In a flawed attempt at garden maintenance, amateurs often construct a scarabee to deter pesky pollinators from cross-contaminating precious thoroughbred plants. Experience an expertly cultivated garden with this Groupon.
The event runs until April 8, with admission daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This spring, the tropical conservatory at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden paints its fanning greenery with the wings of more than 1,000 butterflies. Patrons can stroll through 10,000 square feet of snaking pathways to glimpse Central American, Asian, and native North American butterflies flitting between ferns, sipping on nectar, and handing out autographs to star-struck caterpillars. As a waterfall fountain burbles and jungle trees cast their fronds over visitors' heads, the vibrant insects perch on orchids and occasionally on the hands of lucky visitors. Guests can also scope out pupae and witness the ongoing stages of metamorphosis, which, like those of human development, culminate in a restless quest for sugary sweets. Though the exhibit welcomes children into the conservatory, strollers are not permitted.
Blanketing more than 100 acres, Fort Worth Botanic Garden houses several disparate gardens that welcome locals and tourists whether they want quiet reflection or social stroll amid arboreal beauty. A feast for the eyes, tropical orchids and bromeliads colorize the conservatory, and the Fragrance Garden lives up to its name by engaging olfactory zones with a dozen uniquely scented plants. In the 7-acre Japanese Garden, visitors commune with plants and animals, including the pond's koi fish and their pet minnows.
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