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Conservatory is now open at Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Posted Sept. 4, 2019

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aerial view of conservatory
The 10,000-square-foot glass greenhouse contains plants from tropical rainforests across the world.

The Rainforest Conservatory at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is open again after being closed since 2016.

Efforts to repair the greenhouse have been underway for months, including replacing much of the glass, installing new handrails and heavy pruning of overgrown plant material.

Following hail damage to the glass, the Rainforest Conservatory had been closed for safety reasons since 2016.

Though many plants were lost or damaged while the greenhouse was closed, the toughest plants survived and are now starting to fill out again. Water features will soon run clear again, and small animals such as fish, lizards and frogs will again flourish.

View a list of botanic garden admission fees, which include entrance to the conservatory.

Over the years, the Botanic Garden has fallen behind in routine maintenance and repairs because of a lack of funding. Some of the features at the garden had to be closed because of safety issues and broken infrastructure. Today there are more than $15 million in needed capital repairs.

A broad-based funding approach currently in development will include city funding, admission fees, membership fees and bond funding. This combination is expected to address current deferred maintenance needs and assure adequate operational funding to prevent future maintenance and programming shortfalls.

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