50 Reasons to Visit the Arboretum

  • Listed as one of the 10 most beautiful gardens in America and ranked among the most breathtaking gardens in the world.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask questions at our Information Booth in the Trammell Crow Visitor Education Pavilion and Entry Plaza. It is the place to plan your day or ask for the favorite stops of the volunteers. They will point out restrooms, tram stops and the key gardens on a map.
  • Listen to the Orientation Film in the theater as you enter the garden to find out how the garden changes throughout the year. Four seasonal color changes and the color of permanent trees make the Arboretum a place you would like to visit again and again throughout the year.
  • Walk along the Paseo de Flores walkway and enjoy the quarter-mile-long pathway lined with majestic trees, shrubs and mass plantings of seasonal flowers.
  • Experience the interactive Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, 8 acres where science and fun become one, appealing to the entire family. And stop by Children's Adventure Garden Cafe by Two Sisters for a bite to eat.
  • Discover why the Margaret Elizabeth Jonsson Color Garden is one of the most photographed locations in the country.
  • Don’t miss the Water Wise demonstration garden in the large bed in the Southern section of the Jonsson Color Garden. These are proven plants and shrubs that can do well in the climate in the North Texas area.
  • Walk through the Color Garden any spring, summer or fall to find all of the new types of plants, many of which have been tested in our own trial gardens.





Visitor Education Pavilion

Paseo de Flores

Children's Adventure Garden

Jonsson Color Garden

  • Learn about A Woman’s Garden, which has a significant amount of imagery and meaning to its design.
  • See the knot garden or parterre as you enter A Woman’s Garden to the left.
  • Discover the balustrade overlooking a charming small rose garden and go down if you wish to have a closer view.
  • Learn about the symbolism in A Woman’s Garden as pools of water run one onto the next, and how it shows generations of women helping other generations of women.
  • Walk beside the beautiful brook and rockery in A Woman’s Garden, which is man-made, but melds so beautifully into the garden. Notice the cistern at the end which recirculates water through the property.
  • Don’t miss the Vitex walk at the lower portion of A Woman’s Garden given in the name of Jan Crandall from the employees of American Airlines.

See the infinity pool in A Woman’s Garden which gives a ‘water on water view’ as you descend the steps. You will hardly notice that the pool does not flow into the lake.

  • Enjoy our famous Seated Tea in the DeGolyer Tea Room available throughout the year with a reservation.
  • Be sure to sit at one of the prettiest sites in the city on the Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace to enjoy a delicious lunch and seeing the view of downtown Dallas from across the lake.
  • Have lunch near the delightful Dann Talley Kinchloe Courtyard where seated lunch is served at the DeGolyer Terrace.
  • Stop by the Café on the Green located on the Paseo near DeGolyer for a bite to eat while touring the garden.
  • If you are having lunch at Restaurant DeGolyer, don’t miss Brenda Putnam’s sculpture of Young Faun in the bed in back of the north brick seating area at the Kincheloe Courtyard.
  • You may also sit and enjoy your lunch or take a break in the beautiful and newly renovated Ann Stuart Courtyard.
  • Walk through the DeGolyer House, a true highlight of a visit to the Dallas Arboretum. Home of one of the most successful geologists in the world, this home was built around the trees on a former dairy farm by acclaimed architects and landscape designers. Daily tours are available and free of charge at the times noted outside the front door.





