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The Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill

A Colorful Celebration of the Natural Environment

Located just minutes from downtown Dallas, the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill Garden at the Dallas Arboretum stands as a shining example of quality design, stewardship, and respect for nature. Prior to development, the site was home to a neglected, bamboo-choked drainage swale. The desired vision for Red Maple Rill was to express water in a small creek form, providing a stunning setting for over 80 varieties of Japanese Red Maples. Water was used as a principal organizing element that moves across the land, celebrating its expressions and opportunities in creative and natural ways. The attention to design detail was paramount in the design process, underscoring the mantra to “think big, but don’t forget the important small.” The Red Maple Rill corridor entices one to quietly pause, view, and appreciate what nature has to offer – an environmental and educational value that certainly will be enjoyed for decades to come.

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