Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans
February 28 – April 12, 2015
Presented by Bank of America
Supported by: Tom Thumb | C.C. Young | Celebrity Cruises | Wortham Insurance | Kimberly-Clark | Olmsted-Kirk Company
Automotive sponsor: Park Place Dealerships
Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest, has been a tradition for 30 years, and this year's theme plays homage to the beloved state: Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans. Presented by Bank of America, the floral festival continues through April 12. This year's Texas-sized extravaganza features more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs along with life-size Texas themed topiaries, entertainment, food and special activities celebrating the state.
Dallas Blooms features tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, pansies, violas and thousands of other springtime annuals and perennials that bloom throughout the entire festival, so the garden changes all the time. The finale of this celebration is the mass flowering of the garden's collection of 3,000 azaleas that bloom through the end of April.
Gracing the garden are life-size topiaries featuring the great symbols of Texas including two longhorns, two horses and the Texas Star - the perfect backdrops for photos and videos.
Named one of America's Best Spring Floral Festivals by Fodor's Travel, March 2015
Monday, March 23: This week, one of nature's most beautiful presentations of color is happening now at the Dallas Arboretum. A wave of delicate pink and white cherry blossoms on the Arboretum's 150 cherry blossom trees are bursting open, announcing their annual arrival and ushering in springtime.
Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum’s vice president of gardens, said, “The recent rain and cooler temperatures have enhanced the color and blossoms of the cherry trees as well as the rest of the garden. This is cherry blossom week, so you won’t want to miss seeing this annual occurrence.”
In Japan, cherry blossom time is known as Hanami, with parties held both night and day under the Sakura (cherry blossom trees) to celebrate this yearly occurrence and the delicate beauty of life. Hanami dates back to the Heian Period (794-1185) when the Imperial Court in Kyoto held flower-viewing parties beneath the blossoming cherry trees. The flowers were praised by poets as a metaphor for life, “beautiful yet fleeting.”
Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays
March 2-April 7 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Children’s activities include face painting, a petting zoo and Kindermusik
Live Texas music
12 – 4 p.m. Saturdays | 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays
Saturday, March 28 - Rhett Butler on guitar
Sunday, March 29 - Rhett Butler on guitar
Local artists playing a variety of Texas-based music – country/western, Texas swing, Spanish guitar, Banjo, and Mandolin – will play intimate sets outdoors on weekends during Dallas Blooms.
Complimentary with main garden admission
Saturdays | 12 - 4 p.m.
Sunday | 1 - 4 p.m.
Texas-sized fun for the little ones! Shetland Pony rides under the shade of Pecan Grove. We ask that guardians remain with the children during the carousel ride – please note that the rides are geared to our guests under the age of 8.
Sundays | 1 - 4 p.m.
As much a part of him as his spurs and six-shooter, a cowboy in the American West relied on his lasso to rope in strays (and impress his fellow cattlemen). Tricks made famous by Will Rogers still elicit “oohs”, “aahs”, and “how-does-he-do-that?” from audiences today. Our Trick Roper will meander throughout the garden – just look for the man doing the “Texas Skip” down the Paseo!
Presented by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate
Good Friday Children’s Concert & Activities
Eddie Coker Children’s Concert
Sponsored by Dallas Child
Friday, April 3 | 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn
Children’s activities include face painting, crafts and a petting zoo on Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A roving Easter Bunny will also make rounds in the garden for family photo opportunities.
Matt Tolentino's Cement City Ramblers
Saturday, April 4 | 1 p.m. | Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn
To carry out the theme, “Deep in the Hearts of Texans,” The Dallas Arboretum welcomes the musical selections that hearken back to the traditional Texas western swing bands of the 1930s and 1940s. Combining elements of jazz, blues, folk, and swing, this delightful music has kept Texas dance halls swinging for generations.
Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 | 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Children’s activities in the Pecan Grove include face painting, crafts and a petting zoo.
Sunday, April 5 | Noon – 4 p.m. | Pecan Grove
Complimentary with paid garden admission.
On Saturday and Sunday, guests can relax on the lawn near the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and listen to the music being played.
Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the north end of the Arboretum
This 8-acre scientific children's garden is where science and fun become one. There are 150 interactive exhibits, many of which include technology, where guests can learn about pollination, habitats, photosynthesis, electricity and more. Special daily activities take place throughout the garden as well as in the 9,100-square-foot Exploration Center that houses the iconic OmniGlobe, plant labs, CSI-inspired mysteries and 3-D Mini-Theater.
Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5
10 a.m. | Moody Oasis
Children will be able to enjoy bunny themed stories while participating in a crafts where they can make their very own bunny ears.
Dyeing Easter Eggs
1:30 p.m. | Plant Lab
Children are invited to dye Easter eggs using all natural dyes.
Springing Up Shapes
3:30 p.m. | Kaleidoscope Gallery
Children can design their own paper Easter egg and decorate it using fun shapes, patterns and colors.
Plant Lab: "Seeds on the Move" Experiments
11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. | Plant Lab
OmniGlobe Presentation: The Quest for Life in Our Solar System
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. | Exploration Center
Learn about the solar system during a demonstration using the OmniGlobe.
Meet Betty the Bee
12:30 p.m. | Moody Oasis
She will answer the question, "Betty, Are You a Pollinator?"
2 p.m. | Texas Native Wetlands
Learn about aquatic life at this special program.
You Are What You Eat
4 p.m. | Incredible Edible Garden
Learn from this informative discussion.
Save $1 on each ticket when you purchase them in-store at local Tom Thumb locations.
Buy One Get One Free admission during festivals. Valid for general garden admission only. Limit one per customer.
C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
$11 general garden admission plus 20% discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Valid for visitors age 65+ during festivals. Discounted Senior Thursdays tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth.