landscapes at the heart of her world. Featuring the beloved illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams, plus hundreds of historic and contemporary photographs, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a treasure that honors Laura’s wild and beautiful life." 

Monday, October 21

The Forest Unseen

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From Amazon.com: "In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life."

Monday, November 18

The Overstory

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From Amazon.com:

"New York Times Bestseller
Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
One of the Washington Post‘s 10 Best Books of 2018 and Time's 10 Best Fiction Books of 2018
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018

A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most "prodigiously talented" (The New York Times Book Review) novelists."