Dallas Blooms - Presented by IBERIABANK

February 23 - April 7, 2019

“Life’s A Picnic”

With the greatest views of the downtown Dallas skyline and White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum is hailed as one of the best picnic spots in the Metroplex, so why not celebrate this theme during Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest? With more than 100 varieties of spring bulbs and over 500,000 blooms bursting with color, the Dallas Arboretum announces “Life’s A Picnic” as this year’s Dallas Blooms theme. Running from February 23 to April 7, 2019, the spring festival features an extraordinary, larger-than-life, picnic scene topiary comprised of a stunning 40’x40’ picnic blanket, vase of flowers, picnic basket with pie and a giant picnic ant.

Each week showcases one of the best picnic scenes throughout film. The festival begins with highlighting the 1955 film, Picnic, and continues each week with films such as, To Catch a Thief, Out of Africa, and ends with the animated film Up. Food specials that coincide with each week’s “picnic” film will be offered at restaurant locations throughout the garden. Other highlights include films followed by a presentation by noted author and journalist Skip Hollandsworth, who penned “The Preston Hollow Cat Burglars.” Enjoy recommended picnic wines with Checkered Past Winery on Wine Down Wednesdays, or stop by the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn—the perfect place to picnic—to listen to the sounds of the best of the best party bands every weekend during Dallas Blooms.

Click play to see the beauty of Dallas Blooms, thanks to The Radford L. and Patricia Crocker Foundation.

Featured Events and Special Programs

Skip Hollandsworth & The Preston Hollow Cat Burglars

March 2, 11:00am-12:00pm: Presentation

12:00-2:00pm: Film Screening - To Catch a Thief (1955), Rosine Hall

Skip Hollandsworth is known for his true crime reporting from Midnight in the Garden of East Texas and Midnight Assassin. Here, he tells the story of how an ordinary young Dallas couple, dreamy-eyed with love but amateurs in crime, executed heists that would daunt the most highly skilled European cat burglar. After the presentation, stay for the screening of To Catch a Thief, highlighted for its famous roadside picnic scene with Grace Kelley and Cary Grant in Cannes, Nice.

Spring Choirs and Acapella Groups

The Pergola

Best Picnic Scenes throughout Film

10:00am-3:00pm daily, with a new film each week, Orientation Theater

The Arboretum will be screening a different film that illustrates some of the top cinematic picnic scenes. On Sundays, enjoy the films on a larger screen.

  • February 23–March 1: Picnic, 1955
  • March 2 – March 8: To Catch a Thief, 1955
  • March 9 – March 15: Sound of Music, 1965
  • March 16 – March 22: Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975
  • March 23 – March 29: Out of Africa, 1985
  • March 30 – April 1: Emma, 1996
  • April 2 – April 7: UP, 2009

Hollywood Picnic Treats and Eats

Daily 9:00am-5:00 pm, Terrace Café

Each week the Terrace café will pair the highlighted film of the week with a sandwich special to match.

The Madge: Picnic

Local Sliced Cheddar, Spring Tomatoes, Thick Cut Bacon with Sticky Onions on Grilled Sour Dough Bread

The Francie: To Catch a Thief

Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich, Breast Only, Tangy Spring Slaw, Big Eye Swiss, Jalapeno Rings on Picnic Ciabbata.

The von Trapp: Sound of Music

Grilled Sausage with Grilled Onions and Stone Ground Mustard on a Soft Bun

The Hanging Rock: Picnic at Hanging Rock

Thin Sliced Parma Ham, Creamy Havarti Spread, Fresh Fig Jam on Picnic Whole Meal Bread

Into Africa: Out of Africa

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Half Hydrated Tomatoes, Carmelized Onions, Mango Chutney, Pepper Jack Cheese on Sour Dough

The Matchmaker: Emma

A Simple Egg Salad Sandwich with Fresh Chives and Cracked Black Pepper, Leaf Lettuce on a Squishy Croissant

The Kevin and Dug: Up

Grilled and Sliced Chicken Breast, Deli Cut Pit Ham, Sautéed Peppers and Onions, Big Eye Swiss Cheese on a Soft Hoagie

Spring Break Programming

March 9-17

In addition to the many activities during Dallas Blooms, extra events have been added to make it an unforgettable visit for the entire family, regardless of the day selected to visit.

