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Bed of orange marigolds

Botanic Garden Creates a Stunning Floral Carpet for Día de los Muertos

More Than 46,000 Marigolds Used to Create a Visual Showpiece

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden will incorporate the beauty of tradition, culture, and botanicals for Día de Los Muertos, Oct. 28-Nov. 2. Widely observed in Hispanic cultures, Día de Los Muertos or the Day of the Dead, is a tradition where the living prepare for and celebrate the souls of the departed.

As a part of the Garden’s presentation, guests will be able to enjoy more than 46,000 marigolds (Taishan Orange & Coco Gold) that will be “rolled out” to create a show-stopping “carpet” down the Rose Garden stairs. These strongly scented flowers are believed to help deceased ancestors find their way home to the ofrendas prepared for them in conjunction with this special day. Ofrendas, or offerings, typically include food, photos, and mementos that are displayed on an altar with candles and incense. Garden guests are welcome to bring non-food items to add to the altar located at the Shelter House near the marigold exhibit.

Visitors will also be able to see more than 300 hand-painted wooden bricks that will line the marigold carpet. Several community organizations partnered with the Garden last year to create these beautiful pieces of art. They include Artes de la Rosa, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (FW Chapter), Fort Worth Sister Cities (Toluca Committee), Federación de Clubes Zacatecanos de Fort Worth, Mana de North Texas, All Saints Catholic Church, Carrillo Funeral Home, and the Kimbell Art Museum.

Additionally, two trajineras, or colorful boats used to navigate the canals surrounding the floating gardens of Xochimilco (a borough south of Mexico City), will be on display near the marigold carpet. The boats were constructed by Garden volunteer Don Irwin, and painted and decorated by Garden staff and members of the Garden !Celebramos! committee.

Inside the Garden Center, volunteer Cathy Kyle, has installed a beautiful example of a Mexican folk art calaca (skeleton). Titled La Diosa, this unique piece of living art features a succulent-covered dress accented with gomphrena plants from FWBG. Cathy has also been an instrumental part of creating the Garden’s breathtaking marigold display.

As of Oct. 1, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the fall and winter. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children (6-15), and free for children 5 and under. For more information, visit FWBG.org.

Spanish Version

Jardín Botánico Crea una Maravillosa Carpeta Floral para el Día de los Muertos  

Mas de 46,000 Cempasúchiles Usados para Crear una Obra Maestra Visual  

El Jardín Botánico de Fort Worth incorporara la belleza de tradición, cultura y botánica para el Día de los Muertos, el 28 de octubre al 2 de noviembre. Un día observado en muchas culturas hispanas, El Día de los Muertos es una tradición que celebra las almas de los que nos han dejado.  

Como parte de este evento en el Jardín, visitantes podrán disfrutar de más de 46,000 cempasúchiles que crearán una carpeta maravillosa en los escalones del Jardín de Rosas. Se cree que estas flores aromosas ayudan a nuestras personas queridas que han fallecido a encontrar su camino a las ofrendas preparadas para ellos en este día especial. Ofrendas típicamente incluyen comida, fotos y recuerdos que son puestos en un altar con velas y incensio. Visitantes al Jardín son invitados a traer artículos (no alimentos) para poner en el altar que estará localizado en el Shelter House cerca de la exhibición de cempasúchiles. 

Visitantes también podrán ver más de 300 ladrillos pintados a mano a lo largo de la carpeta de cempasúchiles. Varias organizaciones en la comunidad participaron para crear estas bellas obras de arte. Estas incluyen Artes de la Rosa, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (FW Chapter), Fort Worth Sister Cities (Toluca Committee), Federación de Clubes Zacatecanos de Fort Worth, Mana de North Texas, All Saints Catholic Church, Carrillo Funeral Home, y Kimbell Art Museum

Adicionalmente, dos trajineras, o embarcaciones tradicionales que navegan los canales de Xochimilco (al sureste de la Ciudad de México), estarán de muestra cerca la carpeta de cempasúchiles. Estos fueron hechos por un voluntario del Jardín, Don Irwin, y fueron pintadas y decoradas por trabajadores y miembros del comité de ¡Celebramos! en el Jardín.  

Adentro del Garden Center, voluntaria Cathy Kyle, ha instalado un bello ejemplo de arte mexicana, una calaca. Llamada La Diosa, esta pieza de arte viviente está hecha de un vestido de suculentas acentuado con plantas de gomphrena del Jardín. Cathy también ha sido una parte instrumental en la creación de la maravillosa carpeta de cempasúchiles.  

Desde el primero de octubre, el Jardín Botánico de Fort Worth está abierto de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. Precios de entrada son $12 para adultos, $10 para mayores de edad, $6 para niños (6-15), y gratis para niños de 5 años o menos. Para más información, visita FWBG.org.  

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