Trial by flower! If we can't kill it, no one can!
For more information, visit the trial garden website at www.DallasPlantTrials.org or contact:
Director of Trials & Greenhouse
In North Texas, we have many environmental challenges that make selecting the right plants crucial to successful gardening. Although most catalogs and books give good descriptions about a plant’s requirements, many of these descriptions are based on growing experience in northern states. Dallas has weather conditions that require resilient plants. Our winters can be mild, but we may experience sudden sharp drops in temperature. Furthermore, plants must tolerate periods of too much rain, no rain at all, and extreme temperatures in the summer. We ask a lot of our ornamental plants.
The Trial Gardens at the Dallas Arboretum were created for the purpose of expanding our research efforts and providing information to the public. The focus of the trials program is to grow and evaluate many different plants in the drastic climate of the Metroplex and North Central Texas, and to develop new plant selections. Information generated from the trials is provided to commercial plant producers, retailers and home gardeners.
Because the trial garden is always open for public viewing, it offers new visibility for plant selections currently on the market and those soon to be available. Growers, retailers and home gardeners can visit the trial garden to obtain valuable information on many plants, as well as how they perform in our climate.