Last updated: 12/7/2011
Dallas, Texas
Street Address
3601 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75210
Mailing Address
PO Box 152537
Dallas, TX 75315
phone: 214-428-7476 x341
fax: 214-428-5338
e-mail: TDG@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org
web: texasdiscoverygardens.org
Hours
Hours of Operation
Daily10 AM - 5 PM
Closed New Year's Day, November 24 and 25, and December 24 and 25, 2011.
Admissions
Butterfly House and Garden Admission $8 Adults $6 Seniors (60+) $4 Children (3-11) Free for under 3 Each Tuesday, the gardens are open for free (butterfly house admission is regular price).
Staff
Jane Bryant, Executive Director
Sarah Gardner, PR/Marketing Manager
Carron Short, Event Venue Coordinator
Description

Discovering caterpillars at the annual Butterflies and Bugs Festival.

About Texas Discovery Gardens

Located in Dallas' historic Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organically maintained urban oasis filled with natural wonders. Family festivals, free admission days, and our extensive (and growing) EarthKeepers® student education program introduce children and adults to natural outdoor learning experiences. We are the first public garden in the state of Texas to be certified 100% organic by the Texas Organic Research Center. The gardens are maintained using sustainable methods that conserve water and help to protect the environment.

Mission

Our Mission

To teach effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment, with a focus on gardening organically and sustainably.

History

Our History

Opened in 1936 as the Hall of Horticulture for the Texas Centennial Exposition, the 7.5-acre campus includes the first public conservatory built in the Southwestern United States. Chartered in 1941 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Texas Discovery Gardens is the second oldest botanical institution in Texas, and the first in Dallas to offer botanical education programs for children. The Gardens now include the remodeled Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, a year-round tropical butterfly immersion exhibit. In 2003, Texas Discovery Gardens was certified as the first 100% organic public garden in the state.

Artifact Collections

specimen tropicals; display gardens emphasizing native plants; water features & outdoor sculpture. Bllachly Conservatory features plants of Africa

Research Collections

ornamental flowering plants

Educational Programs

seminars; lectures & workshops; education programs for children; permanent & temporary exhibitions; flower shows; seasonal events * festivals; community resource for public & private events; performing arts groups, weddings & conferences

Publications

quarterly newsletter

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