With the recent (and much-welcome) return of warmer weather, it seems like all of Dallas-Fort Worth is looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors. If strolling in near-perfect temperatures through impressive gardens filled with thousands of blooming flowers sounds like your definition of a good time, you’re in luck! February 22 marks the opening of the Dallas Blooms festival at the Dallas Arboretum. 2014 also happens to be the 30th anniversary of the floral-filled celebration. Come watch the blooms of the garden begin to unfold. Check Facebook to find out what is currently in bloom throughout the festival.
Last year, more than 140,000 people attended our annual festival, and this year’s event will be bigger than ever. The theme is Birds in Paradise, and one of its key features is the return of the Arboretum’s beloved peacock topiaries.
This pair of giant peacocks top 13 feet tall, each with long tails flush with a variety of flowers that will change throughout the spring. You can find the peacocks standing proudly in the Jonsson Color Garden, crowned with real peacock feathers.
In keeping with the Birds in Paradise theme, there is also an exhibit of birdhouse-themed playhouses for the young (and young at heart!) to explore. The life-sized playhouses are designed by local architects and will give learners an opportunity to explore a variety of fun bird-related interactive lessons.
Of course the real stars of the show are the blooms themselves, including one of the largest tulip displays in America. There have been more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs planted in preparation for this year alone, including tulips, daffodils, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other annuals and perennials.
“Dallas Blooms is the Southwest’s largest floral festival, with both local residents and out-of-town visitors who come to enjoy the breathtaking gardens,” says Brian Shivers, Dallas Arboretum board chairman. USA Today agrees, and has named Dallas Blooms one of the “top 10 things that make you say ‘ahh.’”
If you haven’t had your fill of outdoor adventure, be sure to stop by the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, reopening on February 22. In case you weren’t able to explore it during its inaugural year, the children’s garden encompasses several galleries, with age-specific activities in a matchless setting the entire family will enjoy.
Dallas Blooms opens February 22 and runs through April 6. Onsite parking is available for $10. Admission tickets are only $5 at the gave between February 22 to 28 to watch as the beauty of Dallas Blooms begins to unfold in the garden. Regular Arboretum admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is not included.