Official Morning Spring Creek Forest Trout Lily Walk

Please join us for the official Spring Creek Forest Trout Lily walk sponsored by the city of Garland. The walks will be led by Tom Frey, city landscape architect and asst. Parks Director.

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2 Tours Led by Tour Guide

  1. 10 AM
    1 PM

Both walks are generally well attended. Due to the sunshine expect there to be an above average size crowd, numbering about 30 people. This is a public event.


Tom Frey, Landscape Architect for the Garland Parks and Recreation Department, leads participants through Spring Creek Forest to see the Trout Lily (Erythronium albidum), one of our earliest spring wildflowers to appear in rich woods and slopes. Its natural habitat is found on gentle slopes in bottom land hardwood forests. The flowering period is only two to four weeks and its above-ground life cycle for this bulb is completed in about 10 weeks. The leaf patterns resemble the skin of brook and rainbow trout and the flower is a beautiful white with occasional lavender or blue. Tom presents a fascinating account of the history of Spring Creek including forest ecology, how early cultures used the forest, and visions of its future.


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  • Rex B.

    I have been going into that forest for 22 years and have never noticed those cute little flowers. Glad I finally went to one of these. Thanks Tom.

    February 22, 2014

  • Daniel G.

    Thanks for organizing--learned some new things.

    February 22, 2014

  • Debbie

    hello is anyone going to the 1:00 hike?

    February 22, 2014

  • Brett

    A few of us are here.

    February 22, 2014

  • Tamara

    Hi, is parking clearly visible off of Holford Road? Only one entrance?

    February 21, 2014

    • Rex B.

      There are 2 lots on Holford. The one Tom will be at is the one closer to 190. If you get there after 0930 you may have to park at the one closer to Arapaho and walk about 1/4 mi.

      February 21, 2014

    • Tamara

      Thanks for the info!

      February 21, 2014

  • The Pug W.

    Please reference the city website for the date of the Trout Lily Walk which is Saturday. It appears the preservation society site is incorrect as they have it listed as Sunday when many people are in church. I will call them Monday and mention the discrepancy.

    February 17, 2014

  • Jenny

    Sounds fun!

    February 9, 2014

  • Pooua

    I've gone on this walk the last few years, and I hike in the Preserve fairly often. I recommend carpooling to this hike, because the parking lot is small and fills quickly. It's easy to find the trout lillies; they are in patches all over the place.

    February 7, 2014

    • Rex B.

      Then why don't you organize an event outside of this one so maybe more folks can check this out. The Lilies only last a couple of weeks don't they? They are really rare since Spring Creek Preserve is the last of the North Texas hardwood forests of it's kind. http://www.springcree...­

      1 · February 7, 2014

    • Pooua

      OK, I think I will, weather allowing. Last year, I was still finding isolated lilies a few weeks after this hike, maybe a month after, but not much beyond that.

      February 7, 2014

  • Joel

    This unseasonably cold weather in the first half of February is forecast to take a break by Valentines Day weekend, with a return to normal mean temps for mid Feb, so we should be able to expect daytime temps typically in the mid 50's and to mid 60's for this day.

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I called Jim Varnum, the leader from last year. The walk is still on. He provided the following information. Trout Lily Walks this Spring
    2/22/2014 (10:00 and 1:00) Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Garland. Led by Tom Frey

    2/23 (1:00) Cedar Ridge Preserve. Led by Jim Varnum

    3/1 (10:00 am) Cedar Ridge Preserve. Led by Jim Varnum

    3/2 (1:00 pm) Tandy Hills Natural Area in Fort Worth. Led by Jim Varnum & Sam Kieschnick
    Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill held one last year. I don't know about this year. All are listed in the NTMN calendar.
    CRP walks are listed in the Audubon Dallas calendar. If you know of other Trout Lily locations, please tell me... to observe them and add to my TL database.

    2 · January 28, 2014

    • Kim F.

      Thank you Steve!!! :-):-):-)

      January 28, 2014

    • Janice

      Thank you Steve. Please may I understand the length of time for each walk/hike?

      January 28, 2014

  • Rex B.

    Hey D.D., Can you check and see if this is still going on? I cannot find anything online. May need to call them.

    3 · January 18, 2014

    • Rex B.

      @ramy-If you get time can you call [masked] and check to see if this is still on? Otherwise, we could do this on our own. I think you need to know where to go to find the Lilies. I will research that. Bet?

      January 28, 2014

    • Rex B.

      @ramy-Oh yeah, dogs are cool. They love this place.

      January 28, 2014

  • Rachel F.

    I have drill that weekend and can't make it. I truly looked forward to it. Have fun.

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I bring my dog? She is a well behaved Lab.

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Kim F.

    I'm so excited!!

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks, this is for the walk in 2014! But I'm going to mark it on the calendar now!

    1 · March 26, 2013

    • Joel

      Well that's good because this date got rained out pretty good in 2013. For some reason, even though I looked at the closely a couple times, I didn't see the year which is clearly posted in the announcement text. Guess that is testament to how our expectations and views filter our experiences and perceptions.
      I think that is the first meetup event I have seen that was more than a year out. The sad news is I sent DD a couple more messages and it seems that I have really lost touch with her. :-(

      March 26, 2013

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    March 6, 2013

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