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Dallas Blooms: The Artistry in Nature

February 27 - April 10, 2016

Named one of America's Best Spring Floral Festivals by Fodor's Travel, 2015

Presented by Bank of America

The largest floral festival in the Southwest, Dallas Blooms returns with the theme ”The Artistry in Nature” featuring renowned sculptor Gary Lee Price’s Great Contributors Bronze Statue exhibit on display throughout the garden. The garden explodes with 100 kinds of spring bulbs totaling 500,000 blooms and dazzling layers of landscape at every turn.

The Great Contributors exhibit is a part of Gary Lee Price’s renowned art collection. A fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Price has been recognized worldwide for his bold work lifting and celebrating the human spirit. The life-size bronze sculptures that will be placed throughout the spring garden include Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Wright Brothers, many of which are on benches or in garden settings.

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.



Activities


President's Day/Valentine's Day Weekend

February 12 - 15 - $5 General Admission

Celebrate with an all-American weekend by honoring active and retired military with free admission (with proper identification at the gate).

Amidst patriotic music throughout the garden, and $1 hot dogs and $2 cherry pies.


Sunday, February 14-11 a.m. to 1p.m. - Music of Joel Cross

Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays

February 29–April 5

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pecan Grove

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark

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

Nature Nights

Wednesday Evenings

March 2 – October 19

New! The garden extends its hours to 8 p.m. each Wednesday for families and friends to enjoy a night out during the week. As an added activity during the evening, Booker T. Washington art students provide free instruction in various mediums and locations throughout the garden, geared toward 6 to 12-year-olds from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

Spring Tea

February 29 - April 8

A favorite tradition during Blooms are the spring teas held at the beautiful Restaurant DeGolyer by Gil’s Elegant Catering.

Make Spring Tea reservations

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

March 3 – April 7

Senior-friendly tours and activities are offered each Thursday during the festival, including health and wellness activities, discounts, music, garden instruction and more.

C.C. Young Senior Thursday Spring Fling

March 24

Seniors are invited to participate in watercolor painting of tulips along with health and wellness activities and guided tours of the Great Contributors exhibit.


Great Contributors Guided Walks:

Thursdays: March 3 - April 7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

A Volunteer guided tour through the gardens while visiting each Great Contributor along the way. Learn facts about the history, art and culture of the contributor.

Great photo opportunities abound as guests are invited to sit on the bench with the favorite Great Contributor.

Piano Melodies

Every day

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Dann Talley Kinchloe Courtyard

Keith Schmorr plays piano during Dallas Blooms.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extention Dallas County Master Gardeners

Fridays - March 4 – April 1

11 a.m.

Various gardens

DCMG partners with the Arboretum Horticulture staff to share the secrets of the ever-changing floral displays. Staff is available to answer questions at rotating locations throughout the garden.

Gary Lee Price Unveils the Great Contributors Exhibit

Saturday, February 27

Meet renowned sculptor and artist Gary Lee Price and hear him speak to his inspiration, planning and process of casting his pieces that are displayed in the garden.

Spring Break Camps

March 7-18 - 3 years to 8th Grade

All New! Nature and STEM-based camps are a perfect way to spend a week off school.

Register at www.dallasarboretum.org/education/summer-camps.

Good Friday Children’s Concert & Activities

Friday, March 25

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Sponsored by DallasChild

The Dallas Arboretum celebrates Good Friday with a concert by family favorite Eddie Coker. Children’s activities include face painting, crafts and a petting zoo.

In addition, the Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet of the United States Air Force Band of the West performs from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Discounts

Group Discounts

Daily Festival Discounts