The gardens often reach their most lush and beautiful state during our summer festival! Summer at the Arboretum might surprise you. Our gardens remain lush, green and happy, full of entrancing beauty.
Thousands of feet of misters, a host of beautiful water features and hundreds of shade trees combine to offer a cooling experience that makes the garden all the more stunning. Whether you want to get outside with the family for a picnic or enjoy an amazing concert set against sunset over White Rock Lake, you’ll find a wonderful way to spend the day at the Arboretum during the summer.
Celebrating the Familiar
June 22–September 7
The Dallas Arboretum debuts artist Seward Johnson’s “Celebrating the Familiar” exhibit, supported in part by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, a collection of 25 sculptures throughout the garden as our summer exhibition. Following a career as a painter, Johnson began sculpting. Now, more than 450 of his life-size cast bronze sculptures are part of museums around the world and in private collections, as well as in Times Square and Rockefeller Center in New York City, Les Halles in Paris and Via Condotti in Rome.
Johnson’s first sculpture, Stainless Girl, won the grand prize in the U.S. Steel Design in Steel Competition. Later, his realistic bronze works won him accolades across the globe. His sculptures of people performing familiar tasks in an ordinary life were created to celebrate the great value in everyday activities, and to encourage taking a moment to savor them. Johnson’s goal was not to just create people performing routine tasks, but also to celebrate the familiar and to recognize the great value within. These familiar tasks are part of what makes us human and connects us to others.