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The Dallas Arboretum Presents Holiday at the Arboretum Featuring The Artistry of the Nativity and The 12 Days of Christmas With Half a Million Lights Added This Year

 

Celebrate Dallas’ newest holiday tradition during the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Arboretum, featuring the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit from November 8 to January 3 and The Artistry of the Nativity at the DeGolyer House, November 26 to January 3 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

 

For The 12 Days of Christmas, 12 elaborate 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos displayed in the 66-acre-garden are filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo is encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience that adds to its “music box” quality, depicting the old English carol from the Victorian era.

 

“Everything is bigger in Texas, including our holiday displays,” said Julia Van Fleet, Dallas Arboretum’s director of public events. “We debuted The 12 Days of Christmas last year to great fanfare and excitement, and this year, we’ve made it even more magnificent, especially in the evening.”

 

On certain evenings, the garden remains open for extended hours for The 12 Days at Night displaying the illuminated gazebos for magical viewings. New this year is the addition of 500,000 lights throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead—including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of property. Van Fleet added, “Live music, special holiday performances, appearances by our favorite North Pole residents, and holiday sweets and treats make this evening display a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be missed family outing.”

 

In the historic DeGolyer House lavishly decorated for the holidays, The Artistry of the Nativity exhibition returns with 300 crèches from around the world. In addition to the Ray Harrington Collection, which the Arboretum owns, the George Dvorsky collection will return. Mr. Dvorsky’s long career on Broadway and a lifetime spent traveling has allowed him to amass a collection of unique and collectible crèches from around the globe. The DeGolyer House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours, and on Wednesday evenings during the holiday season, it is open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In special celebration, Restaurant DeGolyer will be open for reservation-only dinners from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on these Wednesday evenings.

 

Holiday tea, Santa sightings and special activities round out a visit to the Dallas Arboretum.

 

The 12 Days of Christmas (daytime exhibit):

Ornately decorated gazebos on display

Daily, November 8 - January 3, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The daytime general admission prices, including online discounts, are the same as throughout the year, stated on the Arboretum website.          

 

The 12 Days at Night (special evening showings):

Sundays – Thursdays, November 8 – January 3, 6 - 9 p.m.

Special Weekend Nights: Nov. 27 & 28, Dec. 4, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 18, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2

The Arboretum is open for special lighted nighttime showings. A variety of holiday music is provided throughout the garden. Seasonal sweet and savory treats and hot beverages for children and adults are available for purchase. This year’s addition of 500,000 lights illuminating the trees and trimming the architecture of the historic homes is not to be missed.

 

Nighttime tickets go on sale September 2 for Members and September 4 for non-members for the many that want to secure their family’s spots early to any evening viewings of The 12 Days of Christmas exhibit.

  

Adults: $20 non-members; $12 members

Seniors: $15 non-members; $10 members

Children ages 3-12: $10 non-members; $9 members

Children under 3 are free.

Parking is included with admission.

 

Group Sales:

For inquiries regarding discounted tickets for groups 15 or larger, contact groupsales@dallasarboretum.org or 214-515-6520. 

 

Special Pricing and Promotions:

 

Special Nighttime Pricing:

For the first two weeks of the nighttime exhibit, special ticket pricing, which includes parking, is as follows:

November 8-12: $5 per ticket for children, adults and seniors.

November 15-19: $10 per ticket for children, adults and seniors.

Tickets are based on limited availability. Visit www.dallasarboretum.org or call 214-515-6615 to purchase tickets.

 

Military and First Responder Mondays:

November 16 – December 28

Active and retired military members and first responders with identification receive free admission during the day and night on Mondays. Offer available only on site at the ticket booth.

 

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Wednesdays:

November 11 – December 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Buy one, get one free admission. Valid for general garden admission only. Limit one per customer. Tickets can only be purchased onsite and are valid for daytime only.

 

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays:

November 12 – December 31
Tickets on these Thursdays are $11 for day or evening admission for those 65 and older along with a 20% discount that day at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Daytime tickets cannot be used again at night. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

  

Special Daytime Holiday Festivities:

Saturdays and Sundays, November 28 – December 20, Noon-4 p.m.

Enjoy visits with Santa, a live reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

 

Tour of DeGolyer House Exhibit – The Artistry of the Nativity:

Daily, November 27 – January 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wednesday Evenings: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Daytime tours of the DeGolyer House’s exhibit, The Artistry of the Nativity, showcase the Ray Harrington and George Dvorsky collections of crèches from around the globe. On Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Restaurant DeGolyer stays open to welcome visitors.

