A simulation of A Tasteful Place, a garden producing vegetables and fruit at the Dallas Arboretum, shows the picnic area and tasting plaza. The garden will open Oct. 3. 

A simulation of A Tasteful Place, a garden producing vegetables and fruit at the Dallas Arboretum, shows the picnic area and tasting plaza. The garden will open Oct. 3. 

/Courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Coming this fall, there will be a new garden game in town. The Dallas Arboretum will open a new $12 million garden on Oct. 3 called A Tasteful Place, which focuses on growing fresh vegetables.

A Tasteful Place will offer views of the Dallas skyline and White Rock Lake.

A Tasteful Place will offer views of the Dallas skyline and White Rock Lake.

/Courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

The 3.5-acre garden has been in the works since September, and the fruits (err, veggies?) of the Arboretum's labor promise features that encourage guests to stroll around and stay awhile.

Potagers, or aesthetically-pleasing functional gardens, will intersperse vegetables and herbs with flowers. The pavilion includes a teaching kitchen where local chefs will put on classes and demonstrations, while the tasting plaza will hold daily tastings of in-season veggies. The 3,000-square-foot circular lawn is primed for picnics. 

Vegetables will run the gamut from beets and pak choi in the winter, to springtime radishes, summer corn and zucchini, and artichokes in autumn. Fruits will get their day in the sun, too: An orchard of fruit trees, including pears, plums and peaches, will surround a shaded patio. 

Guests will not pick produce themselves; rather, Arboretum employees will serve the garden's goods at tastings, hands-on cooking classes and farm-to-table dinners. 

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More information on the schedule of programs will be available within the week, according to Krista Gabbert, the Arboretum's communications specialist. The schedule is planned to appeal to all ages and will include education on how to grow your own seasonal vegetables and herbs in the Dallas climate. 

Once open, entrance to A Tasteful Place will be included with the Arboretum's $15 general admission fee ($12 for seniors and $10 for children). The garden will be open during normal business hours, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas.

Pumpkins will be among the fall produce grown at the Dallas Arboretum's new A Tasteful Place garden when it opens in October.

Pumpkins will be among the fall produce grown at the Dallas Arboretum's new A Tasteful Place garden when it opens in October.

Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News
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