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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Garden at the Spring Japanese Festival on April 22 and 23. This issue also suggests great spring books for families, introduces a workshop on connecting with nature, and proves plants with less-than-stellar names can shine. Plus the botany of bluebonnets.
It’s all about orchids as the World of Orchids show continues in the Rainforest Conservatory. Learn how to grow orchids at home, the role that orchids played in the development of Darwin’s theory of evolution and how orchids give meaning to one area resident’s life. Plus, registration has opened for S.E.E.D. summer camps, so sign up today.
World of Orchids opens this month, presenting stunning displays of these exquisite tropical beauties. In this newsletter, you’ll also learn about a new exhibition that combines art and science, the calming power of forest bathing and how to bring color to your shady winter garden with hellebores. Plus, sign up now for spring break family workshops.
Dog Days has proven a howling success, and we’re excited to invite canines and their favorite humans to the Garden one weekend a month in 2023. We’re also thrilled to announce a new Saturday Storytime program beginning in February, a painting class for exploring your creative side and a transcription milestone for the herbarium– plus the beef on begonias.
Lightscape is dazzling guests with its immersive experience blending light and sound; read more about reactions from the community. This issue also features children’s book recommendations from our education team, a look at the shape-shifting magic of cabbages, and an introduction to botanical jewelry-making. Then learn about an on-going project to digitize the archives of a renowned botanist with unprecedented depth and context.
The Garden welcomes Lightscape, Fort Worth’s newest holiday tradition. Plan now to attend this magical, immersive experience of light and sound. Then sign up for our Night Hike, another opportunity to explore the Garden in a completely new way. November is also the month to plant wildflowers for spring, sign up for the upcoming solar snow globe family workshop and to attend a book signing with the author and illustrator of the new title from BRIT Press, My Father Is the Gardener.
Celebrate fall in the Garden at the Fall Japanese Festival, presented in partnership with the Fort Worth Japanese Society. It’s time to plant mums for fall color–learn all about the rich history of these beautiful plants. Plan to attend a series of workshops designed to help you find healing and wholeness in nature, and invite the young women in your life to remedy their nature deficit disorder at our Girls’ Nature Workshop. Finally, take a look at the plants that miss the mammoths in our examination of curious cases of evolutionary anachronisms
The Garden’s festival in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, ¡Celebramos!, begins Sept. 15. Make plans to attend workshops and talks, family activities and movie night, a Quinceañera community celebration and a Blessing of the Animals. It’s time to think about planting bulbs for spring—bulbs that you can buy at the upcoming Fall Plant Sale. Plus all things sunflower and a glimpse at the fascinating science of ethnobotany.
Explore the Garden’s water features this summer to stay cool despite the heat wave. You can also read about the discovery of a new wasp species on the Garden grounds, find out how FWBG | BRIT early childhood educators are helping pre-K students explore nature and get an overview of fall courses and workshops from our community education program. Plus, pick up tips on helping your home garden survive through heat and drought.
Keep cool and stay safe with our tips to beat the heat at the Garden this summer. This issue also includes tips on how to shop for non-invasive plants, a celebration of the 60th anniversary of BRIT Press and an invitation to join the FWBG | BRIT Reads Book Club for lively and insightful discussions of books about nature. Plus, how to model observation skills for your kids with three simple prompts.
The ants invite you to a picnic! Enjoy the last month of David Rogers’ Big Bugs at a picnic at the Garden.
Learn about the restoration of the beloved Tea House in time for the Spring Japanese Festival.
Explore David Rogers’ Big Bugs, an exhibit of insect sculptures on a gigantic scale, running March 11 through June 12 at the Garden.
This month, the Garden welcomes back Butterflies in the Garden and begins a new tradition with Dog Days.
Welcome the new year by exploring upcoming events, exhibits and educational opportunities at the Garden.
Celebrate the season in this newsletter by making plans to attend the annual favorite, Holiday in the Garden.
Get ready for the Fall Japanese Festival by exploring the concept of wabi-sabi with your family and practicing “shinrin-yoku”–“forest bathing.”