Summer at the Arboretum
Now through July 31
Made possible by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Mutual of Omaha Bank and CBRE
Flower Houses: Fairy Tales with a Texas Twist
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden kicks off Summer at the Arboretum, with the return of “Flower Houses: Fairy Tales with a Texas Twist.” Continuing the year-long “Deep in the Hearts of Texans” theme, the flower village features four topiary houses up to 15 feet tall currently enveloped in red, white and blue flowers before transitioning into summer foliage. Each house highlights a Texas-inspired fairy tale vignette—a picante gingerbread man dances around a babbling brook; Goldilocks’ irascible cousin finds herself behind the Pine Curtain, and stubborn livestock starts a chain of events causing a kerfuffle across the prairie.
Summer at the Arboretum also includes a replica of the Rio Grande, a western covered chuck wagon, two life-size topiary horses, two large topiary longhorn cattle, affectionately named “Lone Star” and “Blue Bonnet,” and a hay bale maze. All summer long there will be activities, events and music for garden guests to enjoy.
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.
Stories in the Flower Village
Mondays, July 6, 13, 20 & 27
Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to bring young readers and pre-readers for storytime under the shade of the flower houses in the Pecan Grove.
Family Fun Fridays
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. Story time for our youngest readers and pre-readers will be held from 11 - 11:30 a.m.
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 Weekend Activities
Friday, July 3-Monday, July 6
Continuing the celebration of our nation’s independence in true red, white and blue style, guests will receive a special reduced $5 general admission and active and retired members of our esteemed armed services will receive free admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Everyone will enjoy patriotic music and flags throughout the garden.
Friday, July 24
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
For the first time ever, the Dallas Arboretum hosts a full-grounds musical event open to the general public. Local artists/musicians Salim Nourallah; duo John Lefler and Camille Cortinas; Kaela Sinclair; and Sudie perform intimate sets at sundown throughout the gardens. Guests can purchase dinner and snacks from popular DFW food trucks or bring their own picnics and beverages.