Behind the Scenes: Summer Flower Houses
Summer at the Arboretum is in full bloom, and with it comes the return of the flower houses. We spoke recently with some of the Arboretum staff members who created this year’s flower village, which is brimming with Texas pride.
Q: What was the inspiration behind the Texas theme for the flower houses this year?
A: We decided we would have a theme for Dallas Blooms that would carry over into all our festivals. We chose a Texas theme for Dallas Blooms, so naturally that meant a Texas-themed flower village.
Q: What blooms are currently covering each house?
A: The houses started out with begonias, violets and torenia and currently have sweet potato vine.
Q: How are the flower houses maintained?
A: Typically when the weather is warm, we end up watering the flower baskets on the houses about every other day.
Q: Out of all the Texas-inspired fairytales, what is your favorite? Did you ever hear them as a kid?
A: It’s hard to choose a favorite since the stories encompass some very quintessential Texas elements. Most of our staff had not heard of these stories, but many of the school kids who are visiting seem to know them.
Q: How many flowers were used for each of the flower houses?
A: There are about 1,200 baskets among the four houses.
Q: What has been your favorite part about creating these flower houses?
A: We’ve never done a red-white-and blue-themed flower village before, so it was interesting to pull that together and then decorate with our Texas theme to make it represent all the elements of the stories.
Q: Are the blooms used to create the flower houses native to Texas?
A: The begonias and torenia are not natives to Texas, but we did incorporate some native plants in the village.
Come enjoy the flower houses and some magical tales, too! Bring the kids to story time in the flower village at 11AM Mondays. And don’t forget to share your photos of fun and flowers by tagging them with #DallasArbortetum.