Make time for a Friendship Tea

The tradition of afternoon tea has long been practiced in the United Kingdom, evoking images of well-appointed tearooms and civilized conversation. Teatime was not only a valuable social occasion, it was originally created to ward off hunger between lunch and dinner, with scones and clotted cream and jam as the prevailing nosh accompaniment.

Here at The Dallas Arboretum, we’re keeping that tradition alive and well with our Friendship Tea, served every day at 11AM and 2PM in the historic DeGolyer Estate overlooking the gardens. With a picturesque view and three delectable courses, it’s a lovely way to spend a couple of hours with a close friend.

Our courses go beyond the traditional scones and jam. First comes a demitasse of carrot ginger soup, followed by your choice of tea sandwiches, including cucumber, egg salad and turkey with orange butter. Finally, dessert, and if chocolate-covered strawberries aren’t for you, then a lemon curd tart or, yes, scones with clotted cream and jam should sate your sweet tooth.


And what would afternoon tea be without, well, tea? Choose from vanilla mint, cinnamon hibiscus or Earl Grey, and sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of our 66-acre garden just outside.

So start a tradition of your own, and enjoy a refined but relaxing afternoon at our Friendship Tea. Once you finish sipping and snacking, take advantage of your surroundings with a leisurely stroll through the gardens. Please join us soon, as this exceptional experience ends February 28. Cheers!

Make your reservations here today. Prices range from $39 to $42 and include Main Garden admission, parking, tea service, tax and gratuity. Allow at least 24 hours advance notice for reservations. For more information or to book for parties of eight or more, call 214-515-6511 or email

A winter walk through the garden

Even though Dallas is technically still in the middle of winter, beautiful skies and a taste of warmer temperatures have been coaxing residents out of the house and into nature. And there’s no better place in the city to get some fresh air and appreciate Mother Nature at her finest than the gardens at The Dallas Arboretum. Plus, now through January 31, admission at the gate is a mere $5, so not only can you spend a pleasant day outdoors, you can get a great deal in the process.

In A Woman’s Garden, visitors can admire several varieties of flowering plants already in full bloom. Besides Sweet White Dianthus and Viola, behold the delicate beauty of the Bridal Wreath Spirea and the picturesque Upright Japanese Yew trees.Though spring is just around the corner, there is still an abundance of plants and flowers blooming in the gardens right now. Lining the walkway through the Lynda Bunker Hunt Paseo de Flores (known as The Paseo) is a profusion of pansies, including Nature Ocean and Panola Lilac Shades, as well as flowering ornamental kale such as Coral Queen, Dynasty White and Redbor. 

Over in the Water Wise beds, which feature low-water-use plants such as succulents and Texas natives, guests can meander through impressive varieties already in season, including Whale’s Tongue Agave, Winecup, Mexican Honeysuckle, Desert Spoon, Desert Willow and a giant Spanish Bayonet.

The mist covering the Eugenia Leftwich Palmer Fern Dell gives the impression of a mystical fairy forest due to a micro-fine mist system that envelops it. In mid-January, it’s lush with dense green ground cover such as Autumn and Holly Fern, Chinese Fringe Flower and Cast Iron plants.  

And of course our famous Crape Myrtle Allee is always a must-see on any visit to the gardens. Even if it’s a little chilly in the shade, there is a sense of calm among the overhanging trees. Take in the gorgeous scenery with the crisp blue skies peeking through.

Some other gardens worthy of a winter stroll include:

· The Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill

· DeGolyer Gardens

· Rose Mary Haggar Rose Garden 

Finally, if you’re feeling adventurous or just want to take advantage of the unseasonably warm winter weather, you could take a long, brisk walk through the longer loop of the gardens—or several loops to get the full experience. More athletic-minded folk are welcome to extend their route to the White Rock Lake path. One full circuit is just over 9 miles, so you’ll have plenty of time to bask in the great outdoors. 

No matter what your ultimate goal is when you visit the Arboretum, you’re welcome here any time of year for a dose of nature, right in the heart of Dallas.

Be sure to visit now through the end of January, as admission is reduced to just $5 at the gate for non-members. For questions, call us at 214-515-6615.

Welcome to a new year at the Dallas Arboretum!

It’s a new year, and we’ve resolved to branch out and bring you a brand-new blog to keep you updated on the latest happenings at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Though we’re in the middle of the coldest part of the year here in Big D, we’d be hard-pressed to refer to it as the dead of winter. There’s still plenty happening on our 66-acre garden grounds, and allium, hyacinth, saucer magnolia, alyssum, Iceland poppy, snowbells, viola and winter honeysuckle are still in bloom.

Even if the holiday decorations have been taken down, and Santa has come and gone, you can still enjoy a seasonal treat with our Friendship Tea, served through February 21 at Restaurant DeGolyer. To make reservations, call 214-515-6511 or email

And we’re already gearing up for our annual Dallas Blooms Festival, which runs February 22 through April 6. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event, which features more than 500,000 blooming spring bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, as well as thousands of annuals and perennials and, of course, our world-famous cherry blossom trees and azaleas.

Not to get ahead of ourselves, but talking about spring at the Arboretum, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention our Cool Thursdays Concert Series. Pack your picnic basket and blanket and settle in for performances by national cover bands, including The Official Blues Brothers Revue, produced by Judy Belushi Pisano and Dan Akyroyd, and more. Plus, enjoy culinary offerings from the area’s best food trucks.

Artscape, our annual juried fine art and craft show, is another must-see. There will be plenty to spy and buy, as well as demonstrations, workshops and, naturally, food.

Obviously, there are many good reasons to turn over a new leaf and visit or join the Dallas Arboretum this year. So welcome, visitor, and stay tuned for much more coming soon!