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What’s New for Moms & Kids at the Dallas Arboretum

Submitted by on May 26, 2010 – 2:49 pmNo Comment
Peter Rabbit story book

Peter Rabbit story book

Wow! The Dallas Arboretum and Beatrix Potter, two of my kids’ favorite things, all rolled into one! You won’t want to miss out on their summer plan. We went last summer thinking we would die in the heat (we normally go in the fall and spring) but were pleasantly surprised how cool it was. There is tons of shade, the kids had a ball playing in the “water frogs” as we call the giant frog fountain and the misters in the glade near the entrance are great. So don’t let the heat stop you and your kids from spending a fun day at the Dallas Arboretum. Plus, they have some awesome deals and coupons. See below!

The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, launched its newest three-month festival, Summer at the Arboretum; Peter Rabbit’s Flower Village through July 31.  Not only does the Arboretum have beautiful grounds, there are many incentives for visitors to enjoy!
“Buy One, Get One Free Wednesdays” are extended for Summer at the Arboretum with a coupon available on the Dallas Arboretum website that allows one free admission of equal or lesser value with one paid adult admission of equal or lesser value.  Other discounts during the festival include $1 off admission tickets available at all Tom Thumb Stores.  Free admission for all active and retired military with a Photo ID on Flag Day June 14, Memorial Day weekend May 28-May 31 and Fourth of July.

Memorial Day Fun! Garden guests will have daily photo opportunities with an Uncle Sam stilt walker from noon to 4pm , Friday through Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Guests can leave the cooking behind and enjoy All-American menu selections such as hot dogs, BBQ brisket sandwiches, baked beans, popcorn, pretzels, root beer floats and the American staple, pie-apple, cherry, blueberry, pecan  and chocolate cream, at different food kiosks in the garden.  These food items will be available in addition to the regular menu items available in the garden.

Flower Village

Flower Village

Under the canopy of the Pecan Grove, four flower houses will create a picturesque themed village bringing Beatrix Potter tales to life.  The houses of Peter Rabbit and his friends, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Mrs. Tittlemouse and Jemima Puddle-Duck will create a magical experience for guests of all ages.  Each flower house will be covered in lovely planting of impatiens, begonias and vinca and include a story synopsis and illustration, along with topiary characters of the stories.  Live animals representing the main characters in each story will be on display seven days a week from 10am-1pm during the festival.  Family Fun Mondays during the festival will include face painting and a petting zoo each Monday from 10am-2pm.  During these hours garden guests can meet the duck, mouse, rabbit and hedgehog and learn fascinating new facts about the animals which these stories are based.  These Beatrix Potter stories have been beloved for over a century and this festival will help share their magic with the next generation.  The gardens will be bursting with ageratum, impatiens, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds and zinnias.  As the temperatures warm, caladiums, sunpatiens, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus will be added to the gardens.

For more information about Summer at the Arboretum; Peter Rabbit’s TM  Flower Village, Concert in the Garden series or other upcoming events, please call (214) 515-6500 or visit

BEATRIX POTTER™ and PETER RABBIT™ © Frederick Warne & Co.
Frederick Warne & Co. is the owner of all rights, copyrights and trademarks in the Beatrix Potter character names and illustrations.

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