Arboretum Set to Unveil Red Maple Rill

Courtesy Dallas Arboretum

Community Contribution

The Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill opens at 1:15 p.m., Oct. 6 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, adding another feature to the internationally recognized display gardens.

The 2-acre site, originally a ravine filled with bamboo and poison ivy, has been transformed into a series of Texas Stream cascades and reflecting pools lined with Encore azaleas and woodland plants, and featuring more than 80 varieties of Japanese maples.

More than 200 trees were hand-selected and range in size from weeping varieties only 2 feet tall to a large, signature specimen believed to be more than 100 years old.

Mike Rawlins, Dallas mayor, Joan Walne, Park Board president, Steve Coke, chairman of the Arboretum board, city officials, and other dignitaries will be in attendance, including Rowland Jackson, president of Newman, Jackson Bierbestein, along with architect Milton Powell and Partners, who designed the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn and Stage four years ago.

A gathering plaza off the Arboretum’s main walkway, the Paseo de Flores, is at the top of the hillside. Clear sheets of water spill from the limestone walls into two large bowls that flank the view of the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and White Rock Lake in the distance.

At the plaza level, a reflecting pool cascades down the narrow boulder-shaped ravine and meanders down a stone runnel to dark reflecting pools at the base of the hill. The concert lawn walk is enhanced with views of natural waterfalls and rivulets for concert patrons.

More than 1,000 tons of giant boulders were installed by the Beck Group to create this natural water course. Winding walkways lead visitors down the hillside, crossing the rill, or stream, on a featured Maple Bridge.

West of the bridge is the Maple Terrace display that features circular rows of contrasting colors of maples. Distinctive night lighting will create a magical setting for evening concerts, garden parties, and weddings.

The Red Maple Rill completes the master plan for the adjoining concert lawn and stage that was also commissioned by Mrs. Rutchik in honor of her late husband, Martin Rutchik. The completion of the Red Maple Rill provides additional VIP concert seating in an overlook that offers a  vista of both the rill and White Rock.

Completing the Red Maple Rill also increases the Arboretum’s collection of Acer species and cultivars to more than 120 varieties, said Jimmy Turner, senior director of gardens.

“This installation will help us evaluate these new varieties and species for their adaptability to Texas gardens and landscapes. From a horticultural standpoint, the Red Maple Rill is an important addition to the gardens because of the impressive collection of maple species and cultivars.”

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  1. Carol

    Bruce is in the hospital & needs our prayers.
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/brucefelps




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