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Sara Richardson, CFRE

Interim Vice President for Advancement

Chris Smith, MBA

Director of Marketing and Communications

Katherine Campbell

Director of Membership

Christy Brammer

Membership Coordinator

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Become a member today! Based on a successful GROW education and volunteer collaboration, both BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden joined forces to offer one membership. Members enjoy Garden admission, reciprocal entry to more than 300 public gardens, members-only events and opportunities, discounts to family programs, classes, and events -- plus the added benefit of knowing that their support helps educate and inspire!

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BRIT Receives $1.3 Million Dollar Grant from the National Science Foundation to Study Biodiversity in the Philippines

by Chris Chilton
Texas botanists will collaborate with other U.S. institutions and international personnel to conduct research in threatened forests of Southeast Asia. FORT WORTH, Texas (August 28, 2018) – Researchers at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a project titled “Plant Discovery in the Southern Philippines.” Dr. Peter Fritsch, BRIT’s Vice President of Research, will head the team as Principal Investigator with co-Principal Investigators Dr. Taylor Quedensley (BRIT), Dr. Darin Penneys (University of North Carolina at Wilmington), and Dr. Daniel Nickrent (Southern Illinois University Carbondale). The project begins this month and field expeditions will begin in the spring of 2019. [ Update, 08-Fe...
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Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks Coming to Fort Worth

Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO ® Bricks , an award-winning and record-breaking exhibition that uses beautiful works of art made from simple toy blocks to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems, and humanity’s relationship with nature is coming to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) from May 6 through Aug. 1, 2021. Produced by Imagine Exhibitions , Nature Connects depicts important topics that the New York artist Sean Kenney holds dear, from protecting an animal's habitat, to planting a garden, or showcasing a beautiful orchid – subject matter with particular appeal to gardens. “Through captivating art with an educational message, Nature Connects creates yet another way for visitors to experience the Botanic Garden,...
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Documentary Short Film “Stickman” Marks Completion of Stickwork Exhibition

Nationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty finished his latest Stickwork sculpture in February and today, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) and local video production company EC Films release “ Stickman ,” a five-minute documentary short film tracing the exhibition’s installation to completion. The large outdoor sculpture located in the Fuller Garden took three weeks from start to completion, a timeline that included Fort Worth’s February deep freeze event. “We were amazed at Patrick’s dedication to his art, his physical stamina during extremely cold temperatures and his ability to keep on schedule, finishing the sculpture on time,” said FWBG|BRIT Assistant Director Bob Byers. “Through the interconnectedness of art and nature, the Stickwor...
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Spring Japanese Festival Celebrates Year of the Ox

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) i nvites visitors to celebrate spring in the Japanese Garden while exploring the arts and culture of Japan during the March 27-28 Spring Japanese Festival. Tickets go on sale today at: https://www.fwbg.org/events/springfestival Hosted in cooperation with the Fort Worth Japanese Society , the festival includes cultural demonstrations, performances, unique shopping opportunities and traditional foods. Japanese Society member Harvey Yamagata says this year’s zodiac symbol represents a new perspective from last year’s Year of the Rat.“ We look to 2021 and the Year of the Ox as a sign of new hope, new prosperity and new wellness,” Yamagata said. “With emerging foliage, warmer weather and the chance to be in beauti...
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Spring Plant Sale: Calling all Plant Whisperers

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) offers a Spring Plant Sale April 9 through April 11 – online only. Stock up on spring plants while taking advantage of Garden professional consultations if needed. Members have access to a preview sale April 7-8 as well as a 10 percent discount on their purchase. Order pick-up dates are April 16 through April 18. “The spring sale is a community favorite for area residents who appreciate our plant selection and friendly advice,” said Bob Byers, VP of horticulture and assistant director. “This year, it’s also an opportunity to replace some of the plants that didn’t survive the February hard freeze.” To ensure guest safety, the plant sale is offered again virtually. Shoppers will select plants online, and, at ch...
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Santa, Singers, Shopping and More Offered at Second Annual Holiday in the Garden

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) and Fort Worth Botanic Garden invite visitors to celebrate the holiday season at this year’s “ Holiday in the Garden ” Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. The festive event offered throughout the BRIT and Garden campus includes Holiday Sip and Shop, Holiday Tea, Santa in the Garden, Christmas Tree Farm, Opera in the Garden, and a Free Afternoon in the Garden (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.). With an abundant number of local artisans, food trucks, live music and more, this indoor-outdoor event promises to spark holiday spirit. “We encourage the Fort Worth Community to get into the holiday spirit this season, and what better place to do that than surrounded by a beautiful Garden campus?” said Vice President for Horticulture and Assistant Director Bob Byers. “As...
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Fall Japanese Festival Celebrates the Season and the Beauty of the Japanese Garden

FORT WORTH, Texas (October 21, 2020) — The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT ® ) and Fort Worth Botanic Garden invite visitors to celebrate fall in the Japanese Garden while exploring the arts and culture of Japan during the Nov. 7-8 Fall Japanese Festival . Hosted in cooperation with the Fort Worth Japanese Society , the festival includes cultural demonstrations, performances, unique shopping opportunities and fantastic foods. Special care and planning have gone into ensuring that the event meets all of the safety requirements of the Tarrant County Health Department. “We want everyone to enjoy this annual fall tradition, but we want to do it in a way that is safe for everyone involved,” said Vice President for Horticulture and Assistant Director Bob Byers. The main attraction wi...
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One Seed at a Time: NTX Giving Day Early Giving Opens

Help Bella Change the World, One Seed at a Time Dear Friends, While 2020 has been full of unexpected challenges, the unfortunate reality is that the threat to endangered plants and ecosystems still exists and they still need our protection. BRIT offers a solution – one seed at a time. [Click on image above to find out more.] Help us plant the seeds of hope through outstanding outdoor education programs, world-renowned research, and valuable art and book collections. Early giving opens today for the Sept. 17 North Texas Giving Day campaign, one of the largest community giving events in the nation. We hope we can count on your support. Your gift also strengthens our partnership with the Fort Worth Botanic Garden so we can continue to reward our greatest champions (you!) with complimentary pe...
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