The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and Fort Worth Botanic Garden have joined forces, combining their education and volunteer efforts to launch a new, innovative partnership called GROW. Both organizations will introduce the GROW collaborative to the public during GROWing in the Garden Day, a free event at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden campus from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.
During the three-hour, come-and-go event, families will have the opportunity to experience programs the new collaborative will offer and to enjoy activities for all ages, such as art in the garden, a scavenger hunt, story time with nature and composting activities, to name a few. In addition to the current workshops, classes and programs already in place through BRIT and Fort Worth Botanic Garden, GROW will offer new opportunities to students and families, including Family Exploration Saturdays, Spring Break Family Camps for Families, Come & Grow Field Study Trips for schools and botanical art for children and adults.
GROW is at the intersection of nature, science and culture — right in the Fort Worth community’s backyard. The GROW collaborative offers meaningful experiences through education and volunteerism to enrich life for all. For those in the local community who yearn to immerse themselves in learning and nature, GROW offers innovative and engaging educational and volunteer opportunities for all ages.
For more information about GROW or the GROWing in the Garden Day, visit www.brit.org/GROW or www.fwbg.org/GROW.
GROWing in the Garden Day
Saturday, March 3
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Admission is Free
About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a non-profit, international research and education center that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world.
BRIT’s scientists and educators work together in achieving the organization’s two-fold mission of conservation and education. Its scientists travel the globe investigating habitats, finding rare and endangered plant species, and documenting biodiversity. BRIT educators create new ways to turn information into knowledge through outdoor discovery, discussion, and experiential learning for both students and teachers.
BRIT’s work impacts our community and the world in a number of functional areas, including environment, by giving people a local sense of stewardship; society, by training a new generation of thinkers and problem solvers; and conservation, by offering methods for better stewardship of the land.
BRIT is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.brit.org.
About Fort Worth Botanic Garden
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in the state of Texas and consists of 110 acres in the midst of the city’s cultural district. The Garden is currently a public, municipal garden owned and funded by the City of Fort Worth and charged with the mission to “engage, inform, and inspire with plants, landscapes, and nature.”
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The Garden has been described as an “outdoor library of plants” and offers more than 23 theme gardens, including a 7 ½-acre Japanese garden and a rose garden that is on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the Garden holds the only species begonia collection in the nation accredited through the Plant Collections Network. Furthermore, the Garden features an extensive orchid collection, display beds, native plants, perennials, shrubs, and trees.
The Garden impacts the local community not only through its plant collections, theme gardens, rental facilities, and educational opportunities but also through special events such as plant sales, festivals in the Japanese garden, a live butterfly exhibit in its conservatory, and summer concerts.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is open to the public daily from 6:30 A.M. to dusk. Admission to the Garden as a whole is free; paid admission is required to enter the conservatory and the Japanese garden. For more information, visit the Garden’s website at www.fwbg.org.