Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dallas Blooms ~ Dallas Arboretum March 2014

~ Dallas Blooms Dallas Arboretum ~

This year's theme is Birds in Paradise,

 and celebrates the 30th year of this amazing event.

Two 13 foot tall peacock 

topiaries strut across the lawn.

Their tails, 65' and planted with over 

23,000 plants, will change with the seasons.

A variety of cherry trees 

burst with fluffy pink blossoms.

The gardens, a kaleidoscope of color,

feature over 500,000 spring bulbs in full bloom.

Preparations began months before when a

 huge truck load of bulbs arrived from Holland.

First chilled for a period of time, 

the bulbs were then hand planted by a 

cast of volunteers and staff in early December.

Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and Dutch Iris 

are planted in mass according to a "recipe" of sorts.

Beds are designed with color in mind 

and planned so that the bulbs will bloom in 

waves for the duration of the festival.

Bulbs are planted first, 

then over layered with thousands of 

viola and pansy plants.

As one wanders the pathways,

the scent of fragrant hyacinths and daffodils fill the air.

Sunny, happy 

faces sway in the breeze.

The 66 acres along the 

southeast shores of White Rock Lake

become a rainbow of color. 

~ Dallas Blooms ~

A Gardener's Paradise

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