Some years in mid-September Mother Nature provides a tantalizing hint of autumn with cool temps and a little rain for a few days. This year it is still warm and dry so thank goodness for the Dallas Arboretum’s Garden of Music event a few days ago. Such a perfect place to begin our stroll. Would a little Al Di Meola playing acoustic guitar go well with your virtual garden stroll? If yes, please click below. .
As we walked from the parking lot to the entrance I noticed that everyone near us was smiling and relaxed as they greeted friends and chatted. We had never been to the Arboretum in the evening so it was delightful to discover the charms of the gardens at the end of a day. A talented harpist played just inside the entrance. At the Pergola, Concert Stage and two other gardens there were artists playing guitar, saxaphone and drums.
One of our favorite places is Orchid Hollow near the great lawn. Such a lovely place to sit on a bench and enjoy the tranquility of the little pond and sounds of water flowing over the rocks into the stream while birds sing in the trees. When the misters start Bob and I snap lots of photos in our attempt to capture not only the beauty but also the soothing aah feeling of being there. The Arboretum thoughtfully limited the number of members attending the event so there were plenty of places that were peaceful with sounds only from nature.
Restraint was definitely required because I wanted to sit down, take off my shoes and wiggle my toes in that refreshing stream. It reminded me of a stream we sat beside in Steamboat Springs many autumns ago.
This vista captures everything I love about summer gardens with the combination of green lawn and trees, masses of blooms planted so that there was a sense of movement as our vision was carried from one bed to the next.
The Welcoming Water Wall is the last thing you see as you leave the Arboretum headed to the parking lots. The sound of the trickling water and light breeze off White Rock Lake made for a pleasant end to the evening.
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