With temperatures dancing in the 40s and 50s, the Dallas Arboretum’s extension of its $5 admission special until Friday, February 28, seemed like a pretty good deal. Ah, but with the thermometer rising to the 60s and even 70s Sunday and Monday, it’s incredible.
And it only gets better. This Sunday (aka Groundhog Day), Arboretum Annie will be on hand at A Tasteful Place to see if she can see her shadow just after sunrise at 7:21 a.m. Regardless of the outcome, she’ll then be available for selfies with guests. Afterward folks can take part in making groundhog crafts and watching Bill Murray’s “Groundhog Day” in Rosine Hall. The gates open at 6:30 a.m.
Later in the month the daffodils will start “trumpeting” the approach of spring.
According to Dallas Arboretum VP of Gardens Dave Forehand, “We’ve had plenty of cold weather, which is great for helping the bulbs get ready for Dallas Blooms that opens later in February. People can get a behind-the-scenes look, and watch the beauty of the garden unfold, as our creative horticulture team prepares for this springtime festival.”
On Leap Day (aka Saturday, February 29), the annual Dallas Blooms will get underway with “Sounds of Spring” featuring more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of cherry blossom trees.
It will also mark the return of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden that has gone into hibernation in January and February.
Bargain tip: The usual $15 parking is reduced to $10 if purchased online.
* Graphic courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden