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December 2021

Favorites from Boston Museum of Fine Arts Monet Exhibition

Ships in a Harbor, c. 1873; a Harvard professor, in 1906, donated this painting and two others which became the first Monet works in the MFA's permanent collection; this was part of a temporary exhibition dedicated to Monet

Ships in a Harbor, c. 1873; a Harvard professor, in 1906, donated this painting and two others which became the first Monet works in the MFA's permanent collection; this was part of a temporary exhibition dedicated to Monet

Rouen Cathedral Facade and Tour d'Albane (Morning Effect), 1894; from rooms facing the cathedral across a square, Monet concentrated on the analysis of light and its effects on the façade, changing from one canvas to another as the day progressed

Rouen Cathedral Facade and Tour d'Albane (Morning Effect), 1894; from rooms facing the cathedral across a square, Monet concentrated on the analysis of light and its effects on the façade, changing from one canvas to another as the day progressed

Monte Carlo Seen from Roquebrune, 1884; he first visited Monte Carlo with Renoir but returned because he explained that he painted best alone; the principality has sure changed in the almost 150 years since Monet visited

Monte Carlo Seen from Roquebrune, 1884; he first visited Monte Carlo with Renoir but returned because he explained that he painted best alone; the principality has sure changed in the almost 150 years since Monet visited

Late Afternoon, Vetheuil, 1880; Renoir-'Paints in tubes, being easy to carry, allowed us to work from nature.  Without paints in tubes, there would have been no Cezanne, no Monet, no Pissarro, nothing of what journalists were to call Impressionism.'

Late Afternoon, Vetheuil, 1880; Renoir-'Paints in tubes, being easy to carry, allowed us to work from nature. Without paints in tubes, there would have been no Cezanne, no Monet, no Pissarro, nothing of what journalists were to call Impressionism.'

Water Lilies, 1907; Monet showed 48 pictures from this series, including this one, at Durand-Ruel's Paris gallery in 1909; Bostonian Alexander Cochrane bought it and then donated it to the Museum

Water Lilies, 1907; Monet showed 48 pictures from this series, including this one, at Durand-Ruel's Paris gallery in 1909; Bostonian Alexander Cochrane bought it and then donated it to the Museum

Morning on the Seine, near Giverny, 1896; in the summers of 1896 and 1897 Monet set up his easel at 3:30 each morning in a boat moored just off the riverbank near his house; there he sat and painted the series of 21 canvases to which this one belongs

Morning on the Seine, near Giverny, 1896; in the summers of 1896 and 1897 Monet set up his easel at 3:30 each morning in a boat moored just off the riverbank near his house; there he sat and painted the series of 21 canvases to which this one belongs

Poplars on the Banks of the Epte, Sunset, 1891; in the summer of 1891, Monet began a series featuring these particular trees; the trees were going to be cut for timber but Monet purchased the land so he could complete his paintings

Poplars on the Banks of the Epte, Sunset, 1891; in the summer of 1891, Monet began a series featuring these particular trees; the trees were going to be cut for timber but Monet purchased the land so he could complete his paintings

Valley of the Petite Creuse, 1889; in 1891, Monet's dealer Durand-Ruel lent this canvas to Boston's Chase Gallery for an exhibition; the following month, Bostonian Clara Bertram Kimball purchased it with her husband bequeathing it to the Museum

Valley of the Petite Creuse, 1889; in 1891, Monet's dealer Durand-Ruel lent this canvas to Boston's Chase Gallery for an exhibition; the following month, Bostonian Clara Bertram Kimball purchased it with her husband bequeathing it to the Museum

Charing Cross Bridge (Overcast Day), 1900; the billowing steam suggests two trains crossing the bridge while the Westminster Bridge appears in the distance along with the Victoria Tower and Big Ben

Charing Cross Bridge (Overcast Day), 1900; the billowing steam suggests two trains crossing the bridge while the Westminster Bridge appears in the distance along with the Victoria Tower and Big Ben

Grainstack (Sunset), 1891; in 1890 and 1891, Monet painted a series of haystacks with the motifs seen as vehicles through which he could explore the interaction of light, color, and form over the course of the day and in different weather conditions

Grainstack (Sunset), 1891; in 1890 and 1891, Monet painted a series of haystacks with the motifs seen as vehicles through which he could explore the interaction of light, color, and form over the course of the day and in different weather conditions

Fields of Poppies near Giverny, 1890; Monet's friend and politician Georges Clemenceau-'when I saw Monet (in poppy field), I had the feeling that an evolution was developing. There begins a new era in the history of feeling and in that of expressing things.'

