The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) and Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites visitors to the newest exhibit “Topiaries in the Garden,” running Oct. 16, 2020 through Jun. 30, 2021.   
 
Featuring 12 plant-based animal shapes, such as elephants, giraffes, and butterflies, the displays are sure to stimulate a sense of wonderment and fascination.  
 
“Seeing the animal topiaries throughout the Garden gives visitors yet another reason to get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather,” said Vice President for Horticulture and Assistant Director Bob Byers.   
 
Topiary is a horticultural practice that trains plants to grow and develop into distinctive shapes. In this case,  animal-shaped frames are stuffed with sphagnum peat moss, bound in fishing line, and then planted with flowering annuals, groundcover and other plants. The process allows for depiction of not just the shape of the animal, but also the color and texture of its skin, fur or feathers. For the duration of the exhibit Garden staff and volunteers will maintain the topiaries by watering, fertilizing, pinning stray runners, and shearing.   
 
Exhibit viewing is included with the price of Garden admission. Members receive free entry. For more information, visit fwbg.org/events/topiaries.
 
 
About the Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107 www.fwbg.org  
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Texas and comprises 110 acres in Fort Worth’s cultural district two miles west of downtown Fort Worth. The Garden includes the beautiful Fuller Garden, the historic Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Garden, which features plants native to north central Texas and a nationally recognized begonia species collection. The Garden Center is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Garden is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for children 6-15, and free for those 5 and under. Members receive free entry. Parking is also free at the Garden. 
 
About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®)
1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 www.brit.org  
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a nonprofit, international research, education and conservation organization that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world. On Oct. 1, 2020, BRIT became the nonprofit managing the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. BRIT is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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