Video: Arboretum children’s garden open soon

“Nowhere in the world is there anything like this. There are lots of children’s gardens, but we took it so many steps farther.”

“It is not just a children’s garden it is the most unique project, I gotta say, in the world. There will be nothing like this when we finish.”

That’s Dallas Arboretum vice president of education Maria Conroy and Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. head of construction John Armstrong talking about the $56 million children’s science garden, which will occupy eight acres of the arboretum. The garden is in its final stages of construction.

According to a letter from Armstrong, “Much of the children’s garden site is complete” and “once construction is complete, the arboretum’s horticultural staff will begin a period of additional horticultural embellishment.” Further in the letter, Armstrong informs neighbors that “1,150 new trees have been planted in the children’s garden alone.”

Arboretum spokeswoman Wendy Rentz says the garden is still expected to be complete by May 2013, pending any rain delays.

The children’s garden is being constructed on the north end of the arboretum near the amphitheater overlooking White Rock Lake.

The above video from Advocate photography editor Can Turkyilmaz captures the garden’s early stages of construction and previews some of its features. Conroy and Armstrong are the garden “tour guides” in the video.


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  • Miss Bamboo

    Anyone catch her reference to Avatar? Too bad we didn’t have some 12′ tall blue warriors to ward off all the bulldozers and chainsaws that cleared off eight acres of lovely natural park land….unobtainium anyone?

  • Dianatx

    I am thrilled to be a neighbor of the Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake. Although I am a farm girl and these are man-made parks they are my oasis in this very urban setting. Congratulations. I’m sure the children’s garden will be another big draw for guests in our city.

  • Dianatx

    I am thrilled to be a neighbor of the Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake. Although I am a farm girl and these are man-made parks they are my oasis in this very urban setting. Congratulations. I’m sure the children’s garden will be another big draw for guests in our city.

  • Jb

    Mr. Armstrong’s own wording speaks volumes, “additional horticultural embellishment.”  Guess I never realized the stunning natural wonders of the world need some “additional horticultural embellishment.”  The garish  concrete tree is grotesque, and looks scary for children.  I can only imagine what “additional horiticultural embellishments” are going to “embellish” what was formerly gorgeuous natural tree/grasses, woodland  and unebellished lakeside.

  • Iheartdallas

    Looks like this is going to be a home run for Dallas and the Arboretum.  Apparently Stephen Kilbourn missed the main point of the story, which is about a garden for children, given his complaints about the inclusion of sculpure and playgrounds.  Perhaps he does not know any children and is unfamiliar with the fact that they like playgrounds. 
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/skilbourn Stephen Kilbøurn

    i’ve been to Manito Gadens in Spokane, the Morton Arboretum in Chicago, and the Montréal Botanical Garden.  The emphasis of all three was a huge display of flora… not sculptures and playgrounds.  It seems the Dallas Arboretum needs to revise its mission statement.  “The mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is to build and maintain a public venue that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of *horticulture*.”  Horticulture has been lost here.

  • Scott O

    Concrete trees, steel flowers, fake ponds, multiple invasive species of plants and video screens? This is how we introduce our children to the wonders of nature? Puh-leese.

  • Hal Barker

    The Childrens Garden is a tribute to the use of natural Texas resources to produce a world-class architectural statement. The unique use of crushed rock, lime, steel, computer technology, and petro-chemical based paving and hardware puts the new garden into a fresh, modern update for the times we live in. The stylistic approach of using ferro-concrete to simulate cellulose matter in trees is a breakthrough of immense proportions. The Jetsons qualities of design and creativity set standards soon to be copied throughout the known world. The new Garden will stand as a statement of the New World envisioned by European explorers, a place of rejuvation and rejoicing in the triumph of man over nature. The clearing of the utterly worthless forested area near Winfrey Point is a bold statement that we are the future, the New Breed, the new Educators, the New Designers of American Landscape.

  • Happycat

    A fake garden will not teach children very much.  Why not take children on a walk through what remains of the black land prairie of Winfrey point, where there is no flat screen TV.

  • Tedbarker45

    I walk or drive by this monstrous creation every day.  The 1983 and 1987 D Magazine articles contrast what is now in place. What a shame.