Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Enjoy the captivating beauty of Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG) and Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), one of the largest centers for botanical exploration and discovery in the United States. The new organization brings together BRIT’s fundraising, education, and world-class research capabilities with the Garden’s historically significant grounds, event facilities, and horticultural expertise. Together, FWBG will create one of the leading public gardens in America.

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District and just minutes from downtown, our combined 120-acre campus offers stunning garden views, horticultural displays, exciting exhibits, gift shops, a café, and more. Fort Worth Botanic Garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas. It contains a collection of more than 2,500 species of plants. Long celebrated for its beautiful rose, perennial, and Japanese gardens, FWBG is composed of twenty-three specialty gardens, including a tropical conservatory, a forest boardwalk, and a water conservation garden.

Spend the day strolling through the Japanese Garden with its koi-filled pools, landscaped hillsides, crafted stonework, and dramatic waterfalls. Nearby, visit the iconic and historic Rose Garden, which includes a terraced ramp featuring walks that border colorful rose beds amidst a cascade of water down the center. 

History

The botanic garden started with the development of the 37.5-acre Rock Springs Park in 1912 involving natural springs, streams, and rock features. This was completed for the opening of the botanic garden in 1934. This area was redeveloped in 2013 as the Tinsley Rock Springs Garden, restoring the water features and re-planting with plants native to north Texas.

In 2011 new buildings for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas were opened adjacent to the botanic garden.

Features

In addition to wooded areas, major garden features include:

  • Back Yard Vegetable Garden – A Vegetable garden that hosts many educational programs.
  • Conservatory (10,000 square feet) – tropical displays of orchids, bromeliads, and trees.
  • Four Seasons Garden – Hundreds of iris, daylily, and chrysanthemum varieties.
  • Fragrance Garden – a small garden built for the seeing impaired with fragrant plants and a fountain.
  • Fuller Garden – pathways and lawn; site for weddings and garden parties.
  • Japanese Garden (7 acres; established 1973) – the Fort Worth Japanese Garden, with three koi ponds, waterfalls, bridges, teahouse, pagodas, pavilions, a zen garden, cherry trees, and Japanese maples.
  • Lower Rose Garden – rose garden inspired by Villa Lante (Italy).
  • Native Texas Boardwalk – A raised path through the trees with educational information along the way.
  • Oval Rose Garden – hundreds of roses; renovated in 2002.
  • Perennial Garden – perennials with a culinary herb collection, as well as ponds and a small waterfall.
  • Rock Springs – Elevated pathways, and bridges over ponds and streams.
  • Trial Garden – evaluation site for hundreds of species of perennials.
  • Water Conservation Garden – demonstration xeriscape garden.
  • Water Wise Entrance – entry garden with agave, Texas sage, salvia greggii, Mexican Bush sage, red yucca, and Esparanza.

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