 

Holiday Tea:

Daily, November 27 – January 3, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Restaurant DeGolyer

Enjoy an elegant, three-course holiday tea for a special Christmas memory for those 12 and older. Tea service begins with a demitasse of select soup, followed by a second course of assorted tea sandwiches and a third course of sweet treats. Price includes general garden admission and parking. Cost is $47 per person and $57 per person for champagne tea. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511 or purchased online at teas@dallasarboretum.org.

 

Holiday Themed After-Hours Classes:

Enjoy a plethora of evening activities and classes to get you in the holiday spirit this season. Some activities include holiday photography lessons with the beautiful 12 Days of Christmas Exhibit as the background, wine tastings, snowflake ornament making, fused art glass classes and various holiday gift crafts. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/education/adult-programs

 

Speakers Bureau:

For those wanting to have a representative come to their club or organization to share information and photos of The 12 Days of Christmas or another topic, contact the Dallas Arboretum speakers bureau at speakers@dallasarboretum.org.  

 

12 Days of Christmas Sponsors:

November 8, 2015-January 3, 2016

IberiaBank

Legoland Discovery Center/Sea Life DFW

Holiday Warehouse

HKS

Amegy Bank

Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District

Drees Custom Homes LP

 

Day 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree

Sponsored by Jeanne R. Johnson

The Pear Tree will have gold branches sprinkled with rhinestones, green mirrored leaves, and gold, rhinestone encrusted pears. The partridge will sit “center stage,” intricately painted and adorned with rhinestones. The tree will revolve with the partridge in it.

 

Day 2: Two Turtle Doves

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum

The Two Turtle Doves will cuddle on an arrow that pierces a heart-shaped cage suspended from the roof of the gazebo. The feather-tailed turtle doves will be intricately painted and covered with rhinestones. The outer cage of crystal beading will be decorated with fleur de lis banding on top and bottom.

 

Day 3: Three French Hens

Sponsored by Faye C. Briggs

Day three will reflect the native countryside of the Three French Hens. White and gold oval French mirrors will bolster Victorian perches for the hens, and this base will turn. The hens, black-and-white with red accents, will sit in gold straw nests.

 

Day 4: Four Calling Birds

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum

The Four Calling Birds will sit on filigreed, jeweled, Victorian hanging bird perches within an inner oval cage made of iridescent bead strands. The calling birds will be multi-colored, with feather plumes and long tails.

 

Day 5: Five Golden Rings

In honor of Great Grandparents Dolph and Evelyn Bosley and their 5 Gold Rings

The Five Golden Rings will feature a Victorian circus with a ceiling swagged in red and white fabric to mimic a circus tent. The center circus ring will have a pedestal with oval mirrors on which a white bear wearing a vest and collar will balance a spinning gold ring on his nose. The bear will be surrounded by four seals wearing ruffled collars that are seated and balancing spinning bedazzled gold rings on their noses.

 

Day 6: Six Geese A-Laying

Sponsored by Marilyn R. Corrigan

The Six Geese A-Laying will be found in a snow-covered forest. Snow-flocked trees of varying sizes will sit on a mirrored floor that turns. Snow and rhinestone “rocks” will be piled high around the edges of the gazebo. Two geese will be sitting on nests, two will be standing in their nests to reveal golden eggs, and two will be nested in the trees. The geese will have feathered and rhinestones heads and necks, and feathered bodies.

 

Day 7: Seven Swans A-Swimming

Sponsored by Tom and Phyllis McCasland

The sevens swans will float in a snowy, ice crystal palace. The gazebo will feature a pond with a tiered fountain and frozen water and icicles in the center of a mirror, or “frozen” pond. The swans, six white and one with black feathers with small crowns on their heads, will be around the fountain.

 

Day 8: Eight Maids-A-Milking

Sponsored by Kathy and Gene Bishop

This gazebo will feature a truly spectacular English barn divided into four wedge-shaped stalls. There will be four intricately painted cows and four beautifully costumed maids sitting on stools while milking. Four other maids will carry pails.

 

Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

In Honor of Chloe Simone Shea. Given by Holly & Tom Mayer, Maile and Charles Shea

Nine Ladies Dancing will feature a Victorian ballroom. The ladies will be costumed in beautiful Victorian beaded gowns and will have elegant period hair styles. All of them move around the gazebo, and four make complete turns.

 

Day 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping

Sponsored by The Margot A. and Carl J. Johnson Foundation

This gazebo will feature ten ice-skating lords. The mirrored floor will be a frozen pond. The lords will be dressed in Victorian outerwear and ice skates, and all will be skating.

