08:00 AM until 06:00 PM
LocationFort Worth Botanic Garden, Fuller Garden View map
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd,
Fort Worth, TX, 76107
- Website: https://brit.org/events/texas-bee-oasis/
- Line/Box Office Phone: FWBG: 817/463-4160; BRIT: 817/332-4441
Free with garden admission: $12 for adults 16 and older, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for children 6–15 and free for 5 younger. Free admission with annual membership.
- Ages: All ages
Dallas-based artist Jen Rose crafts tiny sculptures that are not only beautiful, they help pollinators as they go about their work of supporting plants and our ecosystems. These sculptures, called bee cups, are eco-friendly watering stations made from tiny hollow porcelain cones that resemble colorful flowers.
Each one collects a few drops of water from the sprinkler or rain and provides a bee-friendly resting station for active pollinators. Placing the bee cups together in groupings, called an Oasis, the installations range from a colorful whimsical arrangement of a dozen or so, to a stunning ombre gradiant of over 500.
Rose began experimenting with the bee cup concept in 2019, curious about questions like, “Do bees have toes?” and “How long is a bee tongue?” “Pollinating insects are so vital to our ecosystem that I wanted to design something truly helpful, and not cause unintentional harm,” Rose said, explaining the motivation for her research and creative process.
The final design holds a maximum of 1 cc of liquid, allowing for evaporation by the evening hours, eliminating the risk of mosquito breeding. The interior of each cup is embossed with ridges. “This gives the bees something to grip onto as they are drinking, much like a shower mat, to prevents falls,” Rose explains.
The Garden’s original installation, Texas Bee Oasis, is made of roughly 3,000 bee cups. Its location in the Fuller Garden gives respite and water to the garden pollinators, as well as beauty and joy to visitors.
Bee cups will be sold in the Trellis Shop and BRIT gift shops – they make beautiful additions to your own garden while supporting ecological health and diversity.