Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 27

Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

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Ready to grow your own food but wish you knew more? Then this is the class for you! Introduction to Vegetable Gardening, taught by Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farm, will cover a range of topics to help the beginning vegetable gardener be successful growing their own food organically. Pair this class with Starting your Spring Transplants taught in the afternoon and get a jump on your 2018 garden.

Barking Cat Farm, owned by Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic, focuses 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.

$30 members/ $35 non-members

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Introduction to Botanical Watercolors

Perfect for beginners!

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This  full day workshop is designed for those who would like to learn how to capture the beauty of nature in watercolor. It is especially designed for beginners who have never picked up a brush before. We will cover all the basics of watercolor painting, including papers, paints, basic techniques, lighting, staging your subject etc. Participants will paint at least one subject (flower, vegetable, fruit etc) from live material during the class. Those who have paints and brushes that have been sitting idle on a shelf for years are encouraged to bring them. We will provide paper, palettes, a limited selection of paints and brushes and other materials (pencils, erasers etc). Watercolor painting will give you new ways to view and observe nature. Even those who claim that they can't draw a stick-figure will be surprised at what they can really do.

Instructor Denis Benjamin practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospital in Seattle and later at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth.  Now retired from medical practice he devotes his energy to natural history and documenting wildflowers and mushrooms with photography and watercolors. The latter was inspired by a workshop with the noted Russian botanical artist (Alexander - Sasha - Viazmensky). He is the author of Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas (1995, WH Freeman and Co. NY, NY) and Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging (2010 Tembe Press, Cle Elum, WA) He now lives in Fort Worth and is a Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. He is a member of the High Country Artists in Cle Elum, WA and the Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth.

Starting Your Spring Transplants

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Join Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic of Barking Cat Farm for Starting your Spring Transplants a hands-on seed starting workshop that will be taught in the FW Botanic Garden greenhouse. Tuition covers a variety of seeds and planting materials. You’ll go home with an understanding of seed starting and seeded pots that can become the foundation for your home garden.

Barking Cat Farm focuses 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.

$20 members/$25 non-members.

REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!

Saturday, February 3

The Eye and the Microscope

Introduction to Microcospy

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The Eye and the Microscope:  A comprehensive beginning course into the how and why of using the compound and stereo microscopes. No math, no physics, just some basic concepts about how and why a microscope should be used in a specific way for optimal results.  Learn how your visual problems may be affecting proper use of the microscope and what to do about them.  Don’t be intimidated by any microscope you see or by who may be using one.  A behind the scenes look as to what you need to understand will make you feel comfortable and enable a whole world of excitement to be opened up to you. This two hour experience will consist of an interactive discussion and personal use with both the compound and stereo microscopes.  Immediately following, an optional one hour hands-on opportunity to gain more experience and assistance in using these microscopes will be available.  Participants are encouraged to bring samples of what they would like to view under the microscopes.  

Instructor Ed Forrester has never met an optical instrument he didn't like. His experience, ranging from clinical to surgical instrumentation and the application of lasers with an emphasis in the field of opthalmology, provides the basis for an interesting and effective approach to teaching microscopy. He has held positions ranging from product development to international marketing and and has consulted with start-up companies in the medical field. Due to his interest in photography, astronomy, and most importantly, microscopy he exhibits muse-like characteristics when teaching!

$30 members/$35 non-members

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Tuesday, February 6

Dr. Humberto Perotto

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars. 

Friday, March 16

The perils of pecan production: fighting the fungal, furry and feathered

Nikki Charlton & Will Moseley, Noble Research Institute

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Nikki Charlton will discuss her work with Venturia effusa, which causes pecan scab. Will Moseley will discuss wildlife depredation on pecans.

Tuesday, April 3

Rare and federally-petitioned plants of Texas

Anna Strong, Texas Parks & Wildlife

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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has initiated status reviews for a dozen rare Texas plant species, which were petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act. For these species to be accurately reviewed for listing status, scientific data must be available and up to date. One of the most reliable sources of information for Texas rare species is the Texas Natural Diversity Database (TXNDD), which is maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This presentation will discuss efforts to assist the TXNDD and USFWS in determining the listing status for the one dozen petitioned plants. For each species, a status report was completed to provide comprehensive species information, including population information, threats, and conservation efforts. Site visits to update population information are ongoing, but have been conducted for as many species and populations as possible.

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Tuesday, May 1

Meet the Researchers

BRIT Researchers

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What makes the BRIT Researchers tick? How did they develop an interest in botany, and how did they end up here? Find out at this very special presentation! Members of the BRIT Research staff will give a series of five-minute "lightning talks" about how they got started in science and what their current job entails. There will be time for questions and answers after, and our special exhibit will be open to view: "BRIT Collections: The Hidden Gardens of BRIT."

Tuesday, June 5

Victoria Bennett

Texas Christian University

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The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars. 

Wednesday, July 11

Green Revolution

Reggie Robinson, Jared Williams, and the GR Agents of Change

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Green Revolution is an ESTEM (Environmental, Science, Technology, Engineering, and math) and positive youth-development program that provides environmental education experiences that sustain the natural curiosity of youth.

Click here to learn more about the Green Revolution program.

Tuesday, September 4

Pura Vida – Thinking Locally, Connecting Globally

BRIT Education

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The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars. 

Tuesday, October 2

Acquiring an Orphaned Collection: The University of Louisiana Monroe Herbarium

BRIT Research

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The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars. 

Tuesday, November 6

BRIT Research Botanist

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A lecture from our newest BRIT Research Botanist. Expected start date July 2018. Topic to be decided.