Urban Gardening in North Texas
If you want to start an urban or suburban garden in Dallas or North Texas, you should check out A Tasteful Place at the Dallas Arboretum, for ideas, tips and lessons on how to grow beautiful plants including vegetables and herbs, right at home.
Home gardens have become pretty trendy, even if you live in an urban space, even if you live in the heat of North Texas! Budding green thumbs across the country are also trying to find ways to have some herbs or a few vegetables on hand to help make their food healthier and more delicious. This is where A Tasteful Place and the Dallas Arboretum can be very helpful!
You can find dozens of tips and bits of inspiration on a visit to the Arboretum, but three things we do regularly can be especially useful.
- Learn to Grow sessions with Dallas County Master Gardens and Dallas Arboretum horticulture staff every Friday at 11 a.m. this summer: Taught in the vegetable and herb gardens of A Tasteful Place, this series features a new topic each week, such as “Easiest Herbs for the Dallas Area.” It’s an exciting way to take your inspiration from a garden visit and channel it into practical, useful lessons to take to your home garden.
- Daily Harvest Time with Horticulture Manager Preston Willms, every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. through July 31: Preston loves the produce growing in the A Tasteful Place gardens, and he is eager to share how to harvest it with garden guests. Learning harvesting techniques is certainly interesting, as is the occasional chance to taste what we grow; but it’s also a great time to see what grows in north Texas, ask Preston any questions you might have about these plants, and get ideas for what to plant next season.
- Instagram Stories (weekdays) and Facebook Live (Fridays around 3 p.m.) focusing on What’s In Bloom in the gardens: Most of this content focuses on what’s growing in the Main Garden. This can be useful for your non-edible urban and suburban gardening needs. It also creates an opportunity to use social media to ask direct questions of VP of Gardens Dave Forehand.
Of course, we also have Dallas County Master Gardeners in the gardens every Thursday – look for the blue vests), and offer cooking classes focused on what to do with your amazing produce, so no matter where you are in your home-gardening journey, we’re eager to help you figure out your next step.