 

Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum

The pipers will be dressed as Scottish bagpipe players in red and green tartan plaid. Each piper will play bagpipes. The ceiling will be draped in green and red tartan to match the piper’s kilts, and a circle of horns adorned with roping and tassels will suspend from the ceiling over the pipe major. The pipers will also move in this gazebo.

 

Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Sponsored by Myron K. Martin

This gazebo will be a spectacular close to the exhibit. The drummers will be dressed in white pants with red and gold piping, red jackets and red hats with gold trim. They will move in concentric circles, with one set moving clockwise and another set moving counterclockwise.

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The Dallas Arboretum’s Lay Family Garden is home to the Victoria Water Lily (Victoria cruziana), which is a must-see before September’s end due to its short lifespan and its acclaim as one of the largest water lilies in the world. Native to Paraguay and Argentina, this species of water lily, cruziana, is rarely grown in this region. This tropical water lily is only able to live until mid-September, because when the weather begins to cool, the water lily will begin to decline. This species does not come back a second year, because it is an annual and only lives for one summer.

 

Dave Forehand, vice president of gardens, said, “The Victoria Water Lily is such a rarity in this area because it is a high maintenance plant that is also hard to grow. We are glad to have taken on the challenge, because this plant has proven to be a beautiful addition to the Lay Family Garden’s waterfalls and grotto.”

 

Victoria Water Lilies can have leaves reaching up to eight feet in diameter, the record being ten feet. The Arboretum’s water lily is an estimated three feet in diameter at this time and is growing each day. This plant has a beautiful series of blooms that only open for two nights each. After it flowers, it forms a seed pod that then sinks to the bottom of the pond.

 

These rare water lilies can only be grown from seed and live for one summer. The seeds must be started in a warm environment in late winter for plants to be big enough to move to a display pond.

 

Forehand added, “We hope guests will come and take a photo of our beautiful and unique Victoria Water Lily. Guests shouldn’t miss this short-lived but special plant! Right now is the perfect time as it is still August Dollar Days.”

 

August Dollar Days, presented by Time Warner Cable, runs until the end of August, offering Arboretum guests $1 general garden admission and $2 Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden admission. There is also select $1 and $2 food items throughout the gardens. August Dollar Day tickets are available for purchase only at the gate. Parking is available for a discounted $8 if purchased online in advance.

 

Along with the rare Victoria Water Lily, the newly renovated Lay Family Garden provides plenty of shade and water features to keep cool, as guests are often found sitting behind the 12-foot waterfall in the shaded grotto.

 

To learn more about the unique Victoria Water Lily from Dallas Arboretum’s Dave Forehand, watch this video featuring the garden’s exciting plant: https://youtu.be/z40pOXDhXc4

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With the welcome change of seasons comes one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” according to Fodor’s Travel and one of the Dallas Arboretum’s most anticipated events—Autumn at the Arboretum—which opens on September 19 and continues through November 25, 2015. Autumn at the Arboretum is supported by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments.

 

The highlight of the festival is the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, which is created with more than 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash by the talented horticulture team.  Dave Forehand, Vice President of Gardens, said, “As we say, ‘Everything is bigger in Texas.’ This is a record-breaking number for the Arboretum’s Autumn display, so it is only fitting to recreate an Old Texas Town in the Pecan Grove.

 

“Cinderella’s carriage returns with thousands of pumpkins, hay bales and cornstalks artfully arranged throughout Pecan Grove, creating a popular photo opportunity for visitors.”  

 

Forehand added, “Fall is one of my favorite seasons at the Arboretum. Many of the summer flowers like zinnias, impatiens, salvia and coleus respond to cooler nights with blazing bursts of color. Our thousands of pumpkins bring out the color in banks of chrysanthemums that are layered with ornamental grasses, copper plants and firebush.”

 

Autumn is the perfect time of year for a picnic in the gardens or a leisurely walk among 150,000 fall-blooming flowers. The fall foliage, cooler weather and deep colors make Autumn at the Arboretum a must-see for locals and out of town visitors. Guests will find unlimited opportunities not only to create lasting memories, but also to capture them in photos filled with beautiful backdrops of spectacular color.

