Nature, like athletes and waiters serving flaming saganaki, always performs its best when on display for others. Witness a natural spectacle with today's Groupon for membership and lunch at Fort Worth Botanic Garden on Rock Springs. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get a 1 year family membership plus $10 for lunch at Gardens Restaurant (an $85 value).
- For $35, you get a 1 year couple's membership plus $10 for lunch at Gardens Restaurant (a $70 value).
Sprawling over 109 acres, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden aims to enrich lives through environmental preservation and public education. Membership gains a botanically inclined family or pair of individuals free access to the conservatory (normally $1/visit for adults and $.50 for children 4–12) and the Japanese Garden (normally $3.50–$4.50/visit for adults and $3 for children 4–12), as well as 10% off the Treasure Tree Gift Shop, and much more. Lushly crafted arcadias on site range from an aromatic fragrance garden to two rose gardens, soothing plant-starved souls while information woven through the paths enlightens ivy-coated brains. The conservatory boasts 10,000 square feet of exotic leaves and petals of spiky bromeliads, elegant orchids, and more. Connect with natural and personal mysteries by meandering through the serpentine paths at the Japanese Garden, a hushed medley of leaves, water, stones, and thousands of vibrant koi.
Lunch at the Gardens Restaurant enables garden-trawlers weary from miles of trails to recharge with a well-crafted menu. Light appetizers ($5.75) and salads ($7.75–$9) comingle with sandwiches and wraps ($7.75–$7.95) and inventive, flavorful entrees like pecan-encrusted chicken ($10.95) within the restaurant's plant-locked walls. Engaged Groupon-holders still seeking a knot-tying venue will also receive half off a six-hour rental of the Japanese Garden Pavillion (normally $2,500; $1,250 with the Groupon) if they book their wedding for April or June of 2011.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Blanketing more than 100 acres, Fort Worth Botanic Garden houses several disparate gardens that welcome locals and tourists whether they want quiet reflection or a social stroll amid arboreal beauty. The Fragrance Garden lives up to its name by engaging olfactory zones with a dozen uniquely scented plants. In the 7-acre Japanese Garden, visitors commune with plants and animals, including the pond's koi fish and their pet minnows.