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


Cherry Blossoms

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.”


Activities

Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays

March 2-April 7 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Pecan Grove

Children’s activities include face painting, a petting zoo and Kindermusik.


Weekend Activities

Live Texas music

12 – 4 p.m. Saturdays | 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays

Woolf Circle

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.


Pony Rides

Complimentary with main garden admission

Saturdays | 12 - 4 p.m.

April 11


Sunday | 1 - 4 p.m.

April 5

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.


Trick Roper

Sundays | 1 - 4 p.m.

April 12

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!


Easter Activities

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.

Photo Opportunity with a Live Bunny

Friday, April 3 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 4 | 12 - 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 5 | 12 - 4 p.m.

A live bunny will be in the garden and guests can pay a fee to have their photo taken with it.

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.

Pony Rides

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.

Mommy and Me Monday

Monday, April 6 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Pecan Grove

Children’s activities include face painting, a petting zoo and Kindermusik.


Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

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

Storytime

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?"

Wetlands Wonders

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.


Discounts

Discounted tickets

Save $1 on each ticket when you purchase them in-store at local Tom Thumb locations.

BOGO Wednesdays

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.

Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden


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