A myriad of activities take place throughout the garden on weekdays and weekends during the festival:

 

Tour des Fleurs:

The 10th Annual Tour des Fleurs, presented by W. B. Carrell Memorial Clinic, kicks off the opening of Autumn at the Arboretum on Saturday, September 19. This 10/20K race around the beautiful White Rock Lake starts at 7 a.m. and is followed by a post-race celebration touted by runners as “Dallas’ best after race party at the Dallas Arboretum.” The community is invited to bring and donate their gently-used sneakers September 14-18 to receive $5 off general garden admission, benefitting the Dallas Shoe Bank.

Visit www.tourdesfleurs.com for information and registration.

 

Dallas Arboretum’s Nationally Acclaimed Pumpkin Village:

Daily, September 19 – November 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sponsored by Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

The Pumpkin Village features a record number of 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash including the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins available for purchase), Old Texas Town Houses (made of pumpkins), Great Pumpkin Search, Hay Bale Maze and Cinderella’s Carriage in the Pecan Grove.

 

Harvest Tea:

Mondays – Fridays, September 21 – November 25, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Restaurant DeGolyer

Tea service begins with a demitasse of select soup, followed by a second course of assorted tea sandwiches and a third course of sweet treats. Price includes general garden admission. Reservations are required. Seated Tea is available to guests 13 and older. Cost is $47 per person and $57 per person for champagne tea. Private tea service and teas for over eight people are available upon request. To make reservations, contact 214-515-6511 or teas@dallasarboretum.org.

 

Kimberly-Clark Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays:

Mondays & Tuesdays, September 21 – November 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark

Pecan Grove

For moms, grandparents, caregivers and their children, these special days include a petting zoo, nature crafts, face painting and Kindermusik.

 

$1 off General Garden Admission presented by Tom Thumb:

September 19 – November 25

Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets during Autumn at the Arboretum. Discounted tickets will be available to purchase at area Tom Thumb locations when the festival begins.

 

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Wednesdays:

September 23 – November 25

Buy one, get one free admission. Valid for general garden admission only. Limit one per customer. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

 

Free Garden Tours:

Wednesdays & Saturdays, September 23 – November 21, 11 a.m.

Entry Plaza

 

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays:

September 24-November 19

General admission tickets on these Thursdays are $11 for those 65 and older along with a 20% discount that day at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

 

September 24, October 22 & November 5, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.

Presented by C.C. Young, these days feature special activities for the senior community.

 

Oktoberfest Garten:

Daily, September 19 – November 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Celebrate autumn with mittagessen (that’s lunch, in German) at Café on the Green, serving a traditional German menu until Thanksgiving.

 

Piano Melodies by Keith Schmorr:

Daily, September 19 – November 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Dann Talley Kinchloe Courtyard

 

Garden Melodies:

Weekends, September 19 – November 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

 

Live Music
Spanish Guitar, Recognizable Classics

Saturdays, September 19 – November 21, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Sundays, September 20 – November 22, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Woolf Circle

Yoga for Members

Saturdays, September 26 – October 31

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

 

“Golden Hours” Photography

Wednesdays, September 2, October 7 & November 4

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Non-members $10, Members, $7
Back by popular demand, the main gardens are open for special after-hours enjoyment and photography. The event is intended for amateur photographers, portraits and hobbyists. Professional photo shoots require pre-arrangements with the sales office.

 

Monarch Madness Weeks at the Dallas Arboretum

First Weeks of October

Destined for the warmer climates of Mexico, the monarch’s annual overwintering takes them on a 3,000 mile journey deep in the heart of Texas. Specially planted salvia in the main gardens attract these regal and recognizable pollinators to the Arboretum. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, a Certified Monarch Waystation, also celebrates and studies the Monarchs this fall.

 

Monarch Migration Day

October 3 & 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monarch Migration Activities take place on the Moody Oasis, a rooftop garden in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden that is filled with plants that attract butterflies. A face painter is available to paint butterfly faces on children. Special thanks to the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the Texas Discovery Gardens for helping with this fun and educational day.

 

Columbus Day Weekend Festivities:

October 10 & 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Children’s Activities in the Pecan Grove include crafts, face painting and more.

 

October 12, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Children’s concerts by Eddie Coker are sponsored by DallasChild on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Guests are invited to listen to live music overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake while enjoying a picnic on the lawn.

 

Book Reading by Patricia Vermillion

October 10, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
As a part of the holiday weekend, Patricia Vermillion, local author of Texas Chili? Oh My!, reads her festive children’s book, The Three Little Pigs – Texas style! Meet Bluebonnet, Mockingbird and Sweet-Olive, three little armadillos, as they leave Mamadillo’s home and build their own dens out of native Texan materials.

Family Fun Weekend:

Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Trick-or-treat throughout the gardens with costumed characters and other family fun activities. Children are encouraged to wear festive costumes.

