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  • August 15, 2023

With summer heat tightening its grip on North Texas, two of the region’s most popular outdoor destinations, the Fort Worth Zoo and Fort Worth Botanic Garden, are adjusting their hours of operation in deference to rising temperatures.

Beginning today (July 10), the Fort Worth Zoo resumes summer hours, opening an hour earlier at 9 a.m. and closing at 4 p.m. Monday-Friday (5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). Summer hours at the Botanic Garden are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Botanic Garden offers a members-only hour at 7 a.m. daily.

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  • August 10, 2023

words by staff writer

To celebrate National Tree Day, the Royal Botanic Gardens is taking guests on a one-of-a-kind wander through the woods.

Take a moment to consider the humble tree. Handsome and stoic, they line our streets and fill our parks, littering us with leaves and quietly cleansing the air we breathe.

On July 30, channel your inner Lorax and take part in National Tree Day. Since 1996, the annual holiday has brought together nature lovers from across the country to learn more about our country’s trees and plant a few as well.

National Tree Day at the

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  • August 1, 2023

Adrian Benepe, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). Photo: Michael Stewart.

EAGLE: I guess a really simple jumping off point would just be to ask you what got you into your love of trees and gardens and urban ecology? I know that you grew up in the city, so was this a fascination that has existed since you were young, or did you have to come to it at some point and what brought you there? 

BENEPE: I’m a city kid, born and raised in New York City, technically born in New Rochelle, but from the age

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  • July 23, 2023

Good morning. It’s Monday. Today we will fill you in on a delightful summertime treat in Brooklyn. And we’ll bring you an update on the deadly cargo ship fire in Newark.

A lantern fly settled on the microphone as Daisy Castro, a violinist, played with her band before several hundred people gathered on picnic blankets in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for the launch of the Jazz in July series.

During a break between songs, Castro picked up the insect and blew it away. Such was to be expected, given the venue. Birds circled above, and the branches of two nearby

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  • July 20, 2023

In a recent City Council hearing, the Parks Department was called on by environmentalists and officials to increase New York City’s tree canopy from the current 22% to 30% by 2035, an ambitious goal that would see the city investing in trees as actors against climate change. Adrian Benepe, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG), believes that the goal is one worth fighting for.

“There are so many good reasons to do this,” Benepe said in an interview with the Eagle. “Trees have superpowers, and we’re now understanding more and more the huge value of trees in

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  • July 17, 2023

It is Taco Month somewhere today, but here it is Kudos Month. 

Huh? Yes, I have been derelict in not giving a lot of ink to the Botanic Garden in the Atkins-Porter neighborhood on Jackson Street. Mostly created and maintained by volunteers in the area, the jewel shines among the hundred-year-old residences there. They provide an apt surrounding to the Botanic Garden itself. 

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  • July 15, 2023

When Fort Worth Zoo built an Elephant Springs habitat in 2021 for Asian elephants and greater one-horned rhino, it created a 400,000-gallon pool.

To survive the summer heat, the big mammals can just plop in the “river.”

Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Zoo adjust hours for summer

Starting July 10, the Fort Worth Zoo opens and closes an hour earlier; the new hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a 7 a.m. members-only hour. Both organizations close at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

As Texas sizzles,

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