Joyce Block, the rainforest conservatory curator at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, grew up in Minnesota where her family exposed her to the wonders of plants.

“I was exposed to sustainability before it was cool,” Block said. “Growing and freezing and canning our own food for the winters.”

Block cleans and prunes inside the garden’s Rainforest Conservatory — preparing it for exhibits and the 2024 monarch butterfly display. She hosts her plant sales at the garden and was expecting her largest plant sale April 7.

The curator also set up the “World of Orchids” exhibit, which opened Feb. 24 and has now been extended through April 16 due to high demand. Garden officials originally planned to close the show on April 9. 

“I had people from El Paso and Austin in here,” Block said. “It’s a popular show.”

Tickets to the exhibit are available for purchase online.

 Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian ArguetaSotoCommunity Engagement Journalist

Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...