Texas Pioneer Adventure was created to help children envision life as it was in earlier days on the Frontier.
A kitchen garden was planted to illustrate how important self-reliance was to success. Other authentic structures were on the grounds to demonstrate how the pioneers lived.
This area was swarming with adventure-loving kids who learned how a town evolved:
*Pioneers were drawn to Texas because of the inexpensive land available.
*A General Store was usually one of the first structures to be built in order to provide food and necessities, next would come a Church to provide sustenance for the Spirit.
*A Meeting Hall, often used to accommodate a school, was a useful structure for the gathering of families. If the number of children warranted a larger structure, a one-room schoolhouse was erected soon after.
*Businesses would be established and a town was created.
Additional pictures provide an overall view of Pioneer Adventure:
Picture #1 is Gideon Linceam's house
Picture #2 is Ferdinand Lindheimer's house
Picture #3 is a replicated Texas Town
Picture #4 An Example of a Sod House
Picture #5 Hayrides for $2.00 were a big hit!
(All the houses could be explored and #1,#2 and #4 were rustically furnished)
An activity booth provided arts and crafts for the children's pleasure and a haywagon pulled by two dappled horses gave rides for $2.00 per person.
As we gradually wound our way passed rows of colorful Spring flowers, ornamental structures and secretive spaces tucked behind lush plantings, we encountered some impressive bronzes placed in various points in the gardens.
Although these photos are only a small sampling of the art found here, it gives an idea of how art and nature combine to present a pleasing effect!
It almost seemed a game searching out these pieces as I wistfully imagined them comfortably situated in some corner of my own garden! This first picture entitled PLAY DAYS is my favorite piece.
A Woman's Garden was a peaceful plot featuring a large reflection pool with a bronze statue of a woman, who seemed to be gazing at her features in the water (pic#2). I thought it was a striking piece!
As you walk further, the pathway passes by vibrant patches of flowers and mysterious steps ascending to unknown spaces(pic #3), then to a second water feature which stretches for some length(pic #4).
A small courtyard can be glimpsed from a stone bridge as you leave the Woman's Garden (pic #5).
I couldn't help thinking how much thought, planning and inspiration went into creating this tranquil place meant to honor all women.
Whimsical creations were scattered throughout the arboretum--it was fun coming upon these quirky pieces!
'The Potted Tree' sits next to a massive watering can--its creativity enthralled kids and adults alike!
The Dragonfly Treehouse attracted quite a few families and made for a great photo opportunity (pic #2) in a unique setting.
As the sun warmed up the afternoon, Toad Corners offered a cool respite from the heat. A large central fountain spewed water into the air, while four stone toads sprayed from each corner of the splash site (pic #3). Children loved this!
Just as butterflies can often be seen flitting about gardens, a oversized floral butterfly seemed quite appropriate(pic #4).
To add a bit of romance to the garden setting, an Elizabethan-style cottage sat amongst several shade trees (pic #5).
As we came upon this lovely vista highlighted by the sunken garden, I was sure that this was my favorite spot at the Arboretum.
Clay planters filled with greenery mark the start of your exploration into the midst of this serene space. (please see additional pics)
As you descend, (pic #2) a bronze sculpture of a boy and girl playing at the beach sits at the bottom of the steps, adding a touch of whimsey to the otherwise formal site (pic #3).
Benches placed around the sunken garden give an opportunity to absorb the beauty of nature around you (pic #5). It was hard to leave!
Steps lead up and out the opposite side of the garden and to the gazebo, which overlooks White Rock Lake, see separate tip (pic#5).
UPDATED for 2009 The Dallas Arboretum is a jewel in the city's crown! Our first introduction to the arboretum was during DALLAS BLOOMS--an annual month-long event in March-mid April featuring over 400,000 spring flowers and other blossoming shrubs and trees.
We spent three wonderful hours taking pictures, discovering secret gardens hidden among blooms and following paths through waves and waves of colorful flowers.
A winding pathway or the Paseo des Flores led us through a number of pretty gardens such as: the Jonsson Color Garden; The Palmer Fern Dell; A Woman's Garden; DeGolyer Gardens and the Lay Ornamental Garden.