 

Cool Thursdays Concerts:

Dallas’ premier outdoor concert series, presented by Wells Fargo, resumes in the fall with China Grove, a Doobie Brothers all star tribute band, on September 3 and runs through October 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All concerts feature popular DFW food trucks. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/cool-thursdays-concert-series.

 

Speakers Bureau:

For those wanting to have a representative come to their club or organization to share about Autumn at the Arboretum or another topic, contact the Dallas Arboretum speakers bureau at speakers@dallasarboretum.org.

 

Sponsors:

Autumn at the Arboretum is made possible by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments.

 

Additional sponsors include:

C.C. Young (Senior Thursdays Sponsor)

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake (Pumpkin Village Sponsor)

Tom Thumb (Pumpkin Patch Sponsor)

Kimberly-Clark (Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays Sponsor)

Northern Trust (Pumpkin House Sponsor)

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (Pumpkin House Sponsor)

Macy’s (Pumpkin House Sponsor)

Mutual of Omaha Bank (Pumpkin House Sponsor)

Land Rover Dallas (Automobile Sponsor)

Experian (Cinderella’s Carriage Sponsor)

 

For more information on Autumn at the Arboretum or any of the events, call 214.515.6500 or visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/autumn-at-the-arboretum

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The premier concert series “Cool Thursdays” at the Dallas Arboretum, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, will return for the fall series with China Grove, the Doobie Brothers all star tribute band, on September 3. Dallas’ favorite concert series overlooks the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn.

 

Missy Whisler, Dallas Arboretum’s vice president of sales, said, “The spring/summer concert series sold out, and the fall series is sure to do the same as the seasons change and the weather cools down. The best way to secure your spot for this concert and the rest of the fall line-up is to purchase a fall concert subscription. Purchasing a subscription is the best value as it saves guests up to 55 percent.”

 

China Grove, the Doobie Brothers all star tribute band’s repertoire, spans the many decades and styles of the original and legendary California group. From the hit song “Long Train Runnin’” to the jazzy song “Takin’ it to the Streets,” this group plays through a set of memorable classic hits with uncanny similarity to the original group.

 

Whisler added, “It is exciting to have China Grove as our opening band for the fall concert series, especially since they play the Doobie Brothers classics with such passion and accuracy. We encourage guests to participate in the weekly costume contest to win prizes. This week’s theme is to wear leather or your best classic rock outfit!”

 

In addition to the coolest view of White Rock Lake, attendees can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food items from food trucks including BellaTrino, Bombay Street Food and The Bomb Fried Pies. The gardens are also open to stroll through before the concert to enjoy the breathtaking fall displays beginning September 19 including the nationally acclaimed pumpkin village, named one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals,” according to Fodor’s Travel.

 

The concert series continues through October. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the fall concerts begin at 7 p.m. Single tickets start at $10 - $27 and are available for purchase online. For group tickets of 15 or more, call Susan Armanovs at 214.515.6520. On-site parking is complimentary for all concerts.

 

Upcoming concerts:

 

September 3: China Grove – The Doobie Brothers All Star Tribute Band

 

September 10: A Hard Night’s DayA Tribute to the Beatles

Sponsored by Brierley + Partners

 

September 17: Warehouse – A Tribute to the Dave Matthews Band

 

September 24: The Limelight Band – Dallas Hottest New Party Band

Sponsored by Accenture

 

October 1: Make Me Smile – An Authentic Tribute to Vintage Chicago

 

October 8: Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show

Sponsored by JHP Architecture/Urban Design

 

October 15: The Landsharks – The World’s Premier Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band

Sponsored by Storage Assessments

 

October 22: The Molly Ringwalds – The World’s Greatest 80’s Tribute Band

Sponsored by Regions Bank, Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP and McGuire Woods LLP

 

October 29: Emerald City – Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band

Sponsored by SLALOM Consulting

 

For more information, visit www.dallasarboretum.org or call 214.515.6500.

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With the temperature on the rise, people are looking for cool places to chill in Dallas. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden recommends several places in the 66-acre garden for staying cool, while enjoying the Texas summer. Just this summer, Forbes Travel Guide named the garden “The Best Ways To Do Dallas Outdoors.”

 

“Timing is perfect for visiting the Dallas Arboretum this summer as we will offer August Dollar Days, presented by Time Warner Cable, with significant savings for guests,” said Bill Graue, Dallas Arboretum chairman. The garden will offer $1 general garden admission and $2 Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden admission to all guests during August. There will also be select $1 and $2 food items throughout the gardens.

