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.
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.
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?