|From 2012 04 Dallas Blooms|
|Dallas Arboretum Garden Etiquette|
I recently attended Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum. I had a wonderful time strolling the grounds. That photo above is of Winfrey Point, taken from the Camp House lawn. I remember commenting how the Arboretum fails to exploit its location on high ground above White Rock Lake. I said there should be more vistas that open up onto the lake, like the one in the photo above. Little did I know that not only was the Arboretum not interested in featuring lake views from the Arboretum, it was actively laying plans to jeopardize the view by using Winfrey Point as a parking lot. Count me on the side of the tree huggers against flower power in this dispute.
I find it ironic that the big summer show planned for the Dallas Arboretum is an exhibit by artist Dale Chihuly of glass sculptures placed throughout the gardens. Beautiful. No denying it. But colorful, extravagant, glass baubles in a flower garden? Really? Isn't the focal point of a flower garden supposed to be, you know, the flowers? Isn't the Chihuly exhibit kind of like upstaging the bride at a wedding?
I won't go as far as Jim Schutze does in his criticism of "big-big, fake-looking, Yellow Brick Road plant shows." He doesn't even like real flowers. I enjoy strolling among those. It's the fake glass flowers in a real flower garden where I draw the line. And I'm totally against trampling the real live grass on Winfrey Point to expand parking for visitors who want to ogle the fake glass flowers in the Dallas Arboretum.
The Dallas Arboretum's board of directors seems to have lost sight of Everette DeGolyer's concept for a botanical preserve for Dallas. Success seems to have blinded them to the simple beauty of nature. This Dallas Arboretum public relations disaster is self-inflicted. It would be like the City of Richardson deciding to park cars for its Wildflower! festival in the nearby Spring Creek Nature Area. Richardson would never do that, right? Let's hope not. But, come to think of it, just what are Richardson's plans for the area?