the dallas arboretum

Monday, March 21:  After our lunch at Cafe 43, Martha and I head to the Dallas Arboretum to see the springtime exhibit Dallas Blooms: The Artistry in Nature, sponsored by Bank of America. It’s a gorgeous day to see the 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs that make Dallas Blooms one of the largest tulip displays outside of Holland.

Entrance to the Dallas Arboretum
Entrance to the Dallas Arboretum

The Arboretum is a fairly recent creation.  In 1982, the City of Dallas and the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society (DABS) signed a contract creating an arboretum and botanical garden on the combined 66 acres of two properties, the DeGolyer Estate, which the city purchased from Southern Methodist University, and the Alex Camp House properties.  Both houses sit on the shores of White Rock Lake. The gardens opened to the public for the first time in 1984.

Entrance to the Dallas Arboretum
Entrance to the Dallas Arboretum

Renowned sculptor Gary Lee Price installed his “Great Contributors” Bronze Statues exhibit this year; they will be on display through October.  They feature eight life-size sculptures of Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Wright Brothers.

I have a brief chat with Abe before moving on through the gardens.

Me having a chat with Abe Lincoln
Me having a chat with Abe Lincoln

Gary Lee Price says he created Abraham Lincoln “in the moments of repose and reflection immediately before delivering the Gettysburg Address … [maybe] the most memorable and powerful 272 words ever uttered”(Dallas Arboretum: Spring & Summer 2016 brochure).

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

Martha has a seat with George Washington, with his famous sword.

Martha & George Washington
Martha & George Washington

The spring colors are amazing in their vibrancy and zest.

Flowers galore
Flowers galore
Tulip mania
Tulip mania
blossoms of white
blossoms of white

The tulips are exuberant in their celebration of spring.

Flowers
Flowers

Claude Monet, the Father of Impressionism, “delighted in painting ‘en plein air’ that is outside, so his presence at the Arboretum is a natural tribute to” him and to others who appreciate the gardens’ artistry.

Monet
Claude Monet

Martha tells me she often goes to the Cool Thursday Concert Series on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn alongside White Rock Lake.  This year’s season will feature 11 new tribute bands as well as the ever popular food trucks.

Music venue along the lake
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Sculptor Price says he’s always been fascinated by the tightly knit Dayton, Ohio brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright. The “bicycle shop owners, with their practical knowledge of maneuverability and control, changed the course of history.  Their study, engineering and ingenuity freed mankind from an earthbound existence.” He chose to depict them “on the ground, approachable in nature, yet airborne in their thoughts and visions of the future.”

The Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers
Martha has a chat with the Wright Brothers
Martha has a chat with the Wright Brothers

Martha says her husband’s favorite is Albert Einstein. Says Gary Lee Price, “Einstein once said, ‘Imagination is more important that knowledge.'” He invites us “to sit with this man – this genius – and let your imagination roam.”

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein

We stop to admire the fluttery dance of koi in the pond.

koi pond
koi pond

I love the waterfalls and the water garden, which remind me so much of Asian gardens.

waterfall
waterfall
me and the waterfall
me and the waterfall
pond
pond
pretty pond
pretty pond
flower wall
flower wall
curtain waterfall
curtain waterfall
pond
pond
flower pot
flower-pot

The gardens adjacent to the concert stage look a lot like Japanese gardens.

Japanese gardens
Japanese gardens
Japanese gardens
Japanese gardens
Japanese gardens
Japanese gardens

We make our way back to the entrance, passing through the McCasland Sunken Garden, A Woman’s Garden Phase I & II, and other beautiful architectural features.

We pass another pond and its pretty bridge.

bridge over the pond
bridge over the pond
field of trees
field of trees
Martha at the Dallas Arboretum
Martha at the Dallas Arboretum
Me at the Arboretum
Me at the Arboretum
pretty scene
pretty scene
flying people
flying people
statue in the garden
statue in the garden
carvings
carvings
more tulips
more tulips
tulip
tulip

Our little trip through the spring tulips of Holland comes to a close and Martha and I make our way back to her house.

In the evening, we go out for a Mexican dinner at Mi Dia from Scratch.  According to the website, “Chef Gabriel DeLeon has integrated flavors that are exciting as well as harmonious, blending traditional Mexico City recipes with modern Santa Fe and Tex Mex flavors.”  I have Baja Shrimp: Negra Modelo beer battered jumbo shrimp, pickled cabbage, avocado, micro cilantro & roasted jalapeño-lime salsa on flour tortilla.  Martha has Relleno al Carbon: Roasted poblano stuffed with pulled pork, topped with queso asadero & crema, served over New Mexico red & tomatillo sauces, Oaxacan black beans & guajillo rice.  Of course, we share a couple of bites.

What a fun first day in Dallas!  Tomorrow, we plan to go to the The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, commemorating John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

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23 thoughts on “the dallas arboretum

      1. Oh, cheers, Jo! I may join you with the red in 15 minutes, when it’s 5:00. I’m still recovering a bit from dinner with a friend last night; she kept pouring Mike and I wine, and we didn’t feel so good today. It was okay for me, but poor Mike had to go to work! Have a great weekend, Jo, and have fun sorting through your photos. 🙂 We’re going to Sarah’s long-awaited graduation from VCU tomorrow! 🙂

  1. What a marvellous garden, seems like one you could spend many days walking around. Such vibrant tulips and you have captured them perfectly. I must go and find some tulips!

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