Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fort Worth Botanic Garden


I took some time to go to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden while I was at the CAST conference last week. It was a beautiful set of gardens, and I was there on a lovely day. I took a few pictures, and now that I'm back home looking at them, it occurs to me that I like garden structures...

Most of these are from the rose garden, which I hadn't expected to like. I had wandered through there on my way to the Japanese garden (I'm a real sap for Japanese gardens, and would grow one myself if I didn't live smack in the middle of a semi-arid prairie). I haven't always been a big fan of roses, long believing them to be too fussy and frou-frou, but a few years ago, I got seduced by the snazzy historical/cultural info and pretty pics on the website of the Antique Rose Emporium, and I've been hooked on antique roses ever since. Turns out, many roses have grit. I can respect grit.

Even so, I expected that the rose garden would be dull. But when I strolled through an entryway and was immediately enveloped by the aroma from a bank of pink roses, I was sold. Plus--what can I say?--there were all those garden structures.

Unfortunately, none of the photos I tried to take of the roses turned out, owing to my inability to tell whether they were in focus when I took them (I am hopelessly far-sighted). I am really going to have to figure out a solution to that problem...

Anyway, enjoy the pictures that did turn out.

Oh, and the one photo with the container is actually from an herb garden that was at a living history museum just down the road...


8 comments:

  1. I LOVE the Antique Rose Emporium. One of 'em is only about 20 minutes from my house.

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  2. The garden structures really add backbone to the beds. Do you happen to know what the magenta colored chenille looking blooming bush was? It is lovely.I have the same problem of getting my pictures in focus, and naturally one never notices it until your home going through the pictures. Have miss so many great pictures this way. If you find a solution please share it with me :)

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  3. Lona, I was wondering that myself...It is a very striking plant, isn't it?

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  4. Gosh, Pamela--I'm going to have to come visit! I was just telling KB about Antique Rose Emporium, and that I was going to have to go down there for a look-see...

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  5. Love the teepee, and also the sandstone (?) super sturdy-looking arbor/trellis thing. Cool that you got to work in a garden visit on your business trip!

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  6. I think you did a good job with the photos and you peaked my interest in the roses.

    I have those stand up comedian roses--Knock-Outs! Woo hoo--what a show...

    so I like the tripod support. We sold those at a garden center where I worked--for $200. You could make a killing with your paddle--arsty fartsy shaving away abilitites. I'm sure you need the dough.

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  7. Uh, $200? Holy cow. It's just three poles...

    I do like it though, and was already contemplating making one for the farm.

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