A Trip to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden

Over the Christmas holiday, we took a trip to the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. I discovered from a nifty little app called TripAdvisor that there were two botanical gardens in the area; one in Dallas and one in Fort Worth. Because of our short visit time, I chose the Fort Worth Botanical Garden because it had free entry and free parking. Next time, I will go to the Dallas Botanical Garden, I promise! Since the weather was quite chilly while we were in Texas, I dragged my husband out of bed (on the warmest day!) early enough to get there upon opening. It was quite pleasant visiting the gardens early. We shared the park with only a handful of other people and we were able to go as fast or as slow as we wanted. The only places that were not free upon entry were the Japanese Garden and the Conservatory. The Japanese Garden was 5$ per adult and the conservatory was 2$. Prices varied for children, active military, etc.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center and Conservatory

Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center and Conservatory

A water pool and sculptures at one of the entrances to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

A water pool and sculptures at one of the entrances to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

Blechnum brasiliense

Blechnum brasiliense

Fort-Worth Dallas Regional Champion Tree for its' species - English Walnut - Juglans regia

Fort-Worth Dallas Regional Champion Tree for its’ species – English Walnut – Juglans regia

The Texas National Tree Path.

Texas National Forest Boardwalk

Texas National Forest Boardwalk

skdjf

Along the boardwalk were information plaques and games. Here, you tried to guess bird songs. 

sdfds

Are all bugs bad? According to my husband, yes. 

The Rose Gardens.

IMG_2971

The path was beautiful and I am sure it would be a delight to walk it in the spring and summer.

There are several fountains throughout the park.

There are several fountains throughout the park.

hgfj

A few from the steps above part of the garden.

The children’s garden.

hj

Children’s Vegetable Garden

Potatoes curing in the greenhouse.

Potatoes curing in the greenhouse.

These are examples of compost bins.

These are examples of compost bins.

A teepee used for support when growing beans and peas.

A tee-pee used for support when growing beans and peas.

Cabbage

Cabbage – Brassica oleracea

Recently transplanted seedlings.

Recently transplanted seedlings.

kjhk

Southern Giant Curled Mustard – Brassica juncea var crispifolia 

The Japanese Garden was beautiful! It alone was worth the trip.

The entrance to the Japanese garden.

The entrance to the Japanese garden.

IMG_3001

The fish were huge!

The fish were huge!

IMG_3021 IMG_3016 IMG_3005

The Cactus Garden.

Cactus Garden

Cactus Garden

A greenhouse for the cacti - visitors were not allowed in and I could understand why.

A greenhouse for the cacti – visitors were not allowed in and I could understand why.

Horse-crippler cactus - Echinocactus texensis

Horse-crippler cactus – Echinocactus texensis

Indian Fig - Opuntia ficus-indica

Indian Fig – Opuntia ficus-indica

Porcupine Hedgehog Cactus - Echinocereus stramineus

Porcupine Hedgehog Cactus – Echinocereus stramineus

The conservatory.

Chenille Plant, Red Hot Cattail - Acalypha hispida

Chenille Plant, Red Hot Cattail – Acalypha hispida

Traveler's Tree - Ravenala madagascariensis

Traveler’s Tree – Ravenala madagascariensis

Screw Pine - Pandanus sanden

Screw Pine – Pandanus sanden

Amazon Lilly - Eucharis grandiflora

Amazon Lilly – Eucharis grandiflora

Cyrtosperma merkusii

Cyrtosperma merkusii

The Fort Worth Botanical Garden and Conservatory was definitely worth the visit. I would much like to visit again in the spring or summer when it is not so chilly and the grass is greener.

Remember, there are gardens all around us! They come in many shapes and sizes. Get your head in the garden and have some fun.

Sarah

This entry was posted in Gardens Around Us and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Message

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s