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.
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.
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.