After arriving in Dallas we visited the Arboretum and the foxgloves were putting on a show.
It was a beautiful day to stroll through the Arboretum and enjoy a myriad of pretty gardens.
There were a few tulips left that were still pretty. We saw workers busy pulling up spent tulips and planting new plants for the new season. Tulips are a cold weather bulb and it is warming up quickly in Dallas. The mornings were cool but by mid afternoon it was clear summer is around the corner.
Face painting and a petting zoo is offered on Tuesday's for children. Being a member of the Arboretum has been a blessing for my son's family and we have had the opportunity to visit a number of times. The memberships are very reasonable. See Christmas, fall and summer visits here.
While in Dallas we also toured the George W. Bush Presidential library and museum located on the Southern Methodist University campus.
I was thrilled to see Blue Bonnets and Indian Paintbrush growing. Just the night before, I enjoyed reading two books by Tomie DePaola to the grandchildren about the legend of Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush flowers. (link provided)
One of the most interesting things are the natural areas around the museum. There is a walking trail around the large building and wild flowers and natural plants abound. They don't use pesticides and keep the grounds in a natural state. This is a haven for pollinators, birds and other native species. We are accustomed to a manicured look so it was good for me to see, read about, and acquire a new mind set. To read more about this 15 acre urban park, google, Native Texas Park or listen to a you tube video about the part here: Native Texas Park
Bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush are beautiful and this was my first time to see them in person.
Bluebonnets usually bloom from the end of March to early May. Bluebonnets were named the state flower of Texas in 1901.
The library was very interesting. Shown here are President and Mrs. Bush clothes worn for the state dinner for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh at the White House.
The menu and invitation was interesting and the china and the flowers beautiful.