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Ft. Worth Botanical Garden en route to Austin

July 7, 2015
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We had an easy drive today heading to Texas. Our first stop was to visit with new garden director Bob Byers at the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens. It has been too many years since I visited this garden and I was impressed. bob byers ft.worth (1) ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (2) This is a large urban botanical garden with 109 acres of landscaped gardens with 2500 species of native and exotic plants.  They had some fabulous containers throughout the gardens. ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (43) ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (13) ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (10) Their seasonal color beds are really stunning with lots of pentas, caladiums, periwinkle and more. The tall garden phlox were totally free of powdery mildew and stunning. ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (8) ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (18) periwinkle ft.worth.15 phlox ft.worth july.151

The rose gardens are under renovation due to a large outbreak of rose rosette virus. They are gradually replanting, hoping to eradicate the problem.ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (27) ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (32) ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (34)

I was most impressed with their trumpet creeper vines. They have the original orange, but a wonderful yellow one called ‘Flava’ and the large deep orange ‘Madame Galan’.  They were all loaded with blooms. Madame Galan does not set seeds, the other do, which can lead to problems.  trumpetcreeper.ft worth (4) trumpetcreeper.ft worth (6) trumpetcreeper.ft worth (7) trumpetcreeper.ft worth (9) trumpetcreeper.ft worth (12)

We saw some really well done trial gardens maintained by the Tarrant County Master Gardeners. ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (40) ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (41)

We walked the outskirts of the Japanese gardens,japanese garden ft worth (1) japanese garden ft worth (2) japanese garden ft worth (3)

We ended with a tour of the facilities. They have excellent meeting space with plenty of rooms for concurrent sessions and even a small auditorium. ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (44) ft worth botanical gardens.july15 (45)

We also got introduced to quite a few of Bob’s new staff members and got to see his spacious office–definitely a step up.bob byers ft.worth (2)We did not have enough time to see everything, but what we missed, we can see next time. We had another 3 hours to get to Austin, and traffic near downtown was a mess–even at 7 p.m.  We had a nice dinner and will head to bed. Tomorrow our conference begins.

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