Dallas Arboretum Celebrates Dallas Blooms with $5 Admission

Dallas blooms flowers

The Dallas Arboretum opens its 66-acre garden on Saturday, February 22, 2014 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dallas Blooms. Over the course of the six-week festival, more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs will burst forth with color.

Dallas Blooms is the largest spring floral festival in the Southwest. This year’s theme is “Birds in Paradise”. The  first week’s highlights include:

$5 Admission During the First Week

From February 22 to 28, visitors to Dallas Blooms will enjoy $5 admission. The price is only available on-site at the ticket booth and does not include parking or entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

Reopening of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

The garden was closed briefly for winterization and maintenance. The reopening will be part of Dallas Blooms. The whole family will enjoy learning all about birds in this eight-acre children’s garden dedicated to teaching life and earth sciences based state and national science standards.

NOW Blooming

Okame flowering cherries, pansies and violas. The daffodils, hyacinths and Japanese magnolias are showing buds and color.

Bird House Exhibit: Lakeside Exhibit Area

Four life-size playhouses designed by local architects to complement this year’s theme, Birds in Paradise. Children can play in the bird houses, while learning about birds.

Peacock Topiaries: Jonsson Color Garden

Comprised of more than 22,000 flowers and 11,000 plants, the two beloved 13-foot-tall peacock topiaries return to spread their colorful petal tails in the Jonsson Color Garden.

Dallas Blooms Weekday Activities

Kimberly-Clark Mommy and Me Mondays
Monday, February 24:  10 a.m.-2 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage

Children’s activities include face painting, petting zoo, nature art and Kindermusik. In case of rain, check the website, Facebook or call 214.515.6500 the morning of the event. Activities may take place indoors.

Tiny Tot Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 25:  10 a.m.-2 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage

Children’s activities include face painting, petting zoo, nature art and Kindermusik. In case of rain, check the website, Facebook or call 214.515.6500 the morning of the event. Activities may take place indoors.

Thursday: February 27, 12 p.m.-2 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage

It’s Bird U, courtesy of the Trinity River Audubon Center.

Knock-Knock. Who’s there? Woodpeckers! – Woodpeckers, sapsuckers, flickers, oh my! Learn fascinating facts about this hard-headed bird family from their cool bodies and incredible tongues to their special birth and feeding habits. Learn how to help woodpeckers in the wild and make your community more bird-friendly.

Seated Tea
February 24-28, Restaurant DeGolyer

A favorite during Blooms is the Spring Festival Tea held at the Restaurant DeGolyer by Gil’s Elegant Catering from February 24 through April 4, 2014. Seatings are available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the DeGolyer Tea Room. The price ranges from $47 to $57 per person.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511.  The seated tea is for adults and children 13 years and older.

Dallas Blooms Weekend Activities 

Saturday, February 22: Ask an Expert
Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Pecan Grove

Organic gardening with Jeremiah Davis, Horticulture Supervisor, Children’s Garden

Sunday, February 23: Dig in Deep

Sowing Seeds, Eric Golestan, Dallas Arboretum Horticulture Supervisor

About the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum logoThe Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.

The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under.  There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $10.  The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum. For more information on Dallas Blooms’ 30th anniversary, call 214.515.6500 or visit the Arboretum’s website at www.dallasarboretum.org.

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