April Showers Bring May Flowers: The Haute 5 Gardens and Parks in Dallas

Garden’s great, garden’s good….

You can’t deny the intrigue of natural beauty. You witness this every day at the gym, or flipping through cable channels. However, ’tis the season to become a fan of the vivid colors and lush greenery that our local parks and gardens have to offer. So smell the roses before the rays get too hot.

The Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Dallas Arboretum is the premiere spot to see the best in botanical goodness in Texas. Not only will you get a glimpse of a myriad of floral breeds in a maze of fountains and statues, but you can enjoy a great lunch at the garden cafe, or music at their outdoor summer concert series.

The Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located at  8525 Garland Road in Dallas

Nasher Sculpture Center

Known as a “roofless museum,” this outdoor garden features modern sculptures nestled among the foliage. Situated in the heart of Dallas’s Arts District, the center will host a movie and concert series every third Friday through September, with Wolfgang Puck catering.

The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street in Dallas

White Rock Lake

If you don’t like crowds, shy away from White Rock Lake on the weekends. Lake lovers enjoy hiking, biking or running through the many trails the area has to offer, as well as fishing off the piers or picnicking under the trees. Check out the White Rock Bath House Cultural Center for theatrical presentations and art shows throughout the summer.

White Rock Lake is located 8300 E Lawther Drive in Dallas

Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park

The State Fair won’t be here until Fall, but we can still enjoy the gardens at the fair grounds. The Butterfly House is a must-see, with over 500 tropical butterflies surrounding you in the warm, moist air, sometimes even stopping for a landing on your shoulder (though it is recommended that you don’t leave the premises with any stowaways.) Also visit the Shade Garden, Heirloom Garden, Scent Garden and Wildlife Pond.

Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park is located at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Dallas

Main Street Garden Park

Last year, the city of Dallas added a little greenery to the historical buildings of downtown. Spanning 1.7 acres, the park includes the Lily Pad Cafe, water fountains and a wading pool, an urban dog run and a stage that will feature concerts and films this summer. Visit the Garden Shelters to see a interactive digital light display that changes with the seasons.

The Main Street Garden Park is located at 1902 Main Street in Dallas