Fields of Poppies near Giverny, 1890; Monet's friend and politician Georges Clemenceau-'when I saw Monet (in poppy field), I had the feeling that an evolution was developing. There begins a new era in the history of feeling and in that of expressing things.'

Rouen Cathedral, Facade, 1894; apart from its religious significance, the Gothic-style Cathedral could be seen as representing all that was best in French history and culture, given that it was a style that was admired and adopted by many European countries

Rouen Cathedral, Facade, 1894; apart from its religious significance, the Gothic-style Cathedral could be seen as representing all that was best in French history and culture, given that it was a style that was admired and adopted by many European countries

Sunset on the Sea, Pourville, 1882; in 1861, Monet was drafted into the army, and left Paris for Algeria (then controlled by France); Monet's father offered to pay for his son’s discharge if he would promise to give up painting, but Monet refused

Sunset on the Sea, Pourville, 1882; in 1861, Monet was drafted into the army, and left Paris for Algeria (then controlled by France); Monet's father offered to pay for his son’s discharge if he would promise to give up painting, but Monet refused

Poplars at Giverny, 1887; planted at intervals in long rows, poplar trees lined roads, demarcated boundaries between properties or districts, and often followed along the banks of rivers in rural France

Poplars at Giverny, 1887; planted at intervals in long rows, poplar trees lined roads, demarcated boundaries between properties or districts, and often followed along the banks of rivers in rural France

Flower Beds at Vetheuil, 1881; when a friend asked if he might visit Monet’s studio at Vétheuil, he retorted, 'My studio! But I’ve never had one, and I don’t understand how anyone could shut themselves into a room—perhaps to draw but not to paint.'

Flower Beds at Vetheuil, 1881; when a friend asked if he might visit Monet’s studio at Vétheuil, he retorted, 'My studio! But I’ve never had one, and I don’t understand how anyone could shut themselves into a room—perhaps to draw but not to paint.'

La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume), 1876; this is one of only 3 Monet's the Museum has purchased (the others were all gifts or bequests) and the only one of a figure (the other 33 are all landscapes)

La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume), 1876; this is one of only 3 Monet's the Museum has purchased (the others were all gifts or bequests) and the only one of a figure (the other 33 are all landscapes)

The Seine at Lavacourt, 1878; Monet painted at least 8 versions of this composition showing 3 smaller versions at the 1879 Impressionist Exhibition and the largest of the series at the 1880 Paris Salon

The Seine at Lavacourt, 1878; Monet painted at least 8 versions of this composition showing 3 smaller versions at the 1879 Impressionist Exhibition and the largest of the series at the 1880 Paris Salon

Entrance to the Village of Vetheuil in Winter, 1879; in the early 1890s, the Boston gallery Williams and Everett sent Monet a photo of this painting, asking if he might recall it and give it a proper title; Monet did indeed reply and returned their photo

Entrance to the Village of Vetheuil in Winter, 1879; in the early 1890s, the Boston gallery Williams and Everett sent Monet a photo of this painting, asking if he might recall it and give it a proper title; Monet did indeed reply and returned their photo

Rue de la Bavole, Honfleur, 1864; painted with great simplicity and directness, Monet's palette of pure, contrasting colors is a radical departure from the traditional practice of building up an overall tonality through delicate gradations of color

Rue de la Bavole, Honfleur, 1864; painted with great simplicity and directness, Monet's palette of pure, contrasting colors is a radical departure from the traditional practice of building up an overall tonality through delicate gradations of color

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Lots of fun attractions in SF's Golden Gate Park

Music Concourse; the 1017-acre park is similar in shape to, but 20% larger than, Central Park in NYC; with 24  million visitors annually, the park is the third most-visited city park in the US after Central Park and the Lincoln Memorial

Music Concourse; the 1017-acre park is similar in shape to, but 20% larger than, Central Park in NYC; with 24+ million visitors annually, the park is the third most-visited city park in the US after Central Park and the Lincoln Memorial

The 3-acre Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the country (1894); ironically the first Chinese fortune cookies were served here at the Japanese Tea Garden in the 1890s

The 3-acre Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the country (1894); ironically the first Chinese fortune cookies were served here at the Japanese Tea Garden in the 1890s

Bison have been kept in the park since 1891 when a small herd was brought here in an effort to breed them; in 1984, Mayor Dianne Feinstein's husband purchased a new herd as a birthday present for her (the older bison today are descendants of this herd)

Bison have been kept in the park since 1891 when a small herd was brought here in an effort to breed them; in 1984, Mayor Dianne Feinstein's husband purchased a new herd as a birthday present for her (the older bison today are descendants of this herd)

