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Learn about plans to make the Botanic Garden a more satisfying place to visit in the future

Posted May 10, 2018

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The Fort Worth Botanic Garden has completed a strategic planning process to articulate a vision for the future. Construction on the garden started in 1933.

Hear about future plans for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and share your thoughts during a public meeting of the Botanic Garden Task Force at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

In 2016, a citizen committee worked with EMD Consulting and city staff to create a strategic vision for the garden’s future, with specific steps for improving the visitor experience, developing excellent public programs, implementing key components of the 2010 master plan and increasing private support for the garden. City officials said they expect these changes to make the garden a more beautiful and satisfying place to visit while also developing key components to the living museum such as research, public education and collections management.

The report recommended creating a single point of entry for the garden, which would improve visitor services, orientation and information. The report also called for replacing the current admission structure — which requires visitors to pay for some features but not others — with a single general admission fee.

A single general admission would distribute fees more fairly across all users and provide a base for an annual membership program and a fundraising program.

Similar admission fees at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge and other major botanic gardens across the country have been shown to dramatically improve the physical spaces and the programs at these cultural assets.

Officials expect these steps to ensure the garden’s financial sustainability into the future without placing a great burden on Fort Worth taxpayers.

City staff has pledged that all residents of Fort Worth will have access to the gardens, just as the Park & Recreation Department does at pools and recreation centers.

At the May 14 meeting, residents will be invited to make three-minute presentations; group presentations should be limited to six minutes each.

View a video that shows repairs needed at the Botanic Garden.

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