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Dallas Arboretum Kwanzaa Dinner Linda Todd, Janet Jack, Indy B, Adella Fremstad-Nolden

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden held a Kwanzaa dinner on December 1st where attendees heard about the holiday and toured the historic DeGolyer House. New this year at Holiday at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, is a brand new exhibit in the DeGolyer House called The Artistry of Faith & Culture that features the three world holidays celebrated during the season—Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa—along with Diwali celebrated in the fall. The exhibit runs now through Dec. 31 and is part of the seasonal celebration.

Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, welcomed everyone including elected officials and board members.

“This collaborative community-sourced exhibit showcases these diverse cultural traditions throughout the house. Special thanks to the community partners that helped with this special exhibit: Interfaith Council of The Thanks-Giving Foundation, DFW Indian Cultural Society, Texas Jewish Arts Association, thinkIndia Foundation and Pan African Connection & Friends.”

Harrison Blair, president and CEO of the Dallas Black Chamber and Park Board Member, District 4, told about  Kwanzaa. “The celebration includes these seven principles with the first word in Swahili:

  • Umoja (Unity) To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
  • Nia (Purpose)
  • Kuumba (Creativity)
  • Imani (Faith).”

Janet Jack, Dallas Arboretum board member and Black Heritage Celebration chair, wrapped up the program by inviting people to enjoy the DeGolyer House’s unique exhibit and wished everyone a happy holiday.

Holiday at the Arboretum:

Holiday at the Arboretum also includes The Christmas Village, The 12 Days of Christmas and the 50-foot-tall Dazzling Musical Tree. These three large-scale outdoor displays are perfectly designed for the 66-acre garden and are open to the public both in the daytime and evening.

Tickets, which range from $10-$35, are required for entry for the garden, so guests are encouraged to reserve preferred dates early. For more information, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/holiday-at-the-arboretum/

In addition to Reliant as the presenting sponsor, other sponsors include Pegasus Bank, Kirkland & Ellis, Movestar, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, GFF Architects, Century Glass.

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 garden is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Festival daytime admission is $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and older, and $12 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. On-site parking is $11. Evening tickets range from $10-$35.  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. 

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Great Contributors Award Ben Weber (DABS event honorary co-chair), Marilyn Weber (DABS event honorary co-chair), Laura Bush (Great Contributor Award honoree), Jim Ryan (DABS board chairman)

On November 15, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s annual Great Contributors Award dinner honored two remarkable Texas women —Laura Bush and The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison.

 

The Great Contributors Award is bestowed on individuals whose contributions have made an important positive impact on the state, country and world as the Dallas Arboretum works to contribute to Dallas recognition from throughout the world. Funds raised help the Dallas Arboretum fund the 100,000 school-age children who attend field trips; underwrite 25,000 tickets to provide access to the garden to those unable to pay; and provide upkeep for the 66-acre garden to remain ‘best in class.’

 

Jim Ryan, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, welcomed 200 guests. “We want to thank all of you here tonight – for your support, sponsorship and friendship to the Dallas Arboretum. It’s my pleasure to introduce our event honorary co-chairs, Marilyn and Ben Weber, who will introduce this year’s Great Contributors honorees when our program begins.

 

Tom Gilcrest sang the invocation with two Texas favorite songs—"Deep in the Heart of Texas” and “God Bless America.”

Ben Weber introduced Laura Bush. “One of the most beloved and admired First Ladies of Texas and of the United States, Laura Bush continues to bring dignity and honor to our state and our country. A champion of key issues in the fields of education, health care and women's rights, Mrs. Bush remains committed to issues of global concern through her work at the George W. Bush Institute. As a lifelong conservationist, Mrs. Bush has visited more than 30 national parks and historic sites, spotlighting our country's national treasures and natural wonders. She is passionate about prairie restoration, native plantings and saving our migrating birds. Mrs. Bush is the proud founder of Texan by Nature, which brings conservation and business together to protect our state's people, plants and prosperity. I now introduce to you, former First Lady but first in our hearts, Laura Bush.”

 

Laura Bush remarked, “I am thrilled to be here to accept the Dallas Arboretum’s Great Contributor Award because, as I’m sure many of you know, I am an outdoor enthusiast. 

Well, the reason I agreed to accept this award tonight is so I could come on stage to recognize the true greatest contributor in the room – and that’s Mary Brinegar. Mary brought her passion for education to the Arboretum, furthering the nonprofit’s mission to build and maintain a public garden that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research...so join me in giving a heartfelt thanks to the Dallas Arboretum’s Greatest Contributor, my friend, Mary Brinegar.”

 

Marilyn Weber introduced Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rena Pederson who moderated the discussion. “The Dallas Arboretum is pleased to bestow its Great Contributor Award to The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison. Her lifetime of service to our nation has been extraordinary. For 20 years, she served the State of Texas as a U.S. Senator, and for more than three years, she served as the United States Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). She has written three books, and continues to serve on many prestigious local, national and international boards. Recognizing her lifetime of service, the Dallas City Council named the city's Convention Center after her. Her alma mater, the University of Texas, proudly houses The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business. Their emphasis is on providing opportunities for business and law students to learn more about the energy industry. Sharing her unique insight on activities in our country and the international issues facing America, she will be interviewed by Rena Pederson.”

 

Weber continued. “Rena has been a trailblazer for women in journalist in Texas and Texas Monthly named her as one of the most powerful women in the state. The author of four books, she served on the Pulitzer Prize Board for nine years and received national recognition as Vice President and Editorial Page Editor at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years.”

 

Pederson asked Hutchison questions about the world affairs, particularly Poland, NATO, Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan and more. Hutchison had a front seat to many of these developments in her role and shared the history of these situations. The riveting conversation kept the audience engaged.

 

Following the conversation, Marilyn Weber said, “Kay, thanking you for your many contributions that have brought positive change and strength in leadership to our country. The Dallas Arboretum is honored to present you with our Great Contributors Award with our heartfelt appreciation.”

 

Jim Ryan closed the evening. “Thank you for attending tonight to honor these great women. And thanks to each of you as you are also our Great Contributors and have continued to believe the dream of what we offer to our guests.”

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration photo credit: Dallas Arboretum

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden celebrates its fifth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th. Highlights include its signature Quinceañera Fashion Show, live musical performances from Havana NRG and Selena tribute band, Bidi Bidi Banda, cooking demonstrations, food and vendors. Presented by Bank of America, the Hispanic Heritage Celebration is included for all paid garden guests. Advanced online ticket reservations are required.*

The festival starts on Saturday, September 10th at 10 a.m. inside Rosine Hall with the much anticipated Quinceañera Fashion Show. Select participants showcase their beautiful and colorful quinceañera dresses and share their favorite traditions and future plans. Guest emcees are Adriana López, producer and host at Telemundo 39, and The Honorable Pauline Medrano, Dallas County treasurer. Following the show, the young women parade through the garden alongside music played by Mariachi Rosas Divinas, North Texas’ first all-female mariachi ensemble, allowing even more guests to see their dresses.

Dallas City Officials and other distinguished guests are scheduled to attend the Quinceañera Fashion Show and welcome participants, their families and garden visitors.

Mario Quintanilla, Dallas Arboretum board member and Hispanic Heritage Celebration chair, said, “The Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Dallas Arboretum has grown in popularity these past few years, and we are excited to celebrate this event’s fifth year with plenty of fun for the family.”

Throughout the garden, the Dallas Arboretum has planned activities celebrating Hispanic culture and traditions including vendors, dance and musical performances, and cooking demonstrations.

Highlighting the diversity of Hispanic cuisine, these cooking demonstrations feature the expertise of four distinguished chefs, including Mexican American dishes from Chef Sara Carlock of Amor y Queso, Puerto Rican influences from Chef Isabel Snetsinger of the Dallas Arboretum and Gil’s Elegant Catering, Colombian cooking by Chef Dunia Borga of La Duni, and exquisite Dominican flavors courtesy of Chef Miriam Jiménez of Miriam’s Cocina Latina.