Unique sections such as the Martha Brooks Camellia Garden, Pecan Grove, Toad Corners, Texas Pioneer Adventure, Nancy's Garden and the DeGolyer House can all be visited along the way.
Interesting special events are scheduled throughout the year: Updated as of 3/23/09
Kiddie Concerts-Free with the admission to the gardens
Mommy and Me Mondays--crafts, face painting
Tiny Tots Tuesdays-Exercise and activities
Flower Power Concerts--March and April musical events held from 7:30pm-9:30pm
Spring Teas at the Arboretum (March 9-May 29, 2009 at 11am & 2pm)
Plant Sale held in April
Memorial Day Concert and Family Picnic--May 25, 2009
Cool Thursdays-Musical event held from April 30-October 29, 2009 at 7:30pm-9:30pm. There is a charge for this event.
Summer Camps for Kids--half and full day. See website for times and prices.
Adult Education-Gardening Classes
Hours are 9am-5pm daily with the exception of Thanksgiving,Christmas and NY day. Admission is $9.50 for adults; $8 for seniors; $6 for children 3-12 and under age 2 is free. On site parking $5.
The Dallas Arboretum is one of my favorite places in Dallas to "get away." When you're in this city, much of the time, you may not have a yard, or tree's... The parks are okay, but some can be noisy and crowded, there's White Rock Lake which can be very active with biker's, walkers/runners, etc. but I've not found a good place to relax there.
One of my favorite things to do on a beautiful day is take a book and blanket and nap on the soft manicured lawns which overlook white rock lake and at some points, downtown Dallas. You do have to pay to get in, but then you have an extra sense of security if you feel like going it alone. On weekends and holiday's, it can get quite busy. You'll often see bride's there taking photo's and they also host weddings.
There are some neat sections of water art and beautiful flower's and foliage. They also have a "pioneer" area for the kids, which includes a few small cabins and old wooden carts and buggies.
The Arboretum also host musical events on certain nights and other scheduled festivities.
HOURS AND ADMISSION
The Arboretum is open to the public 7 days a week 10am-5pm year-round with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
$8 for adults
$7 for seniors (65+)
$5 for children (ages 3-12)
Free for children ages 2 and under and members of the Arboretum.
Discount tickets are available for groups of 20 or more. Click here for information on group tickets, boxed lunches, birthday parties and guided tours. Advance registration is needed.
Onsite parking $5
This is a wonderful botanical Garden. If you love flowers-visit her in the Spring Mid March to Mid April for the Dallas Blooms event. It is beautiful-who knew they could grow so many Tulips in Texas?
Tulips,Tons of azaleas,and tons of other beautiful flowers,trees and landscape. They have a wonderful view of the lake-great for a picnic, beautiful water fountains,negative edge pond, and they have a small "Old Town" buildings for kids to play in, a garden area kids can water,etc.
It was a great day of fun in a gorgeous surroundings.
Wednesday February 8th, we took our four year old granddaughter to the Dallas Arboretum. We started out to go to Fair Park, but it was such a nice day we went to see the gardens instead.
The Trammel Crow Visitor's Center is new and they have food service there, but we ate at home before we left. Admission for Individuals and Families was
* Adults, $8; Seniors, $7; Children ages 3-12, $5; Children 2 and under and members are free. Parking $5 per vehicle. We drove, but the garden is also available by bus - the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Bus stops direct in front of The Arboretum. To determine location and schedule, contact DART services and bus lines, call 214-979-1111.
Most of the flowers that were out were the early spring variety. Lots of daffodils and pansies.
We rode the tram which normally runs from March to December, and he let us off in front of the Groyler House (which our granddaughter didn't care for - she kept asking if we could leave).
They were shooting commercials of appliances and so some of the house was off limits, but we could see the libray with the hidden doors. Most unusually, they let you take non-flash pictures indoors. Also, they were working on the gardens and not all of them were open - the Infinity Pool didn't have all the water in it so that it wasn't quite infinite. Then went to Toad Corners where our daughter had a lot of fun running under the .water that the toads were spitting out.
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