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Mark Wolf, Barb Sypult, Kaki Hopkins, Craig Hall

On the heels of a successful Artscape Reimagined at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Artscape Chairwoman Kaki Hopkins, along with her stellar committee, hosted the Great Contributor to Art Award and Invitational Fine Art Auction on Friday, May 12. The black tie event began with a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres, giving attendees time to peruse the live and silent auction items, which were generously donated by dozens of acclaimed artists and local Dallas notables, such as Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dr. Kern Wildenthal and Jim Keyes.  The springtime weather served as the perfect backdrop for the first time event.

 

J. Mark Wolf, Dallas Arboretum chairman of the board, welcomed guests. After dinner, he called up Gloria Snead, Artscape Award Chair, to join him. Wolf said, “It is my pleasure to introduce the Great Contributor to Art Award. This aptly named prize was designed and contributed by Gary Lee Price, whose Great Contributors exhibition at the Arboretum in 2016 was the inspiration for the award’s name. Receiving this inaugural award tonight is someone we know and admire deeply, Craig Hall.  Craig, who is an entrepreneur, businessman, New York Times bestselling author and philanthropist, is also a lifelong art collector.  He believes that art nourishes the human spirit and can make a profound difference in people’s lives.  His company, HALL Group, displays an extensive contemporary art collection at their properties. Craig truly embodies this award, so we are pleased to welcome and honor Craig Hall tonight as the inaugural awardee of the Great Contributor to Art Award.”

 

“It is an honor to receive the Artscape Great Contributor to Public Art award, and being able to share our art collection with the public has been a great joy of mine,” said Craig Hall, founder and chairman of HALL Group and the evening’s award recipient. “However, tonight’s award is really a tribute to the talented artists who make all of this possible. It is because of their hard work and creativity that we are able to contribute art for our communities to enjoy.”

 

Hopkins added, “It was a great pleasure to have Craig Hall as our inaugural awardee. He has done so much to make art available for the public to enjoy by investing in many artists' works and displaying them so they can be seen by all. He is a terrific citizen of our city, and we are fortunate that he calls the Dallas Arts District his home.”

 

The live auction generated plenty of spirited bidding, especially Pamela Nelson’s “Mother Plant,” which graced the invitation cover, program cover and notecards given to patrons. Hopkins added, “I was overwhelmed by the artists’ and galleries’ generosity and pleased that our audience showed them the appreciation we all felt by participating in a spirited and fun auction.”

 

The Artscape Selection Committee and Heritage Auctions chose the following for the live auction, with the criteria to create a group diverse in style. Each artist graciously donated his/her piece to benefit the Dallas Arboretum, with many nature-inspired:

 

Carly Allen-Martin – “Exhale Doubt 2/50”

Carolyn Brown – “White Rose” and “Orange Ruffled Rose”

Marianne Gargour – “Visions Revisited”

Beth Hickman – “Moonlight Gardening”

Arienne Lepretre – “Arboretum Day”

Christopher H. Martin – “Cassini Disc II”

Pamela Nelson – “Mother Plant”

Brad Oldham – “Traveling Man”

Jessie Palmer (Am. 1882-1956) – “Still Life with Roses”

Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir – “Source II”

George Tobolowsky – “Looking for Light”

Mary Tomás – “Bloom”

Mary Vernon – “Raccoon”

 

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. It 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. Visit dallasarboretum.org or Facebook for more information.

 

 

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Mark Wolf, Barb Sypult, Kaki Hopkins, Craig Hall

On the heels of a successful Artscape Reimagined at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Artscape Chairwoman Kaki Hopkins, along with her stellar committee, hosted the Great Contributor to Art Award and Invitational Fine Art Auction on Friday, May 12. The black tie event began with a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres, giving attendees time to peruse the live and silent auction items, which were generously donated by dozens of acclaimed artists and local Dallas notables, such as Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dr. Kern Wildenthal and Jim Keyes.  The springtime weather served as the perfect backdrop for the first time event.

 

J. Mark Wolf, Dallas Arboretum chairman of the board, welcomed guests. After dinner, he called up Gloria Snead, Artscape Award Chair, to join him. Wolf said, “It is my pleasure to introduce the Great Contributor to Art Award. This aptly named prize was designed and contributed by Gary Lee Price, whose Great Contributors exhibition at the Arboretum in 2016 was the inspiration for the award’s name. Receiving this inaugural award tonight is someone we know and admire deeply, Craig Hall.  Craig, who is an entrepreneur, businessman, New York Times bestselling author and philanthropist, is also a lifelong art collector.  He believes that art nourishes the human spirit and can make a profound difference in people’s lives.  His company, HALL Group, displays an extensive contemporary art collection at their properties. Craig truly embodies this award, so we are pleased to welcome and honor Craig Hall tonight as the inaugural awardee of the Great Contributor to Art Award.”

 

“It is an honor to receive the Artscape Great Contributor to Public Art award, and being able to share our art collection with the public has been a great joy of mine,” said Craig Hall, founder and chairman of HALL Group and the evening’s award recipient. “However, tonight’s award is really a tribute to the talented artists who make all of this possible. It is because of their hard work and creativity that we are able to contribute art for our communities to enjoy.”

 

Hopkins added, “It was a great pleasure to have Craig Hall as our inaugural awardee. He has done so much to make art available for the public to enjoy by investing in many artists' works and displaying them so they can be seen by all. He is a terrific citizen of our city, and we are fortunate that he calls the Dallas Arts District his home.”

 

The live auction generated plenty of spirited bidding, especially Pamela Nelson’s “Mother Plant,” which graced the invitation cover, program cover and notecards given to patrons. Hopkins added, “I was overwhelmed by the artists’ and galleries’ generosity and pleased that our audience showed them the appreciation we all felt by participating in a spirited and fun auction.”

 

The Artscape Selection Committee and Heritage Auctions chose the following for the live auction, with the criteria to create a group diverse in style. Each artist graciously donated his/her piece to benefit the Dallas Arboretum, with many nature-inspired:

 

Carly Allen-Martin – “Exhale Doubt 2/50”

Carolyn Brown – “White Rose” and “Orange Ruffled Rose”

Marianne Gargour – “Visions Revisited”

Beth Hickman – “Moonlight Gardening”

Arienne Lepretre – “Arboretum Day”

Christopher H. Martin – “Cassini Disc II”

Pamela Nelson – “Mother Plant”

Brad Oldham – “Traveling Man”

Jessie Palmer (Am. 1882-1956) – “Still Life with Roses”

Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir – “Source II”

George Tobolowsky – “Looking for Light”

Mary Tomás – “Bloom”

Mary Vernon – “Raccoon”

 

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. It 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. Visit dallasarboretum.org or Facebook for more information.

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Hugh Stewart, Sharon Van Meter, Richard Chamberlai

On a perfect spring evening among the backdrop of Dallas Blooms, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden held its own inaugural Food & Wine Festival on March 16 to celebrate cuisine and libations from many cultures. More than 1,300 people sipped libations, sampled food and desserts from 40 chefs, and enjoyed a concert featuring Hobo Cane, a blend of pop and acoustic with a Latin flare, at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn.

 

Chef Sharon Van Meter, president of 3015 at Trinity Groves, chaired the festival. "2017 is the year of culinary pursuits for the Dallas Arboretum. The chefs of Dallas were excited about, not only, the first Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival that sold out, but beyond ecstatic about A Tasteful Place opening later this year.”

 

Mark Wolf, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, added, “A special thanks to all the chefs who participated in this successful Food & Wine Festival. Their food was both creative and delicious. We look forward to more food events, especially when we open A Tasteful Place, a two-acre garden inspired by the movement toward garden-to-table dining sustainability and healthier lifestyles.”

 

Sponsors include Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Rosewood Ranches Wagyu Beef, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, SVM Productions, FreshPoint, Acqua Panna, S.Pellegrino, Lakewood Brewing Co. and Oak Highlands Brewery. Media sponsors include D Magazine and CultureMap.

 

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

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The Caroline Rose Hunt Society, which provides support for the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, held a dinner for 75 of its members at Marianne Planke’s home on Strait Lane on November 30.  Caroline Rose Hunt attended along with many of her family including children Steve Sands and his wife Marcy Sands; Patrick Sands and his wife Kristy Sands; and her daughter, Laurie Sands Harrison. Other family included Caroline L. Hunt, Houston Hunt and his wife Betsy Hunt and Lyda Hill, Caroline Rose Hunt’s niece, and other guests Margot and Ross Perot, Mark Wolf, Dallas Arboretum board chairman and his wife, Lynda Calkin Wolf, and Bob White with Bank of Texas, also sponsor of the Caroline Rose Hunt Society dinner.

 

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while listening to a trio of violinists during the cocktail hour and throughout dinner. The tables were filled with floral creations designed exquisitely by Junior of The Garden Gate, while the dinner was catered by Cassandra Fine Catering.

 

These donors include many philanthropic leaders who support the vision and current expansion projects for the Dallas Arboretum and city. Participation in the Caroline Rose Hunt Society begins with a contribution of $10,000. Those interested in joining can contact Karen Reardon at 214.515.6601 or kreardon@dallasarboretum.org.

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Flower House

On May 16, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden kicks off Summer at the Arboretum, sponsored by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, CBRE and Mutual of Omaha Bank, with the return of “Flower Houses: Fairy Tales with a Texas Twist.” Continuing the year-long “Deep in the Hearts of Texans” theme, the flower village features four topiary houses up to 15-feet-tall enveloped in red, white and blue flowers. Each house highlights a Texas-inspired fairy tale vignette—a picante gingerbread man dances around a babbling brook; Goldilocks’ irascible cousin finds herself behind the Pine Curtain, and stubborn livestock starts a chain of events causing a kerfuffle across the prairie.*

 

Summer at the Arboretum also includes a replica of the Rio Grande, a western covered chuck wagon, two life-size topiary horses, two large topiary longhorn cattle, affectionately named “Lone Star” and “Blue Bonnet,” and a hay bale maze. All summer long there will be activities, events and music for garden guests to enjoy.

 

Visitors are encouraged to visit the eight-acre Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden and experience the exciting labs and hands-on activities where science and fun become one.

 

Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum’s vice president of gardens, said, “As the days get warmer, look for the houses to transition to lush foliage displays of ipomoea sedans bronze, ipomoea desana lime, coleus burgundy trailing plum and ipomoea tricolor. For the first time ever, you’ll see true ‘green houses’ nestled under the welcoming shade of the trees in Pecan Grove.”

 

He added, “In the gardens, the beds are bursting with plants full of blooms like ageratum, impatiens, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds and zinnias.  As the temperatures warm, caladiums, sunpatiens, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears, coleus will be added to the gardens.”

 

 

 

 

Activities include the following:

 

Memorial Day Weekend:  Friday, May 22-Monday, May 25

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the Dallas Arboretum.

-In the Pecan Grove, children of all ages can enjoy a petting zoo and face painting all weekend long from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-On Friday, May 22, families can decorate strollers and wagons from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the Memorial Day Stroller and Wagon Parade that starts at 1 p.m. at the Alex Camp House. Prizes will be awarded.

-On Monday, May 25 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., there are two Eddie Coker concerts, at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Cost is free with paid garden admission. The concerts are sponsored by DallasChild.

-Guests can enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats in certain locations in the garden as well as patriotic music all weekend.

-Admission is free all four days for all active and retired military personnel and first responders with valid photo ID at the ticket booth.

 

Stories in the Flower Village

Mondays: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

11 a.m.

Tuckered out from Toad Fountain? Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to bring young readers and pre-readers for storytime under the shade of the flower houses in the Pecan Grove.

 

Family Fun Fridays

June 5, 12, 19 & 26 and July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Plan the family’s summertime adventures at the Arboretum on Fridays in June and July in the Pecan Grove. Join other families for kid-friendly activities that include face painting, a petting zoo and music for the little ones in the shady Pecan Grove—topped off with a cool spray of water in the Toad Fountains! Bring everyone to experience the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden featuring the wonders of life and earth science combined with hands-on fun for all ages.

 

Sunday, June 7

Debbie Leland Book Reading and Signing, 1-3 p.m. Pecan Grove

Debbie Leland reads selections of The Jalapeño Man, a most spicy tale. An elementary school librarian from College Station, she has authored several children’s books, all with a recognizable southwest flavor.

 

Wednesdays, June 10 and June 24

“Golden Hour at the Dallas Arboretum”, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

$10 non-members, $8 members

For these two evenings in June, the Dallas Arboretum opens its doors at special pricing to allow the community to capture those ‘golden hour’ photos in the showcase gardens.  Intended for personal photography and portraiture, the garden is open for a limited window to allow for bridal portraits, family photos, and hobby photographers. 

 

Commercial shoots are not allowed during this time and are encouraged to book through the Special Events Department.

 

Saturday, June 13**

WFAA Family First Day in the Rory Meyers Children’s Garden

Activities 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Puppet shows, hands-on outdoor science experiments (in conjunction with Texas A&M University), collaborative tessellation assembly, and scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (with the Dallas Junior Players) round out a family-centered day anchored by a special presentation with WFAA Meteorologist Greg Fields at the OmniGlobe.  For this day, admission to the RMCAG and main garden is $8 at the gate only with $8 parking available for advance purchase online. Hot dogs are just $2.

 

Father’s Day Weekend: June 20 and 21

Saturday, June 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Father’s Day Weekend Concert

Multilingual Balladeer Frank Obregon on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Enjoy an eclectic spectrum of music from Tony Bennett to Nat King Cole, and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Sinatra.  Relax with dad (on a lawn he doesn’t tend!), sip his favorite beverage, and maybe take a twirl around the stage!

 

Sunday, June 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Children, grandchildren and their dads and granddads are invited to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for a craft activity—constructing and painting flower pots and bird houses—hosted by Home Depot. First come, first served.

 

Sunday, June 21, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Rosine Hall

Bring the superman in the family to the Arboretum to enjoy classic superhero cartoons shown in the air-conditioned comfort of Rosine Hall. On Father’s Day, Rosine is open for a come-and-go, blankets welcome viewing of vintage cartoons that can be enjoyed by the young and young-at-heart. Each short is approximately 10 minutes. There is no additional cost with paid entry to the garden, and popcorn and snacks are available onsite.

 

Fourth of July Celebration

Thursday, July 2 – Dallas Winds

Gates 6 p.m. Concert 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

The last concert of the spring/summer Cool Thursdays Concert Series features the patriot songs of the Dallas Winds. Enjoy a colorful summer sunset, the music and a picnic overlooking White Rock Lake. The Dallas Winds is the leading professional civilian wind band in the United States. Comprised of 50 woodwind, brass and percussion players, the band performs an eclectic blend of musical styles ranging from Bach to Bernstein and Sousa to Strauss. The costume contest is to come dressed as "Lady Liberty or Uncle Sam" in the best and brightest red, white and blue outfit. Separate tickets, which are between $10 and $27, are required and available online. The concert is sponsored by Retirement Rescue Advisors LLC.

 

Fourth of July Weekend Activities

Friday, July 3-Monday, July 6

Continuing the celebration of the nation’s independence in true red, white and blue style, active and retired members of the esteemed armed services receive free admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Patriotic music and flags throughout the garden add to the festivities.

 

 

 

Friday, July 24

Dallas Arboretum Presents: Garden Gigs, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

For the first time ever, the Dallas Arboretum hosts a full-grounds musical event open to the general public.  Local artists/musicians Salim Nourallah, John Lefler, Camille Cortinas and Sudie perform intimate sets at sundown in several gardens. Food trucks and BYOB round out a community event with tickets starting at $7 with parking included.

 

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

In the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, there are plenty of activities for the young and young-at-heart including daily labs, talks and more. Check website for daily events.  

May 16: Where is Pidge?  Storytime and book signing with Michelle Staubach Grimes at 10:30 a.m. with special activities for children.

May 23: Girl Scouts in the Garden. Girl Scouts Troop #897 lead special activities for paid guests such as story time, leaf rubbings and scavenger hunts.

May 22-May 25: The garden debuts its brand new puppet show, Finding My Way Home, recorded by students from O’Banion Middle School.

June 13: WFAA Family First Day with activities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See ** for more information.

June 21, 2015: On Father’s Day from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Home Depot hosts a craft activity with flower pots and bird houses to construct and paint. First come, first served.

June 1-July 31: Popular Plant Lab H2Osmosis

August 1-31: Popular Plant Lab Back to School Mash

 

Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum, said, “The Dallas Arboretum is beautiful year-round, and the summer plantings are some of the loveliest for all to enjoy, along with a myriad of activities for everyone.”

 

See the website for special discounts and details, subject to availability. 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. 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.  See website for special discounts. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. 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.

 

 

*Books include Zeke and the Longhorn by David Davis; The Jalapeño Man by Debbie Leland; and Dusty Locks and the Three Bears by Susan Lowell.

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WHAT:          

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosts Artscape, a juried fine art show and sale presented by Lambert Landscape Company.  

 

WHEN:

Member preview: Friday, April 24, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. (for members only with reservations and sold out)

Actual event open to the public: Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entrance to the show on Saturday and Sunday is free with paid garden admission.

 

WHO:

Artscape features 75 artists from 14 states showcasing their nature-inspired artwork for sale including paintings, sculpture, 2-D and 3-D mixed media pieces, photography and more.

 

Artists of note who have juried into this year's show include Dale Robbins of Flemington, Mo., whose custom lathe, featured in Fine Woodworking and Wood magazines, has allowed him to create intricate works of art made entirely out of wood; Dallasites Scott Williams, a photographer, and Nikki Gulley, a painter, are a husband and wife duo who travel the world together capturing the beauty of their surroundings; Fred Prescott of Santa Fe, N.M., constructs colorful, kinetic sculptures that have been commissioned by Warner Brother Studios and Walt Disney Company.

 

More information: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/artscape

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 $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.

 

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Blooming Beds Yvonne Davis, Nathan Smith, Madeline Smith, Tie Smith and Stephen Davis

On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden held its Blooming Beds reception during the Dallas Blooms festival in the Jonsson Color Garden. With more than 300 in attendance, this reception honors the honoree or donors of the Blooming Bed of Color or Blooming Bed of Bulbs.  Both gifts provide honorees with approximately 10 linear feet of spectacular flowers in the garden, marked with a special sign recognizing both the honoree and donor. This wonderful event pays tribute to these donors and honorees and celebrates family and life-long friendships. A special thanks to Gil's Elegant Catering for providing the catering.

For more information on the Blooming Beds program, contact the Development Office at 214.515.6546 or development@dallasarboretum.org.

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Dallas Arboretum Corporate Dinner Ryan Nowick, Tiffany Holton, Michael Gosslee and Nick Kopach

On March 24, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden held an outdoor dinner in the Margaret Elisabeth Jonsson Color Garden to thank the 400 corporate donors in attendance for its support of the garden. Top Golf was the presenting sponsor of the dinner, which was provided by Gil’s Elegant Catering.

 

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings welcomed guests via a taped recording as he was called out of town to Washington, D.C. 

 

Dallas Arboretum Board Chairman Bill Graue also greeted the guests. “This is one of my favorite parts of being chairman because I get to personally thank you for your generous support of the Dallas Arboretum during one of the most beautiful times of year in the garden, Dallas Blooms.” As the largest floral festival in the Southwest, Dallas Blooms features more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs that blossom throughout the six-week festival, which lasts until April 12. The 3,000 azaleas will burst into bloom in the next few weeks.

 

Dallas Arboretum Board Member Mike Gosslee thanked the various donors for their support ranging from Dallas Blooms, Autumn at the Arboretum, The 12 Days of Christmas and more.  “Together, you provide a significant portion of the revenue that we count on to meet our $20 million annual budget. Your support, our professional management team and the assistance of our board is why we have operated in the black for the past 20 years.”

 

Finally, guests enjoyed dinner and dessert while listening to instrumental music under the stars.

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Dallas Arboretum Friends Party Suzi and Jack Greenman, Nancy Rutchik

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosted its Friends Holiday Party on December 8 at the historic DeGolyer House elegantly decorated in a Victorian style for the holidays with a collection of Byers’ Choice Ltd. Christmas Carolers. This significant priceless collection was generously donated for display by Kim and John Semyan who collected these figurines throughout the world.

 

The 300 in attendance enjoyed food by Gil’s Elegant Catering. After enjoying the festivities indoors, many walked around the garden to see the brand new $2 million Christmas exhibit entitled The 12 Days of Christmas.  During the day and evening, those of all ages are entranced and amazed at the attention to detail of this one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring dramatically designed 25-foot-tall gazebos created for each day of the popular Old English carol. Each gazebo includes either life-size Victorian-costumed mannequins or whimsical animals, with music accompanying each gazebo. The idea for the exhibit came from Phyllis and Tom McCasland, donors and board member.

 

As a special incentive for the final week of The 12 Days of Christmas, the Dallas Arboretum is offering a gift to those who have not yet seen it yet: buy one ticket, get one free from December 29 through January 4.

 

For those who purchase tickets for any night from December 29 to January 4 and arrive after 7:30 p.m., the ticket allows admission for two people. The nights open include December 29 and 30, January 2 through 4. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors; $10 for children ages 3 to 12; children under 3 are free. Parking is included with nighttime admission tickets. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/. For inquiries regarding discounted tickets for groups 15 or larger, contact groupsales@dallasarboretum.org or 214-515-6520. 

 

The 12 Days of Christmas Presenting Sponsor is Amegy Bank of Texas, and its Supporting Sponsor is the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District.

 

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.   

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The 12 Days of Christmas The Dallas Arboretum's The 12 Days of Christmas is this year's new holiday tradition.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden announces that more than 125,000 people have seen its brand new $2 million Christmas exhibit entitled The 12 Days of Christmas. In addition, the Garden is offering a gift to those who have not yet seen it yet: buy one ticket, get one free for the final week of December 29 through January 4.

 

For those who purchase tickets for any night from December 29 to January 4 and arrive after 7:30 p.m., the ticket allows admission for two people. The nights open include December 29 and 30, January 2 through 4. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors; $10 for children ages 3 to 12; children under 3 are free. Parking is included with nighttime admission tickets. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/. For inquiries regarding discounted tickets for groups 15 or larger, contact groupsales@dallasarboretum.org or 214-515-6520. 

 

“We know that it’s a busy time of year, and for all those who are still trying to come and see the popular exhibit, we want to give visitors an incentive to come see it a little later in the evening,” said Mary Bringer, Dallas Arboretum president. “The 12 Days at night is just magical with the lighting, music and movement, and guests of all ages will enjoy making this one a holiday tradition.” Victorian carolers also stroll through the Garden adding to the ambience.

 

During the day and evening, those of all ages are entranced and amazed at the attention to detail of this one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring dramatically designed 25-foot-tall gazebos created for each day of the popular Old English carol. Each gazebo includes either life-size Victorian-costumed mannequins or whimsical animals, with music accompanying each gazebo. The idea for the exhibit came from Phyllis and Tom McCasland, donors and board member.

 

The 12 Days of Christmas Presenting Sponsor is Amegy Bank of Texas, and its Supporting Sponsor is the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District.

 

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.