Dallas Arboretum Celebrates Earth Day

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden features Earth Day activities 

In honor of Earth Day, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will have several family-friendly activities where you can spend the day outdoors connecting with nature.

There are hands-on, outdoor activities located in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This festival features engaging learning experiences and special guest workshops, centered around celebrating the planet and learning how to take care of it for generations to come.

Explore the main garden’s Artscape fine art and fine craft show and sale. There will be more than 85 outstanding artists from around the country showcasing and selling their art. In addition to artwork, many of which takes its inspiration from nature, the popular outdoor event features live music, free children’s ‘make and take’ art, concessions, food, and wine/beer samplings.

Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214-515-6615. No walk-ups are available for purchase. Masks are also required for the duration of the visit.

Dallas Arboretum Earth Day Activities

Window to the Wild Bird Show
Thursday, April 2210:30 a.m.
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

The popular bird flight show returns to celebrate Earth Day. After the flight program, enjoy a close encounter and Q&A with a few of their birds and trainers.

What’s Happening in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Recycled City– Use all recycled materials to create a model of a future sustainable city throughout the day in collaboration with other members of the community.

Vermicomposting– Learn the secret to awesome composting: worms! Discover how you can build your own vermicomposting bin at home.

Wetlands in Action– Look up close at the life found in wetlands using real tools like microscopes and see how tiny invertebrates can tell us the health of these unique environments.

Would You Drink That?- See how soil and plants can help filter water for our environment in an experiment you can try at home.

Pollination Station– Create finger puppets to explore Moody Oasis, a rooftop pollinator garden, and try to find the perfect flower adapted for your pollinator.

Go With The Flow– Play a fun game exploring the water cycle as a drop of water and make a bracelet to take home from your adventure.

Now You Sea Me…– Explore sea levels around the world and learn about the pH of the ocean and how these two things affect animals and people across the globe.

Earth Is In My Hands– Share how YOU pledge to help the Earth with a simple and fun craft in the Exploration Center.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The Dallas 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 2-12, 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. Parking is $10. For more information, call 214-515-6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.

Dallas Blooms: America the Beautiful

Southwest festival features 500,000 flowers at the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Blooms

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s Dallas Blooms is the largest annual floral festival in the Southwest. It has been named one of “The Best Places to See Stunning Spring Blooms Across the South” by Southern Living

Dallas Blooms
February 20 to April 11, 2021
Dallas Arboretum

America the Beautiful

With the theme “America the Beautiful,” the spring festival showcases an explosion of color from 100 varieties of spring bulbs and more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas, and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.

Each week, Dallas Blooms focuses on one of the six regions in the United States with food, music, flowers, and special events.  Known for its artistic horticulture floral displays, the Dallas Arboretum has created three areas that are perfect for family photos and selfies: 

  • A large American flag in a raised bed 
  • America the Beautiful large arched topiary letters in front of a beautiful floral display 
  • A succulent photo wall with daffodil and hyacinth inlays at each entrance 
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Autumn at the Arboretum Fall Festival Highlights The Art of the Pumpkin

Arboretum Fall Festival pumpkins

The Autumn at the Arboretum Festival runs from September 19 to November 1, highlighting the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring four 20-foot-tall decorated pumpkin houses and creative displays fashioned from more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash.

With the theme, “The Art of the Pumpkin,” the Dallas Arboretum’s popular festival has been named one of the “Best Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season” by Country Living Magazine. The event opens on September 19, 2020, and runs through November 1.

Visitors can purchase tickets online from September 1-18 to receive $1 off per ticket; these tickets are valid for admission during the festival dates. 

Autumn at the Arboretum features the breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers accented by pumpkins, gourds, and squash from Floydada, Texas. The festival also features the return of the popular Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays, presented by Kimberly-Clark, a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, music, and more.  

Alan Walne, Dallas Arboretum’s board chairman, said, “We invite the community to the Dallas Arboretum to experience a familiar place, including Pumpkin Village, which has been a tradition for 15 years. The garden is a wonderful place to social distance, get some fresh air outdoors, and take plenty of photos.” 

You can also visit A Tasteful Place, a 3.5-acre food, herb, and vegetable garden. Weekly activities include free Monday cooking demonstrations with Dallas College Cooks along with activities throughout the week including cooking, floral, and horticulture demonstrations. Each weekend features live bands playing in the afternoon. Check the website and social media for times and schedules.

Arboretum Fall Festival Events

Tasteful Tuesdays: Tuesdays 11 a.m.-noon
Local flower store professionals show participants helpful tips and tricks for making their own floral arrangements and how to select the best grocery store flowers. 
September 22: McShan Florist
September 29: Ruibal’s
October 6: Enflowerment 
October 27: McShan Florist 

Pumpkin Thursdays Scavenger Hunt
September 24 – October 29
Stop by the Information Booth on Thursdays to pick up a map for the scavenger hunt winding throughout the garden. You and your family will lenjoy finding surprises in Pumpkin Village. Complete the hunt; turn in the card back at the Information Booth to receive a ticket to be redeemed. for a brownie from the Terrace Café.

Oktoberfest 
September 20 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Arboretum with complimentary beer samples, tasty local and traditional food vendors, and live music all weekend. Compete in the pretzel toss and stein-holding competition, supported by White Rock Ale House. Café on the Green’s Oktoberfest menu, which is available from September 19 to November 1, features bratwursts, carved pastrami sandwiches, warm apple strudel, black forest cake, and assorted Oktoberfest beers. 

National Coffee Day Celebration
September 29
Grab a cup of coffee from one of many of Dallas’ favorite spots, and celebrate National Coffee Day while listening to live music. Choose from a selection of pastries, baked goods, and other coffee-flavored treats such as ice cream and popsicles.

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About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: The Dallas Arboretum is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. Festival admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two.  Parking is $15 or $10 purchased online. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org