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Fort Worth Botanic Garden-a gem on the prairie

The rose gardens were outlined with slow-growing boxwoods creating gorgeous parterres (even with the roses not in bloom); this garden was just jaw-dropping and looked like a formal European garden plopped onto the prairie

The rose gardens were outlined with slow-growing boxwoods creating gorgeous parterres (even with the roses not in bloom); this garden was just jaw-dropping and looked like a formal European garden plopped onto the prairie

I can just imagine Claude Monet painting here; Fort Worth contains 1,000  natural-gas wells tapping the Barnett Shale within city limits with no restrictions on where they can be placed

I can just imagine Claude Monet painting here; Fort Worth contains 1,000+ natural-gas wells tapping the Barnett Shale within city limits with no restrictions on where they can be placed

Spring Ballet, Andre Harvey, 1981; this delightful sculpture graces the entrance to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden; it is just one example of the many pieces purchased by the Ft. Worth Art Commission to beautify the city

Spring Ballet, Andre Harvey, 1981; this delightful sculpture graces the entrance to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden; it is just one example of the many pieces purchased by the Ft. Worth Art Commission to beautify the city

This spot just epitomizes all I love about Texas with the live oak creating much needed shade; as a stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth was stimulated by the business of the cattle drives and became a brawling, bustling town

This spot just epitomizes all I love about Texas with the live oak creating much needed shade; as a stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth was stimulated by the business of the cattle drives and became a brawling, bustling town

Chicago Apache Daylily; the Fort Worth Botanic Garden has one of the oldest and best-established collections of living plants in any public space in Texas

Chicago Apache Daylily; the Fort Worth Botanic Garden has one of the oldest and best-established collections of living plants in any public space in Texas

I really enjoyed catching up with Orlando Chapa who I hadn't seen in 20 years; we ate at Joe T Garcia's which is a Fort Worth institution but I didn't care for their limited menu (you can only get fajitas or enchiladas)

I really enjoyed catching up with Orlando Chapa who I hadn't seen in 20 years; we ate at Joe T Garcia's which is a Fort Worth institution but I didn't care for their limited menu (you can only get fajitas or enchiladas)

The city owns the Garden land but management shifted from the city to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas last year which I hope will improve the state of the Garden which needs some TLC

The city owns the Garden land but management shifted from the city to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas last year which I hope will improve the state of the Garden which needs some TLC

Spirit of Woman, Jack Bryant, 1988; this sculpture depicts a pioneer woman calling her family in from the fields and epitomizes the strong women of Texas; the pioneer women of Texas exhibited a fierce independence often overlooked in the annals of history

Spirit of Woman, Jack Bryant, 1988; this sculpture depicts a pioneer woman calling her family in from the fields and epitomizes the strong women of Texas; the pioneer women of Texas exhibited a fierce independence often overlooked in the annals of history

Playing Hooky, Stickwork, Patrick Dougherty, 2021; although born in Oklahoma, the artist grew up in and continues to live in NC; he has created 300  monumental scale environmental works that have achieved international acclaim

Playing Hooky, Stickwork, Patrick Dougherty, 2021; although born in Oklahoma, the artist grew up in and continues to live in NC; he has created 300+ monumental scale environmental works that have achieved international acclaim

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden has some very nice sections but seemed neglected and under-funded (especially compared to the Dallas Arboretum); granted, August probably isn't the best month to visit

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden has some very nice sections but seemed neglected and under-funded (especially compared to the Dallas Arboretum); granted, August probably isn't the best month to visit

The Philecology Herbarium here, which houses 1.5  million plant specimens from around the world, is one of the largest herbaria in the United States

The Philecology Herbarium here, which houses 1.5+ million plant specimens from around the world, is one of the largest herbaria in the United States

The Nacogdoches rose was one of the only ones still blooming in August; the Fort Worth Botanic Garden holds the largest collection of begonias in the US, including hundreds of species and rare cultivated varieties

The Nacogdoches rose was one of the only ones still blooming in August; the Fort Worth Botanic Garden holds the largest collection of begonias in the US, including hundreds of species and rare cultivated varieties

Texas Bee Oasis, Jen Rose, 2021; these 3000  bee cups are eco-friendly watering stations made from porcelain to resemble colorful flowers; each one collects a little water from the sprinkler or rain to help the Garden's pollinators

Texas Bee Oasis, Jen Rose, 2021; these 3000+ bee cups are eco-friendly watering stations made from porcelain to resemble colorful flowers; each one collects a little water from the sprinkler or rain to help the Garden's pollinators

One of the most romantic gardens and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rose Garden was built with 4,000 tons of Palo Pinto County sandstone and completed in 1933

One of the most romantic gardens and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rose Garden was built with 4,000 tons of Palo Pinto County sandstone and completed in 1933

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas; it has twenty-five specialty garden spaces, including a tropical conservatory, a public perennial trial garden, and naturalized areas and vistas

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas; it has twenty-five specialty garden spaces, including a tropical conservatory, a public perennial trial garden, and naturalized areas and vistas

On March 28, 2000, at 6:15 pm, an F3 tornado struck downtown Fort Worth, severely damaging many buildings; one of the hardest-hit structures was the Bank One Tower, which was one of the dominant features of the Fort Worth skyline

On March 28, 2000, at 6:15 pm, an F3 tornado struck downtown Fort Worth, severely damaging many buildings; one of the hardest-hit structures was the Bank One Tower, which was one of the dominant features of the Fort Worth skyline

Japanese Gardens are meant to be quiet, reflective places so I can't understand why they placed this one adjacent to the freeway with its constant noise

Japanese Gardens are meant to be quiet, reflective places so I can't understand why they placed this one adjacent to the freeway with its constant noise

A large porcupine, hedgehog cactus dominates the cactus garden; admission to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden was $12 and it was an easy walk from the art museums of the Cultural District

A large porcupine, hedgehog cactus dominates the cactus garden; admission to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden was $12 and it was an easy walk from the art museums of the Cultural District

Completed in 1973, the Japanese Garden consists of 7.5 acres filled with cherry trees, Japanese maples, magnolias, bamboo, bridges, and ponds which are home to 1,200  Koi fish

Completed in 1973, the Japanese Garden consists of 7.5 acres filled with cherry trees, Japanese maples, magnolias, bamboo, bridges, and ponds which are home to 1,200+ Koi fish

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Great photos and narrative. Love Fort Worth.

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