Dallas Arboretum: A Tasteful Place
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Palate-pleasing Public Garden with Domestic Roots

Location Dallas, TX, United States

Client Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society

Scope Landscape Architecture, Conceptual Design

Size 1.5 acres

A year-round “food oasis” awaits visitors at A Tasteful Place, a new edible/display garden within the Dallas Arboretum. A continuation of SWA’s Arboretum work (which includes Red Maple Rill and the Children’s Garden), A Tasteful Place provides visual and hands-on education about plants and herbs that can be used in visitors’ daily cooking and explored in their own backyards. Achieved in collaboration with renowned garden designer P. Allen Smith, SWA’s design was inspired by small, backyard fruit-and-vegetable gardens: highly functional, but arranged in a visually pleasing manner. Vegetal “rooms,” defined by berries, citrus, and greens, celebrate the seasons while expanding visitors’ understanding of what might be possible in their own gardens (and on their own seasonally inspired menus). SWA also designed a new terrace overlooking the garden and its surrounds, which include water features, trails, a pavilion, and demonstration kitchen.

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