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“Adventures of Great Explorers” opens with Blooms

The 2013 Dallas Blooms Festival opened this weekend at the Arboretum. © Lindsay Baronoskie

The Adventures of Great Explorers exhibit features playhouses of historical explorers' destinations. © Lindsay Baronoskie

Marco Polo's Asian pagoda © Lindsay Baronoskie

Lewis and Clark's teepee and canoe, hand-carved by Doug Elert. © Lindsay Baronoskie

The Aztec pyramid from Hernan Cortes' adventures © Lindsay Baronoskie

Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth © Lindsay Baronoskie

© Lindsay Baronoskie

© Lindsay Baronoskie

© Lindsay Baronoskie

© Lindsay Baronoskie

This weekend marked the opening of the 2013 Dallas Blooms Festival at the Dallas Arboretum.

A new playhouse exhibit featuring six great explorers opened along with Blooms and will be showcased through the end of the year.

Each house is a small replication of destinations where famous explorers traveled throughout history.

Kids and adults alike will be able to enjoy a tiki hut honoring the explorations of Captain James Cook, and Asian pagoda similar to one that Marco Polo may have encountered, and the Fountain of Youth that Ponce de Leon searched for.

There’s a replica of an Aztec pyramid that Hernan Cortes may have seen, an Arctic Dome from Admiral Byrd’s adventures, and last but not least, a canoe and teepee from the explorations of Lewis and Clark.

Each replica has a fun feature that kids will enjoy. For example, the Aztec pyramid has a slide and the Fountain of Youth has real flowing water.

In addition to all the education explorer houses, you can enjoy the amazing blooms of the Festival. It almost feels like being in Holland for a moment as you take in the beauty of the tulips.

Another much anticipated bloom during the Festival is that of the Hanami cherry blossoms.

In mid-March every year, just like clock-work, the Hanami cherry trees bloom with flowers that have been praised by poets for centuries. The blooms only last for ten days, so you won’t want to miss out on this trees spectacular show.

Throughout the Dallas Blooms Festival and the entire season of Spring, the Arboretum will have some wonderful events you won’t want to miss. Just a few of these include:

The Hanami Cherry Blossum Viewing
Sunday, March 17th in the Pecan Grove

Spring Tea
March 4th – April 5th, reservations required

Mommy and Me Monday/Tiny Tot Tuesday
During Dallas Blooms from 10 am – 2 pm every week

Eddie Coker Good Friday Children’s Concert
Friday, March 29th at 11 am and 2 pm

Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Members
Friday and Saturday, March 22nd – 23rd
Friday and Saturday, March 29th – 30th

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 12th, reservations required

Dave Forehand, Vice President of Gardens, was very exciting for this year’s Blooms Festival and all it has to offer.

“This year’s weather has been just right for the tulips and other blooms to make their appearance at the perfect time for the opening weekend,” said Forehand.

So don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of this incredible Festival at the Arboretum, one of Dallas’ most beautiful parks.



The Dallas Blooms Festival runs from now until April 7th.

The Adventures of Great Explorers exhibit will be going on until December 31st.

The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road.

For more information on the Dallas Arboretum and the events going on, visit their website.



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