There is simply not enough time to enjoy every exhibit of the Botanic Gardens, but if you are limited on time make sure to visit the Japanese Garden above any of the others. Mostly true to the exact detail you would find in Japan, the garden is beautiful and surreal with delicate flowers, towering bamboo and colorful koi fish. The trickling waterfall flows into a reflective pond where you can stop to feed the koi fish. Be prepared to spend about an hour or more, time passes very quickly without you realizing it!
The entire garden is handicapped friendly with easy access to every exhibit and you will not miss a thing as the path wraps around the entire garden. The only thing to watch for is the gift shop. The layout is very poor forcing cramped spaces that are nearly impossible to navigate. There is little to purchase here in the way of items related to the gardens, so if you can, pass the gift shop all together.
Another reminder, for photographers this time, if you plan on photographing the gardens, you must stop by the main office near the entrance to fill out a permission form. Otherwise, you could find yourself in violation of copyright the Botanical Gardens hold.
Although you'll find earlier tips given on the Japanese Garden (Fort Worth Botanic Garden) I wanted to highlight the ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL held on a recent October weekend. It was a lovely Autumn day and a packed event!
Demonstrations were presented to the public throughout the entire weekend. As we arrived on Saturday afternoon, a Genjikai Karate and Tai Chi (picture 2) demo had attracted a crowd at the Moon Viewing Deck.
Participants of all ages performed under Makio Nishida, who certainly honed these students into a well disciplined group. Particular students performed, then the entire group illustrated movements they perfected through training. It was fun to watch them!
Following the Karate and Tai chi demonstration, a beautifully presented program featuring the Sakura Dance Group was scheduled next at the Moon Viewing Deck.
The dancer's silken kimonos fluttered gently about them as they stepped gracefully around the stage. Their music seemed to float above the spectators and beyond the viewing stage, threading throughout the garden. I loved watching these dancers!
picture 2 The Flower Dance
picture 3 A Solo Presentation
picture 4 The Ladies are Invited In
At the conclusion of the program, ladies from the audience were invited to join in on a dance-- at risk of looking the fool I did not participate, which I regret since the steps to the dance were simple and repetitive.
While the ladies sighed over the graceful beauty of the Japanese dancers, the men in the crowd wholeheartedly approved of the thunderous performance by the Dondoko Taiko Drummers, overseen by Asako Cosby.
It was amazing to see the strength and stamina exhibited as they repeatedly beat their drums and jumped about the stage. The excitement generated was palpable--it seemed to linger in the air above us!
We didn't notice any benches at the Moon Viewing Deck, so most of the spectators sat on the edge of the stage area or leaned against trees. There was so much going on, I don't think anyone missed the seating too much.
This natural landscape design composes a Karesansui or Dry Garden. It's simple, but should evoke serenity and peace. Notice the markings made by a rake being pulled over the surface, which seem to resemble ripples in a pool of water.
The rocks, gravel and sand represent rivers, lakes, mountains, islands or seas. This type of garden shows a Zen influence. This garden is patterned after Kyoto's famous GARDEN OF THE ABBOTS'S QUARTERS at the Ryoanji Temple Complex*.
A colorful tree of origami creations was displayed at the Meditation Garden during the Fall Festival (picture 2). Unfortunately, we missed the demo showing the contruction of these amusing mini masterpieces of art.
On a recent Spring weekend, we took advantage of the pleasant weather to drive to Ft. Worth to tour the Botanical Gardens.
Although the trees were just beginning to bud and the flowers were showing the first signs of blossoming, we were enthralled by the gardenscape and lovely pathways weaving through woodsy areas and past gurgling fountains.
The Ft. Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest garden of its type in Texas and comprises 109 acres. The gardens contain more than 2,500 native and exotic specials of plants. The various gardens are:
Rose Gardens (constructed in 1933)
Japanese Garden-our favorite!
Trial Garden (where new varieties are tried)
Please click on additional pictures for a further glimpse of the garden:
Floral Clock (picture #2)
Waterfalls (picture #3)
Ornamental Garden (picture # 4)
Trail Bridge (picture #5)
*Admission is free to the gardens in general, but the conservatory and Japanese Garden have admission fees.
Hours are (April-October) Mon.-Fri. 10 am-9pm; Sat.10am-6pm;Sun. 1pm-6pm. (November-March) Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. 10am-4pm;Sun. 1pm-4pm. Admission to the conservatory is $1 for adults, $.50 for seniors; children age 4-12 $.50 and under 4 free.
Admission to the Japanese Garden is $4.00 for adults on weekdays; $3.50 on weekends. Seniors receive a discount of $.50 from admission cost. Children 4-12 cost $2.00 and those under 4 are free. Hours are daily 9am-7pm April-October; daily 10am-5pm November to March.
FYI: The Gardens Restaurant is a popular stop for brunch on Sundays. Call 817-731-2547
The Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens spreads across many acres and contains a number of notable sections. We thought the gardens were wonderful, so I'm including these additional tips. The Botanic Garden showcases many types of gardens...
The Rose Garden has more than 3,400 roses, whose blooms reach their peak in April through October. We were a bit early to see the spectacular floral display, but appreciated the gently curving pathways, towering trellis', pretty ornamental pieces and beautiful vistas placed throughout--all combining to produce a romantic, idyllic spot.
The Republic of Texas Rose Garden introduces the beauty of antique roses and notes their historical importance. We've definitely planned to return to see the flowers at their height of flowering in April! Can anything be more beautiful than a rose in bloom?
For a further look at the gardens, please click on additional pictures #2 & #3.