Saturday, Sept. 10

10 a.m. – Celebration of Quinceañera Fashion Show (Rosine Hall)

11:15 a.m. – Quinceañera Parade led by Mariachi Rosas Divinas (Paseo & A Tasteful Place)

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendor market (Entry Plaza)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Girl Scouts make and take crafts (near Pecan Grove)

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Colombian cooking demonstration by Chef Dunia Borga of  La Duni Baking Studio, (A Tasteful Place)

12 p.m.-2 p.m. – Rodrigo Garcia’s piano performance (Jeanne’s Pavilion)

1-2 p.m. Mexican American dishes from Chef Sara Carlock of Amor y Queso (A Tasteful Place)

2:30 p.m.–4 p.m. Havana NRG! (Rosine Hall)

4 p.m.-5 p.m. – Flamenca Rumbas and We Sevillanas dance performance (Jeanne’s Pavilion)

 

Sunday, Sept. 11

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendor market (Entry Plaza)
10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Peruvian Consulate Performance (Jeanne’s Pavilion)
11 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Puerto Rican influences from Chef Isabel Snetsinger of the Dallas Arboretum and Gil’s Elegant Catering (A Tasteful Place)

12 p.m.-2 p.m. Henry Muñoz’s piano performance (Jeanne’s Pavilion)

1-2 p.m. Dominican cooking demonstration courtesy of Chef Miriam Jiménez of Miriam’s Cocina Latina (A Tasteful Place)

2-4 p.m. Bidi Bidi Banda, a Selena tribute band, performance (Rosine Hall)

Schedule is subject to change. Check the website and Dallas Arboretum’s social media for the latest information.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden:

Thanks to a generous donation from the Kelley Family, admission to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is complimentary for the weekend of Sept. 10th- 11th with a paid garden ticket. This garden has many activities for children and families including the opening day of the #IfThenSheCan - The Exhibit.

From September 10 to December 31, 2022, the Dallas Arboretum presents 50 of the 3D-printed orange life-size statues from #IfThenSheCan - The Exhibit, the largest collection of statues ever assembled together, installed throughout the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. An array of in-person and virtual programs, an exhibit scavenger hunt activity, and sponsored school group visits throughout the fall brings to life inspirational stories of women in STEM who are shaping a better world. The exhibit has traveled to and from the National Mall and Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. and on the TODAY Show. Some highlighted Hispanic figures include Greetchen Díaz-Muñoz, Ph.D. (microbiologist/educator), Myria Perez (paleontologist/fossil preparator) and Roselin Rosario-Meléndez, Ph.D. (polymer/formulation chemist).

Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
L'Oréal USA Chemist Roselin Rosario-Meléndez, Ph.D., If/Then Ambassador:

Plantastic Natural Lip Balm Lab and Meet & Greet

Additional activities throughout this garden include the Walne Family Discovery Lab: Marvelous Maize (Exploration Center) 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Did you know that maize, or corn, was grown in ancient Mexico? This lab investigates viscosity using a corn product commonly found in the food people eat.  

Sept. 10-11 Hispanic Heritage Weekend, 10 a.m.-2.p.m. (Exploration Center Plaza)

Explore fruits and vegetables from Central and South America. Create your own traditional Mexican folk art papel picado. Learn about the important contributions that Latino scientists are working on to solve many of the world’s problems.

Those interested in applying to be a vendor can visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/hispanic-heritage-celebration/ or contact Jaci Ingram at jingram@dallasarboretum.org or 214.515.6605. Space is limited.

Special thanks to the Honorary Council Members:**

City of Dallas:

The Honorable Eric Johnson, Mayor, City of Dallas

The Honorable Chad West, Mayor Councilmember, District 1

The Honorable Jesse Moreno, Councilmember, District 2

The Honorable Casey Thomas, II Councilmember, District 3

The Honorable Carolyn King Arnold, Mayor Pro Tem, District 4

The Honorable Adam Bazaldua, Councilmember, District 7

The Honorable Tennell Atkins, Council Member District 8

The Honorable Paula Blackmon, Council Member, District 9

The Honorable Adam McGough, Councilmember, District 10

The Honorable Jaynie Schultz, Councilmember, District 11

The Honorable Cara Mendelsohn, Council Member, District 12

The Honorable Gay Donnell Willis, Council Member, District 13

The Honorable Paul Ridley, Councilmember, District 14

The Honorable Delia Jasso, Former Dallas City Council Member

Max Sanchez, Council Liaison

Dallas County:

The Honorable Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge

The Honorable Dr. Theresa M. Daniel, Dallas County Commissioner, District 1

The Honorable J.J. Koch, Dallas County Commissioner, District 2

The Honorable Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner, District 4

The Honorable Pauline Medrano, Dallas County Treasurer

The Honorable Juan Jasso, Justice of the Peace

State of Texas:

The Honorable Kelly Hancock, Texas State Senator

The Honorable Nathan Johnson, Texas State Senator

The Honorable Rhetta Bowers, Texas State Representative

The Honorable Julie Johnson, Texas State Representative

The Honorable Terry Meza, Texas State Representative

The Honorable Victoria Neave-Criado, Texas State Representative

The Honorable Carl O. Sherman, Sr., Texas State Representative

Dallas Park and Recreation Board Members:

Estanislao Huerta, Council District 1

Fonya Mondell, Council District 2

Harrison Blair, Council District 4

Priscilla Rice, Council District 5

Timothy Dickey, Council District 6

Daniel Wood, Vice President, Council District 7

Bo Slaughter, Council District 8

Maria Hasbany, Council District 9

Robb Stewart, Council District 10

Jeff Kitner, Council District 11

Lane Conner, Council District 12

Calvert Collins-Bratton, Council District 13

Rudy Karimi, Council District 14

Arun Agarwal, Council District 15, President

Business and Dignitaries:

Consul General De Mexico Mr. Francisco de la Torre

Consulado General del Peru in Dallas Liliana Trelles

For more information on the Hispanic Heritage Celebration, including the latest list of Honorary Council members https://www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/hispanic-heritage-celebration/

A special thanks to the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America

Silver: ExxonMobil

Bronze: American Airlines

Friend: Frost Bank, McDonald’s of North Texas

Supporter: Silva, Mejia & Delgado; Lira Bravo Law

Patron: Dallas College, Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, Azteca-Omega Group, Jaime Ramon

Media sponsor: TELEMUNDO 39 and NBC 5.

**As of print date. Check the website for the latest list.

In addition to Hispanic Heritage Committee Chair Mario Quintanilla, additional members planning the celebration include Megan Ames, Rafael Luna, Regina Montoya and Mary Silva.

Tickets:*

Thanks to a generous donation from the Kelley Family, admission to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is complimentary for the weekend of Sept 10th- 11th with a paid garden ticket. General garden admission is $10 for adults, seniors 65 and older and children 2-12. Admission is free for Arboretum members and children under two. Parking is $11. 

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 Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. WFAA, Channel 8 is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.  The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum. For more information, visit www.dallasarboretum.org.

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Don Tortellini

Summer at the Arboretum features a new exhibition with the talented Don Tortellini, a documentarian and photographer. The exhibit opened on Juneteenth with a reception with the artist and runs through July 24th. Tortellini had his family in attendance and dedicated the exhibit to his father, a fitting tribute being Father’s Day as well as Juneteenth. Called Faces of Dallas and The Village, the exhibition is on display in the DeGolyer House, and entry is included with paid garden admission. In July, admission is only $5 per person for those two years old and up. Tickets can be pre-purchased online.

Tortellini combines immersive photography with raw storytelling to create a fine art experience through his alluring photographs. Two bodies of work are on display: Faces of Dallas, where he humanizes and contextualizes the homeless experience in Dallas through photography; and The Village, a photo series preserving the people, culture and history of an underserved and often underrepresented community. Both works are on acquisition, and proceeds go directly to philanthropic causes of his choice.

Summer at the Arboretum, which runs through August 14, also includes music, food, custom mural art murals by local artists Alli Koch, MOM, Will Heron and Favio Moreno, who have created Birds in Paradise-inspired works. A highlight, carried over from Dallas Blooms, includes a massive pair of 13-foot-tall floral peacocks featuring ornately planted tails measuring more than 36 feet across. According to U.S. News & World Report, the Dallas Arboretum is one of the “21 Top Things to Do in Texas.”

Advanced timed tickets are required for entry to the Arboretum by calling 214-515-6615 or visiting the website at https://www.dallasarboretum.org/ Visit dallasarboretum.org or social media sites for the latest information. 

 The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The garden is also home of the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daytime admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. Parking is $11 purchased online. July admission is $5 for those 2 and up. 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, Channel 8 is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.  Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214-515-6615.

 

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Dallas Arboretum's Black Heritage Celebration Gerard Monsivaiz, John Spriggins, Linda Todd, Regina Montoya, Will McDaniel

The Dallas Arboretum held its second annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC), presented by Bank of America, on May 14 and 15.  The weekend featured a curated collection of local Black artists, dozens of Black-owned businesses, an “Art of Fashion” show, and a designer and entrepreneurial showcase with panel discussions. Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Bishop Arts Theater Center performed, and Don Diego Band and Clover the Violinist entertained the guests.  

The Black Heritage Celebration planning host committee included Linda Todd (chairperson), Marissa Horne, Tiffaney Hunter, Janet Jack, Katrina Keyes, Willow Sanchez, Celia Walker, Maurice West and Z.L. Williams.

This year’s honorary council were LaJuana Barton; Trudy Bourgeois; Dr. Chandra Brown; Neisha Strambler Butler and Rev. Richie Butler; Stephanie and Rev. Bryan Carter; Mahisha Dellinger; Sharron Evans-Jackson; Dr. Arlene J. Ford; LaChon Jacobs; Dean Jones; The Honorable Raquel Jones; April Leonard; Wilton Munnings; Venita and Tim Owens; Christopher P. Reynolds; The Honorable Toni Rose; Rodriqua Ross; Deidre and James Summers; Kimberly Bizor Tolbert.

Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America

Silver: Curls/Beauty By Imagination, ExxonMobil Corporation

Bronze: AT&T; McDonald’s

Friend: Capital One Bank, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Alpha Xi Omega Chapter

Supporting: Dallas Chapter of the Links, Inc.; Debra Hunter Johnson

Patron: Helena L. Banks, Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness; Cynthia Watkins Clanton; Dr. Flaxie Fletcher and Dr. Cristi Fletcher; Dr. Arlene J. Ford; HomeLight; House of Dasha; Law Office of Camille Stearns Miller; Tim and Venita Owens.

Media sponsors: The Dallas Weekly, Texas Metro News and Radio One.

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 garden is also home of the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daytime admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. Parking is $11 purchased 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, Channel 8 is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.  Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214-515-6615.

 

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Janak Narayan

Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum, a juried fine art and fine craft show and sale, returns on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. Now in its 15th year, Artscape features more than 110 juried artists who will display their unique and one-of-a-kind creations throughout the Jonsson Color Garden and Lakeside Exhibit Area. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days (member early hours begin at 7 a.m.), and entrance is included with paid garden admission. Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online or by calling 214-515-6615 during the week.

Mary Brinegar, Dallas Arboretum president and CEO, said, “It is fitting that it’s our 15th year, and we have artists represented from 15 different states including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wyoming and, of course, Texas. Plus, Travel+Leisure just published that our “Texas Flower Festival May be the Most Beautiful Springtime Destination in the U.S. We agree and think the outdoor garden is the perfect backdrop for Artscape and the talented artists showing their creative work.”

Artscape features some new artists and a variety of mediums including metal, 2D and 3D mixed media, painting, ceramics, fiber, glass, drawing/pastel, photography, sculpture, wood and jewelry.

Special thanks to Brett Dyer, M.F.A., B.F.A., Professor at North Lake Campus of Dallas College; Nicole Foran, Chair, Department of Studio Art, University of North Texas; and Jo Hopper who served as the Artscape Jury Committee. The group remarked that this show features some of “the best of the best” of art submitted.

In addition to the art, there is also music, fine wine and craft beer and concessions, which  include El Chifrijo, Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Gil’s Elegant Catering, Greenville Avenue Pizza Co., The Butcher’s Son, Wetzel Pretzel.

To learn more or see a list of artists, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/artscape/

Finally, for children and their families, the Rory Meyers Children’s Garden has planned special events, labs and programs tied into Artscape with the fitting theme, Art-astic. See below for schedule, and for more information, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/visitor-information/gardens-and-pavilions/childrens-adventure-garden/.

Daily Programs

4/25-5/1 STEM Stops 

12:00 p.m. Fibonacci Fun at the Exploration Center Plaza

1:30 p.m. It’s the Pond Life: Live pond investigation at Texas Native Wetlands

3:30 p.m. Symmetrical Sights at the Exploration Center Plaza

Walne Family Discovery Lab 

4/25-5/1 Shiny Shimmer

Exploration Center 

Daily: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Some birds are attracted to shiny things! In this lab, we will explore reflection and refraction and why birds like shiny objects.

OmniGlobe 

4/25-5/1 Starry Night

Exploration Center 

Daily  11:30 a.m. OmniOutlook 

Current weather and space events

Puppet Story Time  

4/30-5/1  Marvelous Metamorphosis
The Glade 

10:30 a.m.   

Join Olivia as she discovers that some critters go through metamorphosis!

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The garden is also home of the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daytime admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. Parking is $11 purchased 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, Channel 8 is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.  Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214-515-6615.

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Food and Wine Natalie Dossett, Caroline Gehan, Chef Sharon Van Meter

On a spring day during the height of Dallas Blooms, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden held its fifth annual Food & Wine Festival, presented by Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians. Held on March 24th, this food-filled festival showcased more than 30 top local chefs serving their delicious dishes and desserts, along with wines, beers and cocktails. VIP guests attended a special reception at A Tasteful Place and noshed on bites from Chef John Tesar of Knife Dallas, Chef Junior Borges of Meridian, Chef Mark Tungcmittrong of Sushi Rock and Chef Sharon Van Meter of Beckley 1115. Co-chairs were community leaders, Natalie Dossett and Caroline Gehan, and Chef Chair Sharon Van Meter of Beckley 1115.

Special thanks to Food and Wine sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians

Additional Sponsors: GFO Home, Rosewood Ranches Wagyu Beef, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Park Place Dealerships, Gopuff, Amegy Bank.

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 garden is also home of the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daytime festival admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. Parking is $11 purchased 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, Channel 8 is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.  For more information, visit www.dallasarboretum.org.

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Robin Norcross, Jim Ryan

Friends of the Arboretum, the membership group that supports the Dallas Arboretum, had its annual dinner during the height of Dallas Blooms on March 23. About 310 guests attended and enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres before they enjoyed a lovely dinner with music from a classical trio. Trams gave tours throughout the garden to see the four giant peacock topiaries, part of the Dallas Blooms: Birds in Paradise, presented by Veritex Community Bank. Attendees enjoyed the 500,000 spring flowers, of which 350,000 are tulips.  

Dallas Arboretum Board Chairman Jim Ryan welcomed and thanked these special friends who provide important financial gifts and thanked Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians who generously sponsored the dinner. Robin Norcross, Dallas Arboretum contributed revenue committee chair, gave a state of the garden update including a recent accolade from Travel+Leisure that said this “Texas Flower Festival May be the Most Beautiful Springtime Destination in the U.S.”

Norcross also thanked the Friends of the Arboretum committee led by Kay Fulton, chair, and committee members Brianna Brown, Kama Koudelka, Pam Porter, Carla Robinson and Stephanie Walker; and the Caroline Rose Hunt Society, the Dallas Arboretum’s highest membership level, led by Peter Dauterman, chair, along with committee members Robin Carreker, Tucker Enthoven, Patty Dedman Nail and Venise Stuart.

For more information on joining the Friends of the Arboretum, visit dallasarboretum.org or contact Angela Paetzel, Friends Manager, at 214-515-6548 or apaetzel@dallasarboretum.org.

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Friends of the Arboretum Brett and Deirdre Scharffs, Bill and Barbara Benac, Bob Thornton

The Dallas Arboretum hosted the Friends of the Arboretum at its holiday party at the historic DeGolyer House on December 7. More than 275 of this membership group that supports the garden enjoyed cocktails and dinner while seeing The Artistry of the Nativity exhibition. Special thanks to Bank of Texas, event sponsor.

The Artistry of the Nativity, part of Holiday at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, is open through December 31, 2021. For more information, visit dallasarboretum.org.

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Mary McDermott Cook, Luci Baines Johnson, Jim Ryan

On October 26, the Dallas Arboretum hosted its Great Contributors Dinner honoring Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson. Benefiting the garden, the evening began with a cocktail hour in the Entry Plaza with country music of Texas by the Dave Alexander Band, twinkling lights and artfully arranged pumpkins.

 

The evening featured all things Texas as its theme. As guests entered, Carly Carroll sang “The Eyes of Texas Are Upon Us” and invited guests to join her. Jim Ryan, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, welcomed the 270 guests and told them that a wonderful evening awaited them.

 

Mary McDermott Cook, whose family has known the Johnson family, spoke next. She said that both she and Luci were blessed with amazing fathers and mothers. As friends, Mary and Luci have traveled together, laughed and cried together. Mary thanked hers and Luci’s parents for allowing them to be able to make an impact in Texas and the U.S.

 

Bill McIntyre, who was a page in Washington D.C., assisting U.S. Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson from Texas.  He got to know the Johnson family through attending church with them and having Sunday dinners at their home. All told, Bill and Luci have known each other for more than six decades.

 

About 270 guests enjoyed a delicious Texas White House VIP dinner including a Texas Steakhouse “wedge” salad, a duet of Bastrop Cattle Company Filet Mignon with Chicken Fried Lobster Tail, green beans and baby carrots. Dessert was a Hill Country Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Bing Cherry Sauce.

 

After dinner, Rena Pederson, author, journalist and one of the most powerful women in the state, according to Texas Monthly, moderated a lively discussion with Luci. Luci’s career incorporates a wide range of business and philanthropic commitments having served as chairman of the board of the LBJ Holding Company. She has had a lifetime commitment to social justice, health care, education and the environment. Her accolades are numerous.  

 

Some takeaways:

Mrs. Jackie Kennedy wrote Lady Bird a letter letting her know how thrilled she was that Luci, then 13 years old, would be able to attend her first State dinner with the Sudanese leaders. Both Luci and her sister, Lynda, attended, but the parents didn’t.

 

Lady Bird had many firsts:

  • She was the first to hold the Bible for her husband’s inauguration.
  • She was the first to have a press secretary, Liz Carpenter.
  • She was the first lady to campaign on her own for LBJ.
  • She was the first to take a Whistle Stop tour through the South where he wasn’t popular.

 

Luci on her mom:

“She married a man she adored every day of her life.”

“She had his best interest at heart.”

“She loved him with all her heart.”

 

Lady Bird was a historian and a journalist along with her good friend, Margaret McDermott. In fact, LBJ gave her a video camera allowing Lady Bird to take videos documenting much of their public life.

 

On Lady Bird’s first date with LBJ, he asked her to marry him.

 

Luci remarked, “We used Margaret McDermott’s and Mary McDermott Cook’s names as verbs. You’ve been ‘Margaret McDermotted.’ You knew when they asked you something, the only answer was ‘yes’ because your horizons would be enriched and your life brightened.”

 

In addition to beautification and conservation, Lady Bird was also involved in the arts, water pollution, Ellis Island, but she was instrumental in getting Head Start started. In 1965, Luci began a lifelong commitment to Head Start, where she worked for 20 years. “Kids, given a chance, will succeed.”

 

When asked to be an honorary chair, her mother instilled in her daughters if they could give the three T’s: time, talent and treasure. If you can, then do it with gusto.

 

At the end of Lady Bird’s life, Luci spent six days a week with her, while a niece spent one day a week. Luci talked about how she valued that time of getting to be with her mom who was often helping her father in her early years.

 

After the entertaining discussion with Luci recounting plenty of stories, Jim Ryan, Shirley and Bill McIntyre and Mary McDermott Cook presented Luci with the Great Contributors Award. Luci remarked, “How honored and grateful I am that I’ve been McDermotted. How grateful I am that you’re part of my family.”

 

Special thanks to the sponsors:

Platinum: Lyda Hill Philanthropies, Shirley and Bill McIntyre; The Eugene McDermott Foundation.

 

Gold: Lisa and Mac Tichenor; Tom and Charlene Norris Family Fund; Holly and Tom Mayer & Cindy and Charles Feld.

 

Silver: Nancy Albertini and Steve Metzger; Marilyn Augur; Kathy Bishop; Joe Buskuhl; Robin and Jim Carreker and Patty and Bobby Nail; Cheryl and Steve Coke (in honor of John Dryden); Alfred and Kathryn Gilman Family Giving Fund; Holly and Phillip Huffines; Caroline L. Hunt; Carolyn and William Kelley; Julie Kosnik; Howard Meyers; Gloria and George Tarpley; Charlotte Test; Anne and Walt Waldie; Joan and Alan Walne; Marilyn and Ben Weber; Carolyn Wittenbraker-Arkay Foundation; Lynda and Mark Wolf.