Introduction to the Dallas Arboretum:
Each year the Arboretum attracts over half a million visitors from more than 50 countries. The Arboretum was named one of the top three in the nation, by a prominent southwestern magazine. In 2007 MSN named the Arboretum one of the top ten places to visit in the spring, and recently, one of the top 14 places in the world to view collections of spring flowers. The Trial Gardens at the Arboretum continue to conduct ground breaking research in horticulture, as well as offering a vast collection of knowledge with both regional and national applications. The 66 acres of the Arboretum offers a living laboratory with endless potential for education and research.
Dallas Arboretum Hours & Address:
Hours: The Arboretum is open every day from 9am – 5pm, year round. The grounds are closed Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Days.
Contact Info: The Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218 - Phone: 214-515-6500
Gardens & Collections: Visitors to the Dallas Arboretum will find numerous plant collections featured in various planting beds throughout the grounds. Among these collections are most notably the Arboretum’s azalea collection, as well as a hardy fern collection, and a holly collection. There are roughly two thousand, eight hundred azalea specimens in the Color Garden today, covering 6.5 acres of the Arboretum. Most recently, the Arboretum added a Tropical and Hardy Palm Collection that was donated by a local Dallas garden club. Guests to the site can view an entire display of palms and tropical plants that have been specifically chosen because of their ability to survive in the local Dallas climate.
Gardens of the Dallas Arboretum:
A Woman’s Garden
This garden won national acclaim when it first opened to the public in 1997. The formal garden covers nearly 2 acres at the Arboretum and was presented as a gift from the Women’s Council. The Woman’s Garden is designed around several smaller garden rooms with a magnificent reflecting pool as its central focus, offering a stunning view of White Rock Lake.
Jonsson Color Garden
This garden gracefully nestles on a 6.5 acre site at the Arboretum and features over two thousand different types of azalea plants. in the spring, the Color Garden is in full bloom with tulips, daffodils, and dogwood. In the summer months, visitors will see the full foliage of the cannas and caladiums, while the chrysanthemums round out the fall season.
Lay Ornamental Garden
The Ornamental Garden sits on 2.2 acres and is landscaped as a traditional cottage garden. Hundreds of plants decorate this garden as well as a unique waterfall feature that is built around native limestone. Guests who explore this exhibit will discover numerous bronze wildlife statues that have been nestled in various places in the garden.
More Collections at the Dallas Arboretum:
Boswell Family Garden
Donated in 2006 to the Arboretum, visitors first enter this garden via an octagon shaped fountain, which leads them to an overlook that offers an unexpected, yet beautiful view of the surrounding grounds. The focal point of the garden is a series of circular walled buttresses that are covered with beautiful cascading rose trellises. Surrounding those are symmetrical planting beds surrounding a circular grass covered lawn with topiary hollies.
Paseo de Flores
The main walkway in the Arboretum is known simply as the Paseo and begins at the exit of the Visitor Education Pavilion, and continues on to its end at the Folgelson fountain.
McCasland Sunken Garden
Visitors entering the sunken garden from the southern entry are immediately greeted by Italian jardinières that are shaded by large towering trees. The central pathway of this garden follows a series of steps downward to an open sunlit courtyard.
The Palmer Fern Dell
This little mini-garden is nestled within the Jonsson Color Garden and is home to over 90 different varieties of azaleas, witch hazel, camellias, and ferns. With mature trees bordering a wandering stream, the fern dell is a delightful oasis for those hot summer months with the fine mist that normally blankets the garden.
Other Points of Interest at the Dallas Arboretum:
Children’s Adventure Garden
Coming in 2012, the Arboretum will expand their legendary exhibits and displays with a 9100 square foot facility that is intended to engage children of all ages, and to teach them all about the science of earth and life exploration. This new facility will consist of 7 acres of outdoor laboratories, as well as 15 different classrooms, both indoors and out, that will include studies in: Earth Cycles, Life Cyles, Edible Gardens, First Adventure, and Pure Energy, to name a few.
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