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North Texas Gardens We Love To Escape To

 

While we’re certainly down to head to a sandy beach (or stay indoors with our precious air conditioning), spending some time soaking in some local blooms can be just as relaxing. Scroll on for some lush gardens that are definitely worth a stroll.

Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park
Take in some nature without spending a dime at this sunrise-to-sunset park. The park also offers (free!) art and photography classes on occasion, along with a mesmerizing koi pond, trails and streams. (411 Ball Street, Grapevine)

Belo Garden Park
Take a minute to unplug and recharge at this 1.7-acre park right in downtown Dallas. And if you just wanted to get some work done *and* get a little fresh air, there’s plenty of seats to get your hotspot on. (1014 Main Street)

Fort Worth Water Gardens
Whether you have allergies or you’re just looking for an alternative garden, this architectural marvel is definitely worth a stop. From serene water spaces to an intense walk down into the rushing waters, it should be on every Fort Worth bucket list. (1502 Commerce Street, Fort Worth)

Dragon Park
This hidden gem in Oak Lawn looks like a scene out of a novel. It’s privately owned, but you can still step inside and experience this moody space for yourself. (3520 Cedar Springs Road)

Ruibal's Plants of Texas
Ever make mental notes of plants so that you can find a place to bring the garden magic home? You won’t really have to worry about that at Ruibal’s—this greenhouse garden not only has an amazing view of downtown, but there are also over 50 plant species for sale. (601 South Pearl Expressway)

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The jewel of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum is a 66-acre oasis that’s full of daily events, places to relax among waterfalls and flowers and a full view of the lake from a great vantage point. It’s a classic in Dallas for a reason. (8525 Garland Rd)

The Rose Gardens of Farmers Branch
Even if you missed the blooming roses in the spring, this garden is still a pretty romantic spot to visit in the summer and fall months. There’s also a playground nearby for the kiddos and trails for you and your pup. (2610 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch)

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
The mother of all Texas gardens (seriously, it’s the oldest one in the state!), this massive garden is home to 2,501 species of native and exotic plants and 21 specialty gardens. Trust us, you’ll want to spend the entire day here. (3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth)

Clark Gardens
Venture a little outside of the Metroplex for some peace and quiet at this Weatherford garden. Their open season (no appointments required!) begins on August 30 and lasts through the year, so be sure and consult their blooming schedule to make sure you’re making the most of your visit. (567 Maddux Road, Weatherford)