Located in Tarrant County, just to the west of Dallas, Fort Worth is the fifth biggest city in all of Texas and one of the best places to visit in the Lone Star State. Home to around 875,000 people, Fort Worth has a rich history dating all the way back to 1849. It was originally founded as a military installation on the Trinity River but has grown and evolved over time to become a vibrant, exciting city with many industries and lots of interesting landmarks. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Attraction Spotlight: Fort Worth Botanic Garden
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
Attraction Spotlight: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas is affectionately referred to as The Modern and is the oldest art museum in the state and one of the oldest in the West United States. The museum was first chartered in 1892 by 25 women and has undergone many changes and name sakes including The Carnegie Public Library Art Gallery in 1901 and The Fort Worth Museum of Art from 1910 through 1954. It was not until 1987 that The Modern began using its current name.
The Modern began modestly with just one painting bought in 1904. Five years later, the collection grew to 45 painting all by American Contemporary artists. These works were included in the first exhibition that the museum presented. The building that The Modern is in presently was built in 2001. The space was designed by Tadao Ando and is 53,000 square feet of galleries, and an additional almost 6,000 feet that is dedicated to classroom and auditorium space.
The Modern was named one of the most beautiful art museums by leading travel magazine and sits on a 1.5-acre pond across from the Kimbell Art Museum. The building is made up of five flat roof pavilions that create an illusion that the museum is floating on top of the water.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is home to a collection of nearly 3,000 post World War II art works from all over the world. The collection seems to be ever changing as pieces of the permanent collection are rotated on and off of display.
Currently on prominent display in The Modern is a series called “Homage to the Square” by Josef Albers. This is a series of squares oil painted onto fiber board. There are many other pieces that represent a variety of mediums that can be found from photography to bronze sculpture, oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and wood works. There is even some pop art reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s famous works.
Currently the highlights of the permanent collection are being displayed along with several exhibitions that are on loan to the museum.
The Modern hosts several programs throughout the week for the community as well as members only. When new artists have an exhibition at The Modern, there are members only previews and artist’s receptions that take place before the grand opening.
Modern Interpretations is a special program for the Deaf community to tour The Modern with interpreters. This event takes place once a month and includes a gallery activity.
Tuesday Evenings at The Modern is a weekly lectures series by many different members of the artistic community from painters to architects and historians. Many times, the lectures series will be led by the artist of the current special exhibit. The program takes place in the auditorium with overflow seating available in The Café where the lecture is live fed. The Café will also serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
First Fridays at The Modern is a docent led tour through the galleries that is available the first Friday evening of every month.
Graduate Gallery Talks is a program offered only in the fall for graduate students with an art related major. The tour focuses on the history of the art works and are tailored for those with a degree in art; however, the public and members are welcome to attend the advanced program as well.
Slow Art at The Modern is held every third Friday of the month and is for people who want to take their time in enjoying art. The 30-minute tour is led by a docent and focuses on only one work.
Wrap it up in The Modern Shop is an annual event near Christmas time for shopping, food and jazz music. This formal event is for members only and features many works for sale that are exclusively reserved for member purchase.
Spanish-language Tour- The first Sunday of every month at 2pm there are docents at the museum that are available to lead complimentary tours in Spanish. There are also French, German, Mandarin, ASL interpreters that are available if reserved two weeks in advance.
Drawing from The Collection is a program for children where they learn basic drawing skills from an artistic professional. Each of the drawings will relate to or correspond with a piece of the permanent collection.
Wonderful Wednesdays is a family fun day. Parents with young children are encouraged to come to The Modern and participate in a tour with a docent that is tailored for little ones. There are also gallery activities to enjoy.
Magnolia at The Modern is a film series put on at The Modern to show critically acclaimed films. Some of the films that are being shown are Sundance Film Festival grand jury nominee Author: The TJ LeRoy Story, A Man Called Ove, The Handmaiden, Certain Women, and The Dress Maker. The films are shown on multiple weekends a month usually and have screenings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Café Modern is the dining option at The Modern that isn’t what you would normally think of as a café. All the food is prepared from locally sourced fresh ingredients and made from scratch. The Café serves a weekend brunch, lunch and dinner on weekdays and dinner on Tuesdays during lecture and Friday nights. There is also a full service bar during open hours Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours on Friday nights.
Some of the dinner menu options include duck breast, pheasant, Sea Bass, Red fish, and Curry. There are also many first class appetizer options on the dinner menu. Lunch is a little more subdued with salad options, curry, pasta, and chicken, as well as several sandwich options. The brunch menu has many classic savory breakfast options such as omelets, eggs benedict, and duck with some sweet options like waffles. Sandwich and salads are also served.
The auditorium is used several times a month to host concerts, orchestras, play and dance. Tickets are for sale in advance of these events and are not included with admission to The Modern.
3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth, TX 76107, Phone: 817-738-9215