Places to go for the week of Sept. 6-12

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• The seventh annual Art in the Garden & Artisan Fair, part of Fall Gallery Night, will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The schedule is 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

• Vineyard/Orchard Day, hosted by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6., and includes a farmers market 8 a.m.-noon. The event will include a building tour at 10:30 a.m.; plant walk, 11:30 a.m.; a plant ID station, 8 a.m.-noon; and Bella’s Story Time at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. BRIT is at 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. 817-332-4441;

• BRIT also will open its exhibit by Texas artist Billy Hassell, “Ephemera: Winged Creatures of Texas,” for Fall Gallery Night, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. The exhibit continues through Nov. 13.

• Jenna Hanson, education director of the Trinity River Audubon Center, will talk about woodpeckers, sapsuckers and flickers at a meeting of the Fort Worth Audubon Society, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in Room 114 of Beyer Hall in the UNT Health Science Center at 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Free parking is available in a lot off Clifton Street. A bird ID session will start at 6:50 p.m. For more information, visit

• Join a naturalist for a live animal exploration at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the River Legacy Living Science Center. RSVP to 817-860-6752. 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington.

• Weekend classes at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge include a kid-friendly session 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, about the frogs and toads that live in ponds and wetlands, and another that covers the attraction between monarch butterflies and milkweed, set for 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Both activities are free with paid admission ($2-$5). On Monday, Sept. 8, join staff on a full moon paddle 7-9:30 p.m. to see beavers, deer and raccoons. Canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided. Registration is required. It’s $20, $15 members, and includes admission. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410;

• Get your gardening questions answered with a call to the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association help desk, 817-884-1944. Call 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

• Johnson County Master Gardeners answer gardening questions and give horticultural advice 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. Simply call the Johnson County Extension Office at 817-556-6370 and ask to speak to a master gardener.

Mark your calendar …

• For River Legacy Living Science Center’s W.A.T.E.R. Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 13. Activities include games, crafts, nature walks, live animal explorations and more. 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington.

• For a class on how to select the best herb and vegetable varieties for this area, as well as organic growing practices, at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Marshall Grain, 2224 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, and at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Grapevine store, 3525 William D. Tate Ave. 817-416-6600;

• For Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Earth-Kind modular horticulture and Master Gardener classes, held on occasional Saturdays through December in various locations in North Texas. Registration is recommended. For information, call 817-884-1944 and ask for Steve Chaney, or visit for the schedule of classes.

• For free, informal tours at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden by members of the Perennial Garden Master Gardener Project and the Trial Garden Master Gardener Project. The perennial garden tour is the second Wednesday of the month, at 10 a.m., and a guided tour of the trial garden is on the second Thursday of each month, at 9 a.m. Both events are weather permitting. Look for signs at each garden and wait for the tour guide. To check availability, call the botanic garden’s main desk at 817-871-7686.

Send announcements of local home and garden happenings (including retail news) at least two weeks in advance to Places to Go, Features Department, Star-Telegram, Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76101, or send an email to with “Places to Go” in the subject line.

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