 

As a part of its Connect a Million Minds Initiative (CAMM), Time Warner Cable partners with the Dallas Arboretum to provide August Dollar Days to the general public and to support after-school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities as it applies to science and nature.

 

On Saturday, August 15, it’s Time Warner Cable Day at the Dallas Arboretum. From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Rosine Hall, paid garden guests will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on STEM activities. Kids, and the young at heart, will explore fun STEM activities designed to stretch their imagination.

 

Graue recommends visiting these areas for keeping cool in the garden:

 

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden has more than 8,000 square feet of misting throughout the entire eight-acre garden, so there are cool places throughout to beat the heat. Plus, the theme of this garden is water, so there are plenty of areas with water including the waterfall and entry area with fountains.

 

  • This summer, the most popular area is the entrance where the vertical water fountains spray periodically as children frolic in this area and enjoy getting wet.

 

  • Another popular area is Energy Island where visitors can learn how to harness water and turn it into electricity with the interactive exhibits featuring water. Children and adults can shoot water pistols, turn cranks and move water up in Archimedes’ Screw.

 

  • In First Adventure, an area dedicated to children six and younger, there are mushrooms that “sprout” water along with a small Turtle Creek River.

 

  • After playing outside, guests are invited into the 9,000-square-foot indoor Exploration Center to watch an educational video in the 3-D Mini Theater, explore CSI games, perform experiments at the Plant Lab, and learn about space and weather with one of the few OmniGlobes in Texas.

 

In the main garden, Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum’s vice president of gardens, has these suggestions:

 

  • Cool off with a stroll in the misters of the Palmer Fern Dell as it’s usually five to 10 degrees cooler in there.

 

  • The shade of the Pecan Grove is a great picnic area and features four Texas-themed topiary flower houses. On Friday, July 31, join us for our last Family Fun Fridays there with a petting zoo, nature crafts and face painting.

 

  • Stop in and cool off in the ever-popular Toad Corners.

 

  • Visit the newly opened Lay Family Garden with its new 12-foot waterfall and grotto. Sit behind this waterfall in the shaded and cool grotto for another view of the garden.

 

August Dollar Day tickets are available for purchase only at the gate. Parking is available for a discounted $8 if purchased online in advance. For more information on August Dollar Days and other daily activities, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.

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Summer 2014 FlameProof Award-Winning Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' (top left); Bulbs 2015 Arboretum Approved Award-Winning Hyacinth 'Blue Eyes' (top right); Spring 2015 Arboretum Approved Award-Winning Petunia 'Supertunia Pink Star Charm' (bottom left); Fall/Winter 2014-15 Arboretum Approved Award-Winning Viola 'Tiger Eye Yellow'; (bottom right).

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosted its annual Plant Trials Field Day for industry professionals to learn more about new plants and the results from the acclaimed Arboretum plant trials program on June 24. These results include data of what plants performed well and which ones survived the Texas weather from summer 2014 through spring 2015. The Arboretum provides awards—FlameProof® and Arboretum Approved® award winners—for plants that have thrived and outperformed others.

 

“The purpose of the day was to report accurate data to suppliers on how plants perform in our area.We have a long growing season and a unique climate that’s hot and cold, dry and wet. Our heavy clay soils also provide a challenge for some plant material,” said Jenny Wegley, Dallas Arboretum’s director of horticulture. “Another goal of the day was to give those in the industry a chance to network and to learn best practices from one another.”

 

The Dallas Arboretum Trial program is internationally known as one of the premiersites to test plants for extreme weather conditions, especially high heat and humidity.In 2014, 2,957 plants were tested including a wide range of annuals,perennials, and spring blooming bulbs (tulips, Narcissus, Hyacinth).

 

The FlameProof awards are given only to those plants that survived through the extreme conditions of a Texas summer and scored exceptionally high with certain criteria.The Arboretum Approved awards are given to those plants that scored the highest during the cool-seasons (fall/winter and spring) and are considered the “shoulder pad” crops.

 

“This day is a joint effort in bringing the industry together to showcase Southern standouts, especially those that survive our North Texas weather,” added Wegley. “Only the best-scoring heat-tolerant varieties are presented the coveted "FlameProof" award. These are ones that beat the heat, thrive and bloom heavily. Material that performs well in cooler seasons are honored with our Arboretum Approved award. This information is then made available to local nurseries, suppliers and breeders. It is also a great resource to the community and local gardeners.”

