Few areas sparkle with so much radiant color as the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, close to some of the city’s most intriguing cultural attractions. For seniors, the Botanic Garden offers sensory pleasures, both visual and fragrant. Best of all, it is very inexpensive for a memorable outing in almost any season.
The garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas (established 1934), features 2,501 species of native and exotic plants in 21 specialty gardens. The most popular garden is the Fort Worth Japanese Garden, which boasts 7 acres of calming foliage and paths with highlights such as a pagoda, meditation garden, three koi ponds, bridges and waterfalls.
What better excuse to linger for hours at some of the other major gardens, which bloom with colors that change with each passing month. Among these vivid attractions:
- Lower Rose Garden, resplendent with countless rose blossoms that beg to be smelled and savored.
- Perennial Garden, a lush floral haven accented with serene ponds and a waterfall.
- The Conservatory, an indoor tropical escape abundant with exotic trees, orchids and bromeliads.
- Fragrance Garden, a delight to the senses with plants that release wonderful aromas when rubbed. A fountain adds to the charm.
- The Waterwise Entrance, a gateway with true Texas roots such as Texas sage, red yucca and agave…plants that require very little water to thrive.
Spend hours with your senior exploring the ornamental gardens, woodland paths and water features of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Grandkids will love it too, whether it’s feeding the koi fish in the Japanese Garden or running past rainbow stretches of flowers. Even when the weather is warm, the shade makes the temperature seem cooler.
In the summer, don’t miss the annual Concerts in the Gardens series, which showcases the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. A variety of music styles waft through the trees such as jazz, movie themes, patriotic and classical pieces.
Plan your visit by checking the website at www.fwbg.org. Admission is just $1 for seniors 65 and over, and the Japanese Garden is $4.50. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is open 365 days a year; hours of operation are on the website.
Caregivers from Home Care Assistance of Fort Worth can bring joy to a senior in your life by arranging an outing to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, or other local must-sees. Beyond in-home care, our professionals are ready to make the most of every day. For more information, visit www.homecareassistancefortworth.com or call 817-349-7599.
Spring is in the air and so are the butterflies! Join the Grapevine Senior Activities Center on Tuesday, March 18 for a trip to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to view the “Butterflies in the Garden” exhibit, featuring butterflies of Asia. As an added bonus we will be having lunch at the Gardens Restaurant. Cost of the trip is $23 but you must pre-register by March 14. Hope to see you there! For more information, go to https://www.constantcontact.com/global/home-page