Fort Worth Botanic Garden Launches Master Planning Effort – Welcome to the City of Fort Worth


Posted on October 26, 2021

The Fort Worth Botanical Garden | The Botanical Research Institute of Texas launched a multi-stakeholder planning committee and selected Dallas-based landscape architecture firm, Studio Outside, to design a comprehensive master plan to inform direction and priorities for the next 20 years. improved infrastructure and facilities on the 120 acres. Campus.

“Creating an inspiring, long-term customer experience is the primary goal of this long-term master plan,” said Bob Byers, executive vice president of FWBG | BRIT and co-chair of the governing planning committee. “This plan will link horticulture, botanical science and the community of Fort Worth, leading us towards our strategic vision of being globally recognized and locally cherished.

The planning steering committee chaired by former District 7 City Council member Dennis Shingleton includes members from across the community, officials from Fort Worth, local garden associations, Fort Worth ISD, council and the FWBG staff | BRIT and other community advocates and developers.

“We have made a conscious effort to ensure that city members, FWBG | BRIT staff, the former task force and other long-time Garden supporters are represented on this committee,” Shingleton said. . “We will also be reaching out to the residents of Fort Worth to seek their input throughout this process, so that it truly reflects the views of our large and diverse community.”

After a nationwide search, Studio Outside landscape architects were selected to deliver the final master plan within 12 months. Studio Outside and its team of architects, civil engineers and landscape architects offer collective competence in the general planning and design of botanical gardens, as evidenced by previous projects of the Garden and similar projects across the country. , such as the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Ky., and the Water Conservation Garden at Red Butte in Salt Lake City.

“The master plan, which will evolve over the next 12 months, promises to fortify the Garden Campus as a premier horticultural institution in the country,” said Tary Arterburn, Senior Director of Studio Outside. “This site is very unique, not far from the shores of the Trinity River, offering a perfect transect of riparian, rugged and grassland ecosystems in one place.”

Estrus Tucker, President and CEO of DCI Consultants LLC, who will participate in the public engagement efforts for the Blueprint, said, “If we dare to design our strategies and engagements with diversity, equity and inclusion as intentions, our natural environment will be expressed in our gardens becomes an inspiring model for sustainable human communities.

A website has been created for the general planning effort.

Photo: The Fort Worth Botanical Garden is the oldest public botanical garden in Texas, with beautiful themed gardens including the Fuller Garden, the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Garden, which features plants native to the center -north Texas.

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