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.




A winter walk through the garden

Even though Dallas is technically still in the middle of winter, beautiful skies and a taste of warmer temperatures have been coaxing residents out of the house and into nature. And there’s no better place in the city to get some fresh air and appreciate Mother Nature at her finest than the gardens at The Dallas Arboretum. Plus, now through January 31, admission at the gate is a mere $5, so not only can you spend a pleasant day outdoors, you can get a great deal in the process.

In A Woman’s Garden, visitors can admire several varieties of flowering plants already in full bloom. Besides Sweet White Dianthus and Viola, behold the delicate beauty of the Bridal Wreath Spirea and the picturesque Upright Japanese Yew trees.Though spring is just around the corner, there is still an abundance of plants and flowers blooming in the gardens right now. Lining the walkway through the Lynda Bunker Hunt Paseo de Flores (known as The Paseo) is a profusion of pansies, including Nature Ocean and Panola Lilac Shades, as well as flowering ornamental kale such as Coral Queen, Dynasty White and Redbor. 

Over in the Water Wise beds, which feature low-water-use plants such as succulents and Texas natives, guests can meander through impressive varieties already in season, including Whale’s Tongue Agave, Winecup, Mexican Honeysuckle, Desert Spoon, Desert Willow and a giant Spanish Bayonet.

The mist covering the Eugenia Leftwich Palmer Fern Dell gives the impression of a mystical fairy forest due to a micro-fine mist system that envelops it. In mid-January, it’s lush with dense green ground cover such as Autumn and Holly Fern, Chinese Fringe Flower and Cast Iron plants.  

And of course our famous Crape Myrtle Allee is always a must-see on any visit to the gardens. Even if it’s a little chilly in the shade, there is a sense of calm among the overhanging trees. Take in the gorgeous scenery with the crisp blue skies peeking through.

Some other gardens worthy of a winter stroll include:

· The Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill

· DeGolyer Gardens

· Rose Mary Haggar Rose Garden 

Finally, if you’re feeling adventurous or just want to take advantage of the unseasonably warm winter weather, you could take a long, brisk walk through the longer loop of the gardens—or several loops to get the full experience. More athletic-minded folk are welcome to extend their route to the White Rock Lake path. One full circuit is just over 9 miles, so you’ll have plenty of time to bask in the great outdoors. 

No matter what your ultimate goal is when you visit the Arboretum, you’re welcome here any time of year for a dose of nature, right in the heart of Dallas.

Be sure to visit now through the end of January, as admission is reduced to just $5 at the gate for non-members. For questions, call us at 214-515-6615.