Fourth of July Weekend in the Garden

 

There are thousands of bold, beautiful colors at the Dallas Arboretum 4th of July Weekend, but there’s one special weekend when it’s all about the red, white and blue. Come celebrate your Independence Day weekend at the Arboretum, where there will be star-spangled fun for patriots of all ages.

The celebration kicks off Thursday night at 7:30PM with our last Spring/Summer Cool Thursday Concert! Enjoy a colorful summer sunset, views of White Rock Lake and the lush rolling lawn while listening to the patriotic songs of the Dallas Winds. The evening promises to be a night to remember. Purchase your tickets Cool Thursday Concert Tickets today.

Continue the celebration of our nation’s independence in true red, white and blue style at 9AM Friday, July 3, with a holiday-themed Craft Corner taking place in the Main Entry Plaza. If crafting isn’t your thing, then a Patriotic Scavenger Hunt could be a welcome adventure. Just make your way to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and get ready to explore.

The Arboretum is also offering 10:30AM and 11:30AM daily showings of the puppet show “Finding My Way Home” at the Glade Puppet Theater. Or your crew can indulge their inner foodies at Red, White and Fruit at the Incredible Edible Garden beginning at noon.

DIY is the order of the day at the Exploration Center Plant Lab, where you’ll learn how to make patriotic toothpaste. And make sure to head to the Exploration Center at 2PM to learn about our nation’s bird with Eddie the Eagle.

Continuing the celebration of our nation’s independence in true red, white and blue style, guests will receive a special reduced $5 general admission price and active and retired members of our esteemed armed services will receive free admission from Friday, July 3, through Monday, July 6. Don’t forget to purchase your discounted parking online for only $8! Happy Fourth of July!

Behind the Scenes: Summer Flower Houses

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Summer at the Arboretum is in full bloom, and with it comes the return of the flower houses. We spoke recently with some of the Arboretum staff members who created this year’s flower village, which is brimming with Texas pride.

Q: What was the inspiration behind the Texas theme for the flower houses this year?

A: We decided we would have a theme for Dallas Blooms that would carry over into all our festivals. We chose a Texas theme for Dallas Blooms, so naturally that meant a Texas-themed flower village.

Q: What blooms are currently covering each house?

A: The houses started out with begonias, violets and torenia and currently have sweet potato vine.

Q: How are the flower houses maintained?

A: Typically when the weather is warm, we end up watering the flower baskets on the houses about every other day.

Q: Out of all the Texas-inspired fairytales, what is your favorite? Did you ever hear them as a kid?

A: It’s hard to choose a favorite since the stories encompass some very quintessential Texas elements. Most of our staff had not heard of these stories, but many of the school kids who are visiting seem to know them.

Q: How many flowers were used for each of the flower houses?

A: There are about 1,200 baskets among the four houses.

Q: What has been your favorite part about creating these flower houses? 

A: We’ve never done a red-white-and blue-themed flower village before, so it was interesting to pull that together and then decorate with our Texas theme to make it represent all the elements of the stories.

Q: Are the blooms used to create the flower houses native to Texas? 

A: The begonias and torenia are not natives to Texas, but we did incorporate some native plants in the village.

Come enjoy the flower houses and some magical tales, too! Bring the kids to story time in the flower village at 11AM Mondays. And don’t forget to share your photos of fun and flowers by tagging them with #DallasArbortetum.

Our Favorite Ways to Say Happy Mother’s Day

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How do you properly thank mom, your biggest fan who is always present at every milestone event? With a trip to the Dallas Arboretum, of course! Honor Mom and make Mother’s Day memories surrounded by the beauty of the gardens, plus find elegant … [Continue reading]

Come spend Easter in the garden!

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The Bunny is back, and he’s bringing fun, family-bonding opportunities with him. The Dallas Arboretum will be hosting activities throughout the garden in celebration of Easter, and Dallas Blooms will still be on full display. So grab your picnic … [Continue reading]

Springtime at the Children’s Adventure Garden

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With the dawn of spring comes the thirst for outdoor adventure! If you have kids, finding a place for them to unleash their pent-up energy that’s enjoyable for the entire family can be quite a conundrum. Let the Dallas Arboretum’s Children's … [Continue reading]