 

With several winners in these categories, here are a few standouts, according to Wegley:

 

Summer 2014 FlameProof Winners:

Cuphea ‘Vermillionaire’

Alternanthera ‘Red Carpet’

Ornamental Pepper ‘Candleight’

 

Fall/Winter 2014-15 Arboretum Approved Winners:

Kale ‘Ripbor’

Mustard ‘Jeok Gat’

Viola ‘Tiger Eye Yellow’

 

Spring 2015 Arboretum Approved Winners:

Petunia ‘Supertunia Pink Star Charm’

Bacopa ‘Snowstorm Blue Bubbles’

Phlox ‘Intensia Blueberry’

 

Bulbs 2015 Arboretum Approved Winners:

Hyacinth ‘Blue Eyes’

Narcissus ‘Flower Carpet’

Tulip ‘Syneada King’

 

Perennials 2014:

Artemisia arbotanum ‘Cola Plant’ FlameProof

Heuchera ‘Delta Dawn’ Arboretum Approved

Sedum ‘Pure Joy’ Arboretum Approved

 

Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M Regents Fellow and Professor of Ornamental Horticulture and Plant Physiology, also presented the “Texas Super Star Program Award Winners.”

 

Those interested can find out more information about the Dallas Arboretum's Trial Program by visiting http://www.dallasplanttrials.org/.

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The dog days of summer means one thing at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: August Dollar Days, presented by Time Warner Cable. The garden will offer $1 general garden admission, select $1 and $2 food and drink options and $2 Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden admission to all guests during August. As a part of its Connect a Million Minds Initiative (CAMM), Time Warner Cable partners with the Dallas Arboretum to provide August Dollar Days to the general public and to support after-school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities as it applies to science and nature.

 

Steve Dvoskin, Area Vice President of Operations in North Texas at Time Warner Cable, said, “Our partnership with the Dallas Arboretum offers yet another creative and engaging way to connect our future leaders with unique STEM opportunities. It is a pleasure to sponsor August Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum so that more families are able to visit the garden.”

 

August is the last month of Summer at the Arboretum, which features the impressive topiary flower houses that feature Texas tales along with daily interactive activities in the Children’s Adventure Garden. The many beds are bursting with ageratum, impatiens, lobelias, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds and zinnias during the summer. As it heats up, caladiums, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus are added to the gardens.

 

As a part of August Dollar Days, there will also be $1 and $2 food and drink items including hot dogs, juice boxes, root beer floats and more at select restaurants in the garden.

Bill Graue, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, “Our attendance last August was higher than any other August on record, thanks to our partnership with Time Warner Cable to present August Dollar Days. For only $3 per person, everyone can come enjoy the beautiful gardens and experience the nationally acclaimed Children’s Adventure Garden at such an affordable price.”

 

On Saturday, August 15, it’s Time Warner Cable Day at the Dallas Arboretum. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Rosine Hall, paid garden guests are invited to participate in crafts, hands-on science experiments, photo opportunities at the Time Warner Cable Welcome Wall and much more. Family activities at the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden will continue to be offered, too. For a complete list, visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/summer-at-the-arboretum.

 

August Dollar Day tickets are available for purchase only at the gate. Parking is available for a discounted $8 if purchased online in advance. For more information on August Dollar Days and other daily activities, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.

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The oldest children’s theater in Dallas, Junior Players will perform a rendition of the iconic Act V Scene I, also known as the “Play Within the Play” and two short dances from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Dallas Arboretum’s Rosine Hall on Saturday, July 25 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The play is free for all paid garden guests.

 

Junior Players was founded in 1955 and for sixty years has striven to meet the changing needs of the community. Since 1989, Junior Players has provided free programming accessible to all the children in North Texas. Junior Players exclusively provides free arts education programs in local recreation and cultural centers, housing projects, elementary and middle schools and through social service agencies serving youth at risk.

 

To close out the summer season, Junior Players presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Bollywood Spectacular in collaboration with Shakespeare Dallas. This production will feature 23 of North Texas’ most talented high school students from 14 different high schools. To learn more about this performance, visit www.juniorplayers.org.

 

Bill Graue, Dallas Arboretum’s chairman, said, “We are excited to have Junior Players at the Arboretum to perform a part of their summer show and rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We encourage people to come enjoy the beautiful garden, and then stop in for a cool break in the air conditioned Rosine Hall to see the show.”

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The Dallas Arboretum has opened another beautiful garden called The Val Late Garden of Memories. Located off the Paseo de Flores and in front of the DeGolyer House, this peaceful garden has been dedicated in the name of Val Late by her daughter Jan Late McMillan, son-in-law Dick McMillan, and their children, Kirsten, Lindsay, Richard and Emily.

