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Dallas's Best Place to Enjoy The Outdoors- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

By Terence Rogers

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Ranked among the most beautiful gardens across the world and one of America's 10 most spectacular, the Dallas Arboretum is without a doubt an overwhelming epitome of Mother Nature's sophisticated charm and unequalled magnificence.

Having come a long way since it first opened to the public in 1984, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden was a mere concept of a botanical preserve. In the early 1930s, Everette DeGolyer spearheaded a committee that was formed to find that perfect location for the botanical garden, eventually deciding on developing it on the very land he owned. In 1977, the grounds of the DeGolyer Estate were formally made the official location of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden as mandated by the laws of the nonprofit organization Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society (DABS).

After increasing its membership and corporate support, raising more than a million, and purchasing the adjacent 22-acre Alexander Camp House, DABS and the City of Dallas signed the contract that established the arboretum and botanical garden on the combined 66 acres of the DeGolyer and Camp properties in 1982. In 1984, the gardens was opened to the public.

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"We continue to create and enhance beautiful gardens, improve our facilities, and have even added a new parking facility this year, creating an additional 1,150 parking spaces for garden guests," Dallas Arboretum's Vice President of Gardens Dave Forehand proudly said.

And it does not end there. One need not worry about what to do at the Dallas Arboretum as the scenic gardens do not only offer a mesmerizing visual experience, it likewise has the whole 365 days of the year peppered with an never-ending list of enjoyable events and celebrations.

Dallas Arboretum President Mary Brinegar proudly announced, "There is always something to enjoy at the Dallas Arboretum. Whether it is more than 500,000 blooming bulbs during Dallas Blooms or 65,000 pumpkin, squash and gourds constructed into a village during Autumn at the Arboretum."

Witness how the garden changes into four seasonal colors throughout the year at the Orientation Film in the theater. Experience educational fun with the entire family at the interactive Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. Discover new plants that have been tested right at the preserve's own trial gardens when you walk through Color Spring during any summer, spring, or fall. Enjoy the great number of seasonal festivities that attract visitors across the country and the world including Autumn at the Arboretum, Cool Thursday Concert Series, and Dallas Blooms to name a few. Visit the charming walkways and sceneries of the Pecan Grove, the Boswell Family Garden, the Magnolia Glade, or Nancy's Garden. Have a delightful picnic or lunch or tea at Restaurant DeGolyer, Café de Green, or the DeGolyer Tea Room. And finally, learn why he Margaret Elizabeth Jonsson Color Garden is considered one of the most photographed locations in the country.

The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden was specifically designed to make learning life and earth science more fun when done with the eight-acre interactive garden. Maria Conroy, Vice President of Education at the Dallas Arboretum, emphasized how "education is a central focus of our mission, which is why we are delighted to be able to teach life and earth science with more than 150 interactive exhibits in 17 galleries. The children's garden is where science and fun does become one."

The Dallas Arboretum is not only child-friendly with all the fun, wholesome, and educational activities that they have lined up for the little guests including Tiny Tot Tuesdays and Mommy and Me Mondays, the entire family will surely find the majestic botanical garden an overwhelming experience not to be missed.

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