In memory of Nancy Dillard Lyon
The Foundation initiated two significant projects that helped establish it as a leader in park and open space development. The death of Nancy Dillard Lyon, a long time trustee and dedicated champion of the urban forest, prompted the consideration of the development of a park created in her memory. A fund raising effort led by Trustees secured over $140,000 from individuals, local foundations and the Texas Forest Service.
The garden is a model for the xeriscape concept of landscape planting. Nancy’s Garden is the only public park facility in Dallas where native plant materials are used exclusively. The garden was completed in 1994 and was dedicated to the citizens of Dallas in August 1996.