The elegance and opulence of Imperial Russia can be found at the DeGolyer House during “A Faberge Christmas at the Arboretum.”

Since 1978, the DeGolyer home has been decorated each Christmas in festive holiday attire by locally and nationally known designers.

This year, each of the 10 selected designers has creative control of a specific room in the 1939 ranch-style home overlooking White Rock Lake, creating a diverse interpretation of the Faberge look.

“We have several great designers this year who will bring out the beauty of both Faberge and Russia,” says Linda Faulkner, public relations representative for the Arboretum.

After five months of planning and five days of decorating, the house is open to the public for daily tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 31.

The DeGolyer House also will be the site for the Turf Club of the Dallas Arboretum’s annual murder mystery party Dec. 4, featuring cocktails, food and a performance by the Murder Mystery Players, Inc. Space is limited to 100 persons, and reservations are required. Cost is $30 per person.

The Turf Club is a volunteer support group at the Dallas Arboretum that promotes activities and educational opportunities for children and families at the garden. To join the Turf Club, you must first be a member of the Dallas Arboretum.

“Our goal with the Turf Club is to provide a family-friendly calendar of events and fun while working to support children’s education activities at the Arboretum,” says neighborhood resident Cindy Timms, club president.

“We are especially involved and interested in the development of a children’s activity garden, and all the funds we raise during the fiscal year, over and above our expenses, are dedicated to that project.”

For information about Turf Club activities or to join the club, call Andrea Pewthers at 214-327-8263, ext. 133. More information on the Arboretum is available at 214-327-4901.