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To celebrate Presidents' Day weekend, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is planning an all American celebration the entire weekend, February 13 to 16. Admission is $5 at the gate, and active and retired military receive complimentary admission with proper identification. The discount applies only to those purchasing tickets onsite at the ticket booth.


Since Valentine's Day is the same weekend, couples can also walk through the gardens enjoying the flowers and foliage, while taking photos or videos at one of the most photographed places in Dallas.


Throughout the garden, patriotic music will greet visitors, and when hungry, guests can purchase $1 hot dogs and $2 cherry pies, provided by Gil's Elegant Catering. Guests are welcome to bring picnics or have lunch or seated tea at Restaurant DeGolyer. Reservations for seated tea are required and can be made by calling 214-515-6511 or online at The seated tea is for adults and children ages 13 years and older.


As guests stroll throughout the garden, they can also watch the horticulture staff build the Texas themed topiaries that will be ready for the opening of the 31st annual Dallas Blooms festival on February 28. That date also marks the reopening of the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, which has been closed for winterizing and maintenance.  The other reopening during Dallas Blooms is the Lay Family Garden.


Bill Graue, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, "In addition to the patriotic festivities, the Dallas Arboretum provides one of the most romantic settings in Dallas. Give your loved one the gift of a garden full of flowers this Valentines Day by donating a Blooming Bed of Color in their name. The gift of a Blooming bed can last the duration of Dallas Blooms or even as long as an entire year."


For more information about purchasing a Blooming Bed of Color, visit


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.  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 $15 or $8, if purchased in advance online. 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.  More information can be found at or on Facebook.


Media contacts:


Juliette Coulter | The Coulter Group | 214.394.5532 |
Terry Lendecker | VP of Advertising & Promotions | 214.515.6523 |


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