 

Walter Dahlberg of Dahlberg Landscape Design Studios and Steve Dodd with Steve Dodd & Associates, were commissioned to design this charming garden area. The designer's goal was to create a beautiful garden featuring a vista of the DeGolyer House from the Arboretum's main walkway. It would also provide a place for a restful stop or meeting place for visitors or families. The historic DeGolyer House is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Dallas.

 

By opening up the view to the DeGolyer House from the Paseo, the designers used limestone into the gracious stone seat walls, landings and steps, similar to the palette of the DeGolyer House.

 

A signature element of the new garden is the magnificent Metroplex champion Magnolia, which was planted in 1936. The area was named the Val Late Garden of Memories for the many fond moments Mrs. Late and Mrs. McMillan had as they came to the Arboretum for many years and wanted to see the impressive magnolia. Additionally the landscape architects wanted to not only show the beauty of the DeGolyer Estate but also its history, which will be on brass plaques within the garden. Because of the trips to Dallas and the DeGolyer Home history, the name Garden of Memories became a part of the garden's title.

 

Dave Forehand, Vice President of the Gardens said, "The Val Late Garden of Memories is so special not only because of its aesthetics, but also due to the meaning and memories behind it. What a beautiful addition to the DeGoyler estate and to the Arboretum."

 

A small circular seating area surrounds a bubbling water feature, providing visitors a signature attraction with the fountain sounds. Surrounding this enclave are flowering cherry trees, George Taber azaleas and seasonal color that encloses part of the garden, thus giving visitors some solitude.

 

The central lawn area is surrounded by stone bench walls, seasonal color, flowering crape myrtle trees, hollies and the fall color of the yellow orange persimmons from its deep-rooted tree at the entrance to the new garden.

 

Watch a Video of the Val Late Garden of Memories

 

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 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. 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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For the first time ever, the Dallas Arboretum hosts a full-grounds musical event open to the general public on Friday, July 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Local artists/musicians Salim Nourallah, Duo of John Lefler and Camille Cortinas, Kaela Sinclair and Sudie perform intimate sets at sundown throughout the gardens. Guests can purchase dinner and snacks from popular DFW food trucks or bring their own picnics and beverages. Tickets are available for $7 per person with parking included at http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/garden-gigs

 

Salim Nourallah is a North Texas music scene fixture. After gaining initial acclaim with the Denton-based Nourallah Brothers, he’s gone on to release a half dozen solo albums and produce a fine list of many others. Nourallah is known for his Beatle-esque sound and his timeless approach.

 

John Lefler is a Texas-based artist that has an extensive musical resume to say the least. As the guitarist for Dashboard Confessional, he has toured nationally for the past decade alongside an impressive solo career of his own. Camille Cortinas has released two albums, “Fishing For Comets” and her solo debut, “Taken Apart.” She is the voice of Lotto Texas’ “This is My Lucky Day” commercial as well as a Hot Pockets jingle. The two talents combined are sure to deliver a standout performance. 

 

After the release of her debut album, “Sun & Mirror,” Kaela Sinclair gathered a bevy of rave reviews and radio play. For a new girl on the scene, she has already captured an eager and growing fan base. In collaboration with acclaimed producer and drummer, McKenzie Smith (Midlake, Regina Spektor, St. Vincent), the 24-year-old from Denton has showcased her compositional skill, lush vocals, and intelligent lyrics and proven herself to be as sultry and expressive on stage as she is in the studio.

 

Sudie is a 23-year-old singer, songwriter and musician who describes her sound as “something jazzy meets kind of crazy… if Bjork had arranged something for Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday to sing over.” It’s a sound she’s crafted all by herself.

 

Bill Graue, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, “The Dallas Arboretum is the perfect place for music outdoors. With locals and visitors looking for things to do in Dallas, we invite everyone to join us at Garden Gigs to hear these talented up-and-coming musicians.”

 

Food Trucks include the following:

 

BellaTrino: Wood-fired pizzeria truck preparing Neapolitan-style pizza in a 1,000-degree, 5,000-pound oven in 70 seconds.

 

Cajun Tailgators: Cajun food truck offering fresh and authentic creole favorites.

 

Easy Slider: Creative mini-burger sliders featuring locally sourced ingredients.

 

Ruthie’s Rolling Café: Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with their own grandmother’s nostalgic cheesy-dreamy recipe.

 

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. 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 is available at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214.515.6500.