DALLAS, TX – June 2009 – Highland Park Village will soon add eight live oak trees with an 8-10” caliper to the landscape of the shopping center. The bottom of the canopy on each tree will be approximately 20’ after pruning. The trees will be planted down the center of the parking lot, four on each side and will be brought in from Florida for installation over the next several weeks.
To soften the vast expanse of the asphalt parking lot, Ray Washburne hired landscape designer, Robert Bellamy to oversee the project. Hand-picked by Bellamy, the live oaks will come from a tree farm in Jacksonville, Florida and be planted by the W.W. Tree Farms Company. “I feel that these will be a humanizing feature for the Village bringing a coolness of green and canopies of shade over the parked cars,” says Bellamy. “What an impressive way to begin a new vitality of change for our historic shopping center.” In addition to the revised landscape design, Bellamy is also involved in the selection of new benches and tile artwork that will eventually be placed throughout the center.
Highland Park Village is a favorite among locals, as it has been for generations. Built in 1931 and widely regarded as the country’s first true shopping center, the Village is internationally recognized for its architectural significance and mix of the world’s best-known upscale retailers including Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Harry Winston and Hermès. It is a treasured part of the community and offers several annual events including the Holiday Tree Lighting and horse-drawn carriage rides each winter. In 2000, Highland Park Village was named a National Historic Landmark. Highland Park Village Gift Cards are available for purchase by calling 214.443.9898.