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Peace, Love and Flower Power
Presented by IBERIABANK
Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest with “Peace, Love and Flower Power.”
Each weekend during Dallas Blooms will highlight a different 1960s theme and incorporate headlines, music, TV, fads and fashion from the swinging ‘60s. Some of these weekend themes include Vibrations of a Nation “Peace Love Freedom Fest,” a music festival throughout the gardens, Ed Sullivan Show-Celebrity Weekend starring Arboretum volunteers reenacting celebrity appearances, and Fashion Forward Weekend, where guests can create flower wreaths, dress paper dolls, and get henna tattoos. Dallas Blooms features tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials. The finale of this spring celebration is the mass flowering of the garden’s collection of 3,000 azaleas that bloom during the end of April.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden's horticultural staff, with the help of up to 30 additional seasonal gardeners, are laying out and planting more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs throughout the 66-acre garden. This is one one of the city's dirtiest jobs, but our gardeners know that their hard work will result in the most spectacular floral festival of the year.
Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays
February 27–April 4
Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and located in the Pecan Grove, From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mommy and Me children’s activities include face painting, a petting zoo, story time and Kindermusik. In case of rain, check www.dallasarboretum.org or call 214.515.6500 the morning of the event as activities may take place indoors.
Arboretum After Hours
March 1 – October 25
The Dallas Arboretum extends its hours until 8 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a favorite book and have a mid-week escape from a busy schedule. Check the website regularly for scheduled Wednesday evening activities throughout the year. During Dallas Blooms, local vendors provide instruction in various mediums and locations throughout the garden. Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.
March 2-April 6
Retro Crafts bring back memories of peace rallies, flower power and the generation that believed love could cure all the worlds' ills. Kids can enjoy crafting retro projects and hearing your tales of another time in the Ann Stuart Courtyard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Historical Chats in DeGoyler House
March 2- April 6
Join historians in the library of the DeGoyler House at 11 a.m. for chats about the history and happenings in the area surrounding the garden in the 1960s.
February 25-April 9
Flower Power Festival Kicks Off
Dallas Blooms festival kicks off at the Dallas Arboretum with Baby Boomer memories and Bubble Gum music located in Ann Stuart Courtyard and Val Late Garden.
Ed Sullivan Show-Celebrity Weekend
Based on The Ed Sullivan show, a variety show that hosted America's top talent in the 1960s, The Ed Sullivan Show-Celebrity Weekend features Arboretum volunteers reenacting celebrity appearances on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vintage Garden of Games
Join the Dallas Arboretum for a weekend of vintage games from the 1960s. The garden turns into the Candy Land board game where stops like Molasses Swamp, Gum Drop Mountains and Peppermint Stick Forest are incorporated into the Arboretum maps. It’s a scavenger hunt of treats and games throughout the gardens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fashion Forward Weekend
The 1960s has its own special place in history regarding fashion. Specializing in bell bottoms and parachute pants, tie die and flower crowns, activities in the garden include flower wreath making, paper doll dressing and henna tattoos from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Val Late Garden.
Vibrations of a Nation “Peace Love Freedom Fest”
Take a year by year excursion of the 1960s with musical soundtracks throughout the garden. All weekend, the Dallas Arboretum showcases a live music in Color Jonsson Garden and Magnolia Glade that embody the 1960s.
Vintage Kitchen Pantry
Join The Dallas Arboretum for a dining hangout that resembles classic 1960s food. Vendors offer food items popular and specific to the 1960s diner era.
The Power of Art
Some of the most iconic artists are from the 1960s, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg. Pop Art and Abstract Expressionist were all the rage. As Dallas Blooms comes to an end, guests can create crafts in the Ann Stuart Courtyard that revolve around this era.
Get together with family and friends at Restaurant DeGoyler for a picturesque brunch on the Loggia. Sumptuous and bountiful selections are available for brunch including fluffy farm fresh eggs and berry filled mimosas. A pianist playing live music throughout the meal creates an experience even Monet would be proud to capture. Seating for brunch is at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For reservations, call 214.515.651. Seating is limited.
Make it a full day in the garden and head over to the Camp Lawn for an Eggstravagansa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy live music on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn, and enjoy garden games and activities for all ages including face painting, sack races, and live bunnies.
April 29 – 30
Artscape Member Preview
April 28, 6-8 p.m.
Artscape Reimagined, Dallas Arboretum’s juried fine art and crafts show and sale, brings together outstanding artists from around the country in one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, according to Architectural Digest. Delight in the joy of spring at this amazing show, featuring a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, 2-D and 3-D mixed media, photography and more. New elements this year are a university zone with artwork, Dallas galleries featuring artwork for sale in the DeGolyer House, and an awards dinner on May 12 at 6 p.m. at Dallas Arboretum’s Rosine Hall to honor a top arts contributor.