  • Saturday, March 9: Picnic and live music with One Fret Off Band from 2:00-4:00pm on the Concert Lawn
  • Sunday, March 10: Picnic and live music with The Redwine Band from 2:00-4:00pm on the Concert Lawn
  • Monday, March 11: Mimosa Monday 11:00am-2:00pm: Visit Café on the Green and start the week off with a mimosa or two.
  • Tuesday, March 12: Tasteful Tuesday 11:00am-12:00pm in A Tasteful Place: Join McShan Florist as they demonstrate how to create a tasteful floral display, perfect for a spring centerpiece.
  • Wednesday, March 13: Wine Down Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm in Val Late Garden: Enjoy sampling perfect wines to take on a picnic with local wine maker, Checkered Past Winery.
  • Thursday, March 14: Thirsty Thursday 11:00am-2:00pm in Jonsson Color Garden: Stop by the large picnic topiary and enjoy a sampling from local breweries such as Pegasus City Brewery and Celestial Beer Works and live music to enjoy your picnic and pictures by the larger-than-life picnic topiary.
  • Friday, March 15: Friday Franks: Enjoy local pit masters as they serve up some BBQ tastings and Just Encased Craft Sausages will be onsite selling their delicious dogs. Enjoy live music 11:00am-2:00pm in the Jonsson Color Garden while picnicking by the larger-than-life picnic topiary.
  • Saturday, March 16 2:00-4:00pm, Concert Stage: Enjoy picnicking and live music with Reckless Angels Band
  • Sunday, March 17: Wear green and enjoy picnicking and live music with The Royal Dukes Band from 2-4pm. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green beer from Café on the Green. Enjoy live festive music from Roberta Rast as she tears it up on the fiddle.

Mountain Natives & Co. Musical Performance

March 31, 11:00am-2:00pm, The Pergola

Enjoy listening to the musical talents of 85 students from local school choirs, bands and orchestra play spring tunes. Setup a picnic in the Jonsson Color Garden for lunch and enjoy the sweet sounds of spring.

Gary Lee Price “Celebrate the Children” Summer Exhibit

April 15-October 15

Join us for the opening of the new summer exhibit, “Celebrate the Children.” On April 14, Gary Lee Price will be in the garden to unveil his sculptures, do live demonstrations and give tours. For more details on the exhibit, visit DallasArboretum.org/GaryLeePrice. Look for information about the members only talk with Gary Lee Price in your inbox in early spring and on the website.

Easter Weekend Celebration

April 19-21

Celebrate family time all weekend long in the garden. Don your best outfits and hats and come out to the garden for photos, music, face painting by A Fresh Perspective, Country Critters Petting Zoo, games and more. On Good Friday, Eddie Coker returns for his annual concert on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn at 11:00am and 2:00pm. On Saturday, we plan to attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Bunny Hop in Jonsson Color Garden with the Easter Bunny leading the way and both Saturday and Sunday Chris Ivey Photography will be back to provide family photos with live bunnies. Photos are available to purchase.

Flower Power: A Meditative Walk in the Garden

A meditation walk in the garden by Patricia Dedman Nail, owner of 6-D Design and clinical psychotherapist who turned her passion for flowers into a transformational healing process.

  • April 26, 10:30am-12:00pm - Level 1
  • May 17, 10:30am-12:00pm - Level II (Participation in Level I is not required)

Price per session: $35 for Members, $45 for Non-members

Register for Flower Power I

Register for Flower Power II

In our busy, sped-up, computerized world of cell phones, emails, chatting, Instagram, and video chat, our body has not caught up with the immediacy of new technology. Just in the last 30 years, this trend, coupled with the “I must have this” culture and availability to buy or obtain something NOW, has caused havoc on the body, brain and spirit. We cannot digest all this information and stimulation coming at us and through us, and our bodies are in crisis mode, with digestive disorders, anxiety, and panic attacks just to name a few. People turn to medication and alcohol to manage this crisis.

How can we cope in this sped-up world? We must meditate instead of medicate! AKA “Healing in the garden”

Slow down and smell the flowers. Let the colors, textures, aromas and sounds mesmerize you into stillness, being present, refreshed and healed. Flowers and trees enjoy giving back to humanity for the simple pleasure of evoking stillness and beauty to anyone who stops to look and listen.

