Fort Worth Beautiful

The Fort Worth Beautiful Award was established in 1987. It is administered by the Fort Worth Garden Club. The Longevity of the Fort Worth Beautiful Award speaks to the value of beautifying our City; it is our hope to spread that value by awarding the recipients with a marker sign that can be posted at their property as a visual cue. Interestingly, one can extrapolate what was trending in the City by looking at that list.

Fort Worth has changed immensely in those 33 years. The award criteria is evolving as well, from simple color beds of flowers, to other elements that might also comprise beauty. Words such as Conservation and Sustainability are now in our vocabulary. What about Preservation or Historical Impact? Beauty can be found in good Urban Design and New Development. Above all there is beauty in educating others about these broader aspects of our living environment.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Fort Worth Beautiful Award Winners.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. –  Whiskey Ranch at Glen Gardens Golf Course
Tarrant Regional Water District
The Shops at Clearfork

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
SWBTS was established in 1908 by BH Carroll on the campus of Baylor University, moving to its present location on Seminary Hill in 1910. Today it’s a beautiful central city location with stately buildings and mature trees. Walking this lovely campus in the fall we were delighted by plantings of variegated abelia, ornamental grasses and berried hollies. There are intimate gardens for reflection and water features that can calm the soul on this peaceful campus. Thank you to SWBTS for sharing your heritage with this lovely site.

Firestone And Robertson Distilling Co., Whiskey Ranch
There are many choices to have a nice cocktail in Fort Worth these days, but there’s not one with as enchanting a view as The Whiskey Ranch at Firestone and Roberston Distilling Co….home of the renowned TX Whiskey. This unique site was home to Glen Gardens Golf Course, the old stomping grounds of Ben Hogan, Byran Nelson and Sandra Palmer. It was once described as a working relic, yet, the owners have preserved 112 acres, improved several holes, cleaned fence-lines and the creeks that run through the property. The owners also recognized that it was important to keep the employees who had been maintaining the property as a golf course. “They believe the golf course is in the best shape it has been in for at least the past 10-15 years.”

Whiskey Ranch is a hidden gem on the southeast side of Fort Worth, off Mitchell Blvd. Driving through the gates one winds along a curving road surrounded by vast, green turf; then one arrives at the distillery itself surrounded by native plants and grasses. And then the VIEW! A majestic view of the Fort Worth City Skyline. Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson planned and designed the distillery on this site with an abundant attention to detail, from using reclaimed materials to siting the venues to the spectacular views. Thank you Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co for preserving and creating such a Sense of Place.

Tarrant Regional Water District
Tarrant Regional Water District is the water supplier for 2.6 million people in 11 North Texas counties, including 97 percent of Tarrant County.  Over the next 40 years, TRWD must plan to meet the water needs for 4.3 million people. Water conservation and the protection of the quality of water is at the forefront of those strategies.

Outdoor landscaping provides many benefits, but also impacts water resources. Being able to showcase Landscape design, plant selection, efficient irrigation and storm water management features is an important education tool for our communities.  TRWD’s campus in north Fort Worth provides the public with techniques to create and maintain beautiful landscaping that conserves water and protects water quality. It also provides information and outreach opportunities to residents, developers, civic groups and others to advance their knowledge and use of earth-friendly practices in landscapes.

TRWD’s office complex, 800 E. Northside Drive, also showcases recommended turf grass varieties, native and adapted plants that attract butterflies and other best practices such as using mulch and drip irrigation.  Other features include dry river beds, pervious surfaces and a rain garden to slow down water and allowing it to be absorbed into the soil. The site also features a wetland built with aquatic vegetation to absorb runoff and support wildlife.

We are challenged with rapid growth in North Texas, yet water demands have not kept the same pace due to conservation efforts through Education and Outreach. The Water District is much more than providing water.

Shops at Clearfork
Rounding out our Award selections are the Shops at Clearfork. They rose up from the prairie to become a major destination along the Chisholm Trail Parkway and Trinity Trails.

The Shops at Clearfork balance urban design and sustainable development with the needs of pedestrians and automobile traffic. Their landscape is tidy, yet naturalized. Here you’ll find seasonal annual color, like pansies and petunias, as well as native plants like black-eyed Susan or Mexican hats and herbs such as rosemary and lavender. Ornamental grasses and liriope are trending landscape plants for these public places. Their park-like open spaces are always busy with families enjoying being outside in an urban setting. We can’t wait to see what happens next at Clearfork.