Fort Worth Botanic Garden Opens Rainforest Conservatory

Fort Worth Botanic Garden Rainforest Conservatory
Photo credit Credit: City of Fort Worth
By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - An exhibit at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden has re-opened after being closed to visitors for the past three years.

The Rainforest Conservatory was shut down in 2016 for safety reasons after hail damaged much of the glass in the 10,000 square-foot greenhouse. The exhibit houses plants from tropical rainforests around the world.

Over the past several months, crews have replaced much of the glass and installed new handrails. They also pruned some of the plants that had become overgrown during the past three years.

Other plants died while the exhibit was closed, but those that did survive are starting to fill out.

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden still has about $15 million worth of needed repairs and maintenance.

The City of Fort Worth is working on a plan to draw funding from a variety of sources to meet those needs and to prevent future maintenance shortfalls.