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Summer at the Arboretum

May 27 – July 31, 2016

Garden Gigs

Friday evenings in July • 7:30pm-9:30pm

Full-grounds musical events open to the general public featuring local musicians. $10 admission and complimentary parking and food trucks.

See the full lineup for Garden Gigs this summer.

Nature Nights

Wednesday Evenings through October 27

The garden extends its hours to 8pm each Wednesday. We have fun scavenger hunts for kids, and the Buy One, Get One free admission discount applies.


Delbert the Dragon

This larger-than-life statue by Gary Lee Price made its national debut the weekend of July 23 in the Pecan Grove, where he will sit until November 27.


Family Fun Fridays

June 3 - July 29 • 10am-2pm

Join us every Friday in the shady Pecan Grove for face painting, a petting zoo, silhouette artist Micki Triggs and music for the little ones.


Special Events in July

Mindfulness Mondays

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (Members only); 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Everyone) - Lay Family Garden

Take a moment to slow down, breathe deeply, and clear your mind. We will have a guided meditation playing in the Lay Family Garden for you to start your day mindfully.


Koi Feedings

Every Saturday and Sunday in July at 2:00 p.m. pm - Lay Family Garden

Join us by the cool water in the Lay Family Garden to learn about and feed the beautiful, vibrant Koi fish.

Sangria Saturdays

Saturdays in July - Degolyer Restaruant

Celebrate Summer with Sangria Saturdays only at the DeGolyer Restaurant. Enjoy a glass while looking out across the beautiful White Rock Lake.

Available only during Degolyer Restaurant hours: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day.

Shakespeare Sonnet Sundays

All Day July 31 - Magnolia Glade

Join us in Magnolia Glade and listen Shakespeare’s beautiful sonnets or try reciting one of your own!


Park for Free after Three

For the month of July, we are waving the parking fee for those who arrive after 3:00 p.m. so come enjoy a relaxing summer afternoon!

Kingdom of Plants Documentary Screening

Everyday at 1:30 p.m. (3.5 hours) - Rosine Hall

After strolling through our gardens, cool down in Rosine Hall where we will be showing the spectacular documentary Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough. You can grab lunch, a drink, or a snack from the Terrace Café to munch on while discovering the hidden world of plants.


Pose with George Washington

Daily, All Day - Ginsburg Plaza

Use our props to be transported back to July 4, 1776 - Strike a pose and take your picture with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Then share it with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Degolyer House Tours

Mondays through Saturdays 9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.; Sundays 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Degolyer House

Visit us in the DeGolyer Estate for a tour of this beautiful, historically preserved home.


Daily Music - Garden Sountracks

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - The Main Concert Stage

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Val Late Garden

Enjoy a nice picnic and let us provide the soundtrack to your day.
Recorded music will be playing every day in July.


Free Cookies and Lemonade in the Gift Shop

Come coole off and enjoy refreshing free lemonade and cookies in the gift shop, every day in July

Gary Lee Price’s Great Contributors Bronze Statues Exhibit

The Great Contributors exhibit is on display until November 27 and 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 on display 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.These sculptures are only a few of the finest contributors in world history. With the original goal to create 10 male figures and 10 female figures, Price will soon embark on phase two with influencers such as Ruby Bridges, Sacajawea, Amelia Earhart, Mother Theresa and many more.


As always, the Arboretum will display an incredible selection of seasonal plantings during summer. The display beds will be bursting with ageratum, impatiens, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds, lobelia and zinnias. As the temperatures warm, caladiums, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus will be added to the gardens.

What's new with Plant Trials?

Beginning May 27: 1st and 3rd Mondays at 10am

With the Vice President of Gardens, Dave Forehand. Learn about the Dallas Arboretum's acclaimed research programs.

In the Garden with Dave

Fridays at 10am

Join the Vice President of Gardens every Friday for a special tour featuring the most beloved areas of the garden.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Dallas County Master Gardeners

Wednesdays • 10am

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. If you're here to learn from DCMG, you can identify them in the gardens by their bright, blue vests.

August Dollar Days

August 1-31

Presented by Alfa Romeo FIAT of Dallas

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Trip Advisor’s Top Ranked Place to visit in Dallas. The drawn out sun-drenched days of summer bring in August Dollar Days, presented by Alfa Romeo FIAT of Dallas. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is offering $1 general garden admission, $5 for parking, and $1 admission into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden for the month of August. The garden contains beautiful water features and colorful summer plantings of ageratums, impatiens, lobelias, petunias, cleome, and zinnias.

Dollar Days food includes:

Main Garden

$1 sodas, juice, and frozen pops, $2 root beer floats and hotdogs, and $4 brownie sundaes.

Children's Adventure Garden

$1 entry, and a new plant lab every week, with classes at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.

Children's Activities

In the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, there are plenty of activities for the young and young-at-heart including daily labs, talks and more. Check out our daily activities as well.

Young Contributors Series

August 6 & 7: Juliette Gordon Low

August 13 & 14: Jane Goodall

August 20 & 21: Susan B. Anthony

Summer Theme Days

We have themed activities every day of the week. In July: Metamorphosis Mondays, Teddy Bear Tuesdays, Weather Wednesdays, Think Tank Thursdays, Find It Fridays, and Summer Bubble Weekends

See the full listing of activities.

Continuing Events

Early Morning Yoga

Saturdays • 7:30-8:30am

Presented by Mend

**Members Only: Enjoy a serene exercise experience in the beauty of the garden. Join us on the Camp Lawn


Great Contributors Tour

Tuesdays & Thursdays • 10am

A docent-led tour through the gardens while visiting each Great Contributor Bronze Statue along the way.

Garden Tea

Now through September 16

A favorite tradition during summer is the seasonal tea held at the beautiful Restaurant DeGolyer by Gil’s Elegant Catering.

Make Garden Tea reservations