Dallas Arboretum: Dallas Blooms!, Autumn at the Arboretum, Concerts and More

••• A sea of yellow and red tulips. © Angela Patterson
The Dallas Arboretum is bigger than Dallas -- to borrow the popular phrase. It's a 66-acre garden that features some of the most beautiful floral displays in the southwest. Each spring more than half a million bulbs bloom including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, geraniums, ranocoulous and more. In the fall, not only are the gardens full of the seasonal color of mums and pansies, but it's also the home to thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squash.

Location

The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-515-6500.

Hours

The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission

Adults: $15. Children (3-12): $9. Children under 3: free. Seniors (65+): $12.

The Arboretum's Mission:

The mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical garden is to build and maintain a public garden and arboretum which promotes the art, enjoyment, and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research.

Dallas Blooms!

Dallas Blooms! is the largest floral festival in the southwest. Over half a million spring bulbs pop out with the most vibrant and beautiful blooms you've ever seen. The tulips are terrific. The daffodils are delightfuls. The azaleas are amazing. Dallas Blooms! runs from March 3, 2012 through April 8, 2012.

The theme for the 2012 Dallas Blooms! is "It's a work of art!" I've already seen the 2012 festival and it's an art exhibit that's not to be missed.

Autumn at the Arboretum

If fall is your favorite time of the year, then you'll love Autumn at the Arboretum. It's is a beautiful transition of the garden from bright spring colors to radiant fall colors. Enjoy 40,000 decorative pumpkins and gourds and over 150,000 colorful fall plants and flowers including chrysanthemums, salvia, coleus, ornamental grasses and impatiens.

Remind the kids to bring their Halloween costumes and snap some family photos. You can even let the kids pick out their own pumpkin. They start at $1 for a mini. Thousands of pumpkins are on sale in all sizes, shapes, colors and costs.

Concerts

The Arboretum hosts many concerts in a variety of musical types. Guests can bring their own food and beverage of choice into the garden, but food service is available on the grounds.

Dining at the Arboretum

The Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during festivals. The menu includes soups, hot and cold sandwiches and fresh salads. Dine on the Terrace or take it "to go" and have a picnic on the grounds.

Restaurant DeGolyer and Seated Teas is a beautiful venue in the center of the arboretum. It's open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. during Autumn at the Arboretum and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. during non-festival dates. The restaurant is located inside the historic DeGolyer Mansion. Prepared and presented by Gil’s Elegant Catering, the menu features delicious meals inspired by the recipes of Judy Scott, who made Arboretum teas famous. Reservations are required for Seated Teas. 214-766-5433.