Cool Thursdays Concert Series
March 23 – June 29
Cool Thursdays Concert Series, sponsored by Wells Fargo, returns this March with new and exciting national cover bands and some of DFW’s favorite food trucks. The series includes several new bands featuring tributes to musical greats such as Bidi Bidi Banda (a Selena Quintanilla tribute band), and a thrilling tribute to ABBA with the Dancing Dream band. Crowd favorites return such as Emerald City, Bruce in the USA and Rocket Man. Gates open at 6 p.m. with concerts beginning at 7:30 p.m. Guests can bring a picnic or purchase food from popular food trucks. Nearly all of the 2016 concerts were complete sell-outs, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets or subscriptions today.
Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival
For the first time ever, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is designing and hosting its own Food & Wine Festival on March 16 to celebrate cuisine and libations from many cultures, set against the backdrop of its spring festival Dallas Blooms. VIP entrance is at 6 p.m., and general entrance is at 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. This premier, spring social event will feature savory delicious bites made by award-winning chefs from many fine restaurants around the Metroplex. Guests will be able to sample fine wines and craft beers, and end the evening with dessert, coffee and special concert at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Premium beverages and food sponsors include Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and Rosewood. Media sponsors are D Magazine and CultureMap.
Tickets are available to purchase online.
Good Friday Children’s Concert & Activities
Sponsored by DallasChild, the Dallas Arboretum celebrates Good Friday with a concert by family favorite Eddie Coker at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn.
April 15 – July 31
ZimSculpt, a world renowned exhibition of modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures, features more than 100 sculptures on display at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This is the largest collection ever assembled for a show in the U.S. Known as Shona sculpture, these contemporary pieces can be as large as seven feet tall and are hand carved from stone, as hard as granite, often weighing tons. In addition, two Shona sculptors from Zimbabwe will accompany the show and demonstrate their artistry in the Pecan Grove Market Place, and offer hands-on classes to guests. Their work will be available to purchase along with other items from other sculptors, presented in part by Dave Perry-Miller.
February 27 – April 7
Spring is here, which means it is time for family and friends to join the Dallas Arboretum for tea! Served inside the charming and historic DeGolyer House, guests will indulge in a seated, three-course high tea experience, while taking in the vibrant colors of the 66-acre garden. Seating is available at 11a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday-Friday by reservation only. Tea prices begin at $49 per person and also include garden parking and admission to view the famous Dallas Blooms Festival. Celebrate the Spring Season by adding champagne service to your tea for $59 per seat. For reservations, please book online or contact Tia Hang at 214-515-6511.
Saturday, February 25 – Sunday, February 26
Come celebrate the re-opening of the Rory Meyer Children’s Adventure Garden. The garden will be buzzing with energy and excitement as fresh spring programs abound. Check online for daily activities in this award-winning scientific garden.
Planting Flower Power
Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 12
The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden celebrates Plant-A-Flower Day with learning how to plant flowers with some nature science lessons. All day (while supplies last).
Go Green in the Children’s Adventure Garden
Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19
St. Patrick’s Day means GOING GREEN! Join others for a chlorophyll of fun with programs focused on what makes the garden green, ways people can keep the environment green, a green-inspired lab at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and much more.
Wild Weather Weekend
Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, March 26
In celebration of World Meteorology Day (March 23), the Children’s Adventure Garden floods the garden with fascinating special guests and engaging activities. Storm on over and explore a whirlwind of weather information and learn what it takes to become a meteorologist.
Bunnies, Eggs, and Baskets, OH MY!
Easter Weekend: Friday, April 14 – Monday, April 17
Easter weekend is full of exploration. Make rabbit ear headbands and weave a natural basket at the Easter edition craft corner from 9 – 11 a.m. Scavenge the maze for more adventure at 4 p.m., and stop by the Plant Lab at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for a special egg dying experience using plant-based dyes.
Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, April 23
What better place to bring nature enthusiasts for Earth Day than the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., special guests and programs will be available while guests explore the wonderful EARTH.
The Art of Nature
Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30
Sharing the joy of nature’s artistry is simple in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Bring budding artists for a weekend of using the natural beauty of the garden to create stunning works of art.
Check the website for the latest events as some are subject to change.
March 1 – April 5 (excludes March 15)
Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.
C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
March 2 – April 6
Senior-friendly tours and activities are offered each Thursday during the festival. Admission is $11 for those 65 and older, and seniors receive a 20 percent discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store on Thursdays.
Tom Thumb $1 off General Garden Admission
Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets available at area Tom Thumb locations.
For those wanting to have a representative come to their club or organization to share about Dallas Blooms or another topic, contact the Dallas Arboretum speakers bureau at email@example.com.
Blooms 2017 Sponsors:
Park Place Dealerships
Dallas Morning News