(Photograph courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens)

The tram driver told us the DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS has approximately 150 paid employees; but the amazing fact is that they have some 400 volunteers who are dedicated to working the grounds daily to maintain the pristine beauty of the various areas of the park. There is so much to tend…this year they planted 500,000 bulbs (tulips, daffodils, and more). There were 4,000 azaleas heavy-laden with blooms. A first for me was the Japanese Snowball Tree; it was absolutely amazing and I failed to get a photo of it. According to the booklet we were given, there are 21 areas throughout the ARBORETUM, including several specifically for children. The gardens roll toward the beauty and serenity of White Rock Lake in the background. Truly, it was a beautiful sight to behold.

The historic DeGolyer House was the first instance of Spanish architecture built in the Dallas area. The structure is used now to house the Restaurant DeGolyer, which features delightful outdoor dining. Our meal consisted of delicious Zuccini Soup, King Ranch Casserole with salad featuring their house dressing, delectable homemade cheesy biscuits, and Lemon Short Cake with Strawberry Drizzle. Everything was delicious and we were absolutely stuffed as each portion was enough for two meals.

You can check out the DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS on their facebook page for more information.

We shopped the GALLERIA MALL in Dallas before heading home. Our final stop was at COLLINS STREET BAKERY in Tyler, Texas, on the return drive. I bought a loaf of their delicious Iced Raisin Bread, which I sampled for breakfast this morning. Delicious! In addition to all their baked goods, they also have foodstuffs such as pickles, relishes, etc. The tour had arranged for each of us to receive a Ham and Swiss Sub which we enjoyed during the ride home.

All in all, it was a wonderful day trip. I can’t wait for next time. From what I understand, fall is something to see at the ARBORETUM…some 800,000 pumpkins of various varieties, shapes, and colors will decorate the grounds in glorious fashion, accented by mums of every description, I love fall! Let’s go again.