My mom and I drove to the West Coast and visited the Conservatory of Flowers in the summer of 1985; that road trip marked my first visits to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, LA and San Francisco

My mom and I drove to the West Coast and visited the Conservatory of Flowers in the summer of 1985; that road trip marked my first visits to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, LA and San Francisco

The Dutch Windmill, completed in 1903, is one of the largest in the world and was designed to pump water to irrigate the park; I had been told there were lots of homeless living in the park but, despite lots of time here, I never saw any

The Dutch Windmill, completed in 1903, is one of the largest in the world and was designed to pump water to irrigate the park; I had been told there were lots of homeless living in the park but, despite lots of time here, I never saw any

De Young Art Museum; there was separate admission charged at each venue in the park - the Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, SF Botanical Garden, De Young Museum, CA Academy of Science as well as parking fees

De Young Art Museum; there was separate admission charged at each venue in the park - the Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, SF Botanical Garden, De Young Museum, CA Academy of Science as well as parking fees

The park opened in 1870 on what had largely been sand dunes; by 1879, 155,000  eucalyptus, Monterey pine and Monterey cypress trees had been planted

The park opened in 1870 on what had largely been sand dunes; by 1879, 155,000+ eucalyptus, Monterey pine and Monterey cypress trees had been planted

The SkyStar Observation Wheel rises 150 ft and was Installed in 2020 as part of Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary celebration; mostly closed to traffic, the park was popular with cyclists, runners and walkers looking to escape the city congestion

The SkyStar Observation Wheel rises 150 ft and was Installed in 2020 as part of Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary celebration; mostly closed to traffic, the park was popular with cyclists, runners and walkers looking to escape the city congestion

Lloyd Lake; after the 1906 earthquake, the park was used by the US Army as a site for tent encampments to house the thousands left homeless; many areas of the park are closed to traffic so there was lots of walking required

Lloyd Lake; after the 1906 earthquake, the park was used by the US Army as a site for tent encampments to house the thousands left homeless; many areas of the park are closed to traffic so there was lots of walking required

The Drum Bridge at the Japanese Tea Garden is thus named because when reflected on the water, the full circle shape it creates resembles a drum; they were designed to slow people down and let barges in too

The Drum Bridge at the Japanese Tea Garden is thus named because when reflected on the water, the full circle shape it creates resembles a drum; they were designed to slow people down and let barges in too

Congress and the President approved the National AIDS Memorial Grove Act in 1996, which officially set aside the de Laveaga Dell land in Golden Gate Park as the site for the first AIDS memorial in the nation

Congress and the President approved the National AIDS Memorial Grove Act in 1996, which officially set aside the de Laveaga Dell land in Golden Gate Park as the site for the first AIDS memorial in the nation

The Conservatory of Flowers was one of the first municipal conservatories constructed in the US and is the oldest remaining municipal wooden conservatory in the country

The Conservatory of Flowers was one of the first municipal conservatories constructed in the US and is the oldest remaining municipal wooden conservatory in the country

There's a nice rose garden but nothing was blooming in October; 100,000  young people converged in the park in 1967 for the Summer of Love with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and George Harrison all playing free shows

There's a nice rose garden but nothing was blooming in October; 100,000+ young people converged in the park in 1967 for the Summer of Love with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and George Harrison all playing free shows

October was not the ideal month to visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden; founded in 1937, the 55-acre arboretum is known for its magnolia species, high elevation palms, conifers, and cloud forest species from Central America, South America and SE Asia

October was not the ideal month to visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden; founded in 1937, the 55-acre arboretum is known for its magnolia species, high elevation palms, conifers, and cloud forest species from Central America, South America and SE Asia

The Conservatory of Flowers was small but had interesting species like this slipper orchid; the conservatory was completed in 1879 and is the oldest building in the park (I can remember visiting here in 1990)

The Conservatory of Flowers was small but had interesting species like this slipper orchid; the conservatory was completed in 1879 and is the oldest building in the park (I can remember visiting here in 1990)

I remember playing tennis tournaments here starting in the 1980s; the facilities have all changed since then and there were even people playing pickleball

I remember playing tennis tournaments here starting in the 1980s; the facilities have all changed since then and there were even people playing pickleball

If you didn't have time to visit Muir Woods, the San Francisco Botanical Garden has a nice grove of redwoods; the park is often used as a staging site for large events including the several SF Marathons that I ran

