The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is getting a tune-up — and it’s not just a trimmed lawn and new blooms. The garden, alongside the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), revealed its new master plan last week at its eighth and final community forum. The 20-year plan will address long-standing deferred maintenance and replace aging facilities to make sure that the city’s landmark is fresh as a daisy.
There have been three previous master plans for the garden — 1964, 1990, and 2010 — that were minimally implemented with limited effects due to a lack of resources and land acquisitions. Designed by studioOutside, Bennett Partners, and Terra Design Studios, this plan has budding potential. Keep reading for a breakdown.
Drag the slider above to compare the existing garden to the draft design.
The project aims to create a unified campus between the gardens and BRIT that will expand research opportunities, engage a broader audience, foster diverse and healthy horticulture, provide education facilities, and establish future infrastructure.
The plan will preserve and maintain the historic garden core including the Rose Garden, Rock Springs + Horseshoe Garden.
The plan will update the Japanese Garden, Texas Native Forest Boardwalk + Fuller Garden areas to include a Trinity Wetland Boardwalk, herbaceous color garden, and a woodland garden that will integrate with the existing Texas Native boardwalk.
The following facilities will be expanded:
- The Moncrief Garden Center
- The BRIT building
- Sustainable parking with integrated bioswales + a 225-space parking garage
- Operation service areas
- Convenient pedestrian paths and a tram loop trail
Once complete, the Botanic Garden will be teeming with new features including:
- A perimeter garden along University Drive and I-30
- New entry featuring a leaf-like ticketing plaza and gift shop
- Permanent event stage
- Education hub with three greenhouses, hands-on gardens, and classrooms
- Conservatory for biodiversity education, horticulture experiences, and events
- A family garden and a culinary garden with an outdoor kitchen
- Five food and beverage locations
- Eight rental venues for weddings and parties
See the full master plan presentation here.
So, what’s next?
The plan will be refined using community feedback before it goes through cost projections, phasing strategy, and funding. You can still submit any feedback or comments via email.