Seated Tea

Dining Terrace

Café on the Green

Restaurant DeGolyer

  • Don’t miss Grande Amanti or Greatest Love in the large floral bed in the Jonsson Color Garden near the entry to A Woman’s Garden. The sculptor was Giacomo Manzu and this piece is on loan from the Dallas Museum of Art.
  • Blanketed with large Papershell Pecan trees, the Pecan Grove offers the perfect place to picnic and also hold special events for children’s activities.
  • Take of a tour of the European garden influences in the McCasland Sunken Garden. Haddenstone pottery vases lead you down the stairs to the area where the DeGolyer Family used to play croquet.
  • Visit the Boswell Family Garden, a charming walkway through clipped hedges, stacked stone walls and beautiful rose bushes, leading to the Octagon Fountain, an original part of the DeGolyer Home.
  • Have a picnic in The Magnolia Glade. This area provides a respite for guests off the busy path of the Paseo de Flores. Major features include a majestic fountain, rivulets of water running through the acreage, and white flowers changing through the seasons in this garden surrounded by Magnolias.
The Rose Mary Haggar Rose Garden has over 250 varieties of hybrid teas roses. Overseen by the renowned local rosarian Claude Graves, there are two major blooming seasons in the spring in late May and in the Fall.
  • Sit down and relax in The Palmer Fern Dell, a cool shady retreat that has been voted again and again as the favorite place on our property and an urban oasis, to get away from the city.
  • Feel the misting system in the Palmer Fern Dell which makes it 20 degrees cooler for those who visit, and was originally designed for NASA for the seeding of clouds. It comes on for a short while each hour.
  • See the oldest tree on the property, a 200-year-old pecan tree that was growing at the time of the signing of the American Constitution.
  • Visit the charming Nancy’s Garden to the left of the DeGolyer House with its statues of little girls.
  • Don't miss the Martha Brooks Camellia Garden especially in the late winter and early spring
  • Find the Ram’s Horn Gate that Mrs. DeGolyer had made for her husband while he was out of town for two weeks. It is made from an Ammonite Fossil, which are also found in oil explorations, an industry in which he found his great wealth.
  • One of the most interesting sights on the property is the allee of Crape Myrtles near the DeGolyer garage. These two rows of 11-foot-tall trees have now become intertwined.





Palmer Fern Dell

Nancy's Garden

Camellia Garden

Crape Myrtle Allee

  • The Alex Camp House is only available for outside viewing as it is a rental site and the upstairs is used for the business offices of the Arboretum. It was designed by John Staub, who was the architect for Bayou Bend in Houston. It is a combination of Latin Colonial and English Regency. Each room off the entry has three exposures to the outdoors and all the doors and windows in the main rooms are pocket doors and pocket windows except for the center panes in the dining room.
  • Given by Greer Garson, the Fogelson Fountain is beautifully displayed in front of the Camp House.

Alex Camp House

The Alex Camp House boasts outdoor terraces facing the tranquil White Rock Lake and stunning art deco décor.

  • Did you know the Lay Family Garden was the first major garden built on the property? After a yearlong reinterpretation of this garden, it is now open. It includes a fabulous grotto, a large circulating pond for our Koi and water lilies, the beloved walls of water, new walkways and even a small island.
  • The Martin Rutchik Concert Stage is constructed differently than other outdoor amphitheaters. The Garden wanted to keep this area from looking too commercial so the earth was bermed around it so most of the sound would be deflected from surrounding neighborhoods. The stage was then enhanced by a semicircle of magnolia, loropetalum and boxwood. Lighting on the stage and in the trees make it magical on concert nights in the summer.
  • You may not know that over 1,000 tons of giant boulders were used to create the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill where over 80 varieties of the more than 200 maples are showcased.
  • Leading from the Red Maple Rill into the octagon Fountain Courtyard is a beautiful gate that originally came from San Simeon, the home of William Randolph Hearst.
  • Take a walk on the Fitness Trail. Markers along the way let you know where you are in relation to the mile walk, which you can do several times if you wish, or bring your own pedometer and take off in different directions.
  • Visit the Hoffman Family Gift Store. You will find a variety of unique gifts and mementos of your visit to the garden. One of the most popular gift shops in town, it has attractive jackets, hats, scarves and jewelry. It also has hostess gifts and a variety of table appointments for outdoor entertaining.





Lay Family Garden

Concert Stage

Red Maple Rill

Gift Store

  • Members of the Arboretum can come in at 7 a.m. during the warm months of the year and have a walk before the garden is open to the public. No photography though as we are still manicuring the beds and mowing the lawns before our guests arrive at 9 a.m.
  • Our long-anticipated 1,150-space parking is covered and now open. Take advantage of this convenient parking and enter the garden at the North ticket booth.
  • Experience our friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteers who are here to make your visit enjoyable.


See the color in our display beds which changes four times a year, to guarantee the beauty and charm of your visit whenever you choose to come.

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