The Japanese Gardens are set on 7.5 acres of beautiful tranquility. There are waterfalls and Koi filled pools surrounded by evergreen trees and colourful maple foliage and featured is a teahouse, moon-viewing deck, pagoda, and meditation garden.
The gardens were designed by Kingsley Wu and they opened in 1976. The Treasure Tree Gift Shop is to the left of the main
entrance and is open..
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mon - Sat.
1.00pm - 4.00p.m. on Sundays.
There are some Asian treasures-Oriental eggs and figurines, teapots, sake sets, parasols and fans or items such as hummingbird feeders, wind chimes, stepping stones for your garden.
The main gardens are open..
Monday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. during
9.00am - 5.00pm during Winter or standard time.
A small admission is charged
These gardens were the inspiration of the former Botanic Garden director and construction began in 1970. The site was originally an old gravel pit and few changes were made to the terrain in an effort to make use of every existing stone and tree.
Open Nov - March: Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm, Apr - Oct : daily 9.00am - 7.00pm
While I was there on my first visit a wedding was being held in the Pavilion and the bridal couple were having their photos taken on Moon Bridge. Its certainly a wonderful place for a wedding or having the photos taken.
The best time to visit the gardens is in Spring or Autumn when the colour is really at its best with the blooms of the flowering trees in Spring or the brilliant shades of red and yellow of the maples in Autumn.
The Dry Landscape Garden or Karesansui, is the same design as the great Ryoanji temple garden in Kyoto, Japan. One interpretation given is that the stone represents bodies of land and the raked gravel symbolises the water.
In a small pavillion within the Japanese Gardens is a replica of a Japanese Shrine dating back to 739 A.D. It was a gift from the citizens of Nagaoka Japan to the citizens of Fort Worth which is a sister city of Nagaoka.
The shrine, or Mikoshi, is carried during festivals and public celebrations. It was first carried in Fort Worth during the Pioneer Days celebration in 1992. The Carrying of the Mikoshi has denoted harmony and camaraderie among the bearers.
Koi or imperial carp as they are known, are in all the pools at the Japanese gardens. At one time, they were only found in the position of Japanese nobility. You will find a variation of colourings which has resulted from hundreds of years of selective breeding.
Around the gardens you will see several fish food dispensers. I can’t remember but I think it is about 25c or so to obtain some fish food to feed the Koi. You will note that these fish are well used to being fed because even if you don’t have any food, the minute you get near the edge of the water, they will be over with heads out of the water looking.
The Japanese garden is designed to provide a place for meditation and relaxation. It is a place where nature is revered. The use of the trees, shrubs, stones and water there is this wonderful serenity. It is just the most tranquil place to stroll and truly appreciate the grace and colour.
One of the many water features at the gardens. This one is in the region of the lower Rose Garden.
The Rose Gardens were inspired by the Italy's renowned Villa Lante. Many large abstract statues also dot the landscape
The lower gardens were inspired by Italy’s famous Villa Lante. The various areas are so different and beautiful that like all other botanical gardens, it is a sought out location for weddings and photos, not to mention the odd garden party.
As you come down the ramp through the flowering rose bushes, you find ponds and fountains and various unusual statues scattered about the lawns and pathways. There are many little benches to just sit and take in the views. The sculpture at the back of this pond is called St. Earth and was sculptured in 1992.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden spans 109 acres in the cultural district and is the oldest botanic garden in Texas. You will find over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants spread over 21 specialty gardens. There are various entrances to the Gardens. Probably one of the most popular entries is across from the Japanese Gardens.
Going through this entrance on the hill you are able to look down over the Rose ramp which brings to mind gardens in Europe.
The Ft. Worth Gardens are a lovely place to spend some time. I enjoy visiting the gardens in most cities that I visit, and this place was no exception.
The immense size of this place was surprising.