Today is opening day for Dallas Blooms at The Dallas Arboretum. Dallas Blooms is the largest floral festival in the Southwest with over 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees. This year’s theme is “Sounds of Spring” and features six majestic music-inspired topiaries adorning the gardens.
The colors and fragrance of the gorgeous flowers is a feast for the senses. Everywhere you look there are impeccably maintained lawns, trees and flower beds. I am so unbelievably impressed by the amount of time and work that is spent by their full-time staff and volunteers keeping every branch and petal looking pristine. It is truly an oasis in the city.
The Dallas Arboretum sits on 66 acres along the shore of White Rock Lake and was created from the purchase of two estates, the DeGolyer Estate and the Alex Camp House, which still stand today. The gardens officially opened in 1984 and have been one of the most popular destinations to visit in the city of Dallas.
There are many events for you to enjoy during your visit, from live music every weekend from 2-4pm on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn, to daily food tastings, to Easter events and more! CLICK HERE to view their upcoming calendar.
I love bringing the girls here to just walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery and let them run around on the expansive lawns. We also enjoy visiting The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, which also opens today. Tickets to the children’s garden are just an additional $3 for age 2 and over. It is so much fun to see the kids get to explore a space specifically made for them. There are 17 indoor/outdoor galleries, 150 interactive science games, water and mister features throughout and more!
When planning your visit, you can either bring a blanket and pack a picnic lunch or take advantage of the many dining options the arboretum has to offer. It’s wonderful to get to take advantage of the entire space and have such a gorgeous backdrop to share a meal.
The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9am-5pm (it is closed Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and New Year’s day). Ticket prices range from $5-$17 depending on the time of year and parking is $10 if purchased online. Annual memberships are also available. CLICK HERE to start planning your trip!
Here are some of The Dallas Arboretum’s current and upcoming events for 2020 (you can also CLICK HERE for more information):
Dallas Blooms–February 29-April 12
Food and Wine Festival-March 26-29
Cool Thursdays Concert Series-April 2-June 25 & September 3-November 5
Cooking Demos & Classes
Fall at The Arboretum
Holiday at The Arboretum (CLICK HERE to read my blog post about this)
The Dallas Arboretum also has opportunities for private events such as weddings or corporate parties. My husband’s office holiday party was actually held at the DeGolyer Estate last year and it was so beautiful! CLICK HERE to find out more about hosting your private event here.