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Bring a camera or phone with a camera within it.
If you are going to have family photos taken, dress before you come. The Arboretum is a family facility and cannot allow clothing changes in the restrooms.
When to Come
Each week something new unfolds in the garden. The ‘Small Houses of Great Artist’ exhibit runs until December 31, 2012.
Weekdays are less crowded than the weekends. Sunday mornings are less crowded than other weekend times. Weekdays from 11 am to 1 pm are usually busiest as so many people stay for lunch or begin their afternoon at the garden at the restaurants.
What to Eat
If you are bringing a cooler, the Arboretum suggests it be on wheels. There are walkways to get to the picnic areas and it is easy to roll one of these along our ADA-accessible paths. The Arboretum asks that no water or ice from coolers be released on the grass or in the floral beds as it will kill the vegetation in the area.
The Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace is to the left of the entry. There is always outdoor dining but on many days a section of the hall next to it is open for those wishing to bring their food indoors. Many have stated that this is one of the loveliest outdoor dining terraces in the city with the view of the gardens, downtown skyline and White Rock Lake. Hearty paninis, traditional salad trios, refreshing individual salads, soup and children’s specials are available here.
Restaurant DeGolyer is at the back of the newly renovated Everette DeGolyer home. A beautiful seating area on the Dann Talley Kincheloe loggia offers the favorite foods of the generation of Nell DeGolyer. A bountiful salad plate, wonderful casseroles, tea sandwiches, soup, quiche, chicken tetrazzini and so much more. There is a charming inside area where the Arboretum’s acclaimed seated tea is served by reservation twice a day. Children must be at least thirteen to have tea in this area. The tearoom even has the cookbook of their recipes for sale.
Café on the Green features an French themed menu in this outdoor dining area off the Paseo de Flores, the main walkway through the garden. Presented by Gil’s Elegant Catering, the Café on the Green is open Saturday and Sunday’s from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm featuring a light menu with a French twist, including quiche, salad nicoise, a French Dip sandwich and hot dogs for children. Please stop by and enjoy a prepared dessert such as crepe suzette or a glass of wine or beer. Café of the Green serves beverages Monday through Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 p.m. An area just behind it in the original DeGolyer Motor Court has been opened for additional seating.
The Canopy Café offers additional concessions with sandwiches and salads. Opened on Saturday and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests are free to pick up food and drink here and carry it into the garden for a picnic on their own.Vending machines are throughout the garden. Often these go quicker than the distributors can replace them, so consider bringing in your own beverages or buying them from the dining terrace at the Visitor Education Pavilion or the concession stand.
Beautiful Floral Combinations and Plants Which You May Not Be Familiar
As one of the missions of the Arboretum is research, visitors will note trial gardens throughout the property. This work allows us to determine the best new plants for our climate and we are leading the world in the public testing of warm weather annuals.Jimmy Turner of our staff always says, “If we can’t kill it, no one can.” Our soil and the intense summer heat makes it difficult for many plants to thrive. Our research is documented on dallasplanttrials.org, also listing the best new plants we have found this year. Breeders and retailers study our results and the items that do best in our trial gardens will most likely be in area nurseries within a two year period. But they make wonderful paths to walk and study. It is amazing to see some of the new plants that will grow well in our area.
The secret many do not know is that you can go into the gift shop upon arrival, and they will hold your purchase until you leave the garden. Then you avoid the lines of those stopping by as they exit. There is also a second register open on busy days in the back of the gift shop just for credit card purchases.
Restaurant DeGolyer sells the book about Tea at the Arboretum as well as many of the special teas they serve within their space.
Where To Park
Friends of the Arboretum at the $2,500 level are given premier parking space all year with thanks for their generosity.
If the main lot is full, we are asked by the city to wait until fifty spaces open up so we do not have long queue lines in front of the garden. On those days you may be asked to go south seven blocks to the Gaston and Garland parking area in front of the Far West Club. The Arboretum pays for buses to be there to bring you quickly to the garden and has security throughout the area. The bus takes only six minutes to get to the Arboretum on a day with regular traffic on Garland Road, and you are taken to the front entrance with pickup at the same location. It is so easy and is often much shorter and easier than parking on the grounds. On our busy days, some guests just drop by there first to see if the buses are running, as it is such an effortless way to get it the garden.Do not park in the neighborhood. The streets have signage that does not allow it, but the Arboretum will also turn away those that come from the neighborhood and do not live in the area. We must protect the friends we have living around the botanic garden.
To the left of the Arboretum’s main entrance down a corridor next to Rosine Hall and then to the right are large banks of rest rooms. These are also accessible from the door to the Dining Terrace. During days when there are meetings in Rosine Hall, these may be closed to visitors to keep the noise level down for those inside.
There are smaller restrooms for women and men to the right of the entry and then near vending machines on the Bella Via walk to the main garden.
Many people in the know will use the large bank of restrooms near the concert lawn and the Alex Camp House. There is much more space, and the others are quite busy as people use those at the entrance as they enter or leave.
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