Friday, April 30, 2010

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden (109 acres)  is open daily; an admission fee is charged for the Conservatory and Japanese Garden. The other gardens are free admission.

The garden was established in 1934, and describes itself as the oldest botanic garden in Texas, with 2,501 species of native and exotic plants in its 21 specialty gardens. In addition to wooded areas, major garden features include:

Conservatory (10,000 square feet) - tropical displays of orchids, bromeliads, and trees.
* currently closed :(

Four Seasons Garden - Hundreds of iris, day-lily, and chrysanthemum varieties.

Fragrance Garden - small garden with fragrant plants and fountain. 

Fuller Garden - pathways and lawn; site for weddings and garden parties.

Japanese Garden - three koi ponds, waterfall, bridges, teahouse, pagoda, pavilions, meditation garden. 
 *see previous blog for more info and pics

Lower Rose Garden - rose garden inspired by Villa Lante (Italy). 


Oval Rose Garden - hundreds of roses; renovated 2002. 

Perennial Garden - perennials with culinary herb collection, as well as ponds and small waterfall.

Trial Garden - evaluation site for hundreds of species of perennials. 

Water Conservation Garden - demonstration xeriscape garden.

Water Wise Entrance - entry garden with agave, Texas sage, salvia greggii, Mexican Bush sage, red yucca and Esparanza.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Fair Park

Dallas Fair Park is a 277-acre recreational and educational complex located in Dallas, Texas. The complex  is home to nine museums, six performance facilities, a lagoon, and the largest Ferris wheel in North America. Many of the buildings on the complex were constructed for the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936 which drew over six million visitors. Most of the buildings built for the exposition still survive and Fair Park is recognized as a significant example of Art Deco architecture.

Texas Star- largest Ferris wheel in the USA

Discovery Gardens

  Cotton Bowl

 Hall of State

 Magnolia Lounge

Old Mill Inn

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Water Gardens in Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Water Gardens, built in 1974, is located on the south end of downtown Fort Worth between Houston and Commerce Streets next to the Fort Worth Convention Center. The 4.3 acre  Water Gardens were designed by noted New York architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee and was dedicated to the City of Fort Worth by the Amon G. Carter Foundation.

The urban park is frequently billed as a "cooling oasis in the concrete jungle" of downtown. Its focal points are three pools of water and a terraced knoll, which helps to shield the park from adjacent Interstate 30. The quiet meditation pool is encircled with trees and features a flat, still plane of water that cascades almost 90 degrees down to a sunken walkway. The aerating pool features multiple spray fountains. The main attraction of the Water Gardens is the active pool which has water cascading 38 feet down terraces and steps into a small pool at the bottom. It also has over 500 species of plants and trees throughout the park.

The active pool was originally built for people to be able to walk down the terraced steps and experience the water tumbling around them. It was temporarily closed to the public after four people died there on June 16, 2004. Three children and one adult drowned after one of the children fell in the pool. It is mistakenly believed that the child jumped in to swim. The other three jumped in trying to save the child. The water was unusually deep due to a recirculating pump malfunction and heavy rains. The park was reopened in March 4, 2007 after being made safer by reducing the depth of the main pool from 9 ft to 2 ft.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Japanese Gardens-- Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

Scott Brooks, the Fort Worth Japanese Garden's senior gardener, reports:

The Fort Worth Japanese Garden was originally constructed with materials donated from numerous individuals, businesses, and institutions in north Texas and elsewhere in the USA. In the 1990s, Fort Worth's Japanese sister city, Nagaoka, donated an authentic Mikoshi (a sacred palanquin) to Fort Worth, which is currently housed within the garden's precincts. Several trees, including pines and flowering cherries, were similarly donated. Finally, Mr. Shigeichi Suzuki, a landscape architect from Nagaoka, donated plans for a karesansui-style addition to the Garden in 1997. The addition was completed in 2000, and is now called the 'Suzuki Garden'.

The Fort Worth Japanese Garden was built into a little valley, originally a gullied bluff, that opened onto the floodplain of the Trinity River's Clear Fork branch. Enlarged as a gravel quarry, the site also served at various times as a watering hole for cattle, a trash dump, and a squatter's camp. Today, the secluded valley serves as a Japanese-style 'stroll garden' (kaiyushiki teien).

At the heart of the landscape is a system of ponds, surrounded by hills (tsukiyama), and enclosed by a network of interconnected paths, pavilions, bridges, and decks. As the name implies, the garden unfolds as an ever-changing series of landscape perspectives to visitors who stroll along those thoroughfares. 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I have arrived!! (sorry for the late posting)

Dallas Texas!!

It will be home for the next 13 weeks and I am staying in an apartment NOT a hotel room!!! I am thoroughly excited about my new place and the fact that it is soo HUGE. Plus, my aunt and uncle are super close by and my good friend from college- Ashley lives in the area too.

my HUGE kitchen :)

My Aunt Zanne & Uncle Konrad pictured with Reina 

my good friend Ashley from UMHB

I will be working at Children's in the Medical Center. My first 2 weeks here are filled with orientation and lectures. Lots and lots of computer training over their policies and procedures, computer charting system, and computer documentation.  The first week is all classroom lectures or computer classes and the second week is orientation on the various units I will be working. Since I'll be in variable staffing here I will be working all over the hospital.

All my belongings have been unpacked and my apartment is fully decorated! The only thing that got lost in the move from the Houston hotel to my mom's house in San Antonio to my apartment in Dallas is my wireless keyboard . . . still have not found it :(

*update- Just noticed I didn't publish this post yet. I have been here in Dallas for 3 weeks now. Finally off orientation at the hospital and so far things are going well. Everyday to get to work I take about 4-5 elevators just to get to the floor I'll be working on so as to be expected I am always LOST and if you ask me where a bathroom is located I probably don't know!!! But other than that everyone is really nice and helpful and patient. And here at Children's just like TCH in Houston-- nurses and staff have phones . . . still NOT a fan. 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Dallas Bloom!

At the Dallas Arboretum each year they have a huge spring flower festival called Dallas Bloom. This year it ran from March 6 to April 11 and I wanted to make sure I went!!! Not only do I LOVE taking pictures of flowers but spring is my favorite time of the year. I could do without the tons of oak pollen and many other blooming things that I am allergic too but it just comes with the season.

Dallas Bloom was just stunning!! Even driving through the parking lot I was distracted by all the tulips and daffodils everywhere. Once I got inside the Arboretum it was just BEAUTIFUL :)  I only had just over an hour before the garden closed and I was determined to see the entire arboretum-- well lets just say that didn't happen. I was able to see most of the gardens but mostly I stayed near the fields of tulips which happened to be all over the arboretum!! I would recommend anyone in the Dallas area next March/April to definitely go, you won't regret it!!