In this two-part series, Patricia Dedman Nail, owner of 6-D Design and clinical psychotherapist, will teach processes that can be learned and repeated, that guests can take with them and practice on their own, as a part of their daily routine at home, in their own garden, or at the Arboretum, to combat the stress we find around us daily. The class will be held in A Tasteful Place, followed by a healing meditative walk in the garden.

Guests can also register by phone at 214-515-6500.


April 26-28

Artscape returns to Pecan Grove with over 100 juried artists, food, wine, beer and live entertainment performing on stage both Saturday and Sunday. We will have members only preview on Friday evening, watch your inbox for details to reserve your spot. See DallasArboretum.org/Artscape for more details.

Hoffman Family Gift Store

Book Signings and Tastings


Book Signings

March 2-Steve Huddleston, Easy Gardens of North Texas

March 9- Alan Elliott, Texas Ingenuity: Lone Star Inventions, Inventors & Innovators & Willy the Texas Longhorn

March 23- Diane Box, Fred and Tator

April 6-Debbie Reece, The Worst Day Ever

April 28- Jamie Purviance, Weber Grilling


March 9- LEANING R Salsa with Kara Hamilton

March 16- Bentley’s Batch 5 barbecue sauce

April 6- TEAinTEXAS tea with Lea Garcia

Demonstration Cooking with the Author: Jamie Purviance Author of Weber Grilling

April 28, 11:00am-1:00pm

11:00am-12:00pm, A Tasteful Place: Presentation

12:00-1:00pm, Hoffman Gift Shop: Book Signing

Join us for a demonstration and book signing from Jamie Purviance, a brand new released book with 100 all new recipes and over 1000 photos. Samplings will be available after the class, and books will be available for sale.

Mother’s Day Weekend

May 11-12

We have a full weekend planned for all the Mothers in our lives. Join us Saturday and Sunday for live music, free cider samples, and the Volunteer Advisory Board will be back with a beautiful backdrop to provide a keepsake family photo of your time at the Arboretum. Pictures will be provided for a cash or check donation. The first 100 moms through our gates will receive a beautiful complimentary rose.

Demonstration Cooking with the Author: Elizabeth Minchilli, author of The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals For Family and Friends

May date to be announced, 11:00am-12:00pm, A Tasteful Place

Free with paid garden admission

Join us for a demonstration and book signing with Elizabeth Minchilli. Samplings will be available after the class and books will be available for sale.

Recurring Events

Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Mondays and Tuesdays, February 25 through April 2, 10:00am-2:00pm, Pecan Grove

Bring a picnic with the kiddos and enjoy children’s activities including face painting by A Fresh Perspective, Country Critters Petting Zoo and Kindermusik at noon.

Wine Down Wednesdays with Checkered Past Winery

Every Wednesday, February 27 through April , 2:00-4:00pm, Val Late Garden

Take a tip from the pros as they let you sample some of the best wines to take on a picnic. This is a perfect opportunity to get some suggestions for a fantastic spring wine.

Basket Weaving Demo & Sale-The Texas Basket Weavers

Every Thursday, February 28 – April 4, 10:00am-2:00pm, Crape Myrtle Allee

Need a handmade one-of-a-kind basket for your picnic or for your table at home? The Texas Basket Weavers demonstrate and sell their beautiful baskets during our picnic-themed spring festival.

Historical Tours

Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday, 12:00-4:00pm, DeGolyer House

Visit the DeGolyer House for a tour of the beautiful, historic home while listening to knowledgeable docents speak about the history of the home and family.

Spring Tea

Monday-Friday, February 25-April 5, 11:00am & 2:00pm

Learn More & Book Now

Interested in something fun to do with your friends or want to enjoy a relaxing lunch with your family? Join us for Spring Tea starting February 25 which includes a three-course meal with three different tea options. Teas are available Monday through Friday with seatings at 11:00am and 2:00 pm for $49 per person or an additional $10 to add champagne. For more information, please contact Isabella DiBiase at 214-515-6511 or teas@dallasarboretum.org


BOGO Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, 9:00am-5:00pm, EXCLUDING MARCH 13

Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

Every Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm

Seniors 65 and older get in for $12 general garden admission on Thursdays and receive a 20% discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discount available at ticket booth only.

Blooms 2018 Sponsors


C.C. Young

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