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Peace, Love and Flower Power
Named one of the “South’s Best Botanical Gardens,” by Southern Living Magazine
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, and Fashion Forward Weekend, with life sized paper dolls photo opportunities, and 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 through April.
Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays - Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark
February 27-April 4, 10am-2pm
Located in the Pecan Grove, from 10am to 2pm, 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. Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.
On March 29 at 6:30 pm, we will have a Frog Hike, led by Jessie Crowley from the Perot Museum.
Wednesdays Beginning April 5 at 6:00 p.m., Martin Rutchick Concert Stage
Join Zumba instructor Martha Palacios for a rousing Zumba class!
(Outdoor event - weather permitting)
Wednesday through 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 and kids at heart can enjoy crafting retro projects and hearing tales of another time in the Ann Stuart Courtyard from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Hula Hoop Contests
Saturdays through April 8
Hula Hoop contests are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Historical Chats in DeGoyler House
Thursdays through April 6
Join historians in the library of the DeGoyler House on Thursdays at 11 a.m. for chats about the history and happenings in the area surrounding the garden in the 1960s.
Through April 9
Vibrations of a Nation “Peace Love Freedom Fest”
March 26, Live Music 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Across the Garden
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 Jonsson Color Garden and Magnolia Glade that embody the 1960s.
April 1-2, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Dallas Arboretum creates a hangout that resembles diners from the '60s where booths and floor tiles were color coordinated, and each booth had its own jukebox to play favorite tunes. Food vendors will offer nostalgic 1960s food, and guests are welcome to get their groove on at a dance floor at the Ann Stuart Courtyard.
The Power of Art
April 8-9, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Art Activities 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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.
Dallas Blooms Tea
through 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.
April 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage
A fun dance performance will liven up the day.
Guided Garden Tours
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. through April 8, Ginsburg (Entry) Plaza
Enjoy a volunteer-led tour of the gardens during the height of Blooms beauty!
DeGolyer House Guided Tours
Monday - Sunday through April 9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., DeGolyer House
Enjoy a guided tour the DeGolyer Estate, a beautiful, historically preserved home. Tours run Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (except March 19, when they begin at noon) every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour.
Live Music on the Loggia
Daily, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., DeGolyer Loggia
Enjoy the relaxing sounds of a live Pianist performing on the Loggia.
Good Friday Children's Concert & Activities
Sponsored by DallasChild, the Dallas Arboretum celebrates Good Friday with children's activities and a concert by family favorite Eddie Coker at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Bunnies and Berries Brunch
Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Restaurant DeGolyer
Get together with family and friends at Restaurant DeGoyler for a picturesque brunch on the Loggia. Sumptuous and bountiful selections will await your loved ones, from fluffy farm fresh eggs to berry filled mimosas. Open to the public, no reservations required.
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 214.515.6511. 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.
Photography with Ivey Photography
Friday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 12:00-4:00 p.m., Wishing Well
Guest can pose in the garden with a live bunny for an Easter
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 blockbuster exhibit 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, supported in part by Dave Perry-Miller, the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District and Neiman Marcus.
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, Craig Hall.
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.
See a complete listing of all children's adventure garden activities.
Blast from the Past: The Science of Vintage Toys
All of Blooms
Welcome to the Dallas Arboretum and Old Red Museum’s celebration of playthings past, where we showcase a variety of America’s favorite toys dating from, or popular during, the 1950s and 1960s. We invite you on a journey to explore the world of classic toys and the threads of matter, earth and life science that tie them together. All of the toys selected for our exhibition, as with most of those lining store shelves today, can readily serve to demonstrate the science topics children learn in the elementary classroom.
Wild Weather Weekend
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 a.m. - 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.
Wednesdays through April 5
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.
Select Thursday Mornings at 9:00 a.m., Lower Meadow 4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 7/20, and 8/17)
Join Zumba instructor Martha Palacios for a rousing, senior-friendly Zumba class!
(Outdoor event - weather permitting)
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 Southwest Osteopathic Physicians
Dallas Morning News