If you like plants, enjoy gardening, or just need a reason to get outside, make plans to visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Take a peaceful and relaxing stroll through some of the most beautiful scenery in the city. The Botanic Garden totals 109 acres and is home to over 2,500 species of plants. It’s open daily and close to other popular attractions like the Fort Worth Zoo and the Modern Art Museum.
The Garden’s immaculate landscaping makes it an attractive place to visit year-round. From cherry blossoms to rose gardens, there are a huge variety of plants to enjoy. Multiple garden areas are spread out throughout the grounds, each with a different theme and layout.
If you’re an inspiring amateur photographer or a seasoned pro, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is a prime spot for outdoor photography. The scenic background also makes it a popular place for wedding and graduation photos.
There’s a lot of ground to cover, so wear a good pair of walking shoes. Many parts of the Botanic Garden are shaded, and there’s plenty of benches to take a break when needed. The walking paths and wide and well-kept, making the Botanic Garden easy to navigate. Give yourself at least two hours if you decide to tour the entire acreage.
The Garden Areas
Listed below are some of the more popular garden areas of the Botanic Garden. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, the descriptions below will give you an idea of what to expect during your visit.
The Rose Garden
The Rose Garden might be the most popular garden in the park and includes hundreds of roses. It’s composed of multiple smaller rose gardens, each with its own unique design and stone structures. The stonework was completed in 1933 using 4,000 pounds of sandstone from Palo Pinto county. The land at that time was described as “swampy” and required 10,000 yards of fill soil before planting the roses.
The Oval Rose Garden is named for its oval shape and centers around a rose-covered gazebo. The garden can be accessed in all four directions through a small pergola.
The myriad of sidewalks and wooden trellises next to the Oval Rose Garden is called the Republic of Texas Garden. The garden includes a mix of roses and other native Texas plants.
A rising walkway called the Rose Ramp features flower beds on both sides. It leads up to the Shelter House, a stone structure with a grand view of the Lower Rose Garden. The Shelter House is also just a short walk from the Japanese Garden.
The Japanese Garden
The Fort Worth Japanese Garden is breathtakingly beautiful. Winding concrete paths guide you down a stream surrounded by cherry trees, bamboo, Japanese maples, and so much more. The pagodas, arched wooden bridges, and koi fish provide the full Japanese garden experience.
Fall and spring are the best times to visit the Japanese Garden. March is when the cherry trees are in full bloom, and the leaves change to their vibrant colors during the fall.
The Fuller Garden
The Fuller Garden was designed to feature a combination of arbors, stonework, and trellises with a variety off trees, perennials, and annuals. One of its highlights is the large gazebo next to a small waterfall.
The garden is only a few acres in size, but it’s a nice introduction to the Botanic Garden if you enter through the Moncrief Garden Center next to the main parking lot.
The North Texas Boardwalk
The North Texas Boardwalk is an elevated walking platform with interactive learning stations for kids. The exhibit showcases native and invasive species of plants in Texas. Kids can learn fun and interesting facts about the plants, insects, and birds around them.
The east side of the boardwalk features plants native to Texas – plants that were here before any European settlement. The west side features invasive plants that are not native to North Texas but have adapted well to the climate here. These plants threaten to “choke out” native plants in the region. They’re on display so visitors can see first-hand how invasive plants can take over an area.
The Boardwalk is more heavily wooded than other areas of the park and provides lots of shade. Kids will enjoy being up higher and listening to the birds along the pathway.
Where to Park
The main parking lot is located next to the Moncrief Garden Center. Maps are available inside. You can start your tour by exiting the center and visiting the nearby Fuller Garden.
Of course, you don’t have to start your tour at the Fuller Garden. It’s completely optional. Parking is available at other garden areas. There’s a small parking lot in front of the Shelter House of the Rose Garden, and the Japenese Garden also has its own parking area.
Festivals, concerts, plant sales, and other events are hosted throughout the year. Upcoming events are listed on their website.
The Laterns in the Garden is held during April and May and is one of the more popular events of the year. The lanterns are giant flowers, trees, butterflies, and other mystical figures. These objects light up at night in different shades and colors and become stunning visuals for both kids and adults.
|Cost:||$12.00 for 16 and over|
$6.00 for 6 to 15
Free if under 6
|Address:||3220 Botanic Garden Blvd|
Fort Worth, Texas 76107