If you didn't have time to visit Muir Woods, the San Francisco Botanical Garden has a nice grove of redwoods; the park is often used as a staging site for large events including the several SF Marathons that I ran

The CA Academy of Science has a 2.5-acre living roof with 1.7  million native plants; the soil of the roof is 6 in deep, which reduces storm water runoff by more than 90% and naturally cools the interior reducing the need for AC

The CA Academy of Science has a 2.5-acre living roof with 1.7+ million native plants; the soil of the roof is 6 in deep, which reduces storm water runoff by more than 90% and naturally cools the interior reducing the need for AC

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Great, small J.P. Morgan Library and Museum in NYC

The library here is one of the most stunning rooms you will ever see!; the large tapestry, once owned by King Henry VIII, was woven in the early 1500s and is, ironically, titled Triumph Over Avarice

The library here is one of the most stunning rooms you will ever see!; the large tapestry, once owned by King Henry VIII, was woven in the early 1500s and is, ironically, titled Triumph Over Avarice

The Riva degli Schiavoni Seen from the Market at the Pier, Canaletto, 1755; Morgan died in Rome in 1913 with a fortune estimated at $80 million (roughly $1.2 billion today) prompting John D. Rockefeller to say 'he wasn't even a rich man'

The Riva degli Schiavoni Seen from the Market at the Pier, Canaletto, 1755; Morgan died in Rome in 1913 with a fortune estimated at $80 million (roughly $1.2 billion today) prompting John D. Rockefeller to say 'he wasn't even a rich man'

JP Morgan's study was described by historian Wayne Andrews as one of the greatest achievements of American interior decoration; admission to the library and museum cost $22

JP Morgan's study was described by historian Wayne Andrews as one of the greatest achievements of American interior decoration; admission to the library and museum cost $22

From the early 18th century, this elegant Chinese vase is noteworthy because of its deep red monochrome glaze; derived from copper, these glazes were notoriously difficult to maintain at high heat making pieces like this one highly treasured

From the early 18th century, this elegant Chinese vase is noteworthy because of its deep red monochrome glaze; derived from copper, these glazes were notoriously difficult to maintain at high heat making pieces like this one highly treasured

The Last Supper, Peter Paul Rubens, 1614; here Rubens placed the figure of Judas (instead of Christ) center-most in the composition; this work was part of a series for a Roman Catholic prayer book

The Last Supper, Peter Paul Rubens, 1614; here Rubens placed the figure of Judas (instead of Christ) center-most in the composition; this work was part of a series for a Roman Catholic prayer book

The manuscript collection contains authors' original manuscripts, including some by Sir Walter Scott, Honoré de Balzac, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Charles Dickens and John Keats (shown here); there are also letters from Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln

The manuscript collection contains authors' original manuscripts, including some by Sir Walter Scott, Honoré de Balzac, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Charles Dickens and John Keats (shown here); there are also letters from Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln

The rotunda has a ceiling inspired by Raphael which contains themed murals alluding to material in Morgan's collection; the floors are clad with multicolored marble, the pattern of which is based on that of the Villa Pia in the Vatican

The rotunda has a ceiling inspired by Raphael which contains themed murals alluding to material in Morgan's collection; the floors are clad with multicolored marble, the pattern of which is based on that of the Villa Pia in the Vatican

J.P. Morgan was 51 years old when he sat for this portrait by Frank Holl; the banker was so fond of the work that he gave photographs of it to his friends (I'm glad my friends don't do this!)

J.P. Morgan was 51 years old when he sat for this portrait by Frank Holl; the banker was so fond of the work that he gave photographs of it to his friends (I'm glad my friends don't do this!)

The Morgan study even included a very large walk-in bank vault!; the banker needed a secure-place to store high-value manuscripts, books and objects brought to him by dealers for consideration

The Morgan study even included a very large walk-in bank vault!; the banker needed a secure-place to store high-value manuscripts, books and objects brought to him by dealers for consideration

This Gospel Book was commissioned by Countess Mathilda of Tuscany for the Abbey of San Benedetto di Polirone (near Mantua), which was founded by her grandfather in 1007; the exceptional drawings were very rare in Italian gospels

This Gospel Book was commissioned by Countess Mathilda of Tuscany for the Abbey of San Benedetto di Polirone (near Mantua), which was founded by her grandfather in 1007; the exceptional drawings were very rare in Italian gospels

Pair of Cups with Decoration of Cranes, Roman, early 1st century; during the Panic of 1907, J.P. Morgan organized a coalition of financiers that saved the American monetary system from collapse

