Artscape at the Arboretum

Artscape, a juried fine art show and sale, features the nature-inspired masterpieces of 75 national and local artists, with the Arboretum’s floral finest as the backdrop. Artscape artists employ a variety of mediums, including paint, sculpture, photography and 2-D and 3-D mixed-media, all available for sale.

New this year is a members-only “sneak preview,” which takes place April 25 from 6PM to 8PM. If you’re an Arboretum member, you get a first look at the Artscape display and can purchase beverages while shopping the private event. 

Thanks to the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, guests are not only able to view and buy fantastic works of art, but are also able to watch the art being created. Artists Annie Foster, Art Wells, Brett Dyer, Cynthia Chartier, Dave Kramer and Rebecca Collins are on deck to demo their work during Artscape. If you’re interested in learning about sculpture, mosaics, jewelry making, printmaking or painting up close and personal, stick around and watch the process unfold.

Dallas Arboretum supports the local art community, and Artscape is an outreach program in support of its artist-in-residence initiative. Officials at the Arboretum pick deserving artists to work onsite for a two-month period and create pieces based on what they see and experience in the gardens. Artists who are interested in interpreting their love of nature through art can email for information. The residency program’s finished products are on display in the Artists’ Garden, which features artwork, community activities and talks. 

Featured artists at Artscape 2014 are:

Allison Jardine, Anne Vogt, Brad Spencer, Britt Coalson, Bruce Taylor, Caroline Crawford, Cathy Crain, Corky Storer, Dan and Linda Baker, David Bolin, Diane Antheunisse, Eric Hanse, Fred Prescott, Gary Bachers, Liping Jackson, Jan Leachman, Jane Dedecker, Jeff Potter, Jen Hicks, Jill Kettler, Jimmy Lange, John Gibson, John Sewell, Josiah Sawyer, Kathleen Martin, Kathy Steckel, Ken Carpenter, Kerri Norman, Kevin Bassett, Kimberly Merck-Moore, Lee Reams, Liana Yarckin, Liv Colbert, Lorie Lawrence, Lyn Foley, Lynn Armstrong, Maja McFaul, Marilyn Moore Endres, Mark Majewski, Martin Pothier, Meg Harper, Mike Grafa, Mimi Smith, Nancy Medina, Pascala Pryor, Raymond Rains, Rebecca Swann, Rick Steckel, Robert Pocklington, Ron Colbert, Sally Wade, Sean Klinksick, Sona Knox, Todd Adams, Tom Beach, Tony Holman, Valery Guignon, Victor Blakey, Warren Slocum, William Kaufmann, Erika Bell, Daryoush Ababaf, Paula Whatley, Andrea Smith, Brenda Brannon and Clara Johnson.

Kathleen Martin of Terrell (Booth #29) and Caroline Crawford of Garland (Booth #60) are Artscape’s featured local artists. 

For more information on Artscape and to buy tickets, click here. The Artscape exhibit is free for paid Arboretum visitors and for Arboretum members.



Say “yes” to engagement photos at the Arboretum

With much anticipation, we have had the brightest blooms of the spring season here at the Dallas Arboretum, though while many couples  look forward to the blooms, they are also focused on something else: their weddings.

But before the “I dos” are said and the rice is thrown, there are engagement photos to be taken. More and more, couples are choosing outdoor venues to capture the occasion, especially during the warmer months when the flowers are in full bloom, providing a colorful backdrop and picture-perfect natural light.

The Arboretum is just such a venue. Thousands of couples get their photos taken here every year amid the gardens’ romantic landscapes and lush greenery. In case you’re anticipating capturing your own engagement moment here at the gardens, we have a few ideas for you. Here are some of the most popular, picturesque spots for your engagement photos:

Crape Myrtle Allee

With its arched, expansive bowers of mature crape myrtle trees lining its Pennsylvania brownstone pathway, our Crape Myrtle Allee provides an impressive backdrop for pics of you and your spouse-to-be. From the natural sunlight dappling through the branches to the popular “frog fountain,” Crape Myrtle Allee is one of the Arboretum’s most beloved features and provides a perfect setting for a reflective stroll captured in time. 

A Woman’s Garden

A gift from the Women’s Council of Dallas, this serene and nationally acclaimed garden features terraced walkways and exceptional views. Here, there is a bounty of settings in which to memorialize the moment, such as a native Texas limestone bridge, an alluring 140-foot hanging garden or a wellspring surrounded by towering dawn redwoods. You’ll also spy an expansive vista of White Rock Lake from the edge of a dramatic reflecting pool, making for an idyllic photo op. 

The DeGolyer Pergola

A top pick for intimate wedding ceremonies is a popular spot for engagement pictures as well. The DeGolyer Pergola boasts a breathtaking arbor overhung with vines. Underneath is a gorgeous shaded walkway, where couples have the flexibility to be shot in a variety of candid or posed ways.

While these are the three most popular spots for happy couples to pose, the Arboretum’s 66 acres gives couples the freedom to explore many other settings, including:

The Jonsson Color Garden, which features azaleas, crape myrtle trees and beautiful spring color, courtesy of our world-famous tulip display.

The McCasland Sunken Garden is surrounded by stone staircases, topiaries and gorgeous flowering beds, and makes for a serene place to stage your special moment.

So when spring and love is in the air, make use of the Arboretum’s colorful and inspiring scenery to memorialize one of the most special milestones of your life. (Speaking of, did we mention we also host weddings? Well, we can save that for another post.) Congrats to all you lovebirds! Hope to see you soon. Visit our Enchanting Engagements board on Pinterest for other ideas on locations in the garden for your photo shoot. 

Image Credit: Enchanting Engagements Pinterest Board

Ready to take your engagement photos at the Dallas Arboretum? Make sure you follow our non-commercial photography guidelines. Call 214-515-6615 for more details.


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