The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 66-acre site of wondrous plant life and horticulture that can be found along the shores of White Rock Lake. The Dallas Arboretum is open to the public and is the site of several annual events, most of which feature the seasonal flowers in the area. Visits can be scheduled ahead and tickets for their events are also available from their website.
Flowers and Fun
Every season throughout a year brings in a new set of blooms to admire. The Dallas Arboretum highlights these beauties annually in festivals held on certain intervals.
Spring calls for a festival! Dallas Blooms covers this season at the Dallas Arboretum. They pick a theme for every week of the season and work around it through music festival and public activities such as flower wreath-making. The event lasts from February 25 to April 9 this year.
The main garden shall feature flowers including:
- Dutch Iris
Dallas Blooms ends with a mass flowering finale of the arboretum’s collection of 3000 azaleas by April.
Summer at the Arboretum
People usually anticipate hot weather during the summer but this doesn’t mean that the arboretum dries up because of the warm season. Flowers continue to grow in their gardens and musical concerts are held on a regular basis for people who want to have picnics with their families or just want to reconnect with nature.
For this year, the Summer at the Arboretum features ZimSculpt which highlights Zimbabwean stone sculptures. ZimSculpt will run from April 15 to July 31, 2017.
Autumn at the Arboretum
Everyone would fall for flowers even on the Autumn at the Arboretum! By this season, the arboretum’s gardens are filled with:
- Copper plants
- Ornamental plants
Aside from flowers, one may also check out the renowned Pumpkin Village of the area. They have bales of hay and cornstalks, gourds, squash, and pumpkins of all sizes and shapes which form a scene worth taking a snapshot. This year’s Pumpkin Village theme is “Art of the Pumpkin”.
Activities for the Kids
Aside from season festivals, the Dallas Arboretum also offers educational activities for kids. These include:
- Summer Camps – hands-on activities with the garden and life forms found in it
- Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts – badge-earning programs
- Children’s School Programs – includes field trips and classes on gardening held at the Rory Meyers
- Children Adventure Garden
First Annual Food and Wine Festival
An upcoming activity for the arboretum is their new First Annual Food and Wine Festival to be held on March 16, 2017. The event has been organized to highlight the connection between garden-grown produce and the food we eat.
The festival will feature cuisines from all over the world including:
- American Bistro
- South American
There will also be craft beer and wine partnering the savory menus. Renowned chefs from all over the region will be preparing the dishes. The festival shall end with flowing desserts and coffee, and a concert by sunset at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn.