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Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Tarrant County, Texas

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Rose Ramp, Parterres, Large Pond, East Vista: Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Photo by Susan Allen Kline
Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum and Texas State Historic Preservation Office

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, located southwest of downtown Fort Worth, Texas, encompasses 109 acres of slightly rolling terrain originally marked by native stands of deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves seasonally).  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places for national significance in the area of Landscape Architecture, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is an excellent example of a designed landscape and as one of the first multiple rose gardens established in the southern half of the United States.  The garden is a stunning arrangement of such classical features as a water cascade and terraces, all of which are constructed of Palo Pinto sandstone. Geometrically shaped beds, or parterres, a reflection pool, and a pond are also integrated within the design.  Extending from the formal garden is a long vista between stands of trees and shrubs.  Together with the water gardens and paths located south of the rose garden, these features combine to create a contrasting informal treatment, another feature of the Renaissance garden. Over the years, this acreage has been supplemented with various theme and specialty gardens, naturalized areas, vistas, greenhouses, a conservatory and multi-use buildings.

[Photo]Large Pond, Rose Ramp, and Overlook
Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Photo by Susan Allen Kline
Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum and Texas State Historic Preservation Office

The nominated section of Fort Worth Botanic Garden contains those areas associated with the original Rock Springs Park, primarily developed between 1929 and 1935 based on the designs of the landscape architecture firm of Hare and Hare.  Also included is a section to the west developed on the mid-1950s, again designed by Hare and Hare.   The nominated district encompasses approximately 33 acres. These areas can be divided into five distinct zones: Rock Springs and Water Gardens Area, Multiple Rose Garden and Vistas (influenced by Italian and French Renaissance landscapes), the Cactus Garden, the Garden Center Area and the Horseshoe. Also historically important in the area of Entertainment/Recreation as the first municipal botanic garden in the state of Texas, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on January 29, 2009.

Read our entire file on this property: Fort Worth Botanic Garden

For more information on the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, visit their website:
http://www.fwbg.org/

See photographs of Fort Worth Botanic Garden on Flickr

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