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.
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 2 p.m. - Music of Joel Cross-Val Late Garden
Gary Lee Price Unveils the Great Contributors Exhibit
for Dallas Blooms Opening Weekend
Saturday, February 27
2 p.m. -4 p.m.
Jonsson Color Garden
Meet renowned sculptor and artist Gary Lee Price and watch live sculpting in the garden
Sunday, February 28
10 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Noon - 1 p.m.
Walking tours open to the public, Hear him speak to his inspiration, planning and process of casting his pieces that are displayed in the garden.
Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays
February 29–April 5
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark
Children’s activities include face painting, a petting zoo, story time and Kindermusik.
March 2 – October 19,
(CLOSED March 23 for Private Event)
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.
Stroller Strides on Nature Nights
March 2 & 16- Pecan Grove-6 p.m.-7p.m
Join Stoller Strides for a total body workout. This is geared towards Prenatal & Postnatal moms in every stage of motherhood.
Young children are welcome to attend class in a sturdy stroller or safe baby carrier.
February 29 - April 8
A favorite tradition during Blooms are the spring teas held at the beautiful Restaurant DeGolyer by Gil’s Elegant Catering.
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
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.
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
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.
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.