Say “yes” to engagement photos at the Arboretum

With much anticipation, we have had the brightest blooms of the spring season here at the Dallas Arboretum, though while many couples  look forward to the blooms, they are also focused on something else: their weddings.

But before the “I dos” are said and the rice is thrown, there are engagement photos to be taken. More and more, couples are choosing outdoor venues to capture the occasion, especially during the warmer months when the flowers are in full bloom, providing a colorful backdrop and picture-perfect natural light.

The Arboretum is just such a venue. Thousands of couples get their photos taken here every year amid the gardens’ romantic landscapes and lush greenery. In case you’re anticipating capturing your own engagement moment here at the gardens, we have a few ideas for you. Here are some of the most popular, picturesque spots for your engagement photos:

Crape Myrtle Allee

With its arched, expansive bowers of mature crape myrtle trees lining its Pennsylvania brownstone pathway, our Crape Myrtle Allee provides an impressive backdrop for pics of you and your spouse-to-be. From the natural sunlight dappling through the branches to the popular “frog fountain,” Crape Myrtle Allee is one of the Arboretum’s most beloved features and provides a perfect setting for a reflective stroll captured in time. 

A Woman’s Garden

A gift from the Women’s Council of Dallas, this serene and nationally acclaimed garden features terraced walkways and exceptional views. Here, there is a bounty of settings in which to memorialize the moment, such as a native Texas limestone bridge, an alluring 140-foot hanging garden or a wellspring surrounded by towering dawn redwoods. You’ll also spy an expansive vista of White Rock Lake from the edge of a dramatic reflecting pool, making for an idyllic photo op. 

The DeGolyer Pergola

A top pick for intimate wedding ceremonies is a popular spot for engagement pictures as well. The DeGolyer Pergola boasts a breathtaking arbor overhung with vines. Underneath is a gorgeous shaded walkway, where couples have the flexibility to be shot in a variety of candid or posed ways.

While these are the three most popular spots for happy couples to pose, the Arboretum’s 66 acres gives couples the freedom to explore many other settings, including:

The Jonsson Color Garden, which features azaleas, crape myrtle trees and beautiful spring color, courtesy of our world-famous tulip display.

The McCasland Sunken Garden is surrounded by stone staircases, topiaries and gorgeous flowering beds, and makes for a serene place to stage your special moment.

So when spring and love is in the air, make use of the Arboretum’s colorful and inspiring scenery to memorialize one of the most special milestones of your life. (Speaking of, did we mention we also host weddings? Well, we can save that for another post.) Congrats to all you lovebirds! Hope to see you soon. Visit our Enchanting Engagements board on Pinterest for other ideas on locations in the garden for your photo shoot. 

Image Credit: Enchanting Engagements Pinterest Board

Ready to take your engagement photos at the Dallas Arboretum? Make sure you follow our non-commercial photography guidelines. Call 214-515-6615 for more details.

 

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.

 

 

 

Welcome to a new year at the Dallas Arboretum!

It’s a new year, and we’ve resolved to branch out and bring you a brand-new blog to keep you updated on the latest happenings at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Though we’re in the middle of the coldest part of the year here in Big D, we’d be hard-pressed to refer to it as the dead of winter. There’s still plenty happening on our 66-acre garden grounds, and allium, hyacinth, saucer magnolia, alyssum, Iceland poppy, snowbells, viola and winter honeysuckle are still in bloom.

Even if the holiday decorations have been taken down, and Santa has come and gone, you can still enjoy a seasonal treat with our Friendship Tea, served through February 21 at Restaurant DeGolyer. To make reservations, call 214-515-6511 or email teas@dallasarboretum.org.

And we’re already gearing up for our annual Dallas Blooms Festival, which runs February 22 through April 6. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event, which features more than 500,000 blooming spring bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, as well as thousands of annuals and perennials and, of course, our world-famous cherry blossom trees and azaleas.

Not to get ahead of ourselves, but talking about spring at the Arboretum, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention our Cool Thursdays Concert Series. Pack your picnic basket and blanket and settle in for performances by national cover bands, including The Official Blues Brothers Revue, produced by Judy Belushi Pisano and Dan Akyroyd, and more. Plus, enjoy culinary offerings from the area’s best food trucks.

Artscape, our annual juried fine art and craft show, is another must-see. There will be plenty to spy and buy, as well as demonstrations, workshops and, naturally, food.

Obviously, there are many good reasons to turn over a new leaf and visit or join the Dallas Arboretum this year. So welcome, visitor, and stay tuned for much more coming soon!