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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The world-renowned Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Dallas, Texas has collected a long list of awards and accolades since it began in 1974 as a nonprofit organization. In some ways, it sprung up around the DeGolyer estate, which was originally owned by this prominent oil industry family. Today, the Arboretum grounds also incorporate the Alex Camp house built in 1938. In 1984, the gardens swung wide their gates and allow the public to visit for the first time.

Ever since then, visitors from all around the globe have flocked to stroll the 66 acres that are now full of trees, flowers, and other plants both native to the area and imported from other places. Some of the most beloved spots to stop at the Arboretum include the following.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Encourage your little one’s love of nature with a fun romp through a garden that combines plants, water fountains, and unique teaching opportunities on the docks over White Rock Lake.

Margaret Elizabeth Jonsson Color Garden

Spreading over 6.5 acres in the heart of the Arboretum, the focus here is on a delightful display of color no matter what time of year you visit. This is one of the most popular gardens for weddings and photography.

McCasland Sunken Garden

Experience a green swath of tranquility when you to send several steps onto the lawn. Rest for a while on a beautiful bench, enjoy the Chico y Chica de la Playa sculptures, and even dine alfresco at the nearby DeGolyer Restaurant.

The list of different gardens, picnic spots, and educational opportunities could go on forever when speaking about the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Everywhere you stroll, you see glorious blossoms, intriguing place of light and shadow, ponds and fountains, and a new vision of loveliness. Educational opportunities abound. The extensive Trial Gardens has tested nearly 1.5 million different types of plants.

Visitors and Events

For a reasonable fee, anyone can visit the Arboretum every day from 9 AM to 5 PM except for major holidays. While some people come to stroll the grounds and explore all the beauty nature has to offer, other stop by for a bite to eat at one of the three cafés or restaurants. Picnics are welcome if you bring your own blanket on many of the lawns.

Schedule your trip to the gardens when one of the many special events are going on. The website has an extensive calendar with both repeated events like the Friendship Tea, cooking demonstrations from a local chef college, and their discount Daffodil Days.

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