Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Stop, breathe, relax. Centrally located adjacent to the vibrant Fort Worth Cultural District, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG) is a year-round delight to the senses. This living museum is home to hundreds of plant species scattered throughout more than twenty unique venues over 110 acres. Visitors can recharge themselves on-site at the Rock Springs Cafe, attend one of the many scheduled special events, or participate in educational opportunities throughout the year presented in collaboration with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
Nine distinct gardens make up the FWBG, combined with walks, woods, vistas, and other conservation areas. Here are a handful of highlights:
The Fuller Garden. Built to represent the journey of life, the story is told there with trellis gardens, seasonal flowers, stone, and water features.
The Japanese Garden. This well-beloved garden contains a traditional walking path that meanders through cherry trees, Japanese maples, and bamboo, and leads visitors over bridges and ponds that are teeming with koi fish.
The Rose Garden. A romantic garden complete with cascading water, Palo Pinto sandstone, reflection pond, and flower beds, the Rose Garden is one of the premier settings of the FWBG.
The Cactus Garden and Greenhouse._ This lesser-known jewel is home to everything from a Texas lace hedgehog cactus to an extensive collection of rare and nearly extinct plants.
The Native Texas Boardwalk. The Boardwalk creates a special space for kids. Built as an outdoor classroom, it has 13 stations for learning and play.
The Begonia Species Bank. The Gardens contain the largest Begonia collection in North America, with over 300 species represented. This collection is distributed between several greenhouses on the grounds, some of which are not open to the general public except through a scheduled tour.
The FWBG has an active calendar of special and educational events year-round. Annual highlights include the family-friendly Japanese Spring and Fall Festivals, held in cooperation with the Fort Worth Japanese Society. These festivals feature traditional Japanese music, dance, and food, all enjoyed in the serene beauty of the Japanese Garden. Many other holiday, food, and arts events are held throughout the year, including afternoon Teas and evening “After Hours” jazz. With kids in mind, the FWBG and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) have teamed up to help the younger set experience and learn about their natural environment through guided and self-guided tours of both the FWBG and the BRIT campuses.