LIGHTSCAPE Coming to FWBG for 2022 Holiday Season

LIGHTSCAPE Coming to FWBG for 2022 Holiday Season

Internationally Acclaimed ‘LIGHTSCAPE’ Coming to Fort Worth Botanic Garden for 2022 Holiday Season

From November 18 through January 8, Lightscape will illuminate evenings at the Garden with more than one million holiday lights, tunnels, fire, sculptures, bluebonnets, and artistic installations throughout a spectacular one-mile winding walking trail 

Following sold-out runs in the world’s largest cities including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, the internationally acclaimed Lightscape is coming to Fort Worth for the 2022 holiday season. Taking place within the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden and set along a beautifully illuminated walking trail custom-designed for Fort Worth, Lightscape will feature spectacular artistic installations that come to life after dark with color, imagination, and sound. 

Starting November 18 and running through January 8 on select nights, Lightscape ticketholders will walk a one-mile-long path with suspended strands and tunnels of light, a fire garden, undulating wave of bluebonnets, singing trees, treetop sculptures, and artistic installations, while toasting marshmallows over a fire and drinking hot chocolate and other seasonal drinks at stations along the trail. 

Tickets are required for admittance, with entry times available every 15 minutes from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly. The average tour time from start to finish is 1.5 hours, although there is no time limit. Tickets go on sale today at https://fwbg.org/lightscape at the following price levels:  

  • Adults: $28* 
  • Children (ages 3-12): $18* 
  • Infants (0-2 years old): free 
  • Groups of 20 or more: 10% off  

*FWBG members receive $5 off of each ticket 

“We are beyond ecstatic to announce that Lightscape is making its debut in Fort Worth during the 2022 holiday season, and that North Texans will have the opportunity to experience this internationally renowned holiday light show at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for the first time ever,” said Patrick Newman, CEO & president of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. “Following sold-out shows in cities across the world, we look forward to transforming the Garden into an enchanting after-dark spectacular like no other.” 

Lightscape will be produced by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in association with Sony Music, creatively produced by Culture Creative, and promoted in partnership with WAD Entertainment. 

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The widely popular event will be held on site 

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale April 8 from 2-7 p.m. and April 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

Members are invited to an exclusive pre-sale April 7 from 3-7 p.m. and receive a 10% discount. Not a member? Join now by visiting brit.org/membership

The Spring Plant Sale features annuals, perennials, begonias from garden collections, bulbs, shrubs, Japanese maples, and fruit trees. Various plant societies and vendors will also be selling their plants and products. Botanic Garden staff will be on hand to answer questions and help with plant selections. The Garden’s resident citrus specialist, Rob Bauereisen, will also be on site to offer a variety of citrus trees and advice on growing them. 

“The spring sale is a community favorite for area residents who appreciate our plant selection and friendly advice,” said Executive Vice President Bob Byers.  

The sale will be held in “The Grove” just inside the weekend (Lot D) parking lot off the I-30 access road between University Drive and Montgomery Street.  Shoppers are advised to bring their own carts or wagons for loading plants. 

About Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) 

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG) is the oldest public botanic garden in Texas with beautiful theme gardens, including the Fuller Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Garden, which features plants native to north central Texas. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a nonprofit, international research, education and conservation organization that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world. BRIT assumed nonprofit management of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Oct. 1, 2020. The combined organization comprises 120 acres in Fort Worth’s Cultural District two miles west of downtown Fort Worth at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. 

The Garden is open Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Parking is free between the garden center and the BRIT building and in the weekend parking lot during regular business hours.  

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 “Beautiful, exotic butterflies of every hue and size will be flying in the conservatory,” said Bob Byers, executive vice-president. “People will have a chance to walk among hundreds of fluttering butterflies from around the world, watch them land on tropical flowers and lush foliage — maybe even on their shoulders — and learn about the amazing life cycle of the butterfly.” 

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 The exhibit is likely to feature Central American butterflies such as the Starry Night Butterfly (Hamadryas Iaodamia), the Mosaic (Colobura dirce),  the elegant Glass Wing (Greta oto), Small Postman (Heliconius erato), Pink-Spotted Cattleheart (Parides photinus), the green Malachite (Siproeta stelenes), and Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale).  The ever-popular Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) will definitely be featured in the exhibit.  Of all the butterflies in the exhibit, the Blue Morpho is the most striking and a perennial favorite among visitors. Also included in the exhibit will be butterflies from North and South America, Africa and Asia. 

