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Botanic Garden Tips (36)

Japanese Gardens - Gift Shop

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
Summer-time..
9.00am - 5.00pm during Winter or standard time.

A small admission is charged

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Sweetberry1
Sep 28, 2004

Botanical Gardens Continued

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

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Sep 06, 2004

Japanese Gardens

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.

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Sep 28, 2004

Japanese Gardens

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!

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.

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Botanic Garden

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
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Apr 04, 2011

The Japanese Garden--Botanic Garden con't.

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.

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VeronicaG
Oct 29, 2007

Flowers, Bowers, Tranquil Ponds-Botanic Garden

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)
Fragrance Garden
Japanese Garden-our favorite!
Trial Garden (where new varieties are tried)
Perennial Garden
Conservatory

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

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Apr 04, 2011

The Rose Garden--Botanic Garden con't.

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.

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Apr 04, 2011

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The Conservatory--Botanic Garden

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.

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Apr 04, 2011

Moon Bridge

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.

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Sep 19, 2004

Ft Worth Botanical Gardens

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.

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Sep 04, 2004

Dancers at THE JAPANESE GARDEN

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.

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Apr 04, 2011

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Getting to Botanic Garden

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3220 Botanic Gardens Boulevard

Hours

  • Sunday 09:00 to 19:00
  • Monday 09:00 to 19:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 to 19:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 to 19:00
  • Thursday 09:00 to 19:00
  • Friday 09:00 to 19:00
  • Saturday 09:00 to 19:00

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