Dallas Blooms

7091_HR12Spring in Dallas is one of the prettiest seasons I know. Everything is blooming! It’s especially poignant for me because I now live in the Northeast, where things won’t be blooming for another month of so.

Dallas Blooms, which is happening now through April 10th, was¬†named one of the country’s Best Spring Floral Festivals by Fodors in 2015. This year’s theme is The Artistry in Nature, featuring the life-size sculptures of inspirational figures, such as Abraham Lincoln, Claude Monet and Benjamin Franklin, as part of Gary Lee Price’s The Great Contributors collection.

Over 100 types of bulbs, totaling over 500,000 blooms make a layered and dazzling display.Blooms_edit2_Snapseed111 CRW_2004a DallasArboretum-DallasBlooms21 DSC_0014_edit1 img_9692-lr4_srgb-1If life leads you to Dallas this Spring, don’t miss this amazing show of blooms!

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A Favorite Garden – Give Away Winner

Hopefully the weather will improve across the country and families will be able to enjoy the many beautiful public gardens, in the days and weeks to come. One of my favorite gardens is the Dallas Arboretum. 

And, speaking of gardens, I’m excited to announce the give away winner of the Angela’s Garden’s mother/daughter garden set. 

Pam, #17, wrote: “Elizabeth, I love pretty gardening gloves and hats. These are the cutest I’ve seen. Would love to win. Thank you!!” Pam, please email me with your mailing information, so we can get this darling set out to you!

Yet, as the mom of 2 boys, I love that Angela’s Garden also has adorable hat and glove sets for young boys. Denim and camo are just 2 of the patterns.

Here’s to strolling or digging in the garden in style!

Chilling with Chihuly

Going home to Dallas, TX is always a thrill. And, no visit is complete without a spin through the Dallas Arboretum. Normally, I am there in March when the tulips are in full bloom. This year, we decided to do an August trip and were able to see the mesmerizing Chihuly exhibit, though it was anything but chilly in Texas!
Dale Chihuly is the artist extraordinaire who has led the avant garde of glass blowing into a fine art. His work has appeared in over 200 museums, including a solo show at the Musee de Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre, in Paris.
Although it is fine art it made me think of Dr Seuss. Bold, unusual and colorful. I honestly didn’t think it would be my cup of tea. However, I was wrong. Mr Chihuly, his team and the Dallas Arboretum had worked together to scope out the best placements for his artwork and because his pieces can be deconstructed, they were able to work them into the already beautiful settings so that they enhanced the gardens and teased the viewer.
Come along…I’ll give you a tour!

The Sun, this last piece is 14 feet in diameter, to give you an idea of it’s size and impact. 

This exhibit was one of the more unusual displays of art I’ve seen….I can’t wait to see how it impacts my children and all the others who are fortunate to see it up close.

Have you heard of Chihuly or seen his artwork before? What have you been up to while I was away? 

It’s good to be back!