A Tasteful Place

Our amazing, edible display garden will open with a ribbon cutting on October 3, 2017.

Majestically placed overlooking White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, the verdant 3.5-acre garden is woven in a beautiful tapestry of ornamentally displayed fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. A Tasteful Place was inspired by the movement toward growing and eating sustainable fresh, locally grown food. It draws on age-old European gardening principles and artfully arranged features including an orchard, picnic lawn, patios and walking trails. 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.

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.

A Tasteful Place has many beautiful features:

  • Potager Display Gardens: Four individual quadrants comprise the ornamental kitchen garden, or “potager,” pronounced, pot·a·ger or ˈpätijə(r) as it is called by the French, which is a productive working garden that is also visually beautiful, drawing on European gardening principals and artful arrangement. The Potager Gardens are a signature element of the development with in-season vegetables, herbs and flowers, planted ornamentally and interspersed with flowers to attract pollinators and beneficial insects. Of the four potagers, one is named for Marilyn R. Corrigan and the other for her daughter, Catherine A. Corrigan.
  • The Charlotte and Donald Test Pavilion, a 3,600-square-foot building with 180 degree views of the garden, lagoon and walkways, features event space and teaching kitchen to showcase chefs who will demonstrate preparation of garden-to-table cuisine. It’s also a site for cooking classes, educational programs and special events.
  • The Barbara and Bob Bigham Scenic Overlook, a perfect location for weddings, wine tastings, seated dinners and picnics, overlooking downtown Dallas and White Rock Lake.
  • Ruthie Pack’s Tasting Plaza, a site of daily tastings featuring seasonal produce.
  • Central Stairway and Promenade, a beautiful stairway that descends from the entry plaza and Gisela Rodriguez Gazebo to welcome visitors to the garden, along with panoramic views of the new additions.
  • The Strolling Trail, a U-shaped paved ADA accessible walkway to take visitors circuitously to see the garden.
  • The Three Sisters Outlook, the trellis covered patio provides a shaded spot to view A Tasteful Place, the lagoon and meandering walkways and downtown Dallas; it’s also a site for intimate celebrations.
  • The Margaret and Jay Simmons Lagoon, a signature feature of A Tasteful Place and more than an acre, it sits just below the main garden and provides a large, natural body of water. The center will feature a beautiful, lighted fountain that changes shape and pattern. The edges of the lagoon are surrounded by large boulders and lush lawns. A bridge crosses a cascading stream that pours into the lagoon. Meandering paths allow visitors to enjoy the ambiance and beauty of this new garden.
  • The Carol M. Kelley Orchard and Patio, a variety of fruit-bearing trees suitable to the Texas climate surround a shaded patio.
  • The Tory and Dick Agnich and Dodie Trescher Shaded Patio, on the southern end of the Pavilion, this adjoining patio provides seating for guests.
  • The Ann Stuart Veranda at the Garden Pavilion, a covered front patio of the Garden Pavilion that looks directly over the four potager gardens.
  • Kathy Messina and Gary Goodwin Garden Entrance provides a special entrance to A Tasteful Place for use during special events.
  • The Tim Wallace Garden to Table Walkway, a wide center walkway from the Pavilion to the overlook, suitable for garden-to-table dinners.

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June 2017 Construction Update

  • Dining Pavilion is “dried in”: Air conditioning, interior finishes and fixture installation underway.
  • Stone cladding on pavilion interior and exterior walls is complete
  • Sidewalk to Jonsson Color Garden is complete
  • Two of four Potager garden structures complete
  • Lagoon Overlook trellis structure under construction
  • Trellis at Circle Lawn near complete
  • Lagoon pond work underway
  • Lagoon retaining walls and overlook foundations underway.
  • Project is on schedule for completion fall of 2017

Drone shot of ATP Looking East from over Lawther

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View of ATP from over the Lagoon

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