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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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By Bruce Felps

This year’s fall fundraising luncheon organized by the Lakewood Service League benefits the Promise of Peace Community Garden, which works to prevent teen pregnancy and gang involvement among Woodrow students.

The fundraiser and social event — dubbed Harvesting Hope — takes place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 14, at Victor Tangos restaurant along Henderson Avenue. Continue Reading »

Um, pumpkins, lots of pumpkins — Courtesy Dallas Arboretum

Community Contribution

Fall foliage will be but one attraction this season at the Dallas Arboretum.

The botanical gardens opens its Cinderella Pumpkin Village Sept. 17. The display runs through Nov. 23, and features the fleeting beauty’s life-size pumpkin-styled carriage, with topiary horses, awaiting fairytale photo opportunities.

The grounds will be filled with more than 50,000 pumpkins, squash, and gourds. Guests will find displays featuring 45 varieties at unexpected locations — stacked near the entrance, lining the Paseo de Flores, and marking the steps to the Women’s Garden.    Continue Reading »

Hexter Elementary garden — Courtesy Photo

By Bruce Felps

Many a neighborhood association in East Dallas recognizes the Yard of the Month but the Old Lake Highlands group stepped out of the ordinary for its September winner.

The OLH Neighborhood Association, in its September newsletter, named the gardens at Hexter Elementary School as its Yard of the Month recipient. Continue Reading »

By Bruce Felps

Taking a play off the phrase “you are what you eat,” the Hotel Palomar will display a photo exhibit highlighting the work of Promise of Peace Community Garden.

The exhibit, titled True, features photos taken by Ky Ngo, who captured the work done by PoP to educate East Dallas kids on the benefits of proper, natural nutrition. Continue Reading »

By Bruce Felps

Downing Hill Garden Studio tomorrow runs one in its periodic series of events dedicated to a specific East Dallas neighborhood.

The Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association gathers for Neighbor Night from 6-9 p.m., July 14, at the Greenville Avenue shop. Continue Reading »

By Bruce Felps

Most imbibers likely would agree that a margarita, particularly a frozen concoction that helps them hang on, hits the right happy hour spot when the temperatures continually hover at about 100 degrees.

East Dallas entrepreneur Anna Brindley conducts a margarita seminar starting at 7 p.m., June 30, at the Downing Hill Garden Studio. She’ll also sidetrack into mixing sangria. Continue Reading »

Okra judges: Annemarie Marek of Shared Fuel, Jessica Huseman online editor of White Rock Weekly, and about half of Mike Schmidt of White Rock Lake Real Estate

By Bruce Felps

Elizabeth Dry and her co-conspirators at the Promise of Peace Community Garden treated the community to all manner of okra-intensive culinary creations during Okra Fest, which took place June 18.

The afternoon food-drink-and-music party helped raise funds for the nonprofit group’s stated purpose of working to keep kids at Woodrow Wilson High School and its feeder path out of gangs and maternity wards. Continue Reading »

By Bruce Felps

Lessons in the fine art of margarita making take place this month at Downing Hill Garden Studio because gardens grow better when the gardener irrigates him- or herself as well as the soil.

East Dallas entrepreneur Anna Brindley conducts the margarita seminar starting at 7 p.m., June 30, at the Lower Greenville Avenue garden shop. She’ll also sidetrack into mixing sangria. Continue Reading »

By Bruce Felps

Yes, it’s hot out, but you can’t sit in the air-conditioned inside all weekend long.

No, you can’t. Continue Reading »




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