According to Texas Monthly, "This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Dallas Arboretum’s largest festival Dallas Blooms.... This year’s theme, ‘Dallas Blooms – It’s A Classic’ emphasizes that the festival is now a signature event that millions of people have enjoyed. MSN has even stated it was one of the top ten things to do in the country in spring." Now the display is the largest outdoor floral display in the Southwest!
As today is Wednesday, we benefited from "Buy One, Get One Wednesday." Visit the arboretum website and print a coupon. Entry discounts are always a plus!
Besides the 25th Anniversary Cake Topiary (which was thirteen feet tall), another featured event this year is the Playhouse Storybook exhibit. Playhouses inspired by settings or buildings from children's literature were scattered among the gardens. Featured books include:
- Peter Pan
- James and the Giant Peach
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
- The Little Prince
- Treasure Island
- The Lorax
- Hope for the Flowers
- City Green
- The Owl and the Pussycat
- Alice in Wonderland
- The Bamboo Cutter’s Daughter
- Hansel and Gretel
When we return to the arboretum we plan to take a picnic lunch with us. There were plenty of people enjoying lunches on one of the many lawns. It reminded me of in New York's Central Park. However, we left and headed to Highland Park Cafeteria. I don't think we were the youngest couple at HPC this time!
Dallas Blooms continues through April 12, but the playhouses will be on display through the end of December.