I've been kicking around Dallas for the last few days at the Garden Writers Association Symposium. Yesterday evening we got to enjoy several sweat-drenched (but alcohol fueled) hours touring the spacious gardens at the Dallas Arboretum. Immaculately maintained, the plantings were gorgeous.
Created in the 1970s by the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society who purchased two adjoining estates to establish the 66 acre garden, which was then opened to the public in 1984. There are some amazing architecture and garden elements in the arboretum, both old and new.
We got to enjoy the beginnings of the seasonal pumpkin houses. Beautiful and simply constructed, one of the best fall displays I've ever seen.
My favorite part of the arboretum would have to be the frog fountains. Their oversize, tactile qualities made me want to sit next to them all evening long. If it weren't for my camera I would have been splashing around and cooling down with all those kids out there. How lucky Dallasites are to have this charming place in their backyard.