Say Hello to Dallas Blooms 2015!

Spring is getting closer, folks, and that means thousands of blooms will soon awaken after a frosty slumber. The Dallas Arboretum celebrates this season every year with more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs on brilliant display at Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans, February 28 through April 12. The Arboretum also has lots of fun activities and discounts to mark the opening of the Southwest’s biggest flower show.

Opening day offers an array of activities, including live Texas music and the re-openings of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and The Lay Family Garden. There will also be a volunteer information breakfast, which is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can get involved and become an Arboretum volunteer.

Make sure you take advantage of the discounts offered during this time: $8 parking is available online; There’s a 20% discount available on select Texas-themed items, including Texas candy, hats, coasters, glasses, pillows, toys and more at the Hoffman Family Gift Store, from February 27 until March 1.

Sunday, March 1, features more live Texas music. Plus, the Arboretum honors one of the most beloved children’s authors of all times with its Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. A different Dr. Seuss classic will be read from 10AM until 4PM throughout the gardens. Oh, the places you’ll go!

Members can enjoy the early-morning walk through the gardens, starting at 7AM through the end of October, giving you access to the garden for two hours prior to opening at 9AM. Don’t want to miss out? Don’t worry, sign up to become a member today!

Join us for Texas-themed topiaries, entertainment, 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs and Lone Star State fun during Dallas Blooms through April 12. And remember to purchase $8 discount online parking before you go. See you soon!



Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans Opens: 

Dallas Blooms is open from February 28 through April 12.

The Gerald Jones, a banjo and mandolin player in the garden from 10AM to 2PM.

Cafe on the Green: Warm up with Texas Street Tacos, Big Ol’ Bowl of Texas Chili, Sliced Brisket, Frito Chile Pie, Warm Pecan Pie Bread Pudding and more. The restaurant serves this special menu for Dallas Blooms from 9AM to 5PM.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Reopens. See the activities page for more information on events: 

10 a.m. – Story Time (Moody Oasis)

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – Seeds on the Move (Exploration Center Plant Lab)

11:30 a.m. – OmniGlobe Presentation (OmniGlobe Theater)

12:30 p.m. – Pollination Station (Moody Oasis)

1:30 p.m. – Camouflaged Creatures (Habitats)

2 p.m. – Wetland Wonders (Texas Native Wetlands)

2:30 p.m. – OmniGlobe Presentation (OmniGlobe Theater)

3:30 p.m. – You Are What You Eat (Incredible Edible)

4 p.m. – Nestled Nests (Habitats)

The Lay Family Garden reopens:

Join us as the Lay Family Garden reopens, providing guests a newly interpreted two-acre garden to visit at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Renamed and reinterpreted, the Lay Family Garden preserves original iconic elements, such as the waterwalls fountain.  It also features a larger pond, a new grotto and waterfall, and beautiful new horticultural accents.

Volunteer Information Breakfast from 10-11:30AM in Rosine Hall: 

Come out and enjoy light breakfast while learning more about how you can volunteer in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum. Bring your friends! All are welcome.



Dallas Blooms:

Rhett Butler plays guitar in the garden from 1PM to 4PM.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden:

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration :

Join us for a Dr. Seuss birthday celebration. We will be reading a different Dr. Seuss book each hour from 10AM to 4PM throughout the gardens. Separate admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden is required to participate in the readings in the Children’s Adventure Garden.

10AM – Oh the Places You’ll Go! / ¡Oh, cúan lejos llegarás! – The Moody Oasis in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

11AM – Horton Hears a Who – Plants are Alive in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

12PM. – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Indian Courtyard

1PM – Cat in the Hat – DeGolyer Pergola

2PM – Green Eggs and Ham – Incredible Edible Garden in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

3PM – The Lorax – Habitats in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

4PM – Hop on Pop – The Lay Family Garden



Friday, February 27; Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1: The Hoffman Family Gift store will offer a 20% discount on select Texas items, including Texas candy, hats, coasters, glasses, pillows, toys and more. No additional discounts allowed.

Through March 1: Take advantage of $5 general admission and get an early Dallas Blooms sneak peek in the garden.

Ongoing: Discounted $8 parking online if purchased before your arrival to The Dallas Arboretum.


Behind the Scenes at Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans

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Living in Texas has its benefits. While the northeast is blanketed in snow, Texas is sunny. While sub-zero wind chills envelop the Midwest, tulips, daffodils and azaleas are starting to show face in the Lone Star State. And blooming flowers mean Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest, is around the corner.

Starting February 28, visitors can enjoy the Dallas Arboretum’s Texas-sized floral extravaganza, featuring more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs along with life-sized Texas-themed topiaries, entertainment, food and special activities celebrating our state.

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Those topiaries include longhorns composed of roughly 2,700 plants each, horses containing 2,800 and 3,750 plants apiece and a star topiary boasting 2,375 plants. Texas-sized indeed!

We spoke to a member of the Arboretum’s horticultural staff to learn more fun facts about Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans, running February 28 through April 12 at the Dallas Arboretum.

Q: Can you describe the different types of Texas-themed topiaries you’ll find in the garden?

A: There will be two longhorns, two horses and a large Texas star. A couple of small prairie dogs will also be on display.

Q: Which topiary is your favorite and why?

A: It’s hard to choose, but I really like the way the multicolored longhorn came out. There’s great contrast in the plant material that really catches your eye from a distance.

Q: What are the topiaries made of, and what type of flowers will be adorning them? 

A: Each of the topiaries is formed from a metal wire frame that is stuffed with sphagnum moss. The longhorns and horses are planted with different varieties of ornamental grasses (carex, stipa and pennisetum), and the Texas star will be planted with red, white and blue petunias. There will also be large containers planted with seasonal color to embellish the areas where the topiaries sit.

Q: Have these topiaries ever been seen before in the garden?

A: These topiaries have been seen before. The horses faithfully pull Cinderella’s carriage every fall during Autumn at the Arboretum, and the longhorns and star made their grand debut in 2008.

Q: What’s your favorite flower that will bloom during Dallas Blooms this year and why? 

A: Another tough question because there are so many gorgeous flowers blooming during this time. I enjoy the hyacinths because of their strong, sweet scent, which fills the garden, but it’s hard not to love the blooming cherry trees. Also, there’s just something about thousands of tulips in bloom that makes you forget for a second you’re in the middle of Dallas.

Q: Thinking in terms of the theme, how do you personally identify with Texas, and what are you most proud of as a native Texan? 

A: As a native Texan, I can always get behind a Texas theme. I love that pride for our state runs deep in the heart of every Texan, no matter if you are from East, West or South Texas; the Hill Country; or the Panhandle. We are a large state that has diverse people, plants and terrain, but at the end of the day we’re all Texans, which is something to be proud of.

See how these Texas-themed topiaries come together in our behind-the-scenes video!

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