Topiaries in the Garden, Fort Worth Botanic Garden


October 16, 2020 to June 30, 2021


Fort Worth Botanic Garden View map
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd,
Fort Worth, TX, 76107

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  • Line/Box Office Phone: 817/463-4160
  • Cost: Free with regular garden admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+); $6 for children ages 6–15; free for children 5 and younger. Free for garden members.


The Botanical Research Institute of Texas ( and Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites visitors to the newest exhibit Topiaries in the Garden, featuring 12 plant-based animal shapes, such as elephants, giraffes and butterflies. The displays are sure to stimulate a sense of wonderment and fascination.

Topiary is a horticultural practice that trains plants to grow and develop into distinctive shapes. In this case, animal-shaped frames are stuffed with sphagnum peat moss, bound in fishing line, and then planted with flowering annuals, groundcover and other plants.

The process allows for depiction of not just the shape of the animal, but also the color and texture of its skin, fur or feathers. For the duration of the exhibit Garden staff and volunteers will maintain the topiaries by watering, fertilizing, pinning stray runners, and shearing.

Topiary scavenger hunt
Explore the new Topiaries in the Garden exhibit by taking your family on a topiary scavenger hunt through the grounds. Children can stomp, count, hop and hide their way through the garden on a topiary adventure.

Parents can download the scavenger hunt clues, or when they arrive at the Garden, use your phones to capture a QR code that will bring up the clues and a Garden map.

Elephants, gorillas and gazelles are lurking here in the Garden. Can you find them all?

Plus, check out the concurring Topiaries Art Exhibit at BRIT, Tracing Topiaries and Finding Catesby’s Birds here: