Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the planting of the Bath House Garden Saturday evening, July 7th, 7-9 pm
This celebration is part of a fun night at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake with an art gallery opening, live music and refreshments.
All Master Gardeners and members of the public are welcome!
Janet D. Smith, fresh out of the Master Gardener class of 2005, was brave enough to think a partnership between Dallas County Master Gardeners and the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department could evolve to build a garden in front of the bath house at White Rock Lake.
The White Rock Bath House Garden and “Whirl” Sculpture in June 2018.
Janet, having a passion for pollinators, dreamed of a garden that would host and feed all kinds of bees, butterflies, and birds. Carmel Womack, Dallas County Master Gardener class of 1997, took up Janet’s mantra and designed the garden around the “Whirl” sculpture. Monies were donated and following the May 2008 art installation the garden was planted in July that year.
Garden funding is so important!
10 years later, let’s look at the changes. Plants have been cut way back, a few have died, and some have been removed. More native plants like autumn sage, cowpen daisy, native milkweeds, four-nerve daisies, rock rose and blue mistflower have been added.
The original irrigation system was inefficient and has been disconnected. Instead Master Gardeners volunteer to hand water the new plants until they are established and then about once a month in our hottest, most scorching weather.
The current garden tenders include garden coordinator Janet D. Smith and CMG’s Judy Meagher, Ginnie Salter, Barbara Hardin and interns Nancy Griswold and Monica Nagle. They currently meet Tuesday evenings to work when the sunny garden is in the shade. Ginnie also provides TLC for the plants inside the BHCC.
All the plants are labeled and the Texas natives have Texas-shaped stakes to make them easy to spot.
Native Plants are identified with appropriate signage.
Oh, and a new garden has been started on the other side of the building. It’s a small start with salvias planted around a desert willow, but look at the view.
The new bath house garden with a view of downtown Dallas.
The team also takes care of a tiny garden surrounding the historical marker at Winfrey Point. Check it out when we have meetings there.
For more information and the plant list click here.