An Urban Oasis

Where once stood a gray and dreary parking lot is now a lush, vibrant garden resplendent with colorful flowers, shade trees and green grass. Providing a welcome respite from the concrete and steel, towering skyscrapers and busy streets of Downtown Dallas, Belo Garden is a true urban oasis.

 


Texas Grove

Featuring a variety of native Texas trees from regions throughout the state, the Grove features Chinkapin Oak, Bigtooth, Autumn Blaze Maple, Green Ash, Kentucky Coffeetree and a sprinkling of Redbuds. This serene section of Belo Garden located along Griffin and Commerce Streets will be awash with color when the leaves change in the Fall.

 


Fountain Plaza

Located in the heart of the park, the Fountain Plaza provides a place for casual gatherings and informal performances. An interactive fountain captivates and delights park goers and provides relief from summer heat. The Fountain Plaza is lined with Shumard Oak trees, adding beauty and shade, and hardwood benches inviting park visitors to sit back.

 

Prairie Inspired Gardens

Taking its inspiration from the Texas prairie, the park features flowing bands of native and ornamental grasses and flowers, including species rarely found in an urban setting.  Framing both the Fountain Plaza and the Garden Grove, the gardens create tranquil spaces that showcase prairie species such as Little Bluestem, Muhly Grass, Purple Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan and Texas Aster. The gardens are full of color from early Spring until late Fall.

 

Garden Grove

This tree-shaded area located next to the East Garden of the Park features Lacebark Elms. The elegant form and dappled shade of these trees provides the perfect place for a quiet conversation or family picnic. Tables and chairs in the Grove allow for conversation in the sun or the shade. A stone clad garden wall contains the Grove along one edge and features an inscription honoring the Garden’s founders.

 

Perennial Flowers

Gaura
Gaura lindheimeri

Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpea

Yarrow
Achillea millefolium

Indian Blanket
Gaillardia pulchella

Blackeyed Susan
Rudbeckia fulgida

Orange Zexmenia
Wedelia texana

Brazos Penstemon
Penstemon tenuis

False Dragonhead
Physostegia intermedia

Wild Indigo
Baptisia australis

Fall Phlox
Phlox paniculata

Texas Aster
Aster oblongifolius

False Summer Sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides

Autumn Sage
Saliva gregii

Texas Gold Columbine
Aquilegia chrysantha hinckleyana

Butterfly Weed
Ascelpias tuberosa

Goldenrod
Solidago Canadensis

Grasses

Mexican Feathergrass
Nassella tenuissima

Gulf Muhly
Muhlenbergia capillaries

Indian Grass
Sorghastrum nutans

Blue Wild Rye
Elymus Canadensis

Little Bluestem
Schizachyrium scoparium

Inland Sea Oats
Chasmanthium latifolium

Trees

Shumard Oak
Quercus shumardii

Chinquapin Oak
Quercus muehlenbergii

Summer Red Maple
Acer rubrum

Green Ash
Fraxinus pennsylvanica

Kentucky Coffeetree
Gymnocladus dioicus

Eastern Hophornbeam
Ostrya virginiana

Eastern Redbud
Cercis canadensis var texensis

Monterey Oak
Quercus polymorpha

Honeylocust
Gleditsia triacanthos

Non-natives plants were selected for their drought-tolerant properties and beauty

Ox Eye Daisy
Chrysanthemum leucanthum

Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides

Weeping Lovegrass
Eragrostis curvula

Feather Reed Grass
Calamagrostis x acutiflora

Maiden Grass
Miscanthus sinensis

Autumn Blaze Maple
Acer x freemani

Allee Elm
Ulmus parvifolia

 
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