Lay Family Garden Reopens at Arboretum

Brian Shivers, Susan Lay Atwell, and Dorothy Lay
Brian Shivers, Susan Lay Atwell, and Dorothy Lay

To kick off the start of flower festival Dallas Blooms, the Dallas Arboretum reopened the Lay Family Garden on Feb. 28. Members of the Lay family officially opened the garden at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 26.

The two-acre garden was started over 25 years ago by Mimi Lay Hodges, with additional gifts for the renovation by her two daughters Susan Lay Atwell, Dorothy Atwell, and from the Estate of Herman W. Lay and Anthony Atwell.

Warren Johnson from Fallcreek Gardens redesigned the space to include a new water feature, redesigned pathways and entrances, and new plant species.

“This truly is an iconic garden, and the Dallas Arboretum is grateful for the Lay family’s continuous involvement and long-standing support,” said Bill Graue, board chairman for the Dallas Arboretum.

Stop by the Arboretum by April 12 to see the 500,000 blooming bulbs and Texas-themed topiaries that are part of the Dallas Blooms festival. This year’s theme is “Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Heart of Texans.”

Ticket prices and more information is on the Arboretum’s website.

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