The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and The Landscape Partners have received the Grand Award for the Modern’s landscaping in the 2012 Environmental Improvement Awards Program sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). The Grand Award, the highest within the program, recognizes the Modern’s campus on a national scale as a top commercial landscape, as voted on by landscape professionals across the country.
The Modern’s landscaping is maintained by The Landscape Partners in partnership with the Museum. The building and grounds, which opened in 2002, were designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, whose vision was to create an “urban forest.” The eleven-acre site features a 150,000 square-foot building bordered on two sides by a 1.6-acre pond and includes an outdoor sculpture garden. The approximately 6.5 acres of landscaping consists of Bermuda turf grass, Asian jasmine, and Blue Pacific juniper, plus more than 400 trees, including live oak, red oak, bur oak, redbud, bald cypress, river birch, cedar, cedar elm, and wax myrtle.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and interpreting international developments in post-World War II art in all media and creating a welcoming environment for its public appreciation. The Modern promotes understanding and interest in art and artists through curatorial research and publications, and a variety of educational programs, including lectures, guided tours, classes, and workshops. The Modern is located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.
The Landscape Partners is a national award-winning commercial landscape management firm founded by longtime landscape professionals David Minor, Randy Ferrari, and Rick Onstott, three individuals with a combined 75 years of landscape experience. The company has won numerous local, state, and national awards since its inception in the fall of 2003 and serves Fort Worth, Dallas, and the surrounding areas.
PLANET is an association of members who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across America. With more than 3,500 member companies and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified.