I love Ft. Worth. We first went there via the Heartland Flyer in 2007. Bear was quite young, and she rode a bull in cow town. By the way, she consented to my posting the photo below. We returned last year with her graduating class to take in the sites again.
However, there is so much more to Ft. Worth than the stockyards–although they and the rodeo are great fun.
Yesterday, I was fortunate to speak to sixty or so of Ft. Worth’s gardening citizens. Speaking at the Ft. Worth Garden Club was truly a delight. I hope, one day, they ask me to return. Special thanks goes out to their Program Chairperson, Nancy Hallman. She went out of her way to feed me–no easy task when I must have gluten and dairy free food. Staying with her was a delight as she’s also great company. You may not remember, but I profiled Nancy’s garden when we visited during GWA in 2010. Although it was raining cats and dogs at the Ft. Worth Botanic Garden yesterday–yay–here are a few photos I took during my previous visit. The botanic garden is a lovely spot. When you next visit the Dallas Arboretum, take time to visit the Ft. Worth Botanic Garden too. It’s a large garden and will take a full day to breathe it all in.
The Ft. Worth Garden Club is an active group. They provide horticultural, garden and design education. They sponsor scholarships for horticulture students–hurrah!–and they help preserve the Ft. Worth Botanic Garden as part of their mission to help protect the environment. I was honored to speak to such a lively and interested group. What an inspiration they are to their community.
It was late summer when I took the photo, above, in the Japanese garden. One day, I want to return when the maples are changing color for fall. My dear friend, Debra Prinzing, should get to see them. She’s speaking to the club on Slow Flowers next month as part of their education series. Amy Stewart is also a speaker in a few months. I’ve heard both of them so I know club members will have a great time.
Tomorrow, I head to the Garden Bloggers Conference, and while I’m there, I’m also going to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for a quick visit. Another great trip. Then, I’m staying home for a bit. I’m nearly finished with The 20/30-Something Garden Guide, but there’s still plenty to do.
I hope all of y’all are having a great time in your gardens. Fall is the best time to visit many places. The weather is cooler–thank God–and perennials are often at their peak and refreshed by rain. For some real inspiration, why not visit your local botanic garden today? If you do, I’d love to hear your story below.