butterflyPhoto by James Laurie, TDG Member

Texas Discovery Gardens’ 7.5 acres offer a wonderful diversity of garden styles and botanical collections. The Gardens feature native plants and plant species from other regions of the world that are adapted to the challenging climate and soils of North Texas. Plants are also selected for their benefits in providing habitat for native wildlife, including butterflies, bugs, and birds.   Ten themed areas include a butterfly habitat, native wildlife pond, scent garden, shade garden and heirloom garden.

At family events offered throughout the year, children and parents can share the experience of being amazed and inspired by nature’s intricate web of life. Gardening workshops and guided tours provide expert advice on using native and adapted plants to create backyard habitats for butterflies, birds and other native wildlife.

She Is Dallas Info: Texas Discovery Gardens is located at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Dallas.   Texas Discovery Gardens is located at Gate 6 in Fair Park. Fair Park is two miles east of downtown Dallas just south of Interstate 30. For more information, please call 214-428-7476 x 341 or visit the Texas Discovery Gardens website.   You can also follow Texas Discovery Gardens on Facebook or Texas Discovery Gardens on Twitter.

September Events at Texas Discovery Gardens

Sept. 3, 11 am – Noon
Butterfly House Discovery Tour

Go on a guided tour of the Butterfly House and get a behind the scenes look at these winged wonders. Included with admission ($8/adults, $6/seniors 60+, and $4/children 3-11). Pay at door.

Sept. 17, 11 am – Noon
Garden Walk: Butterflies in my Backyard
Explore native butterflies and their habitat and learn what they eat as caterpillars and as adults. Appropriate for ages 3+. Included with admission ($8/adults, $6/seniors 60+, and $4/children 3-11). Pay at door.

Sept. 17, 10 am – 11 am
Butterfly Seasons: Autumn
Dallas County Lepidopterist’ co-founder Dale Clark brings the third installment in a series on butterflies through the seasons. While Fall typically signifies the winding down of the year, it is actually one of the most active and exciting times to observe butterflies in Dallas. From rare and unusual strays that wander up from the south, to the regular emigrant species that show up every year, and of course, the annual migration south of the Monarch butterfly. The cast of players is large and varied filled with stories of success … and failures. $15, $10 for TDG Members.

Sept. 24, 10 am – 4 pm
Dallas Green Festival
Join us for the 4th annual Dallas Green Festival, an educational event aimed at raising awareness about being eco-friendly with the City of Dallas. Exciting attractions include whole lifestyle demos, recycled arts and crafts, educational activities for adults and kids, face painting, food, and more. See details here!

September 30 “ October 23.
Green Exhibit and More During the State Fair of Texas Visitors can tour native gardens outside, including the stunning Grande Allee fountain. Inside, a tropical butterfly house includes hundreds of free flying butterflies with daily butterfly releases at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The annual monarch tagging demonstrations will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. New in 2011, the Texas Discovery Gardens Green Exhibit celebrates fun, easy ways to live more sustainably. Multiple vendors will be on hand with natural treats, eco-friendly transportation, and more. Sculptures and paintings throughout Texas Discovery Gardens connect art with nature, featuring the work of Silvia Thornton, Anne Neal, Dan and Lori Dudley, student sculptors at the University of Texas at Arlington, and more. We are also proud to unveil a public art display with the City of Dallas from Vancouver artists Michael Vandermeer and Cheryl Hamilton, featuring stunning glass and steel nature-themed pieces that hang from our two story lobby ceiling. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $3 admission.

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