Birds Christmas Tree

A view of the Japanse Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The Botanic Garden was added to National Register of Historic Places this year. The specific parts of it on the register are the lower rose garden and the Rock Springs area. Also need pretty landscape photos of Japanese Garden, which is where any fall color remains. Shot 11-19-09.

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Families are invited to feed the birds as part of a holiday tradition that began in 1935. Children can take homemade, biodegradable bird feeders to hang on trees in the Botanic Garden's grove. Instructions for making bird feeders at home are available below, as well as at the Garden Center's information desk. Christmas characters will be there to welcome kiddos while local students provide musical entertainment.

Pine Cone Treats:

Tie strings for hanging on the pine cones. Lay the cones on a baking sheet or newspaper and coat them with peanut butter, then sprinkle the cones with wild birdseed. Never use plain peanut butter alone - mix it with seeds or cornmeal to prevent the birds’ beaks from getting clogged.

Goodie Garlands:

Colorful strands of treats can be assembled using a long, large-eyed needle and biodegradable string. Use donut-shaped cereal, popcorn, grapes, cranberries and other fruit pieces. Mix and match colors and shapes as desired.

Fruit Kabobs:

Find a sturdy stick about 1 foot in length and push it through a halved apple or pear. Tie a biodegradable string to each end of the stick and loop it over a tree branch. Birds will perch on the branch and nibble at the fruit. Stale donuts or bagels can be used in place of fruit.

Breadsticks and Bagels:

Smear peanut butter on stale breadsticks or bagels and roll them in birdseed. Hang the treats on tree branches with biodegradable string, like cotton or jute.
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