Although housed in a small building, the conservatory offers some unique garden species. I love the earthy, moisture- laden atmosphere of a greenhouse.
As you wind through the greenery, you'll pass by a glimmery waterfall and see trickling channels of water running alongside the walkway. Take a deep breath and enjoy the deep, rich fragrance!
Exotic flowers add a touch of color to the otherwise deep green hue of vines and ferns forming the undergrowth.
Conservatory hours are (April to October) Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1pm-6pm. (November-March) Hours are Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. 10am-4pm; Sun. 1pm-4pm.
The botanical garden is a local escape from the city of Fort Worth. The garden is open year round and can be crowded on summer weekends. You can hear alot of cardinals in the trees and there is a bat box in the rose gardens. Entrance to the park is still free. At night, garden socienties and clubs hold their meetings in the main conservatory.
The Japanese Garden is absolutely wonderful! The map that you are provided with at the entrance of the Garden is not scaled to size, so you may be disappointed by the time you've walked the whole garden. I would recommend that you go to the garden on a weekday so as to not have a significantly larger number of visitors around. That will allow for you to enjoy your stroll through the garden.
In terms of costs, the admissions into the Japanese Gardens are as follows:
Admission: Adults $3.00 weekdays, $3.50 week ends and holidays -
Seniors $.50 off regular admission - Children (4-12 yrs.) $2.00 - under 4 free
Fish food is available for purchase around the Japanese Garden at 25 cents for a small handful. You will probably roll up your map of the garden into a cone to hold the fish food or use anything else you may have to contain the fish food.
A gift shop is located by the exit of the Japanese Garden. They have a wide range of items from which you can choose. Items are slightly pricey, but all profits go towards maintaining the garden for all to enjoy!
Botanic Gardens contains over 2,500 native and exotic species of plant. There is a 109 acres of gardens and natural setting to enjoy and relax. This place is simply stunning and beautiful. I was very impressed and enjoyed it immensely. It is also the oldest botanice garden in the whole state of Texas and was greated during the Great Depression. It was a dream to creat a living library of plants. It is run, owned and operated by the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department and is supported by public funds only.
The park is open daily 8am gates lock up at 11pm
Admission is FREE
There is also a:
Conservatory (this is seasonal so call for dates) Adults $1.00 Seniors $.50 Children (4-12) $.50 (under 4 Free)
Gardens Restaurant 817-731-2547
Gift Shop (hours) Mon-Sat 10am-4pm Sun 1pm-4pm
24 hour information 817-871-7689
Information Desk 817-871-7686
Admistrative & Room Rentals 817-871-7673
Programs, Workshops & Tours 817-871-7682
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden covers 109 acres and it's the oldest botanic garden in Texas. There are 21 gardens with different themes: European-style Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and a garden of native low water use plants...to name a few. There's also a conservatory which houses tropical plants and a restaurant. Most of the gardens are free to see...I think that it's around $3 to enter the Japanese Garden though.
Inspired by former Botanic Director Scott Fikes. Construction began in 1970 to offer those who sought a place of meditation, relaxation, and repose. It is just another stunningly done garden located right in the Botanic Gardens. Just simply beautiful again. I just love all the lovely paths that lead you to delicately tranquil ponds filled with fantastic Koi. Gosh, these little fishes (a very grown friend call them that.....hehehe) are located in every pond or little lake and they are not shy. They have these little despensing machines to feed the Koi with special food. Cost about a $.25. There are lots of little areas to sit and take in the beauty.
What was wonderful to see is they have many access areas for those with disabilites, so all can enjoy!
Open Every Day
Open all major holidays except Christmas
Adults $3.50 Weekends $3.00 Weekdays
Children $2.00 (ages 4-12) under 4 Free
Seniors $.50 off of regular fees
Free for members
Oh, they have strict rules to ask vistors to stay on the paths. Always use caution around any water because some of the ponds are deep.
We spent a leisurely time absorbing the beauty of The Japanese Garden and exploring its paths.
All 7.5 acres of this lush garden is punctuated by shimmering waterfalls, colorful koi ponds, Japanese inspired architecture and tranquil pools of water.
This tea house overlooks a serene pond and is encircled by a woodsy path and surrounded by tall trees.
The koi (also known as Imperial Carp) swim throughout the garden and can be fed for $.25 per handful of fishfood. They lurk near the surface of the water for a snack. (picture#2)
Shimmering waterfalls and inviting landscapes draw visitors along the winding pathways and over footbridges to investigate the gardens further. (pictures #3 & 4)
A replica of the Mikoshi shrine is housed in a small hut on a knoll. It represents the myth of the Phoenix and relates it to the destruction and renewal of Nagaoka, Japan. This shrine was presented in 1992 by Nagaoka as a gesture of comraderie and harmony between the two cities. (picture #5)
Admission to the Japanese Garden is $3.50 on weekends for adults and $3.00 during weekdays (children age 13 and over); $2.00 for children 4-12. A senior discount of $.50 off the regular admission is given.
The garden is open from November-March daily from 10am-5pm; April-October daily from 9am-7pm. A gift shop is on the premises.
FYI: There is a fee for professional photographers, but personal photos are fine.
This would make a nice diversion for locals and visitors alike. Much of the gardens are available to see without admission charge. For a modest fee, you can see the much loved Japanese garden with all of its koi fish in the ponds. There is also a large tropical greenhouse at the main visitor center. Gardens are set in many themes. For example, we have a rose garden, a cactus garden, a garden for native plants, and of course the Fuller garden behind the visitor center. This is a popular place for weddings-I should know! Any time of year is good to visit. Bring a camera.