Summer at the Arboretum
May 16 - August 30
Made possible by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Mutual of OmahaBank
Fairy Tales with a Texas Twist
Summer at the Arboretum kicks off with the return of the Dallas Arboretum Flower Houses on Saturday, May 16. Pecan Grove will once again be filled with the whimsy and magic of four giant houses draped in red, white and blue as we continue our celebration of Texas. Featuring “Fairy Tales with a Texas Twist,” each house will appeal to the young and young and heart with storybook tie-ins and unmatched floral displays. Our good friends Lone Star and Blue Bonnet (our topiary longhorn duo) will keep us company throughout the summer months when they mosey on over to the showcase to join in on the Texas fun.
As the days get warmer, look for the houses to transition to lush foliage displays of ipomoea sedans bronze, ipomoea desana lime, coleus burgundy trailing plum and ipomoea tricolor. For the first time ever, you’ll see true “green houses” nestled under the welcoming shade of the trees in Pecan Grove.
As always, the Arboretum will display an incredible selection of seasonal plantings. During Summer at the Arboretum, the 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.
Memorial Day Activities
Friday, May 22 - Monday, May 25
In honor of our armed forces, there will be flags and patriotic music in the gardens along with free admission all four days for all active duty members and veterans of the United States military and first responders with valid photo ID.
Family Fun Friday
Friday, May 22
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kids of all ages can enjoy a petting zoo and face painting. A special craft time will be dedicated to creating decorations for a red, white and blue stroller/wagon parade (with judging and prizes to be awarded).
Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24
12 - 2 p.m.
Bring your blankets and lemonade and enjoy live music
Eddie Coker concert
Monday, May 25
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Presented by DallasChild
Family Fun Fridays
June 5, 12, 19 & 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Plan your family’s summertime adventures at the Arboretum on Fridays in June and July. Join us for kid-friendly activities that will include face painting, a petting zoo and music for the little ones in the shady Pecan Grove – topped off with a refresher in Toad Fountains! Bring the whole family out to experience the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden featuring the wonders of life and earth science combined with hands-on fun for all ages.
Fourth of July Celebration
Thursday, July 2
Gates 6 p.m.
Concert 7:30 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this last concert of the spring/summer Cool Thursdays Concert Series (tickets are required). Enjoy a colorful summer sunset, views of White Rock Lake and the lush rolling lawn while listening to the patriotic songs of the Dallas Winds. The evening promises to be a night to remember.
Fourth of July Weekend Activities
Friday, July 3-Monday, July 6
Continuing the celebration of our nation’s independence in true red, white and blue style, active and retired members of our esteemed armed services will receive free admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and everyone will enjoy patriotic music and flags throughout the garden.