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Officials say thousands of rosebushes in North Texas have been affected by a disease that leaves them with puckered leaves, deformed buds and thorn-covered stems.

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The Dallas Arboretum is full of life right now; bright blossoms, busy honeybees and one plant that stands out above the rest.

It’s a crazy cycle of life, and death, for the Queen Victoria Agave.

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A bright spot in the rainy forecast is a new exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum. The kick-off to summer opens May 16 and features flower houses and fairy tales with a Texas twist.

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When you look back on the trends of 2014, one thing’s clear. Flora and fauna were in.

The Dallas Arboretum saw record breaking attendance last year, up 34 percent from the year before.

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It takes 50 well-trained professionals three full weeks to flip the calendar from summer to autumn at the Dallas arboretum. Creating a pumpkin village that spans an entire acre doesn’t happen overnight. The exhibit opens Saturday, Sept. 20.

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Saturday is opening day for Dallas’ newest kid-friendly attraction: the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

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It took 16 years for the seed of an idea for a children’s garden to blossom at the Dallas Arboretum. But this weekend, the public will finally get to see what the $62 million dollar project looks like.

Sure, it’s got water blasters, CSI mysteries and secret garden mazes, but your kids won’t be able to escape without learning something.

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Citizens opposed to parking plans at White Rock Lake are relieved after the City of Dallas announced  the grassy fields at Winfrey Point won't be used for Arboretum parking. But the discussion about where cars will park continues.

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At 12:38 the City of Dallas released a statement saying Dallas Arboretum attendance during the weekend opening of the Chihuly exhibit did not require overflow parking at White Rock Lake. However, the city did not rule out converting areas near White Rock's Winfrey Point to parking.

Parking Lot Opponents Monitor Winfrey Point

May 7, 2012

It remained unclear Sautrday if or when the city of Dallas will mow the Winfrey Point grasslands at White Rock Lake. An official with the Dallas Arboretum says patrons will need to use the fields for overflow parking. 

More than 200 protesters peacefully marched to the Dallas Arboretum Saturday morning carrying signs that read "Don't Pave Paradise", "No Parking" and "Help Save Winfrey Point." 

Legal Battle Looms Over White Rock Parking

May 4, 2012
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The City of Dallas says it has no plans to mow grassy fields at White Rock Lake Park this weekend though a legal agreement struck today would allow that. The Winfrey Point area is the subject of a battle between the Arboretum and the city, which want to use it for parking, and citizens who say that could ruin native prairie.

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Update: 4 p.m.: 

Dallas officials have announced they will not allow the fields to be mowed this weekend or designate the area for extra Arboretum parking -- even though it's now technically in the city's power to do so. Frank Librio, City of Dallas public information officer, sent the following statement:

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Plans to turn native prairie into a parking lot have galvanized environmentalists and residents near White Rock Lake. They’ve mounted a petition drive and filed a lawsuit against officials with the city and the Dallas Arboretum, which wants to use the fields for parking. Thursday advocates with the Pave the Lake blog posted private city emails about the plans dating back to January 2011.