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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Book Signings and Tastings
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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.