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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.”


By Bruce Felps

The sixth annual Tour des Fleurs 10K and 20K races, along with the associated walk, hit the starting line this weekend.

The day’s events start at 7:30 a.m., Sept. 17, when the 20K participants take off at the Dallas Arboretum. The 10K race starts at 8 a.m., about the same time families take in the Walk in the Garden, led by WFAA-TV “Good Morning Texas” anchor Amy Vanderoef. Continue Reading »

Community Contribution

The Dallas Arboretum will host a book signing by Sam L. Pfiester, author of “The Golden Lane,” at the Hoffman Family Gift Store from 1-4 p.m., Aug. 22,

Set in the early 1900s in Tampico, Mexico, the book details Everette DeGolyer’s, namesake of Arboretum mansion, the  search for oil. Part love story, part historical novel, and part true story, the book portrays the unfolding development of petroleum geology against a backdrop of revolution, foreign intrigue, and geopolitics.

After his early experiences in Mexico, DeGolyer later founded what is now the Amerada-Hess Corp. as well as Core Laboratories, and the petroleum consulting firm DeGolyer and MacNaughton. Continue Reading »

By Bruce Felps

The Dallas Arboretum dropped its admission fees to $1 for August, and this weekend the botanical garden lowers a few more prices.

The Summer Mega Sale runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., each day Aug. 12-14, in Rosine Hall. That $1 admission price gets patrons into the sale as well.

Merchandise includes party supplies, books, planters, dishes, yard art, decorative accessories, and seasonal goods of multiple varieties. Continue Reading »

That looks cool in both senses of the word — Courtesy Photo

By Bruce Felps

A continuing streak of 25 days at 100 degrees or more with no end in sight might not make a walk across 66 acres sound too appealing.

Take those 66 acres, make them the Dallas Arboretum, and consider park admission for $1 rather than the usual $8 fee, and August at the Arboretum sounds a little cooler. Continue Reading »

Satisfaction — Courtesy Photo

By Bruce Felps

The first segment of outdoor concerts at the Dallas Arboretum comes to a close after this week’s shows, taking an August hiatus before cranking up again in September.

Tomorrow’s show, July 25, features Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band.

The band, of course, hits the highlights of the Stones’ recording career — “Brown Sugar,” “Start Me Up,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Wonder if they’ll do “2,000 Light Years from Home.” Continue Reading »

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By Bruce Felps

Well, chase one rabbit.

Peter Rabbit makes a return engagement to close out the month at the Dallas Arboretum.

The fuzzy little beastie appears at the East Dallas botanical gardens from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., July 21-31, at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Bring a camera to chronicle the rare rabbit sighting with the kids. Continue Reading »

The Martin Rutchik Concert Stage with ... hey, that's White Rock Lake in the background — Courtesy Photo

By Bruce Felps

The Dallas Arboretum offers a little something for about every musical taste in the coming weeks.

Tonight, Tuesday, Monte Montgomery takes the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage with his brand of original acoustic rock ‘n’ roll suitable for all ages.

Le Freak cranks the ‘70s disco thing — redundant, yes — Thursday night, July 14. The Arboretum will run a period-dress contest so reach into the deepest recesses of the closet and break out those bellbottoms, baggies, and platform shoes. Seriously, when was the last time you heard “Car Wash,” which was a fine movie as well as a jammin’ song. Continue Reading »

By Bruce Felps

Get John Philip Sousa fired up for the Fourth of July when the 36th Infantry Division Band performs patriotic songs at the Dallas Arboretum.

The musical military ensemble plays at 2 p.m., July 3, on the Martin Rutchick Concert Stage. Continue Reading »

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By Bruce Felps

OK, this weekend is it, the two-day culmination of 100 days of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of White Rock Lake.

Heavens, where to start, where to start? Ah, of course, with the boat parade. Continue Reading »

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