Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gardens around Texas

Dallas Botanical Garden spring blooms, courtesy of Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden.

Nothing feels as good after a colder-than-usual winter than visiting a garden in bloom.  Multiply that by double digits and you have an article I wrote for the San Antonio Express-News last month, "Gardens around Texas" about 14 unique Texas gardens, a compass-tour of beauty around the state.

From north Texas where Dallas, Fort Worth and Weatherford have botanical gardens with brilliant azaleas and camelias, as well as other specialities.

To Tyler, where thousands of roses bloom in April.  

At Houston's Bayou Bend and Rienzi, gardens with historic designs surround museum homes.

Mexican buckeye butterfly on butterfly bush.

In the Rio Grande Valley town of Mission, hundreds of species of butterflies have been sighted at the National Butterfly Center

Photo by my friend,amazing photographer Jay Blackburn.

My favorites include one I've never visited, the International Water Lily Collection in San Angelo, where six large tanks hold around 350 blooming water lilies in summer. It's on my 'must-do' list for this summer. 

And of course the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, where native flowers inspire everyone.

If you're looking for an amazing garden to visit, check out one of the 14 in the article--you'll be glad you did.

Gardens around Texas

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  1. So very beautiful! The water lily gardens would be amazing to see. I wish I could hop on a plane right now! xo Karen

  2. We were just in Dallas in February but I wasn't able to break away from our conference long enough to visit the botanical garden. It is on my to do list if we ever make it back there again!


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