A Visit to the Dallas Arboretum’s DeGolyer Building and Gardens

I took my man out to the Dallas Arboretum’s historic DeGolyer building for the type of High Tea he fondly remembers from his time in the UK. Then we had a stroll through their gardens. The formal garden was decorated in the theme of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”.

Silver and gold spheres, ribbons, and rings of bells are sprinkled about the pine boughs the wrap the carved stone entrance to the Dallas Arboretum's historic DeGolyer building.

An bright arrangement of pine boughs, pine cones, spheres, and ribbons adorns the dark carved wooden doors of the Dallas Arboretum's DeGolyer building.

A guilded mirror reflects the pale walls, dark ceiling beams, regency furnishings, and blue Chinese pottery of the main dining room in the Dallas Arboretum's DeGolyer building.

A close-up of the fireplace in the Dallas Arboretum's DeGolyer Tea Room, whose mantle is decorated with blue Chinese vases, silver trays, pine boughs, and ribbons.

A close-up of the fireplace mantle in the Dallas Arboretum's DeGolyer Tea Room, which is decorated with blue Chinese vases, silver trays, pine boughs, and ribbons.

A natural corridor cut through the formal hedges of the Dallas Arboretum leading to a decorative white stone urn.

A peek through the bushes and tree branches of the Dallas Arboretum, looking onto formal hedges, carved pillars, and White Rock lake beyond.

A part natural, partially built series of waterfalls and small rapids guide a twisting stream through the informal section of the Dallas Arborteum.

A part natural, partially built series of waterfalls and small rapids guide a twisting stream through the informal section of the Dallas Arborteum.

A part natural, partially built series of waterfalls and small rapids guide a twisting stream through the informal section of the Dallas Arborteum.

A gazebo in the Dallas Arboretum decorated in the theme of the “Fourth Day of Christmas” with golden columns, mirrors, colored glass gems, and “four calling birds” in colorful plumage.

The two of us standing before a gazebo decorated in the theme of the “Fourth Day of Christmas”.