Texas Discovery Gardens is a beautifully manicured botanic garden located in Dallas' historic Fair Park. Spread over 7.5 acres, the garden is an organically maintained urban oasis that is open year-round and home to a variety of indigenous and adapted plants and other natural wonders. The Gardens are also home to the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium where a plush tropical rainforest provides a natural habitat for hundreds of free-flying butterflies.
In addition to offering magnificent natural surroundings for visitors to explore and enjoy, the Gardens also present a variety of educational programs and workshops, including the EarthKeepers student education program, gardening workshops and guided tours, family festivals and natural outdoor learning experiences. The Gardens use sustainable maintenance methods to conserve water and protect the environment and are certified 100% organic.
Texas Discovery Gardens feature a variety of collections including plants, butterflies, vegetables, roses, and herbs.
The Benny J. Simpson Texas Native Plant Collection features a selection of more than 345 native plants across 84 species from the Texas region, including wild and indigenous trees and shrubs.
The Native Butterfly Habitat is a beautiful, tranquil place to relax and learn more about the complete life cycle of Dallas' native butterflies, which are attracted to the many nectar-rich flowers in the collection.
Designed by prominent landscape architect Joe Lambert, the Circular Lawn, Callier Garden, & Leftwich Pond Collection features perennial plantings, flowering shrubs, and small trees, and fountains laid out in a series of overlaying arcs and circles. The Leftwich Pond is home to an unusual aquatic plant collection.
The Faerie Blanton Kilgore Heirloom Rose Garden is an intimate garden of favorite, old-fashioned plants, including antique and fragrant roses, and a delightful selection of perennials, all enclosed by a beautiful holly and boxwood hedge.
The Grand Allee du Meadows is a formal garden lined with Savannah hollies and features a lovely show fountain and a variety of seasonal flowering, nectar-rich plants that attract butterflies. The Margaret Fonde Jonsson Tribute Garden, also known as the President's Garden is a serene, sunken garden with shade-loving native and adapted plants, handmade benches and reflecting ponds inhabited by gambusia (mosquito fish) and red-eared slider turtles.
The Master Gardeners’ Garden is a landscape demonstration garden that focuses on indigenous and well-adapted plants that follow the principles of the Earth-Kind and WaterWise programs.
Established in 1958, the Scent Garden, also known as Marianne Scruggs Herb Garden was originally designed for visitors with impaired vision and reflects that of a London herb garden with a variety of plants to excite the senses.
The Shakespeare Garden features much of the flora mentioned in Shakespeare’s works, as well as a bas-relief panel of the bard himself, an antique sundial, and a network of winding paths of perennials, herbs, and small trees.
Texas Discovery Gardens is home to the Discovery Gallery, which presents a variety of art exhibitions that highlight a variety of environmental topics ranging from organics and recycling to sustainability. Artists and exhibitions are selected to support the Gardens’ mission.
The Snakes of Texas Exhibit and Honeybee Tree is built from recycled materials and features 15 native snakes, including copperheads and rock rattlesnakes, while the Honeybee Tree can be found in the Butterfly House and showcases a working honeybee hive in action.
Texas Discovery Gardens offer an array of environmental educational programs, workshops and outdoor field trips for learners and students of all ages known as EarthKeepers ® Children's Education Programs. These programs aim to delve into the natural world and explore different ways to conserve and preserve the natural world in an urban environment and include a tour of the organic gardens highlighting the fundamental concepts of science, biology, math and social studies.
Group Tours, Talks, and Outreach Programs are aimed at adults and include interesting topics such as the Daily Butterfly Release Talk, which sees newly-emerged butterflies released into the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House & Insectarium.
Texas Discovery Gardens is located at Gate 6 in Fair Park at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Dallas and is open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Free parking at Fair Park is available for visitors to the Texas Discovery Gardens.
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3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75210, Phone: 214- 428-7476