The Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Home of the Japanese Garden,The Treasure Tree Gift Store, and the Gardens Restaurant
Guests visiting a Japanese Garden can experience Eastern Culture in the western world and learn about the history of an awe-inspiring culture and marvel at beautiful landscapes. Many years ago the site of the Japanese Garden was a ravine used by the Calvary Post as a depository for all its refuse. From that humble beginning here in the West, the Japanese Garden has become the world-renowned garden of traditional Japanese design that it is today. Many of the wooden structures found in the garden are projects designed by Al Komatsu and his architectural firm who also designed the Pearl Harbor Memorial. To maintain the authenticity of Japanese Garden design, the Fort Worth Botanical Society has sent the lead gardener on two occasions to Japan to study under garden masters of the country. Past and present activities ensure that the authenticity and beauty of the Fort Worth Japanese Garden will continue long into the future. Hours of operation during Daylight Saving Time are 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Standard time hours, from November to March, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekday general admission is $5, and for 12 and under it is $4. Entry for children 3 and under is free. For more information call 817-871-7685.
Fall Plant Sale Week
Every yard is a garden. Whether creating new garden or improving your current landscape, the Fall Plant Sale Week in the Botanic Garden is the place to be. Tuesday, October 7, enjoy a class led by our professional gardeners. They will be demonstrating the use of the plants offered in the plant sales during the week. Thursday evening join the Botanical Society Members in a “Members Only Pre-sale.” A 10% discount will be applied to all purchases. Memberships may also be purchased at the sale. A new feature this year will be the addition of a Friday, October 10 afternoon sale for those wanting to miss the Saturday morning crowds. North-Central Texas has two growing seasons–Spring and Fall. Fall is the time to make plans and plant for next year. The Winter season will give the roots of newly planted plants time to become established in preparation for their prolific growth next Spring. The Fall Plant Sale features plants that have proven to be compatible with Texas soils and weather. Also, Japanese Maples from the Japanese Garden will be among the plants for sale. For more information call 817-392-5548.
Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden is the site of Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s annual Fall Festival this year on October 25 and 26. Visitors can enjoy authentic Japanese entertainment, crafts, food, art, music, martial arts and Bonsai demonstrations during the two-day event. Many other fun-filled family activities will be provided for guests pleasure. The magical royal Koi fish have been saving their appetites just to feast on the fish food that guests toss them. The day will end traditionally with the Dondoko Taiku Drummers performance. Festival time is Saturday October 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking will be in the weekend parking lot off the I-30 West access road. Look for the signs. Festival general admission is $6 for ages 13 and up, and $4 for children 4-12. Entry for children 3 and under is free. For more information call 817-871-7685.
Go on a treasure hunt and discover the Treasure Tree Gift Store. It is tucked away near the Japanese Garden main gate. You can also shop there after your visit to the Japanese Garden. Follow the path to the Koi pond where you will find the entrance to this quaint store. Once you enter you will find all sorts of exquisite items ranging from art for your garden, to unique Japanese tea and sake sets, jewelry, and hand thrown pottery. You will find an outstanding selection of unique items available for you to take home or buy as gifts as a reminder of your time spent in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The Treasure Tree is open during the same hours as the Japanese Garden. Become a member of the garden and you receive 10% off your purchases. For more information call 817-871-7668.
The Gardens Restaurant
While visiting the Fort Worth Botanic Garden you can experience a mouth-watering lunch at the Gardens Restaurant. The varied menu includes delectable deserts, and the professional wait staff makes one’s time there an enjoyable experience. This is the place for a relaxed lunch with a real view. If you are a member of the Botanical Society you will receive 10% off the cost of your meal. Don’t have a membership yet…bring this copy of Fort Worth Key Magazine to the Restaurant and get a 10% discount on your meal. If you are looking for a caterer or for a site for a party or a meeting, check the restaurants’ website at www.gardensrestaurantandcatering.com or call 817-731-2547.
Benefits of Membership
If you are a traveler who enjoys visiting gardens across the USA, membership gives you entry and discounts to more than 100 gardens and conservatories across the nation. Membership can be purchased at the Japanese Garden ticket office, the Gift Stores, the Gardens Restaurant, or online at www.fwbg.org. The Japanese Garden is available for weddings, receptions, and other special events. For rental information, call 817-392-5548 or go to www.fwbg.org.
Photos by Erdie Allsup, Fort Worth Botanic Garden