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All About The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 66-acre (26.8 ha) botanical garden located at 8525 Garland Road in East Dallas, Dallas, Texas, on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake. It was founded in 1984 and features 19 named gardens including an 8-acre (3.2 ha) Children's Adventure Garden designed by feng shui master Terrence Dockery. The garden is defined by tall hedge walls that were originally part of the estate of realtor A. H. Belo founder of The Dallas Morning News; it is one of three arboreta in the city and part of a network of public gardens along White Rock Lake known as the “Cultural District”. The garden attracts over 800,000 visitors annually and hosts more than 500 special events each year including concerts, weddings and corporate functions. In 2007 it hosted its first major art exhibition featuring the work of New York sculptor Alice Aycock entitled “Alice Aycock: Sculpture in Motion”. This was followed with an exhibition showcasing Tibetan art entitled “Enthronement” which included two bronze statues by famed Tibetan contemporary artist Tsewang Tashi from 2009 to 2010. Other notable events include classes for children and adults, seasonal festivals such as tulip mania or pumpkin village during Halloween time Dallas-Botanical-Gardens-Leaves

The facility opened in Dallas in 1984

The facility opened in Dallas in 1984 after moving from its original location near downtown Dallas. The previous location was on the site of the old Dallas State Fair Grounds. The current location was an old army barracks. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens started up with the help of a $1,000 donation from the local chapter of the Junior League, led by Mrs. Walter Elkins, which came in 1961, and an endowment fund joined by donations from local individuals and businesses, and it is still happening today! If you are planning a trip to the Dallas area, with a large group of passengers you can count on a Dallas bus rental to transport your group to your desired locations. Enjoy stress free group transportation with a coach bus rental perfect for 45-60 passengers.

The garden is open to the public year round

The garden is open to the public year round, with seasonal floral displays. It is open every day of the week and admission ranges from free (if you’re a Dallas resident!) to $17.95 for adults. Hours are subject to change so double check before your visit — generally, though, it is open 9 am to 5 pm almost every day of the year. The horticulture staff grows plants for display and education programs for adults and children; the gardens contain over 3,000 species of plants. Ready more fun? Be sure to check out Cavanaugh Flight Museum Dallas Texas

The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

An all-new family attraction, this garden is designed to encourage children to explore nature through a series of interactive exhibits. Children will find themselves exploring the world around them in an unparalleled fashion as they investigate the science of plants and ecosystems. In fact, there are over 200 species represented in the garden, including trees, shrubs, grasses, flowers and groundcovers. The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden features ten galleries with a variety of activities that teach important concepts about nature, including physics and the life cycle. Are you traveling with a large group? Consider a charter bus rental, perfect for medium to large sized groups. We service all major events, and common services such as weddings, birthday parties and more. Galleries include:

  • The Forest–Explore how a forest lives, grows and changes through hands-on activities that engage visitors in learning about soil relationships between trees and animals, light effects on plant growth and more!
  • The Dallas Morning News Family Garden–A place for families to relax and enjoy one another while participating in fun activities that teach important concepts about plants.
  • Texas Skywalk—This outdoor experience allows guests to climb 60 feet above ground level to see the botanical gardens from a bird's eye view.
  • The River Stream–Investigate the water cycle at this indoor stream exhibit where visitors can search for aquatic insects using magnifying viewers or learn more about watersheds with help from Burrows Hollow Farm Rangers!


It may be worth a visit!

Interested in visiting? Here's what you should know:

  • It's close to Dallas. The Arboretum only takes up 66 acres of land, but it's located right by White Rock Lake, which encompasses a whopping 1,254 acres of water and land! That means you can enjoy a scenic drive down Garland Rd., Mockingbird Lane or Central Expressway South on your way there. Since the Arboretum is so close to the heart of Downtown Dallas, there are tons of restaurants and attractions nearby. You could even make a whole day out of it!
  • Parking is free. At most outdoor attractions—especially ones in busy cities like Dallas—parking is frustrating at best and unfathomably expensive at worst. But this isn't the case at the Arboretum. Not only does parking not cost anything extra; it also contains more than 2200 spaces for visitors, so you never have to worry about finding an available spot during frequent hours.
  • Dogs are allowed (and encouraged)! Bring your four-legged friend with you on your visit—the Arboretum actually encourages pet owners to do so! They might ask that your dog either be carried or leashed while they're on site, but as long as they're well-behaved and kept clean (not muddy), you can bring them with no problem!

Address: 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218 Phone: (214) 515-6615

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