Pair of Cups with Decoration of Cranes, Roman, early 1st century; during the Panic of 1907, J.P. Morgan organized a coalition of financiers that saved the American monetary system from collapse

This enameled book cover with Crucifixion plaque was made in Limoges, France around 1190; medieval Limoges arose on the site of a former Roman town that had a strong goldsmithing tradition

This enameled book cover with Crucifixion plaque was made in Limoges, France around 1190; medieval Limoges arose on the site of a former Roman town that had a strong goldsmithing tradition

The Morgan is the only institution in the world to possess 3 copies of the Gutenberg Bible (1455); one Morgan copy is on vellum while two (including this one) are on paper

The Morgan is the only institution in the world to possess 3 copies of the Gutenberg Bible (1455); one Morgan copy is on vellum while two (including this one) are on paper

This original Frederic Chopin work was written in 1843 while the composer spent the summer with his partner, the female writer known as George Sand; this work has become a core part of the piano repetoire

This original Frederic Chopin work was written in 1843 while the composer spent the summer with his partner, the female writer known as George Sand; this work has become a core part of the piano repetoire

The finest treasure binding of the Carolingian Dynasty (750-887 AD) adorned the Lindau Gospels; the cover may have been made at the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis (near Paris) where Charlemagne's grandson was secular abbot

The finest treasure binding of the Carolingian Dynasty (750-887 AD) adorned the Lindau Gospels; the cover may have been made at the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis (near Paris) where Charlemagne's grandson was secular abbot

The figures in the lunettes (just above the books) alternate between allegorical female muses and notable artists, explorers, or teachers; Morgan, a big believer in the zodiac, also highlighted these symbols

The figures in the lunettes (just above the books) alternate between allegorical female muses and notable artists, explorers, or teachers; Morgan, a big believer in the zodiac, also highlighted these symbols

This edition of Aesop's Fables contains the complete fables in Latin and French with brief summaries in English; fewer than 20 copies of this edition remain since most were destroyed in the Great London Fire of 1666

This edition of Aesop's Fables contains the complete fables in Latin and French with brief summaries in English; fewer than 20 copies of this edition remain since most were destroyed in the Great London Fire of 1666

Following Greek traditions, magnificent jewelry was produced around the Black Sea for nearby wealthy tribes such as the Sarmatians; these pieces date from 150BC to 200AD

Following Greek traditions, magnificent jewelry was produced around the Black Sea for nearby wealthy tribes such as the Sarmatians; these pieces date from 150BC to 200AD

The Morgan was expanded in 2006 by the world-famous architect Renzo Piano; the addition of light-filled pavilions served to connect the three historic structures on the property

The Morgan was expanded in 2006 by the world-famous architect Renzo Piano; the addition of light-filled pavilions served to connect the three historic structures on the property

Donor Presenting a Mummified Osiris, Thebes, Egypt, 640BC; Morgan avoided serving during the Civil War by paying a substitute $300 to take his place; you can see the museum and library in an hour

Donor Presenting a Mummified Osiris, Thebes, Egypt, 640BC; Morgan avoided serving during the Civil War by paying a substitute $300 to take his place; you can see the museum and library in an hour

Portrait of a Man, Domenico Tintoretto, c. 1600; the sitter for this portrait is believed to be a Moorish ambassador to the Venetian court; the painter is the son of the more famous Jacopo Tintoretto

Portrait of a Man, Domenico Tintoretto, c. 1600; the sitter for this portrait is believed to be a Moorish ambassador to the Venetian court; the painter is the son of the more famous Jacopo Tintoretto

Landscape, Georges Seurat, 1881; this haunting work in black looks so different from the colorful Surrealist paintings for which Seurat became famous; shows what a difference some color makes!

Landscape, Georges Seurat, 1881; this haunting work in black looks so different from the colorful Surrealist paintings for which Seurat became famous; shows what a difference some color makes!

Chalice of St. Michael, Siena, 1320; Morgan had several areas in which he focused his collection but was also known for buying anything he thought displayed incredible workmanship and/or had historical significance

Chalice of St. Michael, Siena, 1320; Morgan had several areas in which he focused his collection but was also known for buying anything he thought displayed incredible workmanship and/or had historical significance

Three Women, Fernand Leger, 1922; Morgan formed several prominent corporations including U.S. Steel, International Harvester and GE; I just read The Personal Librarian which is a fictitious story based on JP Morgan's library and I highly recommend it!

Three Women, Fernand Leger, 1922; Morgan formed several prominent corporations including U.S. Steel, International Harvester and GE; I just read The Personal Librarian which is a fictitious story based on JP Morgan's library and I highly recommend it!

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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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