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Dallas Arboretum to break ground on edible garden that will open in 2017
Holly Haber
September 6, 2016

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens will break ground Monday on an $8 million edible garden that will boast sweeping views of White Rock Lake and the city skyline.

A Tasteful Place will be created on 2 acres of undeveloped land next to the dining terrace on the entry plaza. Opening in fall 2017, it will have an orchard, vineyard, flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs and a 3,600-square-foot pavilion with a dining room and teaching kitchen overlooking the garden and lake.

Designed by SWA Architects and Buchanan Architecture, A Tasteful Place represents the penultimate garden in the master plan for the 66-acre facility.
"The Dallas Arboretum has already reached the heights of being one of the world's leading botanical gardens and now is taking a pioneering step to incorporate a very useful and traditional European gardening tradition as one of its primary attractions," Smith said. "As a Dallas landmark and international destination, it will help reflect the movement to understand more about our food and where it comes from. A Tasteful Place will provide the opportunity for visitors to talk about resources and learn urban gardening firsthand with both modern methods and sustainable practices."

Year-round programming will include classes, tastings, horticultural demonstrations, cooking classes, workshops and festivals featuring garden produce.
It will have a number of designated features, including the Wreath Pools, Lagoon Outlook Covered Patio, the Picnic Lawn Overlook, the Strolling Trail, the Orchard, the Orchard Patio, the Tasting Plaza, the Veranda at the Garden Pavilion, Central Stairway and Promenade, the Garden Gate event entrance and the Shaded Patio.
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