Artscape at the Arboretum

Artscape, a juried fine art show and sale, features the nature-inspired masterpieces of 75 national and local artists, with the Arboretum’s floral finest as the backdrop. Artscape artists employ a variety of mediums, including paint, sculpture, photography and 2-D and 3-D mixed-media, all available for sale.

New this year is a members-only “sneak preview,” which takes place April 25 from 6PM to 8PM. If you’re an Arboretum member, you get a first look at the Artscape display and can purchase beverages while shopping the private event. 

Thanks to the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, guests are not only able to view and buy fantastic works of art, but are also able to watch the art being created. Artists Annie Foster, Art Wells, Brett Dyer, Cynthia Chartier, Dave Kramer and Rebecca Collins are on deck to demo their work during Artscape. If you’re interested in learning about sculpture, mosaics, jewelry making, printmaking or painting up close and personal, stick around and watch the process unfold.

Dallas Arboretum supports the local art community, and Artscape is an outreach program in support of its artist-in-residence initiative. Officials at the Arboretum pick deserving artists to work onsite for a two-month period and create pieces based on what they see and experience in the gardens. Artists who are interested in interpreting their love of nature through art can email artscape@dallasarboretum.org for information. The residency program’s finished products are on display in the Artists’ Garden, which features artwork, community activities and talks. 

Featured artists at Artscape 2014 are:

Allison Jardine, Anne Vogt, Brad Spencer, Britt Coalson, Bruce Taylor, Caroline Crawford, Cathy Crain, Corky Storer, Dan and Linda Baker, David Bolin, Diane Antheunisse, Eric Hanse, Fred Prescott, Gary Bachers, Liping Jackson, Jan Leachman, Jane Dedecker, Jeff Potter, Jen Hicks, Jill Kettler, Jimmy Lange, John Gibson, John Sewell, Josiah Sawyer, Kathleen Martin, Kathy Steckel, Ken Carpenter, Kerri Norman, Kevin Bassett, Kimberly Merck-Moore, Lee Reams, Liana Yarckin, Liv Colbert, Lorie Lawrence, Lyn Foley, Lynn Armstrong, Maja McFaul, Marilyn Moore Endres, Mark Majewski, Martin Pothier, Meg Harper, Mike Grafa, Mimi Smith, Nancy Medina, Pascala Pryor, Raymond Rains, Rebecca Swann, Rick Steckel, Robert Pocklington, Ron Colbert, Sally Wade, Sean Klinksick, Sona Knox, Todd Adams, Tom Beach, Tony Holman, Valery Guignon, Victor Blakey, Warren Slocum, William Kaufmann, Erika Bell, Daryoush Ababaf, Paula Whatley, Andrea Smith, Brenda Brannon and Clara Johnson.

Kathleen Martin of Terrell (Booth #29) and Caroline Crawford of Garland (Booth #60) are Artscape’s featured local artists. 

For more information on Artscape and to buy tickets, click here. The Artscape exhibit is free for paid Arboretum visitors and for Arboretum members.

 

 

Dallas Blooms Celebrates 30 years

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.

 

 

 

Make time for a Friendship Tea

The tradition of afternoon tea has long been practiced in the United Kingdom, evoking images of well-appointed tearooms and civilized conversation. Teatime was not only a valuable social occasion, it was originally created to ward off hunger between lunch and dinner, with scones and clotted cream and jam as the prevailing nosh accompaniment.

Here at The Dallas Arboretum, we’re keeping that tradition alive and well with our Friendship Tea, served every day at 11AM and 2PM in the historic DeGolyer Estate overlooking the gardens. With a picturesque view and three delectable courses, it’s a lovely way to spend a couple of hours with a close friend.

Our courses go beyond the traditional scones and jam. First comes a demitasse of carrot ginger soup, followed by your choice of tea sandwiches, including cucumber, egg salad and turkey with orange butter. Finally, dessert, and if chocolate-covered strawberries aren’t for you, then a lemon curd tart or, yes, scones with clotted cream and jam should sate your sweet tooth.

 

And what would afternoon tea be without, well, tea? Choose from vanilla mint, cinnamon hibiscus or Earl Grey, and sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of our 66-acre garden just outside.

So start a tradition of your own, and enjoy a refined but relaxing afternoon at our Friendship Tea. Once you finish sipping and snacking, take advantage of your surroundings with a leisurely stroll through the gardens. Please join us soon, as this exceptional experience ends February 28. Cheers!

Make your reservations here today. Prices range from $39 to $42 and include Main Garden admission, parking, tea service, tax and gratuity. Allow at least 24 hours advance notice for reservations. For more information or to book for parties of eight or more, call 214-515-6511 or email teas@dallasarboretum.org.