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Summer at the Arboretum

Labor Day Weekend

Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5

Admission to the Dallas Arboretum is discounted to $5 per person and includes complimentary admission into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. Tickets must be purchased at the gate in order to receive this special offer. Guests can enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats.

See the full list of Children's Adventure Garden Activities.

August Dollar Days

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 (Only available for purchase in person.) 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.

Nature Nights

Wednesday Evenings through October 27
(Excluding September 14)

The garden extends its hours to 8pm each Wednesday. We have fun scavenger hunts for kids, and a dessert truck!

Join Gary Lee Price's Delbert the Dragon and his book club statues in the shady Pecan Grove for readings by authors and special guests at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.


Seussical the Musical

Labor Day Weekend, September 5, 11 a.m.

Dallas Children's Theater will bring their fantastical 16-member cast in full costume to the Arboretum to give Labor Day visitors a sneak peek of their production of the most-performed children's musical of all time. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, this play is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Degolyer House Tours

Mondays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.; Sundays 12:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Degolyer House

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

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.


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.


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.

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


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 Children's Health

**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