Going to visit Dallas Blooms! is one of my favorite spring traditions in DFW. Each year the Dallas Arboretum transitions its gardens from the rich fall tones of pansies, flowering kale and chrysanthemums to vibrant spring colors with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and azaleas.
I don't know if it's even possible, but it seems like the Arboretum becomes more beautiful from year to year. The tulips are among my favorites at Dallas Blooms! I love the simple elegance of each bulb on the stem.
“It’s World-Class Tulip Show is the Best Spot This Side of Holland to See These Beautiful Flowers.” - Southern Living Magazine, March 2011.
The Dallas Arboretum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and Dallas Blooms! runs through March 28, 2016. The Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. 214-515-6500.
Some of the first tulips that welcome you into the Arboretum's entryway are the "World's Favorite Tulip." I can see why they're named this -- they're certainly one of my favorites. The petals are edged with a gold stripe reminiscent of flames in a crackling fire. These tulips can weather even the gusty winds during a Texas spring and still look amazing.
Small Houses of Great Artists
The theme for the Arboretum was "It's A Work of Art" in 2012. Five local architects partnered with Hoebeke Builders to create the 'Small Houses of Great Artists' exhibit of playhouses among the 66-acre garden of the Dallas Arboretum. The houses reflect the location and work of well-known artists Georgia O'Keefe, Vincent Van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet.
Georgia O'Keefe House
The Georgia O'Keefe house represents the adobe style and color scheme of New Mexico -- where she spent much of her time painting. Known for her florals, she even painted animal skulls.
Fall is another great time to visit the Arboretum. See Autumn at the Arboretum here.
Take a rest break in this cozy seating area at the Georgia O'Keefe-inspired house. I love the chiminea. It makes you want to sit back and put your feet up.
Claude Monet-Inspired House
Monet was an avid gardener so it's only fitting that this playhouse is set among the gardens at the Arboretum.
Van Gogh House
The great thing about these artist-inspired playhouses is that everyone has an opportunity to learn something. I didn't know that Van Gogh died at the age of 37. His works are known around the world today but he was relatively unknown when he died. Everyone loves his sunflowers. They're so cute "planted" around the house. The Arboretum is only one of the many places to enjoy the great outdoors. If you like it, you might also enjoy The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.
The Orange Wave
Bring a blanket and pack a picnic basket and enjoy a feast among the colorful scenery near White Rock Lake. There are restaurants on the grounds but it's perfectly ok to bring your own food and wine. Bring strawberries and champagne and enjoy a romantic afternoon. Just don't bring a grill. They frown on that.
Hyacinths are one of my favorite flowering bulbs of spring. With their vibrant color and intoxicating scents, it's the sign that spring is right around the corner. I grow hyacinths just like these in my flower beds and they come back year after year with absolutely no maintenance. I actually forget where they are planted. But when they peak through the ground, it's a reminder that warmer days and blue skies are ahead.
I'm Ready For My Close Up
General admission to the Arboretum is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $9 for children 3-12, and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. On-site parking is $10. Also plan to visit Holiday at the Arboretum each December holiday season.
A Sea of Color
Don't forget that you can BYO to the Arboretum. Bring a picnic basket full of your favorite foods. Wine and beer are also permitted. What's not permitted: an open fire. Leave the grill at home. Enjoy a number of snack and lunch spots throughout the grounds.