Where to See Native Plants in a Garden or Natural Environment.

These native places are great for seeing what plants have either been planted in attractive combinations / landscaping or how native plants community associations occur by Mother Nature.  Take some time to get outside and enjoy nature and native plants!

Click on the little arrow in box at top of map to see different categories of sites to visit.

Demonstration Gardens

  • Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
    1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107-3400
    prairie grass and native plant gardens adjacent to parking lots and one side in front, restored prairies on one side and in back of building, green roof, bioswales and retention pond  BRIT Campus
    BRIT website
  • Fielder House Butterfly Garden
    1616 W. Abram St, Arlington, TX 76013
    Native plant garden in unlocked but gated area, specifically utilizing native plants needed by caterpillars and butterflies.
  • Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
    3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107-3400
    Map of Garden Areas
    Botanical gardens utilizing native plants, exotic (i.e. imported) ornamentals, and sadly, some invasive plants too.

    • Be sure to visit the new Tinsley / Rock Springs Native Plant Garden that is on the most southern side of Botanic Gardens property.
    • Click:  Plant Walk Map for locations of native plants taught in Native Plant Landscape Certification Class by the North Central chapter
    • Interested in native trees? Be sure to visit the Texas Native Forest Boardwalk
  • City of Fort Worth Forest Park Pool Monarch Way Station
    2850 Park Place Avenue , Fort Worth, TX 76110
    A demonstration garden of native plants inside the pool grounds (admission required) for purposes of creating a monarch way station to support the Fort Worth Mayor's Monarch Pledge.
  • City of Fort Worth Hulen Library
    4001 Library Ln, Fort Worth, TX 76109
    A demonstration garden of native plants in a landscape setting is located just west of S. Hulen Street off of Briarhaven Rd. This site is maintained by the Native Plant Society of Texas and Tarrant County Master Gardeners.
  • Molly Hollar Wildscape
    2600 Spanish Trail, Arlington, TX 76016
    Go to the south side of Veterans Park to find the entrance to the Wildscape.
    Wildscape website
  • Tarrant County Southwest Sub Court House
    6551 Granbury Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76133
    A demonstration garden of native plants in a landscape setting, maintained by the Native Plant Society of Texas and Tarrant County Master Gardeners.

City Parks with Native Plant Areas

  • Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center
    Hillwood Parkway & Amador Drive Fort Worth, TX
    originally Fort Worth Prairie ecosystem; Developed in collaboration with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and many other partners, the park honors the land’s history and natural beauty – all with sustainability and stewardship of the land for the future in mind.
  • Chisholm Trail Community Center Park
    4936 McPherson, Fort Worth TX 76123
    remnant Fort Worth prairie behind soccer fields
  • Cross Timbers Park
    7680 Douglas Rd., N. Richland Hills, TX 76182
    100 acre City of N. Richland Hills park, a portion of which is kept in native state of mid grass prairie and Post Oak savannah
  • Eagle Mountain Park
    11601 Morris Dido Newark Rd., Ft. Worth, TX 76179
    400 acre TRWD park
  • Oakmont Park
    7000 Bellaire Drive S., Fort Worth  76132
    127 acres
  • Marion Sansom Park
    2501 Roberts Cut Off Road, Fort Worth, TX 76114
    originally Fort Worth Prairie ecosystem, now transitioning to savannah and forest due to encroachment by woody species
  • Ridglea Hills Park
    4599 Stonedale Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76116
    6 acres
  • River Legacy Parks & Living Science Center
    several entrances, north side of Arlington, TX
    1031 acres of natural, urban hardwood forest floodplain park


Natural Areas / Nature Preserves

  • Acton Nature Center
    6900 Smokey Hill Court, Granbury, TX 76049
    75 acres of Western Cross Timbers ecosystem
    Acton Nature Center website
  • Tandy Hills Natural Area
    3400 View St, Fort Worth, TX 76103
    160 acres of Fort Worth Prairie ecosystem
    Tandy Hills website
  • Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
    9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135
    3,621 acres of Western Cross Timbers and Fort Worth Prairie ecosystems
    FWNCR website
  • Stella Rowan Prairie
    1100 Circle Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76119
    Follow Circle Drive around to the north end of the property until you see the sign "Stella Rowan Prairie". Follow the road until it dead ends at the covered pavilion. The outer perimeter of this property is the remnant of the Fort Worth Prairie ecosystem.  Owned by Tarrant County; NOT protected by city park or nature preserve status, but incredibly rich native remnant prairie and natural area.
  • Blackland Prairie Park
    4907 New York Ave, Arlington, TX 76018
    Blackland Prairie Park website
    13.5 acre remnant Blackland Prairie
  • O. S. Gray Natural Area
    2021 W. Abram St., Arlington, TX 76013
    20 acres of Eastern Cross Timbers ecosystem
    O.S. Gray Natual Area website
  • Southwest Nature Preserve
    5201 Bowman Springs Rd., Arlington, TX 76017
    58 acre remnant of Eastern Cross Timbers
    Southwest Nature Preserve website
  • Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park
    1650 Matlock Rd Mansfield, TX 76063
    80 acres of Eastern Cross Timbers and Blackland Prairie ecosystems
    Oliver Park website
  • Bob Jones Nature Center
    355 Bob Jones Rd, Southlake, TX 76092
    758 acres of Eastern Cross Timbers ecosystem
    Jones Nature Ctr website
  • Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area
    201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
    2,000 acres of Blackland Prairie, where it mingles w/ dry upland forests of Eastern Cross Timbers; prairie, forests & aquatic / wetland ecosytems results in high quantity & quality native plant diversity & habitat
    LLELA website
  • Cedar Ridge Preserve
    7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249
    600 acres (formerly Dallas Nature Center); managed by Dallas Chapter of National Audubon Society
    Cedar Ridge Preserve website
  • Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
    1206 West F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
    200 acres pristine wildlife habitat
    Dogwood Canyon Audubon website
  • Trinity River Audubon Center
    6500 Great Trinity Forest Way Dallas, TX 75217
    bottom land hardwood forest
    Trinity River Audubon website