A Tasteful Place

We broke ground on a Tasteful Place on September 12, 2016. We anticipate that it will launch in the fall of 2017.

A Tasteful Place is a garden for all seasons and senses, inspired by the movement toward garden-to-table dining, sustainability and healthier lifestyles.


Majestically placed overlooking White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, the verdant two-acre garden is woven in a beautiful tapestry of ornamentally displayed fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. The ornamental kitchen garden, or “potager” as it is called by the French, A Tasteful Place is a productive working garden that is also visually beautiful. A Tasteful Place draws on age-old European gardening principles and artfully arranged features including an orchard, picnic lawn, patios and walking trails. The 3,600-square-foot Garden Pavilion includes a dining room and a teaching kitchen to showcase local chefs who will prepare garden-to-table cuisine while overlooking the lush garden. This kitchen also serves as a site for cooking classes, demonstrations, educational programs and special events for adults and children. Visitors can sample delightful daily tastings based on the seasonal abundance of the garden’s offerings, watch demonstrations of the best growing and gardening methods, and learn about the newest and best cultivars for our region. Guests can also learn innovative techniques for creating a garden in which plants are chosen as much for form, color and design as for their functionality and flavor.


This will be a garden in the best of taste.

Daily Tastings, Classes, and More

Daily tastings, cooking classes and demonstrations will be held throughout the year. Many people are confused about how to plant and harvest fruit trees and vegetables, so our chefs will take you into the garden, pick the edibles correctly, show how to clean and prepare them for your meal. Specialized classes on ethnic foods; mother/child cooking classes; healthy preparation of vegetables; gourmet recipes you can make from your own garden; and farm-to-table dinners will be a part of the excitement.


There will always been an activity or tasting going on in the Tasteful Place as well as areas for guests to sit and enjoy the lake view and gentle breezes.

Excess harvested food products not used in cooking classes or tastings will be given to the in-house caterer on the property for use in salads, sandwiches etc.

A Collaborative Effort

This will be a collaborative effort with alliances with many groups around the city already in place, that will showcase their knowledge and expertise with our Arboretum guests.


The Arboretum has partnered with Garden Home lifestyle celebrity P. Allen Smith to design the programming for A Tasteful Place to include a full calendar of educational activities, tastings, horticultural demonstrations and public festivals. We are creating a one-of-a-kind garden of nature’s bounty and educational value for North Texans – surrounded by our beloved Arboretum tradition of rich programming, gracious hospitality and the finest in garden design.

Dallas Arboretum’s “A Gala Garden Party”

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 5:00-9:00 p.m. Cocktail reception, dinner and tours

The Dallas Arboretum hosts “A Gala Garden Party” to celebrate the grand opening of A Tasteful Place (ATP), a garden for all seasons and senses, inspired by the movement toward garden-to-table dining, sustainability and healthier lifestyles. Majestically placed overlooking White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, the verdant 2.2-acre garden is woven in a beautiful tapestry of ornamentally displayed fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. The evening includes a cocktails, garden tours, a delectable dinner, dessert and some fun surprises. A Tasteful Place is the first of its kind in the Metroplex and will fill a much-needed void in the community. The garden was developed as a living, learning, growing experience that will help guide people toward understanding how to prepare foods and eat more healthily.

Cost: Tickets start at $500, sponsorships are available. Email eventrepliesslw@gmail.com.

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May 2017 Construction Update

  • Dining Pavilion roof and windows are complete
  • Stone cladding on pavilion interior and exterior walls near complete
  • Mechanical systems, plumbing and electrical infrastructure complete
  • Sidewalks to Jonsson Color Garden near complete
  • Entry stone work at Rodriguez Gazebo complete
  • Lagoon Overlook structure complete
  • Concrete piers and footings for new lagoon are complete
  • Project is on schedule for completion fall of 2017

(Ground level view of Dining Pavilion)

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(Elevated view of Dining Pavilion from North West)

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(Aerial view from the west)

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