Part 1: Behind the Scenes with The 12 Days of Christmas Designer Tommy Bourgeois

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  The Dallas Arboretum will be transformed into a scene straight out of Victorian times when The 12 Days of Christmas exhibit opens November 16. We sat down with Tommy Bourgeois, Dallas Opera production designer and creative mastermind behind this year’s whimsical yuletide display, to learn about the inspiration behind this spectacular holiday event. Is […]

Get a taste for pumpkin thanks to Chandler Lindsley


Image: Top left: Barbara Kutz, Barbara Brooks (cookbook co-chair) and Chandler Lindsley (cookbook co-chair) Chandler Lindsley knows just how to make fall festive: Add a few pumpkins, a dash of autumnal beauty and a tablespoon of giving. At least, that’s the recipe for her latest cookbook. Lindsley knows her way around the pumpkin patch, having […]

Autumn at the Arboretum Named Dallas’ Best Pumpkin Patch


The Arboretum is gorgeous every season of the year, but there’s just something special about fall. That’s when the grounds are home to 65,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash; 150,000 blooming fall flowers; and a neighborhood of fantastical storybook houses. During our annual Autumn at the Arboretum celebration, you can experience our many seasonal wonders, including the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, […]

How the Children’s Garden Came to Be


There’s no place quite like the Rory Meyers Children‘s Adventure Garden. In just one year, it has become one of the Arboretum’s crowd favorites. As we celebrate all that the garden is today, we want to share our inspiration for the garden and how it came to fruition. We had been thinking about adding a children‘s garden to the Arboretum long before the plans […]

Labor Day Weekend at The Dallas Arboretum


A three-day weekend is a festive way to celebrate summer’s end and fall’s beginning, and spending your three-day weekend surrounded by blooms at the Dallas Arboretum makes it that much sweeter! As we say adieu to summer, we also have to bid farewell to our beloved peacock topiaries, whose colorful petal tails will be disassembled after September 1. […]

The 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum


Don’t let the weather outside or the date on the calendar confuse you. Christmas is right around the corner and it’s never too early to start planning your holiday outings with friends and family. Here at the Arboretum, we’re already gearing up for our holiday festival, The 12 Days of Christmas, with an incredible lineup of holiday activities, hosted right here in the gardens. […]

Tips for planting fall produce


It’s never too early to start thinking about planting your late summer/fall crops. This is one of our favorite planting times, and we are already preparing for our fall-harvested garden at the Arboretum. If you’re working on your own garden, we recommend starting with tomatoes, though they do require some work. If you want something less fussy, we suggest peppers, squash, okra and eggplant. These can […]

Bird watching at the Dallas Arboretum


Red-Bellied Woodpecker The Arboretum is one of the premier spots in Dallas to experience nature. Our beloved Arboretum isn’t just home to breathtaking gardens full of lush plants and vibrant flowers, it’s home to a variety of bird species, making it an ideal spot for bird watching. The next time you visit, don’t forget to […]

What’s in bloom in the Trial Garden right now?

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Everyone has heard the phrase “practice makes perfect,” but this saying isn’t often associated with developing a green thumb. At the Arboretum, however, we subscribe to this sentiment wholeheartedly in our Trial Garden. Started 12 years ago, the Trial Garden is our onsite means of “trial and error.” The garden provides us the information we […]

Now blooming: plants you can expect to see this summer


One of our favorite features of the Arboretum is its aesthetic diversity. Visiting the gardens is a different experience each time you come, and no matter what the season, there’s always something new to see. Now that summertime is fully underway, some beautiful plants are popping up. Here’s what you can expect to find during […]