My mom and kids and I visited the Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth this week. The maple trees are stunning this time of year, and only enhanced this ethereal place.
The Japanese Garden is one of many smaller gardens that make up the Botanic Gardens, which have been in a state of development for many years. The construction of the gardens has always been a collaborative effort between sculptors, landscape designers, architects, botanists, artists, and friends of the city.
When construction began, it provided jobs in a depressed economy, and spanned federal relief programs of Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt.
The Japanese gardens were first started in a old rock quarry. What beauty has come from something once abandoned. Here's a really nice article that gives more history. You can find more about the Japanese Garden here. To learn more about other gardens on the grounds, like the national landmark Rose Garden, visit this link.
Enough talk! Here are the photos from the visit, taken on my Blackberry phone.