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FWBG | BRIT 2022 Monthly Newsletter

December 2022 Newsletter

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.

November 2022 Newsletter

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.

October 2022 Newsletter

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

September 2022 Newsletter

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.

August 2022 Newsletter

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. 

July 2022 Newsletter

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. 

June 2022 Newsletter

Concerts in the Garden returns, bringing music and magic to Fort Worth. This month you can also learn about the fascinating buttonbush, discover some of the birds that make their home in the Garden and pick up tips on refreshing water activities that will keep your family cool while building STEM skills. Plus, read about the work of Research Botanist Alejandra Vasco, recently profiled in Forbes magazine.

May 2022 Newsletter

The ants invite you to a picnic! Enjoy the last month of David Rogers’ Big Bugs at a picnic at the Garden. Then sign up the whole family for a Big Bug art activity guaranteed to stretch your creativity. Plus, learn about how gardening can improve your mental health, discover summer plants that can take the heat, and explore the mystery of a strange seed pod found in two Fort Worth-area gardens.

April 2022 Newsletter

Learn about the restoration of the beloved Tea House in time for the Spring Japanese Festival. Plus, April is National Native Plant Month—explore the role of natives in the environment and discover how you can use these hardy, beneficial plants in your garden. This issue also describes the variety of yoga classes offered in the garden and the summer camp opportunities available for children ages four to 14.

March 2022 Newsletter

Explore David Rogers’ Big Bugs, an exhibit of insect sculptures on a gigantic scale, running March 11 through June 12 at the Garden. You also learn about bringing beneficial insects to your garden, discover some fun activities for the aspiring entomologists in your household and learn the meaning of the words “melilttophily” and “anemophily” in the context of flower pollination. 

February 2022 Newsletter

This month, the Garden welcomes back Butterflies in the Garden and begins a new tradition with Dog Days. You’ll also find butterfly-themed family activities, learn the role of butterflies in plant reproduction and pick up tips for improving the health of your soil. 

January 2022 Newsletter

Welcome the new year by exploring upcoming events, exhibits and educational opportunities at the Garden. You’ll also learn the benefits of starting vegetables from seed, discover nature books to read with your young scientist and find out which shrubs are best for the winter garden. Plus we play “What Is This Thing” with our botanists and learn some fascinating facts about the reproductive strategies of plants. 

FWBG | BRIT 2021 Monthly Newsletter

December 2021 Newsletter

Celebrate the season in this newsletter by making plans to attend the annual favorite, Holiday in the Garden. You’ll also find three holiday activities you can enjoy with young children, learn the history and mythology of mistletoe and pick up tips on selecting and planting spring-flowering bulbs–plus a reminder to take a deep breath when holiday stress gets to be too much.

November 2021 Newsletter

Get ready for the Fall Japanese Festival by exploring the concept of wabi-sabi with your family and practicing “shinrin-yoku”–“forest bathing.” You’ll also learn about new plant discoveries by our scientists and discover a potential new addition to your garden, the ancient and fascinating Gingko biloba tree.