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Dallas Arboretum, Dallas

8525 Garland Road
Dallas , Texas
Tel: 214 515 6500
Fax: 214 515 6522's insider take:

One of the nation's biggest and best floral displays is set on the thickly wooded slopes above White Rock Lake, a popular recreation spot close to downtown. Paths shaded by magnolias and crape myrtles wind among immense beds of tulips and azaleas in the spring and chrysanthemums in the fall. A vast variety of vistas makes this a popular place for commercial and amateur photographers: water walls, gazebos, arbors, broad lawns, and myriad fountains and pools, some whimsical (four spouting toads), some ethereally minimalist. A new education center designed by the noted Texas firm Lake/Flato is a series of small classrooms and large pavilions in glass, steel, stone, and wood, a sophisticated modernist interpretation of traditional Texas barns and farmhouses. Picnicking is encouraged.

Open daily 9 am to 5 pm.

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