Located in East Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden is home to 66 acres of incredible natural beauty, with its finely manicured displays making it a nationally recognized garden. For those who have not visited the Dallas Arboretum in a while, here are a few new highlights that you can expect to see.
The Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival
This March sees the very first edition of the Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival, and was created in conjunction with the Food and Herb Garden that is set to open this fall. The festival aims to demonstrate the connections between nature, food and gardens, with the cuisine focussing on five main categories; American Bistro, Mediterranean, Pan Asian, South American and Desserts from Around the World. Award-winning chefs will be present to create these dishes, and the evening will be rounded up with a special concert on the lawn, while watching the sun set over White Rock Lake. While VIP tickets are now sold out, general tickets are still available, so be sure to purchase yours soon, especially since Dallas is known for being quite the foodie destination, and tickets for events such as these are always extremely popular.
The largest floral festival in the Southwest, and frequently named as being the very best spring floral festival in the United States, Dallas Blooms features over half a million painstakingly planted stunning spring blooms, and is held from the 25th of February to the 9th of April. Each weekend during this period, the festival will highlight a different theme relating to the 1960’s, incorporating everything from music and television to fashion and fads, and offering up plenty of interactive activities that guests can really get involved in, such as flower wreath making and henna tattoos. There are also several activities aimed at children, making this an event that the whole family can attend. The festival culminates at the end of April, when the garden’s collection of 3000 azaleas emit their fiery blooms.
Cool Thursdays Spring/Summer Concert Series
Beginning on the 23rd of March and running until the end of October, the Cool Thursday Spring/Summer Concert Series is held in the evenings on the outdoor Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. These musical events are always extremely popular, with guests gathering on the lawn on picnic blankets, and the Arboretum also has an indoor hall to move the event to in case of bad weather. While you can easily purchase tickets to individual concerts, the subscription tickets are quite beneficial, as they grant you access to all of the events, and will ensure that you can still attend any concerts that have been sold out.
The Dallas Arboretum is open throughout the year, and provides a new rotating display every three months, ensuring that there are new flowers and colors to experience each time you visit. The arboretum is a world-class facility that attracts just under a million visitors each year, and is definitely a must-visit for any nature lovers in Dallas.