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These flowers were bright and extremely colorful. It was hard to get a good picture that represented them well.
The Dallas Arboretum
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8525 Garland Road Dallas, TX 75218
Open 9-5, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
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The Dallas Arboretum comprises 66 acres of gardens, landscaped grounds and historic buildings. In addition to bountiful flowerbeds and diverse gardens, the arboretum is known for seasonal children’s festivals, frequent concerts and also has two restaurants.
The arboretum was formed from the combination of two estates. The primary estate was owned by Everette DeGolyer, who became wealthy in the petroleum industry. His wife willed their 44 acre property to a local university in 1972 and it was later sold to the city of Dallas. A neighboring estate was purchased in 1980 and merged into one common unit. The arboretum opened in 1984.
The gardens, especially thousands of azaleas, are a major attraction. Of the various garden areas, the Lay Ornamental Garden is the most beautiful and impressive. In addition to the gardens, the arboretum hosts family-oriented activities during the year. Fall themes include thousands of pumpkins and squash and a fairy tale oriented display called Cinderella’s Pumpkin Village. Also popular with kids is the permanent Texas Town, which exhibits pioneer era Texas dwellings. For adults the arboretum offers a range of educational classes. The 1930s DeGolyer house also is open and can be toured. With a range of ongoing and seasonal events, it’s a good idea to check the arboretum’s website for a list of activities in advance of a visit.
Located next to the popular White Rock Lake and enhanced by family festivities, the arboretum is a big draw with Dallas residents. Most people will enjoy a visit here but be aware that it can get very crowded.
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9/12/2012 7:44:39 AM
Love this place!
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