Dallas Arboretum Welcomes All to Celebrate Father’s Day and Juneteenth 

June 18-20 are Kelley Family Days Giving Free Entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden with Paid Admission

WHO/WHAT: Holidays are about celebrations, and Father’s Day and Juneteenth are two important ones that the Dallas Arboretum invites the public to celebrate in its beautiful garden. Fathers, grandfathers, adopted fathers and soon-to-be fathers will enjoy celebrating with loved ones at the Dallas Arboretum. The garden also honors and pays tribute to Juneteenth, which was declared a federal holiday in 2021. According to U.S. News & World Report, the Dallas Arboretum is one of the “21 Top Things to Do in Texas.”

Events for these holidays include live music and Summer at the Arboretum murals by local artists Alli Koch, MOM, Will Heron and Favio Moreno, who have created Birds in Paradise-inspired works.

A new exhibition, Faces of Dallas and The Village, will be displayed in the DeGolyer House through the riveting work of documentarian and photographer Don Tortellini. He combines immersive photography with raw storytelling to create a fine art experience through his alluring photographs. There is an opening reception to meet the artist on Sunday, June 19, 1-3 p.m. at the DeGolyer House.

Back by popular demand from Dallas Blooms, the garden features the massive pair of 13-foot-tall floral peacocks featuring ornately planted tails measuring more than 36 feet across.

June 18 to 20 is also Kelley Family Days giving everyone complimentary entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden with paid general admission. A special thanks to the Kelley family for underwriting the cost.

WHEN:          June 18-20, 2022

WHERE:        Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX 75218

Main Garden:

Saturday, June 18

Faces of Dallas and The Village Oak Cliff Exhibition

June 18-July 24 Open Daily • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – DeGolyer House

Documentarian and photographer, Don Tortellini, combines immersive photography with raw storytelling to create a fine art experience through his alluring photographs. Two bodies of work will be on display: Faces of Dallas, where he humanizes and contextualizes the homeless experience in Dallas through photography; and The Village, a photo series preserving the people, culture and history of an underserved and often underrepresented community. Both works will be on acquisition, and proceeds will go directly to philanthropic causes of his choice.

10:30 a.m. Dallas Zoo Animals – Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Join favorites from the Dallas Zoo for a 45-minute presentation as they bring out 5-7 ambassador animals, including birds, reptiles and mammals.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Live music in Pecan Grove

Ciana Rosenblad, violinist

Bring the family, and enjoy a brunch picnic in the Pecan Grove! Lush turf, ample shade, picnic tables and a gazebo with live music.

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Country Critters Petting Zoo and face painting – DeGolyer Crossroads

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lucca and Livvy Nitro Pressed Juices

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bird Décor with Kella Carlton – Main Entry Plaza 

Visit local Dallas artist Kella Carlton as she does a vendor demonstration and sale of her handmade teacup bird feeders, teapot birdhouses and decorative birdbaths.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Family keepsake photos provided by the Dallas Arboretum Volunteer Advisory Board with donations to the Dallas Arboretum volunteers

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lil’ Red Flower Truck flower sales

12-2 p.m. Window to the Wild – Jonsson Color Garden

Join Window to the Wild for a 2-hour outdoor meet and greet with birds and trainers! Get up close and learn all about beautiful Birds of Prey that you can find in your backyard.

12-2 p.m. Chef Jamaal Johnson of Twist 3D Cuisines presents an International Food Cooking class featuring the making of The King’s Snack Mix, Jerk Steak Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, BLT Pasta Salad and Peach Cobbler Salsa.

Adult member $69 • Adult guest $75

12-2 p.m. Live music with Jim Sharples – Jeanne’s Pavilion

Join us for our favorite local acts playing piano at Jeanne’s Pavilion throughout the summer. Located in the perfect picnic area, you can enjoy live music and stay cool in the summer shade!

2-4 p.m. Charming Gardeners, Rockin’ soul – Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

2-4 p.m. Hidden Hangar wine tasting – Three Sisters Overlook

Sunday, June 19

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Country Critters Petting Zoo and face painting

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lucca and Livvy Nitro Pressed Juices

10:30 a.m. Window to the Wild Bird Show – Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Live music with Alex Williams, violinist – Pecan Grove

Bring the family, and enjoy a brunch picnic in the Pecan Grove! Lush turf, ample shade, picnic tables and a gazebo with live music.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bird Décor with Kella Carlton – Main Entry Plaza 

Visit local Dallas artist Kella Carlton as she does a vendor demonstration and sale of her handmade teacup bird feeders, teapot birdhouses and decorative birdbaths.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lil’ Red Flower Truck flower sales

12-2 p.m. Live piano music with Rebecca Cordes– Jeanne’s Pavilion

Join us for our favorite local acts playing piano at Jeanne’s Pavilion throughout the summer. Located in the perfect picnic area, you can enjoy live music and stay cool in the summer shade!

1-3 p.m. – Meet Don Tortellini, local documentarian and photographer showcasing his Faces of Dallas and The Village Oak Cliff series at the DeGolyer House. 

2-4 p.m. Big Band, Jazz – Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

2-4 p.m. San Juan Seltzers tasting – Three Sisters Overlook

Monday, June 20

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Country Critters Petting Zoo and face painting – DeGolyer Crossroads

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Christian Levens, guitarist – Pecan Grove

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lucca and Livvy Nitro Pressed Juices

11 a.m.            Dallas College Cooks Chef Demonstration – A Tasteful Place

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Family keepsake photos provided by the Dallas Arboretum Volunteer Advisory Board with donations to the Dallas Arboretum volunteers

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lil’ Red Flower Truck flower sales

2-4 p.m. Tom Sullinger Jazz, Jazz Hits – Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden:

Explore this award-winning eight-acre scientific garden where science and fun become one with its own STEM-related programming. Entrance is free with paid admission, thanks to Kelley Family Days from June 18 to 20.

Father’s Day and Juneteenth programming: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Create a unique, torn paper work of art for your dad or loved one. Go on “The Hunt for Animal Dads” scavenger hunt, and search for the critters that resemble your dad, grandpa or uncle.

Walne Family Discovery Lab: Every day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

6/18-19

The Walne Family Discovery Lab is a unique, in-depth opportunity to experience hands-on STEM learning in the Exploration Center, perfect for those ages 6 and older.

Humming Appeal: Explore what plants are best to attract hummingbirds to the garden. 

For more information on the Children’s Adventure Garden, visit here.

Link to press materials here.

TICKETS:

Advanced timed tickets are required for entry to the Arboretum by calling 214-515-6615 or visiting the website at https://www.dallasarboretum.org/ Visit dallasarboretum.org or social media sites for the latest information. 

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The garden is also home of the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daytime admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. Parking is $11 purchased online. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. WFAA, Channel 8 is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum. Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214-515-6615.

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