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Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Fort Worth Botanic Garden is a spectacular attraction located in Fort Worth, Texas. It is located along 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard and has an area of over 109 acres. The garden has a collection of over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants, all displayed in its 21 specialty sections/gardens. Aside from the picturesque sceneries and lovely ambiance, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is also no stranger to concerts and music festivals.
HistoryBefore the initial construction of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in 1929, the area used to be the location of three natural springs, a gravel pit, a cotton gin, and a dumping ground for the US Cavalry. The first 37.5 acres of land was purchased by the Rock Springs Park in 1912, and in 1926 City Forester Raymond C. Morrison headed the establishment of the botanic garden with the aim to educate people about plants and trees growing all over the country. Through the years, even during the Great Depression, the Rock Springs Park expanded, acquiring nearby lands and developing it into new sections exhibiting different species of plants. Today, the botanic garden boasts as one of the top tourist attractions in the state of Texas.
Lower Rose GardenGreatly inspired by Italy’s Villa Lante, the Lower Rose Garden is a top pick for romantic dates, local weddings, and garden parties. The garden contains over 3,400 roses which blooms beautifully during spring, complemented by the classic European ornamental displays and vistas.
Oval Rose GardenAn intimate scenery with a charming gazebo at the center, surrounded by hundreds of roses. The Oval Rose Garden was recently renovated in 2012 and now features the best Texas-acclimated roses one can find.
Fragrance GardenA delightful garden to the smelling senses, the Fragrance Garden exhibits a collection of scented flowers and plants that emits amazing and soothing aromas into the air. The garden is also surrounded by ivy fence and has its own fountain in its center.
Trial GardenThe Trial Garden is where specialty plants and new varieties of flowers are displayed. Plenty of perennial plants undergo “trial” here in order to determine which ones are to be put as a permanent display in the botanic garden. Guests can lounge at the octagonal gazebo and at the benches within the area.
Four Seasons GardenPerfect for some quiet time and contemplation, the Four Seasons Garden contains myriad of Daylilies, Irises, and Chrysanthemums all packed around the flowerbeds underneath old Oak trees. The garden is surrounded by pathways ideal for strolling.
ConservatoryThe conservatory is a 10,000 sq.ft. modern greenhouse filled with exotic flowers, Orchids, Bromeliads, and unique garden species. The opening hours may vary depending on the season.
Japanese GardenWith an enormous area of 7.5 acres, the garden was established inside the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in 1970. Most of the plants and materials used in the construction were given straight from Nagaoka , Japan. Among the many attractions you’ll enjoy in this wonderful Asian garden are the koi ponds, the moon viewing deck, the pagoda, the tea house complex, the “Karesansui” or dry garden, and the meditation garden.
The biggest highlights at the Japanese Garden are the Annual Spring Festival and the Annual Fall Festival. Aside from the beautiful sights of spring flowers blooming during April and the pinkish hue of cherry blossoms during fall, both events feature demonstrations of Japanese culture, dance, and arts at the garden grounds.
VisitingGuests are encouraged to take the whole family and enjoy quality bonding time over picnic. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is open 365 days a year, Monday to Friday, 8AM to 10PM. Saturday, from 8AM to 5PM, and Sunday, 1PM to 5PM. During Daylight Saving Time (DST), the weekend hours extends up to 7PM. There is no entrance fee upon visiting the botanic garden, although visitors who want to check out the conservatory have to pay an admission fee. Adults are charged $ 2.00 USD , seniors and children age 4 to 12 years old are charged $ 1.00 USD .
The Japanese Garden charges different rates upon visiting. Rates for adults is $ 5.00 USD , senior citizens are charged $ 4.50 USD , while children age 4 to 12 years old are charged $ 3.00 USD . Children under 4 years old and Fort Worth Botanic Garden members are free.
The botanic garden also houses its very own Garden Restaurant for dining and gift shop, which offers guests the opportunity to purchase unique souvenirs and gift items. The Japanese Garden also has its exclusive souvenir shop called the Treasure Tree Gift Shop, which has authentic Japanese handicrafts and exquisite items.
Getting ThereThe botanic garden is conveniently located 3 and a half miles west of downtown Fort Worth. By driving, just take the University Drive exit towards north, the garden can be found along the intersection of Interstate 30 (I-30) and University Drive. You can also take a taxi ride directly from the Dallas – Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport.
Nearby popular landmarks include the Fort Worth Zoo, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
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Author: radiantan. Last updated: Jan 18, 2015