May Day marks the beginning of constant sunshine in the heart of Texas, and the Dallas metro area hosts a prancing parade of blooms, blossoms, florets and verdant pink-pocketed vines. So get ready for the power of flowers in local arboretums, nature preserves, conservatories, organic discovery gardens and the rolling meadows of wildflowers dancing in the wind.
Most petal-lovers in Texas know about the Dallas Arboretum on Garland Road, a 66-acre shrine to Botanica. But did you know there are 19 themed gardens and special exhibits such as 100 modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures? There are sunken and shadow gardens, a dedicated Magnolia shade and a children’s adventure garden with more than 150 kid-friendly activities overlooking White Rock Lake. Plan to visit on a Thursday from spring through autumn for a Cool Thursday concert on the grounds. Check the schedule for other daily adventures, such as Zumba classes, art shows and summer camps.
Texas Discovery Gardens
Get ready for an avant-garde adventure when you visit the Texas Discovery
Gardens. Nine cultured gardens define the nine-acre collection, including native flowering plants, an heirloom rose garden and a Master Gardener’s space. However, the real magic happens in the more esoteric spots. Sit quietly in the Scent Garden, originally designed for those with impaired vision, and breathe in the fragrant herbs and scented blossoms. Arrive by noon to experience the daily butterfly release of newly emerged butterflies, and stop by the honeybee tree to watch worker bees gathering pollen and nectar from flowers.
Wildflowers at Fort Worth Nature Center
Head over to Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Worth to see nature’s wild-child offspring spinning and swirling in natural spring breezes. Texas wildflowers paint the fields of the Fort Worth Nature Center in pastels, royal purples, pretty pinks and snappy yellows as far as the eye can see. Enjoy the fresh air and natural beauty while hiking, cycling, kayaking or canoeing. Join other bud-enthusiasts for guided nature walks on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
A one-hour drive to Weatherford is well worth the effort to visit Clark Gardens on Maddux Road. Arrive in May to the sights and scents of day lilies, oleander, cannas, zinnias, magnolias, torch lilies and red-hot pokers. Wander through thousands of wildflowers dotting 50 acres of meadows, gardens and rolling hills punctuated by waterfalls, ponds and lakes. Watch the show as black and white swans glide across shimmering waters, and peacocks prance beneath swooping great egrets.
Make your home in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where you’re never far from both city and nature. Stop by one of Pinnacle’s apartment communities today for a tour and information about move-in specials!