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Fort Worth Botanic Garden master plan explained

Here’s an overview of the planned changes coming to the garden.


DYK: The FWBG is the oldest botanic garden in Texas.

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The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is getting a tune-up — and it’s not just a trimmed lawn and new blooms.

Earlier this week, city leaders approved the 20-year master plan to 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.

Preservation 🍂

The plan will preserve and maintain the historic garden core including the Rose Garden, Rock Springs + Horseshoe Garden.

Renovation 🌳

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.

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A look at what’s to come for the garden. | Rendering courtesy of Bennett Partners

Expansion 🌻

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
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New garden entrance. | Rendering courtesy of Bennett Partners

Creation 🌱

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.

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