Spring flowers and foliage at Dallas Arboretum

April 25, 2019

At Dallas Arboretum last week, masses of foxgloves were blooming throughout the gardens.

Hot pink is lovely…

…but I like even better these lilac and mauve foxgloves planted under gnarled vitex trees.

Pretty from any angle

Honeybees enjoy the freckled flowers too.

We stopped in A Woman’s Garden to admire the bronze figure of a woman by sculptor Joe Rosenthal.

She leans on a rail beneath a heavy stone arch and gazes off to the side, allowing a glimpse of her face as you approach from behind.

The Red Maple Rill garden in April looks almost as if the Japanese maples have turned fiery red for fall.

The red-leaved maples stand out against the tart greens of spring.

Russet leaves glow in sunlight.

The green ones are stunning too, like ‘Viridis’ laceleaf Japanese maple.

This weeping Japanese maple may have been my favorite. Check out the long, drooping branches. I love how they cascade over boulders, seeming to reach for the water.

A boulder-edged stream runs through the shady garden, with a variety of red-leaved Japanese maples lining the banks. One day I’ll visit in November to see the maples wearing their autumnal colors.

I’d never seen the bromeliad grotto in the Lay Family Garden on previous visits to the Arboretum. Later I learned that the water feature was added during a renovation in 2015. The arched grotto reminds me of holey limestone rockwork I’ve seen in San Antonio and Florida.

Naturalistic planter pockets built into the wall hold bright-flowering bromeliads.

Inside the cool tunnel you look out through the waterfall scrim and see quinceañera girls in full-skirted gowns posing for their portraits.

I had a lovely time exploring the gardens with my daughter and mom. I’m sure I’ll be back again soon — maybe to see those maples in fall finery. Fellow visitors from Austin, if you have a membership with Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, be sure to take your membership card, as it gets you in for free!

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