THE DALLAS ARBORETUM
One of our favorite places in Dallas is just a mile from our home, The Dallas Arboretum.
“The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 66 acre botanical garden located at 8525 Garland Rd., in east Dallas, Texas, on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake.
The arboretum is a series of gardens and fountains, with a view of the lake and the downtown Dallas skyline.
The majority of the grounds were once part of a 44 acre estate known as Rancho Encinal, built for geophysicist Everette Le DeGolyer and his wife Nell. Mrs. DeGolyer’s interests included her extensive flower gardens. The DeGolyer Home is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places.
Since 1976, the DeGolyer Estate has formed the largest portion of the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. The addition of the adjoining Alex and Roberta Coke Camp estate increased the size of the grounds to sixty-six acres.
The 21,000 square-foot Spanish style DeGolyer Home was completed in 1940. The DeGolyer Garden Cafe/Loggia, located at the back of the DeGolyer Home, overlooks White Rock Lake and the tiered fountains and formal landscapes of A Woman’s Garden. Also located on the grounds is an outdoor concert stage, and picnic areas.”
A wonderful new addition to the Arboretum is The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is an eight-acre interactive garden designed specifically to address state and national education standards in life, earth, and environmental sciences. Everyone can learn in the 17 indoor and outdoor galleries, which feature more than 150 interactive exhibits, many using technology.
Our visit to the Arboretum was on a cool and cloudy day in March, which was perfect for picture taking. Tulips seemed to be the theme at this time, as they were everywhere, in an astounding display of colors and varieties.
The climate in Dallas allows blooming flowers for almost the entire year, and the staff at the Dallas Arboretum does a great job of keeping the grounds filled with color and beauty at all times.
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218
Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm
Posted on Monday, June 9, 2014