As the oldest botanical garden in the state of Texas, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden was established in 1934 with a land space of 110 acres. Located at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas, it has over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants hosted in 22 unique gardens. It is also a popular venue for weddings ceremonies and celebrations throughout the year.
The main garden can be accessed freely by the public, whereas a small fee is charged for entry to the Conservatory and Japanese garden.
Being one of the most romantic gardens for quiet interludes and slow walks, it was completed in 1933 and built with several thousand tons of Palo Pinto sandstone. There are six main sections in the garden. The Rose Ramp consists of winding paths and flower beds with a magnificent cascade of water running down the center. The Lower Rose Garden is located at the bottom of the Rose Ramp and is often used for weddings.
For a grand overview of both the Rose Ramp and the Lower Rose Garden, visitors can access the Shelter House at the top of the Rose Garden. The Republic of Texas Miniature Rose Garden features winding paths through flower beds and trellises. Another great location for holding a ceremony is the Oval Rose Garden that is connected to the main Rose Garden by a row of nine stone and wood trellis columns. Last but not least, the Reflection Pond boasts a beautiful fountain with appearances of sunning turtles and a myriad of goldfish swimming lazily.
The Fuller Garden
It was named after Adelaide Polk Fuller, daughter of George Washington, and was designed to reflect a person’s life journey. It is a great spot for quiet thoughts and reflections. Its 3.5 acre of land boasts stone creations that flow smoothly into the landscape, trellises, various water features, and seasonal plants. Different parts of the garden represent a different milestone in a person’s life and fully express the refinement of adulthood.
The period of childhood is represented by the trellis garden area and the milestones achieved in adolescence by the trellises on which the vines grow. The hurried pace of life can be felt in the warm colors of seasonal plants. Sitting near the trellises, one can ponder on the past, present and future. The reflection pond enables one to look back at both childhood and adulthood.
Completed in 1995, it was a present from Gordon Scarborough in memory of his late wife, Dolores. Located in between the Horseshoe and Japanese Garden, it showcases a meandering road through flower beds full of assorted four season flowers, shrubs and trees. In springtime, irises and azaleas can be seen bursting into life, followed by daylilies in summer. Chrysanthemums and maples are the main feature in autumn and in winter; bright camellias can be seen throughout the garden.
Located in between the Rose Garden and Trial Garden, it features looming oak trees and perennials on a lush, green lawn.
The Native Texas Boardwalk
Doubling not only as a shaded walkway from various Gardens, it is also an interactive living outdoor classroom. Native plant and tree species are located on the east side of the elevated walkway whereas invasive species are showcased on the west side of the walkway. Featuring thirteen educational pit stops for children (e.g. speaking tubes, hollow log, balance beams, etc.); it is truly a wonderful lesson on nature.
As the oldest garden in Forth Worth Botanic Garden, it is a unique habitat of streams, ponds and waterfalls located just along the Trinity River. It is also called the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Garden after the parents of John Tinsley, who bequeathed his estate for the restoration and development of the garden. Construction began in 2013 in order to improve the garden, walkways and pools. Once this is done, Native American and early settler favored plants and habitat will complete the project.
The Perennial Garden
For an educational and informative experience on various flower and plant types, the Perennial Garden is peppered throughout with labels provided by the Tarrant County Master Gardeners. There is rarely a time in which various blooms cannot be enjoyed, taking turns to appear throughout the year. Featuring both wet and dry and shaded and sunny areas, it is definitely an all-year long experience.
Located behind the Trial Garden, it is home to both large maple and oak trees. It is the site of biannual Plant Sales as well as a venue for large-tented wedding celebrations.
Backyard Vegetable Garden
As a working garden filled with various species of vegetables, fruit trees and its very own greenhouse, it is an educational area suitable for children’s programs like Little Sprouts. The caretakers are no other than the Tarrant County Master Gardeners.
North and South Vista
It is a popular venue for Garden concerts and is also great for leisurely strolling. Vistas were popularized during the French Renaissance and are a main classical feature in the Palace of Versailles. The North Vista is located in between the woodlands and the Boardwalk whereas the South Vista is located between the woodlands and the Rose Garden. At the North Vista, visitors will be able to stroll past the Long Bed full of flowers and Spirit of Woman statue.
The Fragrance Garden
Located behind the Rock Springs Building, it was originally designed for the visually-impaired. It is currently undergoing construction and is not open to the public. It features a semi-circular pool and fountain as well as plants with a distinct texture and smell.
The Cactus Garden
Tucked away beside the Japanese Garden, the Cactus Garden is filled with various cacti and succulents. Recreated in 1995 with the joint effort of Forth Worth Botanic Garden and the Fort Worth Cacti and Succulent Society (FWCCS), there have been various efforts to bring cactus species from all counties to Forth Worth. The Cactus Garden boasts an extensive collection of cacti and succulents that are native to the state of Texas.
There are also various species from both North and South America. Due to special considerations for the cactus family, a special soil was developed in order to provide adequate drainage and liquids. There is also a greenhouse lovingly maintained by the FWCCS and contains a large collection of rare and almost extinct plants.
Located north of the Garden Center at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, this garden features a variety of plants that are native or have adapted to thriving on low water conditions. The best time for visiting would be between the months of April and October as there is a myriad of color during this period.
Established in the 1960s as a test site for assessing the performance of perennials in the climate of north central Texas, it is also used by seed companies and rose growers nationwide.
The Rain Forest Conservatory
As a standalone garden housed in a giant greenhouse, it is filled to the brim with more than 700 species of plants. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for senior citizens and children ages 4-12. Once every 2 years during spring, the Conservatory is the host to the Butterflies in the Garden.
The Japanese Garden
Completed in 1973, the Japanese Garden follows a traditional landscape design from the Land of the Rising Sun. Cherry trees, Japanese maples and bamboos are interspersed throughout a garden of bridges and quiet ponds. It is also home to more than 1,000 Koi fish. It is managed by the Forth worth Botanical Society, a non-profit organization. Festivals are hosted here in the spring and fall and guided tours are available by appointment. For those interested in learning about the art of tea ceremony, Public Tea Ceremonies are ongoing on the third Saturday every month. Admission for adults is $7, senior citizens at $5 and children from the ages of 4-12 at $4.
The Gardens Restaurant
Located in the Rock Springs Building, it is perfect for taking a quick break to enjoy a variety of delicious food.
The Treasure Tree Gift Store
Located at the Japanese Garden, it can be access through the parking lot or from inside the garden itself. From kinomos to tea sets and bonsai trees, all proceed from purchases go toward supporting the Japanese Garden.
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3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107, Phone: 817-392-5510