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A visit to the Dallas Arboretum

Marissa Mazur

Marissa Mazur

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is nestled into the shores of White Rock Lake. From its beautiful flower arrangements to year round events to its calm and friendly atmosphere, everyone can find something they love at this Dallas gem.

Upon entering the park, it is almost impossible to notice the clean, fresh scent of thousands of plant species alluring visitors to a multitude of gardens. Areas for children, for adults, for students and for everyone in between litter the park, so at times it can be difficult to navigate your way.

If you have the time, you should leisurely stroll through the entire park and see all the tediously maintained areas. However, if you’re looking for a shorter visit or if you have some antsy siblings or friends, here are the must sees.

The Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill. Beautiful waterfalls. A calm stream. Towering maples. This garden is one of the most peaceful in the the entire park, especially during fall. With its bright reds, oranges, and yellows, it becomes an autumn wonderland that could have been ripped straight out of Colorado. You can sit on a bench listening to the stream trickle by or walk around just enjoying the picturesque sights—but whatever you do, don’t miss this one.

The Eugenia Leftwich Palmer Fern Dell. A vibrant atmosphere. Still water. Green, green, green. This one is for the big nature lovers. The Arboretum promises ferns in the name, and they do not disappoint. As squirrels frolic across the paths and sprinklers mist the forest, one cannot help but feel like they’re in the tropics. And for one of the smaller areas, the multitude of plants create a lively and vast ambience.

Crape Myrtle Allee. Magnificent. Powerful. Wow. Composed of only two rows of lofty crape myrtle trees, this area is maybe one of the most simple yet awe-filled. The myrtles command a sense grace that shuts out all noise and creates a quaint silence. Not much to say here, you have to see it for yourself.

These were my favorites, but there are so many other amazing options. Also, if you are able to go between Nov. 4 -Jan. 4, check out The 12 Days of Christmas, which exhibits 12 gazebos throughout the park, showcasing scenes from the classic song. Not only do the gazebos add a sense of holiday spirit they also offer a clear path through the park.

Overall, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is perfect for all ages and interests. At $15 a ticket, you can take your family, friends, or even a date for a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

 

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