What is a Demonstration Garden?
Demonstration gardens, sometimes referred to as learning landscapes or teaching gardens, are a collection of plants assembled and organized in a manner that allows garden visitors to access and study them. They provide examples of native plants thriving in native climate conditions. In North Central Texas it is important to understand all the factors that contribute to a robust and happy garden. These include healthy soils, drought resistant plants, and plenty of pollinators! If you are feeling inspired to have a lower maintenance landscape at your home that helps the environment and conserves water, or if you just want to enjoy the beauty of Texas Native Gardens, we have compiled a list of some of the best in Tarrant County. Enjoy!
Native Plant Demonstration Gardens in Tarrant County
800 East Northside Drive, Fort Worth 76102
The main campus of Tarrant Regional Water District host multiple examples of demonstration gardens that show low maintenance and resource-efficient landscapes with Texas native plants. In addition to the native plants, there are demonstration areas of low water use turf types, cisterns, and wetlands.
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth 76107
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Botanical Research Institute of Texas host exhibits, special exhibits, nature walks, workshops, children’s education and much more. Check out their calendar for more details.
2850 Park Place Ave., Fort Worth 76110
This garden is at a public pool and serves to support local pollinators such as Monarch butterflies and native bees.
4001 Library Lane Fort Worth 76109
This garden serves the public as an example of native plants that can be used in an urban environment.
6539 Granbury Road, Fort Worth 76133
This demonstration garden serves the public as an example of the benefits and use of native plants.
1801 Circle Drive, Fort Worth 76119
These gardens are maintained by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association in conjunction with Texas AgriLife Extension. They feature an Herb Garden, A Perennial Garden, Community Vegetable Beds, a Cactus and Succulent Garden, Native and Adapted Grasses, a Rose Garden, an Orchard and Berry Patch, a Greenhouse and Shade House, a Fish and Lily Pond, a Butterfly Garden, a Shade Garden, a Container Garden, a Mother Plant Bed, a Native Plant Garden and a Composting Site.
8101 Anglin Drive, Fort Worth 76140
These demonstration gardens feature native plants that are for sale in the garden center. Get inspired and bring some plants to try for yourself!
1616 West Abram Street, Arlington 76013
This demonstration garden hosts native Texas plants that host and support local caterpillars and butterflies.
703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006
River Legacy Park boasts miles of hiking trails, native plant gardens, natural areas, parks for recreation, and a educational science center that teaches about our local native ecosystem.
Other Demonstration Garden Lists
This link will show you demonstration garden locations and the website are full of information about water conservation, native plants, and tips on all sorts of gardening.
North Central Texas Chapter Native Plant Society of Texas
This link will show you the locations of demonstration gardens near you as well as city parks with native plant areas and natural areas/natural preserves.