Dallas is an incredible city, but the exquisite beauty of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is beyond breathtaking. There are 66 lush acres, a reflecting pool, and gorgeous magnolia trees captured to perfection in this spectacular setting. The shores of White Rock Lake are an exceptional setting for the gardens. The arboretum opened in 1984.
The arboretum encompasses lake views, gardens, fountains and the skyline of Dallas TX. Most of the grounds were originally part of the 44-acre Rancho Encinal estate, and the grounds increased to 66 acres with the addition of the Alex and Roberta Coke Camp estate. The grounds offer a charming picnic area, an outdoor concert stage, and children sized replicas of buildings showcasing prairie life in Texas.
The visitors center opened its doors in 2002, adding a lovely gazebo, a gift shop, a meeting room, and a patio with a fantastic view of White Rock Lake. At night the lights from the skyscrapers dance upon the water. The gateway leading to the gardens is made from copper and wood sheathing, and limestone native to Texas. There are nineteen gardens here, and they all have enchanting names.
The Fogelson Fountain is magnificent, and located in a garden filled with numerous varieties of sweet roses. A wall made from stacked stone stands at the back of the garden, and the view of the surrounding gardens and White Rock Lake is spectacular. There are a sunken garden and a charming octagonal fountain in this area.
The Women's Garden is the epitome of grace and charm with terraced walkways. The garden began in 1997 with small outdoor rooms including the Poetry Garden featuring a sunken rose garden and the Pecan Parterre. In 2006, a 140-foot hanging garden, a Texas limestone bridge, Dawn Redwoods and a wellspring were added. The garden celebrates the courage, strength, and creativity of women.
The Concert Stage & Lawn features a gathering plaza overlooking several stunning waterfalls and a re-circulating creek. This peaceful area opened in 2011, with a stone bridge and paved walkways. In the heart of the garden is a 100-year-old weeping Japanese maple.
The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden was created as a bridge between nature and children. There are more than 150 activities designed for children including a Walk in the Clouds, The Moody Oasis, and The Texas Skywalk. There are several galleries located within the garden, and each one is age-specific.
Pumpkin Village in Pecan Grove delights visitors every autumn. This is at the heart of the Autumn at the Arboretum festival. This is when Pumpkin Village is filled with more than 50,000 pumpkins, squash, and gourds for a delightful effect. Pecan Grove is surrounded by more than 100 Japanese Cheery trees in full bloom every spring.
The McCasland Sunken Garden is the chosen setting for many weddings. The fountain and Chico y Chica de la Playa sculpture are the perfect backgrounds for any couple. The garden is an upgrade and a fantastic renovation of the original Sunken Garden. Italian jardinières stand alongside the central aisle, leading down a series of steps to seasonal plantings surrounding a lush grass court.
The Lay Family Garden is formally referred to as the Lay Ornamental Garden and encompasses 2.2-acres. There are hundreds of woody plants and sweet perennials here. Another incredible area is inside of the DeGolyer Gardens. This pocket rose garden is overflowing with sixteen different types of Hybrid Tea Roses. Over 200 plants grace the area.
The Palmer Fern Dell showcases ninety varieties of azaleas, camellias, and ferns. The brook is bordered with mature trees and winds all over the garden. A lily pond, a large collection of flowers and a waterway provide the setting for the Magnolia Glade. The sound of the running water, the white blooms, and the green grass make this a quiet and special place. The textures and colors of the glade change with the year. There are 45-foot tall magnolias, Teddy Bear southern magnolias, loquats, large white flowering camellias and butterfly Japanese Maples.
The Jonsson Color Garden is comprised of beds of seasonal plants and flowers. There are tulips, daffodils, and over 2,000 varieties of azaleas. The Waterwise display teaches home gardening enthusiasts how to install and properly manage a landscape with low-water. There are azaleas, ferns, perennials, camellias, and shrubs gracing the garden.
Nancy's Garden brings together azaleas and pink crape myrtles. The pastel colors make the season. The lighting and plantings have been modified to achieve an area of true peace. There is a sensational sculpture titled Thank Heaven for Little Girls and children sized benches.
There is no place better to go exploring in Dallas TX. The entire family can enjoy an afternoon at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and never come close to seeing everything. Every season, there is something new to captivate the eye.