The Arboretum has developed several collections of plants that it features in areas throughout the gardens.
These collections include: The Hardy Fern Collection; The Holly Collection; The Hardy Palm and Tropical Collection; The Red Maple Rill; The Waterwise Display; The Carnivorous Plant Collections; and The Arboretum’s most notable collection of Azaleas.
The Hardy Fern Collection, located in the Palmer Fern Dell contains a vast array of ferns which stand their ground in our tough Texas Climate. The lush green surroundings and micro fine misters make this collection worth enjoying.
The Holly Collection, also known as Hollywood, creates a verdant backdrop as concert goers enter the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn and Stage. Winter ushers in a spectacular show of color as many of the hollies bear beautiful red berries.
The Hardy Palm and Tropical Collection was donated by the First Men’s Garden Club of Dallas with Tom & Nancy Wilten. This collection displays hardy palm species suitable to our climate and is located behind the Water Walls feature in the Lay Ornamental Garden.
The Red Maple Rill, which opened in the autumn of 2011, contains over 80 different varieties of Japanese Maples, increasing the Arboretum’s collection of Acer species to over 120 different varieties.
The Waterwise Display, located in the Jonsson Color Garden, was donated by Region IV of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association. It provides a valuable educational tool for home gardeners wishing to install and manage a low-water landscape.
The Carnivorous Plant Bogs, located in A Woman’s Garden and in the Wild Wetlands at Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, are composed of species of Pitcher Plants as well as hardy Sundews, Venus Fly Traps, Butterworts and Bladderworts. Amongst the Pitcher Plants, or Sarracenias, is a group of Sarracenia alata which is native to Texas. These specific plants were harvested, with permission, from a site in Freestone County in East Texas.
The Arboretum’s collection of Azaleas is showcased primarily in the Jonsson Color Garden, but is also prominently displayed throughout the grounds. Naud Burnett II, the landscape architect that completed the design and installation of the 6 1/2 acre Color Garden, used Azalea varieties to visually unify the garden. Today our collection contains over 2,800 specimens.