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Dallas Arboretum Blooms in Color


This past weekend marked the beginning of BLOOMS at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society (DABS). Over the next few weeks, hordes of visitors will make their way to the Arboretum to see the most spectacular gardens of the year.  As Teri Lendecker, VP of Advertising and Promotions, said at last week’s media day, “It’s showtime!”

A Picture May Be Worth 1000 Words, BUT…

These pictures may blow you away, but they are merely a shadow of the remarkable experience waiting for you at the Arboretum during Blooms.  Thankfully, glorious weather was a fortuitous addition to my visit. The extravagant floral displays were a feast for the eyes, but my eyes weren’t the only senses reeling.  As I stepped through the entrance I could immediately smell the delicate aroma of hyacinth and daffodils floating on the breeze and the fragrant notes of spring followed me around the garden.

Looking for breakfast
Looking for breakfast

As I immersed myself in the experience, my ears tuned into the symphony of the wind in the garden.  Magnolia leaves rattled and sighed.  Crape myrtle trees clicked out a tattoo with their bare limbs.  Tiny limbs on Japanese maples seems to divide the breeze into a shrill whistle.

Soon I noticed the chattering waters features gossiping around me.  Squirrels warned me to keep my distance and a dove hopped ahead of me cooing to others about my intrusion.  Mingling with these pleasant sounds were human voices.  Children giggled at the fuzziness of a plant.  A mother encouraged a small child to imagine a bee’s workday.  A grandmother interviewed her grandchild about a play date.

Mark Twain by Gary Lee Price
Mark Twain by Gary Lee Price

Bottom line?  You have to go enjoy this marvelous opportunity in Nature for yourself.  I’m going to share some more pictures with you at the bottom of this article to whet your appetite, but there are more than just pretty flowers to see.  Sprinkled around the grounds are amazing sculptures by Gary Lee Price, but since I had the opportunity to meet him a few days after the media event and have much to share about his intriguing art, you’re going to have to wait until later to hear all about him.

I could keep raving all day, but I’ll let those photos speak for themselves.  Dallas Blooms: Artistry in Nature will be glowing until April 10th.  Do not miss it!

Oh, by the way, did I mention the shopping opportunities?






5 thoughts on “Dallas Arboretum Blooms in Color”

    1. Thanks – it’s hard to take a bad picture when everywhere you look is beauty. I did get tickled at my photos when I got home. I realized that as gorgeous as the floral displays were, the trees were still bare, so I left off all the wide angle shots, because they are full of gray trees. Didn’t notice that when I was madly snapping in every direction.


    1. Texas is a big place. I’m in the North Central part of the state and we actually have four seasons. Not much of an autumn, but a little and we make up for it by shipping in lots of pumpkins, gourds and squash. Southeast of us is the steamy Piney Woods. Out west, we’ve got desert. Along the coast and South Texas are the tropics. So you can see pretty much anything in Texas. The arboretum is spectacular and I think it’s considered one of the top 20 in the world by several of the entities that create those lists. In a few more years, we’ll probably make it to the top 10. There’s not much Texas oil and cattle money can’t do.


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