My Bloomin Box  LbNA # 46004 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateMar 16 2009
LocationDallas, TX
Planted ByKFour    
Found By Sarah Bee
Last Found Mar 20 2009
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My Bloomin Box

Go to the Dallas Arboretum and pay the entry fee to get in. As of the writing of this clue, fees were as follows...

Parking - $5.00
Adult Admission - $9.50
Seniors (65+) - $8
Children (3-12) - $6
Children under 3 Free

Once inside the Arboretum, head to the Texas Pioneer Adventure/Texas Town area of the Gardens. This is number 29 on the Garden Map, which can be downloaded/printed

This national award-winning exhibit features seven gardens that introduce the importance of plants for pioneer survival. Offering 2.5-acres of educational fun, the interactive exhibit includes an authentic sod house, two replica cabins, a covered wagon and a Native American tepee

As you enter Texas Town you will see a Lone-Star Flag on your right and a Tee Pee and Covered Wagon directly in front of you. Turn left and follow the trail past the sod house into the next section of Texas town. Keep following the trail until you come to a small garden, between two cabins, that has a Texas Flag flying. To the Left of this garden, you will find the Ferdinand Lindhauer House. The house has large cacti growing in the front garden, to the left of the porch.

Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (May 21, 1801 - December 2, 1879) was a German Texan botanist who spent his working life on the American frontier.
Lindheimer was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He studied law in Germany. As an adult, he left Germany after his participation in the failed Frankfurt Putsch insurrection in 1833. In 1834, Lindheimer arrived in Belleville, Illinois, whence he traveled by boat to New Orleans. Lindheimer and several companions began traveling to Texas, but were diverted to Mexico where he lived and worked for more than a year. Late in 1835 he departed Mexico as the Texas Revolution was beginning and was shipwrecked on the coast near Mobile, Alabama. Lindheimer headed to Texas and arrived at the San Jacinto battlefield the day after the final battle of the Texas Revolution.
During the late 1830s and early 1840s, Lindheimer collected botanic specimens in Texas, part of this time for Dr. Asa Gray of Harvard University. In 1844 he met Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Germany, who was making final arrangements for the settlement of a German colony in Texas, which would be known as New Braunfels, Texas. Lindheimer lived the remainder of his life in New Braunfels, Texas. In 1852, Lindheimer founded the German-language newspaper known as the Zeitung. Lindheimer died in 1879. He is known as the Father of Texas Botany, with over 20 species and one genus bearing his name. His home in New Braunfels is preserved as a public museum.

Facing the front door of the house, go to your right, and follow the wall along the right side of the house until you find the spot where the "lean to" portion of the cabin meets the rest of the house. You will find that there is a space where the two come together. Look in this space, beneath a wood plank, buried partially in the dirt, under mulch and twigs.

Use extreme caution when retrieving and replanting this box. This area is usually crawling with curious children and behind the house, you are visible from the bike path.

After you've retrieved the box, if you continue around the house, opposite the direction from which you just came, you will see the side door as soon as you round the corner. Approach quietly and slowly. Face this door and look at the space between the ground and the house, DIRECTLY beneath the hinges. There is a bunny that lives under this house and this is the spot where he likes to poke his head out of his hideaway and bask in the sun.

I hope you enjoy this box and the arboretum. While you're there, be sure to check out Bluebutterfly's "Flowers, Leaves, Birds, and Trees" box. Happy Hunting!