 Tickets for timed entrance are currently for sale online. Admission is $12 for ages 16-64; $10 for seniors (65+); $8 for ages 6-15; and free for children under five. For those who want to visit both the Garden and the butterfly exhibit, the price is $18 for adults and seniors and $10 for children. School groups of 20 or more may purchase tickets in advance for $8 per person. FWBG|BRIT members receive a discounted price of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children.  

 About Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) 

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG) is the oldest public botanic garden in Texas with beautiful theme gardens, including the Fuller Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Garden, which features plants native to north central Texas. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a nonprofit, international research, education and conservation organization that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world. BRIT assumed nonprofit management of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Oct. 1, 2020. The combined organization comprises 120 acres in Fort Worth’s Cultural District two miles west of downtown Fort Worth at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. 

 Winter Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Parking is free throughout the campus during regular business hours. 

 

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FORT WORTH, Texas (January 21, 2021) The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) welcome nationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty during the month of February as he weaves, twists and shapes a one-of-a-kind Stickwork sculpture in the Fuller Garden. 

As he has done many times before at many other locations, Dougherty will take the sticks and aided by a team of volunteers, weave, wind and twist them into—what? Who knows! A hut, a nest, a cocoon, a tower, a maze—whatever Dougherty wants it to be. One thing can be certain: The resulting creation will be as unique as the Garden and as rooted in the landscape of Fort Worth, Texas.  

“We are delighted to have Patrick Dougherty bring his distinctive form of outdoor installation art to Fort Worth,”  said President and Executive Director Ed Schneider. “I can’t wait to see what he creates here—it’s sure to be unexpected.” 

Dougherty’s stick-based art works have been featured in more than 300 locations around the world, from Japan to Belgium, and were described by the New York Times as “startling” and “delightful.” For the first time, he is bringing his art to Fort Worth. He will begin creating his structure on Feb. 1 and work through the month. Visitors are invited to view Dougherty and his team of volunteers as they work. 

Once it is completed, the Stickwork, whatever it might be, will remain in the Garden for guests to explore for as long as it survives the wind and weather. Eventually all of Dougherty’s works return to the nature from which they came, usually lasting a year or two. 

In 2014, Dougherty told CBS Sunday Morning what he wanted people to experience when they viewed his work: “I want people to feel the sense of exploration. You’re in another place. You’ve been transported through the forest garden back to the Garden of Eden.” 

Look for one stick-built doorway to delight, ascending in Fort Worth soon.  [Sculpture exhibit viewing included with the price of general admission. Members receive free entry.]

Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG) is the oldest public botanic garden in Texas with beautiful theme gardens, including the Fuller Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Garden, which features plants native to north central Texas. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a nonprofit, international research, education and conservation organization that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world. BRIT assumed nonprofit management of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Oct. 1, 2020. The combined organization comprises 120 acres in Fort Worth’s Cultural District two miles west of downtown Fort Worth.  

Winter Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for children 6-15 and free for those under 5.
Parking: Parking is free throughout the campus during regular business hours. 

 

Garden Topiaries at the FWBG

Garden Topiaries at the FWBG

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) and Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites visitors to the newest exhibit “Topiaries in the Garden,” running Oct. 16, 2020 through Jun. 30, 2021.   
 
Featuring 12 plant-based animal shapes, such as elephants, giraffes, and butterflies, the displays are sure to stimulate a sense of wonderment and fascination.  
 
“Seeing the animal topiaries throughout the Garden gives visitors yet another reason to get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather,” said Vice President for Horticulture and Assistant Director Bob Byers.   
 
Topiary is a horticultural practice that trains plants to grow and develop into distinctive shapes. In this case,  animal-shaped frames are stuffed with sphagnum peat moss, bound in fishing line, and then planted with flowering annuals, groundcover and other plants. The process allows for depiction of not just the shape of the animal, but also the color and texture of its skin, fur or feathers. For the duration of the exhibit Garden staff and volunteers will maintain the topiaries by watering, fertilizing, pinning stray runners, and shearing.   
 
Exhibit viewing is included with the price of Garden admission. Members receive free entry. For more information, visit fwbg.org/events/topiaries.
 
 
About the Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107 www.fwbg.org  
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Texas and comprises 110 acres in Fort Worth’s cultural district two miles west of downtown Fort Worth. The Garden includes the beautiful Fuller Garden, the historic Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Garden, which features plants native to north central Texas and a nationally recognized begonia species collection. The Garden Center is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Garden is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for children 6-15, and free for those 5 and under. Members receive free entry. Parking is also free at the Garden. 
 
About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®)
1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 www.brit.org  
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a nonprofit, international research, education and conservation organization that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world. On Oct. 1, 2020, BRIT became the nonprofit managing the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. BRIT is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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