On a recent trip to Dallas, we drove across town to the Arboretum, and boy was it worth the journey! While the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center’s mission is to preserve native Texas flora, the Dallas Arboretum seeks to promote the “art, enjoyment, and knowledge of horticulture.” Think of it as Disney World for gardeners. Typical of Texas, and especially Dallas, everything is bigger here. The arboretum grounds are so vast – a full 66 acres – that they take at least an hour to cover on foot. And that’s if you don’t plan on stopping and smelling the tulips on along the way. In addition to all the beautiful flowers, there were swarms of toddlers dressed in their Sunday best – their clothes’ hues matching perfectly with a number of the blooming buds. According to the Dallas Arboretum website, the gardens were voted one of the Top Places to Take Photographs by Southern Living Magazine in April 2010. Maybe parents had brought their kids out to do reconnaissance work before the big Easter egg hunt in two weeks. We’d hate to be among the groundskeepers who has to collect the Easter eggs that aren’t found by young Dallasites on April 24th.
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