Fort Worth Botanic Garden 06/01/2019

Floral clock in front of the entrance.

The entrance to the Botanic Garden has a fountain.

Bronze frogs perform “Spring Ballet”.

Purple Coneflower

Posing with the Althaea blooms.

I think this is called viburnum.

Cement turtle hiding along the nature trail.

Squirrel carved into limestone.

This is named “Bench” but you certainly can’t sit here.

Entrance to the boardwalk which we will walk on later.

Post finial is decorated with birds.

I believe these shade plants are called hosta.

Entrance to the Japanese Garden. $7 admission fee.

Spring fed creek at the Japanese Garden gift shop.

Koi in water at the Japanese Garden gift shop.

Cactus Garden

POW/MIA Memorial

Charlie Company Vietnam Memorial

Trial Garden Gazebo

Gazebo in the Trial Garden

Metal bluebonnet in the Trial Garden.

Four Seasons Garden memorial plaque.

First of four cherubs in the Four Seasons Garden.

Second Cherub

Hydrangeas

Third Cherub

Black day lily.

Fourth Cherub.

Another statue in the garden.

Backyard Vegetable Garden

Toolshed in the Backyard Vegetable Garden.

Pavilion at the rose garden.

View from the pavilion terrace.

Marker for the Tarrant County Federal Relief

I believe this is a Weeping Cypress.

Looking up at the pavilion from the lake.
  They are setting up white chairs for a wedding.

Republic of Texas Rose Garden

Republic of Texas Rose Garden pathway.

Sundial in the Oval Rose Garden.

Saw this too late to look for them.

Creek flowing downhill along the walkway.

Butterfly Bench

Ed tried out the butterfly seat.

Small waterfall and some bronze herons.

Birth of Love

“Birth of Love” by Michael Pavlovsky

Native Texas Boardwalk

This elevated walkway has educational stations for children along the way.

Spirit of Woman

“Spirit of Woman” depicts a pioneer woman calling her family in from the fields by waving a dish cloth.

Solar Disc

“Solar Disc” by Charles Williams

Round pavilion

Variety of flowers

Living New Deal Website

“The Fort Worth Botanic Garden had its origins in 1912 when the park board purchased a tract of land southwest of Trinity Park and named it Rock Springs Park. In his 1909 park master plan for Fort Worth, landscape architect George E. Kessler recommended that the city acquire the parcel because of its natural flowing springs and dense stand of native trees.

The park remained largely unimproved until 1929 when work began on the creation of a lagoon and an arboretum under the direction of landscape architect S. Herbert Hare and Raymond C. Morrison, the city’s forester. In 1930 Hare and Hare developed an ambitious plan for a municipal rose garden that included a palm house overlooking a terraced rose garden with intersecting ramps that created triangular parterres flanking a center cascade. The plan also included a small reflecting pool, and beyond that, a large pond and a vista cut through a native stand of trees. The design of the rose ramp was influenced by the 16 Lante in Italy and the vista was influenced by the garden at the French palace at Versailles. On axis with the small reflecting pool was a colonnade that led to an oval-shaped garden.

Because of the ensuing Depression and the complexity of the design, park leaders assumed it would take years to complete the garden. But just prior to the beginning of FDR’s first term in office, the Board of Park Commissioners entered into a cooperative arrangement with Tarrant County and the Tarrant County Reconstruction Finance Corporation’s Relief Committee and the construction of the garden was completed in nine months.

In the early days of the relief programs, those on the relief roles were given a $2 food voucher. But the idea arose that if the men could perform a task of permanent value, it would enhance their self-esteem and result in something of benefit to the community. The park board agreed to the use of RFC labor for the construction of the garden and work commenced in February 1933. The garden was built almost as Hare and Hare originally envisioned with the exception of the palm house being replaced by a shelter, Palo Pinto sandstone was used instead of brick, and perennial and annual flower beds were replaced with roses.

Over 450 men worked on the construction of the garden. Most were unskilled laborers. Experienced stone masons and carpenters were enlisted to train them. The garden was dedicated on October 15, 1933. It would be several months before the garden was planted with thousands of roses, most of which were donated.

The next major project was the construction of a Horticulture Building in the northwest corner of the park. CWA labor was used to construct the stone building and greenhouse. In December 1934, the park board voted to allow the Fort Worth Garden Club to operate a garden center at the building. It also voted to change the park’s name to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
In 1935, a cactus garden was constructed north of the rose garden (now a perennial garden). WPA labor was also used for road construction. Girls employed through the NYA provided tours of the garden. Through the WPA and NYA, women created scrapbooks and reference materials on garden-related topics that were used in the garden center.

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden has grown from its original 37.5 acres to encompass 109 acres of numerous theme gardens, greenhouses, and a large garden center with conservatory. The original Horticulture Building is now known as the Rock Springs Building. It has been enlarged several time and houses offices for garden staff, a library, and a restaurant. The original section of the garden retains much of its historic integrity and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.”

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