Spring is the season of gardening – and Friday, May 12, is National Public Gardens Day! The occasion was created in 2008 to celebrate the important role that gardens play in their communities. The somewhat new tradition takes place the Friday before Mother’s Day.
Celebrate the beauty of nature – at perhaps the most gorgeous time of year in North Texas – at the following, vibrant, DARTable public gardens:
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the top display gardens in North America. The 66-acre garden on the shores of White Rock Lake has magnificent floral displays providing breathtaking color.
Additionally, there are more than 100 sculptures from Zimbabwe on display, and May 12 happens to be the year’s first Arboretum Family Overnight. The internationally-acclaimed Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden features plenty of hands-on activities, and if you share your photos on Twitter or Facebook with the tag #NationalPublicGardensDay, you may win free tickets.
The arboretum is at 8525 Garland Road and is served by Bus Route 60. For more information, visit dallasarboretum.org.
East Dallas Community Garden
The East Dallas Community Garden is the only community garden in Dallas with its own farmers’ market. It was started in 1988 to provide East Asian (mostly Cambodian and Lao) families with garden space and a place to sell produce.
It’s open daily, although the market is only open on Saturday mornings. Here you’ll find high quality greens, gourds, onions and lettuce, as well as more exotic offerings like taro stem and ivy leaf gourd vine tips.
The garden is located at 1416 N. Fitzhugh Ave. near Bryan Street; you can get there by Bus Routes 1 or 24. (Pro tip: DARTable Gem Jimmy’s Food Store, a mainstay of East Coast-style Italian goods and hoagies, is right next door.) For more information, visit it’s Facebook page.
Texas Discovery Gardens
Inside historic Fair Park lies a nearly 8-acre, organic urban oasis. The Texas Discovery Gardens have beautiful native and exotic plants, as well as gardening workshops and guided tours.
See native snakes of Texas, and other wonders of the natural world – including approximately 500 butterflies! The gardens’ address is 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., right at Fair Park Station on the Green Line. Find more information at texasdiscoverygardens.org.
Farmers Branch Historical Park
Farmers Branch Historical Park is a 27-acre open museum that features a schoolhouse, general store, church, train depot, log cabins and more artifacts spanning 175 years of history. It also happens to have one of the loveliest rose gardens in North Texas.
The park is located at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, on the Green Line at Farmers Branch Station. Visit farmersbranchtx.gov for more information.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
The 109-acre Fort Worth Botanic Gardens are the oldest botanic gardens in Texas, featuring 23 specialty gardens and over 2,500 native and exotic plants.
It’s the perfect place to celebrate National Public Gardens Day. Take the Trinity Railway Express to the ITC station, then catch the Fort Worth T Bus Routes 2 or 7 to 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Find out more at www.fwbg.org