Fort Worth, TX: Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

Since the Final Four games aren't until the evening, you have the whole rest of the day to sightsee. (Last year we hiked Stone Mountain, went to The Varsity, and took in a Braves game.) This year we headed over to Fort Worth to the Botanic Gardens.

Admission to the majority of the exhibits is free (as is parking), and there are 109 acres to explore.

You can get a glimpse of our weather. We were chilly outside, but at least it didn't start raining until later in the afternoon. Not too much was blooming yet...

...but we did find a few flowers here and there.

We got a kick out of this sign since we think of sports in a very different way.

One of the bigger exhibits is the Texas Native Forest Boardwalk.

Lining one side of the boardwalk are native plants, while the other side has non-native ones.

The highlight (for us, because we are really like 7 years old) were the "telephones" at every station. Eric and I saw these at the exact same time and made a beeline for different ones so we could talk to each other. They span the whole length of the boardwalk.

My favorite part (even without anything blooming) was the Municipal Rose Garden.

We got here when some wedding photos were being taken (actually we saw quite a few various professional photos being done here), but they finished before we had wandered too far up the garden.

It's pretty now, but think of how gorgeous this must be when things are in bloom.

There is also a Japanese garden for an extra fee (we didn't go in), and this is where a gift shop is too (we did go in that, but didn't find anything we wanted).

The many gardens are labelled. I took a photo of this because I thought it was funny that the cactus garden was so small, it being Texas and all.

The (aptly? poorly? named) Four Seasons garden had only one currently flowering plant.

The Fragrance garden was cool and hidden. You were encouraged to touch and smell all the plants inside. The ones that had something going on were all marked with signs that looked similar to this one.

There were a lot of mint plants, as well as various herbs like rosemary and lavender.

The garden was a nice was to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning. By the time we were done, the parking lot was quite full (although it looked like they had several more lots farther away), even though it was decidedly not warm and looked like it would rain any moment, so we were far from the only ones here.
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