north Texas we have many environmental challenges that make selecting the
“right” plants crucial to successful gardening.
Although most catalogs and books give good descriptions about a
plant’s requirements, many of these descriptions are based on growing
experience in northern states.
Here in Dallas, we have weather conditions that force us to choose
plants that have extra fortitude.
Our winters can be mild, but we may experience sudden sharp drops
in temperature; plants must tolerate periods of either too much rain, or
no rain at all; and no one can forget about our extreme temperature
conditions in the summer. We
ask a lot of our ornamental plants!
Gardens at the Dallas Arboretum were created for the purpose of expanding
our research efforts and providing information to the public. The main
focus of the plant testing program is to grow and evaluate many different
plants in the drastic climate of the Metroplex and North Central
Texas, and develop new plant selections. Information generated from these
trials is provided to commercial plant producers, retailers, and home
Because the trial garden is always open to the
public for viewing, it offers new visibility for plant selections
currently on the market and those soon to be available.
Growers, retailers, and home gardeners can visit the trial garden
and obtain valuable information on many different plants and how they
perform in our climate.
addition to providing information to The Arboretum staff, its guests, and
the commercial industry, we also work in cooperation with educational
institutions. We work in conjunction with Texas A&M University and the
CEMAP (Coordinated Education & Marketing
Assistance Program) program to test
plants for all of North Texas.
The purpose of
this website is to provide access to information generated from the plant
research program to the public and industry. Over time, additional
information, pictures, and other features will be added. Please feel
free to send your suggestions.
success of my garden is built on the compost of my failures!" - Jimmy