DALLAS, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas Blooms, named by Southern Living Magazine as "the best spot this side of Holland to see Spring flowers," returns to The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden with "The Artistry in Nature" on February 27. Continuing through April 10, this year's festival will showcase an explosion of color with 500,000 blooms. Additionally, international sculptor Gary Lee Price's historic Great Contributors exhibit of life-size bronze statues will be set throughout one of America's best floral festivals, sponsored by Bank of America.
"Bank of America is once again honored to sponsor Dallas Blooms, a premier outdoor event that deepens our cultural experience in North Texas," said Gillian Breidenbach, Senior Vice President and North Texas Market Manager, Bank of America. "In addition to benefiting our local economy, Dallas Blooms is a magnificent spring tradition, and we look forward to this festival in a spectacular setting."
The Great Contributors reflects Gary Lee Price's celebration of the human spirit with bronze sculptures of Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Wright Brothers, which will be seated on benches displayed throughout the 66-acre garden.
Mary Brinegar, Dallas Arboretum President and CEO, said, "Dallas Blooms sets the stage for spring in Dallas, and we're honored to highlight the Great Contributors. We're placing our guests in the company of well loved and inspiring historical figures amid the vibrancy of our spring gardens – it will be fun to see the photographs it inspires among the thousands that attend."
Dallas Blooms features tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials along with 150 Japanese cherry trees. The finale will be the flowering of the garden's 3,000 azaleas blooming toward the end of April. Events will also be offered throughout, including:
Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays: February 29–April 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dallas County Master Gardeners: Fridays, March 4 – April 1
Spring Teas: February 29 – April 8
Gary Lee Price Unveils the Great Contributors Exhibit: February 27
Washington's Cherry Dessert Competition: March 19, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Good Friday Children's Concert & Activities: March 25
Cool Thursdays Concert Series: March 17 – June 30
For more information on Dallas Blooms or other events call 214.515.6500 or visit dallasarboretum.org.
About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. It is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular general admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. See website for special discounts. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $8. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.
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SOURCE Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden