Splendors of Spring
Mar 02, 2016 08:56AM
● By Dia
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Brilliant blooms. Lush landscapes. Vibrant hues. No, this isn’t a scene out of a movie in a distant land; it’s right here in your own backyard. The largest floral festi-val in the Southwest is back at the Dallas Arboretum, this year with the theme “The Artistry in Nature.” You can expect to see more than 500,000 colorful flowers everywhere you turn. Picture tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials popping up after a long, cold winter, greeting spring with the type of breathtaking beauty only Mother Nature can create.
In addition to the 100 kinds of spring bulbs planted by the Dallas Arboretum’s own horticulture experts, the gardens will also feature renowned sculptor Gary Lee Price’s Great Contributors exhibit, which includes life-size bronze sculptures of some of the world’s most revered historical figures. Stroll the grounds along- side the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shake- speare, Mark Twain and the Wright Brothers, many of which you’ll spot in unique locations.
Can’t make it for the first blooms of the season? Don’t wor- ry; the show has only just begun in March. The finale of Dallas Blooms is just as spectacular, with a mass flowering of 3,000 gorgeous azaleas that generally appear near the end of April. Dallas Blooms has something for every nature lover, and as one of America’s Best Spring Floral Festivals named by Fodor’s Travel, it’s clear this is one event you’ll be amazed is just a short drive away. Welcome back, spring!