The Gardens

What could be more fun than spending Sunday afternoon in some of the most beautiful gardens in Dallas?

The tour is a joint effort of Casa Linda Estates, Forest Hills and Little Forest Hills and features 9 glorious gardens.

Neighborhood volunteers look for eye-catching gardens to showcase each May. The tour will be an eclectic mix, from mid-century modern and manicured to a whimsical imperfect self planted urban farm. This tour has it all and has knit the community together in its 19 years.


Forest Hills

Michael Ferguson
8417 Santa Clara

Designed to mimic a California coastal landscape, this front yard is filled with perennials of various heights and textures that can withstand our Texas conditions.  A distinctive modern walkway leads you through the plantings to a Mediterranean style fountain and the front door. Everything compliments the look of this contemporary California/Mission style home.  On your way to the backyard, you’ll pass through a charming courtyard between the garage and the utility entrance.    A very chic covered porch looks out onto the fabulous backyard pool with a cascading waterfall that is topped by a fire pit. A poolside cabana area and an artificial turf surround complete the look of this very luxurious backyard retreat.

Sponsor

The John and Debi Real Estate Team

Compass Real Estate

Artists

Robin Funk – Heath, TX
Beverly Ann Moore – BAM


Woody & Kathy Glenn
8325 Forest Hills Blvd.

This amazing and diverse organic landscape has been designated a “Certified Wildlife Habitat” by the national Wildlife Federation. A sunny flower bed affectionately named Kathy’s “Flower Basket” greets you at the front of the driveway.  Charming stone paths lead you through a shade garden across the front of the house, and continue into the backyard, revealing one surprise after another:  a fire pit area, a waterfalled Koi pond, a vegetable garden, a new Rose focused planting bed by the pool, beehives by the greenhouse, and a secret garden where new ferns dot a serene dry creek bed.

Sponsor

Moss + Lichen Landscape Design

Artists

Mike and Shelly Clem – The Letter Lounge
Patricia Martin – Acrylic Artist


Michael & Mary Simons
8359 Forest Hills Blvd

Strolling through the Simons yard is like embarking on a plant safari, filled with native plants the Simons have collected as they’ve traveled the Southwest.  The undulating wild flower bed that runs along the front of the house is filled with Coneflower, Brazilian and Desert Verbena, Salvias and many blooming perennials. The driveway leads you by a tastefully designed swimming pool which graces the side of the house and the backyard.  Here a canopy of old growth trees shades a winding dry creek bed flanked by many Japanese maples, and banks of thin leafed Mondo grass.  It’s an especially welcoming oasis in the midst of our summer heat.

Sponsor

Becky Oliver, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Artists

Patty Goya – Koke Gardens
D’Nell Sherbet


Warren Ferris Cemetery
8381 San Leandro Dr.

Once an abandoned historic 19th century cemetery, with no tombstones remaining due to vandalism, Friends of the Warren Ferris Cemetery (FWFC) is restoring the Warren Angus Ferris Cemetery landscape to support a Monarch Butterfly Way Station and Wildlife Habitat as means of honoring the Dallas pioneers buried there.  FWFC, a 501C3 Non Profit, was born two years ago to initiate this project to include:

  • Research lead by Remembering Black Dallas to find the lost names of those buried including free men
  • Restore the property back to the status of a Blackland Prarie
  • Producing a documentary about Warren Angus Ferris, first surveyor of Dallas, founder of Dallas
  • Serve as a template for study and improvement of the greenbelt in the middle our our Forest Hills neighborhood that extends from San Leandro Drive to Whittier Avenue.
  • Share a template to be adopted by other neighborhoods across the state to revitalize their own fallen cemeteries
  • Educate the public about the history of Warren Angus Ferris

Cemeteries are important keys to Texas’ past. They are tangible reminders of settlement patterns and reveal information about historic events, religion, lifestyle, and genealogy. Tying together the historical, educational and native wildlife elements, we envision this as a template to be adopted by other neighborhoods across the state to revitalize their own fallen cemeteries.

Just this year, Preservation Dallas has chosen the FWFC project four the outstanding efforts to preserve the historic character of this special place

To learn more, https://www.friendsofthewarrenferriscemetery.org/

We are honored to be among the giants selected for this year’s awards, a few: Fair Park Dallas Aquarium, Hall of State, The Nation Building, Katy Trail Ice House, to name a few.

Bodark Tree Concert
11AM – 3PM
Santa Clara and Breezewood Ln

We are celebrating “Herbert The Magnificent Bois D’arc Tree” 11:00 to 3:00 on the boulevard crossing Santa Clara and Breezewood Ln in Forest Hills.  Herbert is the White Rock East Garden Tour & Artisan’s new (old) face (many faces) of tree planting and conservation.  Meet Betsy Doan LFH artist and Ukulelady extraordinaire, performing her newest hit ukulele song she wrote in honor of Herbert.  Check out her carpe_clay pages on Instagram and Facebook.  Our Favorite Farmer Kim Amen sanctions this movement by Herbert to save and plant trees.  Check out Farmer Kim’s facebook page.   And Lottie Minick will be there to welcomes you to come and feel the Spirit of Herbert The Magnificent Bois D’arc Tree.


Little Forest Hills

Larry & Adeena Davidson
9034 Redondo

Eclectic Cottage & Garden for Birds of all types.

