DALLAS, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Dallas Arboretum's major floral festival Dallas Blooms with the theme "Birds in Paradise." The festival is supported by Park Place Dealerships and Celebrity Cruises. Dallas Blooms begins on February 22, 2014, and runs through April 6, 2014. The garden explodes with color as more than 500,000 spring-blossoming bulbs burst, and the beloved peacock topiaries return to spread their colorful petal tails in the Jonsson Color Garden.
Brian Shivers, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, "Dallas Blooms is the Southwest's largest floral festival with both local residents and out of town visitors who come to enjoy the breath-taking gardens. USA Today has named Dallas Blooms one of the 'top 10 things that make you say ahh,' and we invite the community to visit this spring."
Dallas Blooms features tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials. The finale of this spring celebration is the mass flowering of the garden's collection of 3,000 azaleas that bloom through the end of April.
As part of Dallas Blooms, the Dallas Arboretum also launches its Bird House Exhibit, life-size playhouses designed by local architects to complement this year's theme, Birds in Paradise. This creative exhibit is located in the Lakeside Exhibit Area. Children can play in these bird houses, while learning about bird predators, bird adaptations, how they find they prey, how they camouflage themselves and survive, how they migrate, how they create nests, lay eggs and more.
Throughout the festival and beyond, there are multiple events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dallas Blooms as well as the following anticipated events:
Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays: February 24-April 6
Seated Tea: February 24-April 4
Hanami: Cherry Blossom Viewing: Sunday, March 16: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Good Friday Children's Concert & Activities: Friday, April 18, 2014: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Artscape: Saturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cool Thursdays Concerts: April 10 - July 3: Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
For more information on Dallas Blooms' 30th anniversary, Artscape and other events, call 214.515.6500 or visit the Arboretum's website at www.dallasarboretum.org
About the Dallas Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 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. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $10. 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.
SOURCE Dallas Arboretum