Just having fun…No rhyme or reason…Home Built in 1940 and has gone thru extensive updating with a Colorado mountain inspired theme. Huge covered front porch, with hanging plants & zen theme feel. Many unusual artistic designs all mixed with plush plants of many colors & textures, the huge shaded trees canopy over the garden…..lush surroundings invites you in. Venture to the backyard thru a vine covered trellis. Custom designed cedar & tin fencing, Enjoy the huge covered back porch overlooking a lush garden featuring a huge number of perennial plants, whimsical window planters & art. Outdoor fireplace for those cool nights. Water garden inspires tranquility. Enjoy hummingbirds & butterfly inspired areas, bird houses, fountain & feeders for those bird watchers. Enjoy the guest house & meditation space for a getaway feel featuring a huge Japanese inspired see thru carport and a southwest garden along the alleyway.

Y’all come see, you hear!!

Sponsor

Mike Schmitt, White Rock Lake Real Estate

Artists

Janice Somerville
Traci Hutton – Hartline Interiors


Tammy Elkins
8819 Santa Clara

The Elkins garden has been transformed from a non-descript yard into a relaxing retreat over the past five years. There is something for everyone in this tranquil garden setting. The front beds are flanked to the right by a beautiful custom arbor and to the left, the beloved Hyacinth Bean Vine and contain a variety of perennials, annuals and succulents. You enter the back garden to the left on a flagstone & granite pathway lined with evergreens, grasses and the first of several Japanese Maples you will encounter.  Walking into the back garden your eye is drawn to the one of a kind custom fire pit surrounded by a flagstone deck and seating for four in Adirondack chairs perfect for coffee in the morning or wine in the evening. Near the home, a large deck hosts a dining area & a corner grilling station that is perfect for meals with friends and family. The large back garden is outlined by rocks collected for over 55 years and hosts irises handed down for generations. The garden includes varieties of annuals and perennials as well as Japanese Maples. Two raised beds contain herbs, veggies and flowers. This garden is truly a work of inspiration and love.

Sponsor

Republic Title

Artists

Karin VanSlyke


Dwayne King & Amy Bynum
8939 Groveland

When you enter Dwayne, Amy and Ella King’s garden, it will feel like you are transported into a peaceful, urban oasis. There is a beautiful Crape Myrtle grove at the beginning and you are welcomed by a quaint brick walkway accentuated by mutli-level decks. There is a water garden with a musical, sparkling waterfall and colorful fish.  Relax on the flagstone patio for a minute and enjoy the myriad of perennials such as trumpet vine, roses, loropetalum, nandina, spirea, Mexican petunia, red yucca and a very healthy bottle tree.  You will love Ella’s she-shed decorated and furnished especially for her.  Towering shade trees include red oak, live oak and cedar.  The entire property has been organically maintained with no poisons or chemicals.

Sponsor

Covington’s Nursery and Landscape Co.

Artists

Yvette Thompson and Jim Tompkins
Julia Pendery – Beaded Jewelry


Casa Linda Estates

Missy and Jay Quintana
1439 Tranquilla Dr.

Welcome to 1439 Tranquilla, where our backyard is our oasis.  The large pecan trees provide plenty of shade for our shade garden that resembles a cottage garden–  Traditionally a cottage garden is dense with a variety of plants as ours has grown by the plant beds by the house packed tight with plants. This informal crowding of a wide variety of plants is a signature feature  of our garden with a mix of perennial and annual flowers with vegetable and herb plants, twining around each other and competing for attention.  Color theorists may scoff at mixing certain colors together, but in a cottage garden anything goes! And as you can see we have used every color we could attain.  It is such a joy to add items that delight you in a garden and share your vision with others. We have placed antique statues art, and objects that have become part of our cottage garden tableau. The idea is to have fun with your garden and ours shows it.

Sponsor

Mark Nesselroad, State Farm Insurance

Artist

Bomba Bath Bombs


Steve and Dalton Pfiffner
9330 Alta Mira Dr.

This nearly one-acre landscape has something for every type of gardener, adventurer and life-long learner. During the pandemic, this garden became the site for a pediatric therapy clinic in an effort to keep staff and children outdoors and healthy. The sensory rich, natural habitat has served many East Dallas families with unique therapeutic experiences for the last year. Children have also been educated in gardening, growing organic foods, composting, raising chickens, and bee keeping. The front yard offers an area of xeriscape with agave, yucca, and grasses as well as a sunny perennial garden and ample shade from mature oak trees. The backyard offers multiple garden areas.  A gentle sloping shade garden with stepping stone path is being developed along the entrance to the backyard. Beyond, one can stroll through a raised bed vegetable garden surrounded by picket fence, edible flowers, and herbs. A quaint chicken coop and chicken yard sit beyond the vegetable garden. A natural style pool is flanked along one side by a large koi pond and water garden with a beautiful waterfall and driftwood. Beyond the pool and gardens runs a wide creek bed with a well structured bridge leading to a natural, heavily wooded area.  Guests can feel a world away from the city in this cool shaded, natural environment. 

Sponsor

Blue Ribbon Lady Landscaping

Artists

Leslie Davis


Robert and Eileen Pennington
9911 El Patio Dr.

Meander through the front and back yard to view a variety of perennials, flowering trees, and more than a dozen Japanese maples. The owners have also started a vegetable garden.

Sponsor

Brandon Wood, Veteran Realtor

Valentine Properties Group

Artists

Rebecca Collins
Rebecca Swann
Jen Volkening