To celebrate President's Day on Monday, February 17, the Dallas Arboretum is planning an all American celebration themed "America the Beautiful." Admission is $5 at the gate, and active and retired military get in complimentary with identification. The discount applies only to those purchasing tickets onsite at the ticket booth. "It's a beautiful day to come to the Dallas Arboretum and to enjoy some all American fun with something for everyone," said Mary Brinegar, president of the Dallas Arboretum. "All children are also encouraged to dress as their favorite president and participate in the costume contest with an all American judge."
Special children's activities include face painting, a petting zoo, Presidential trivia and a tree scavenger hunt. There is also a costume contest for children coming dressed as their favorite president and prizes for the best costumes. The judging begins at 12:00 p.m. at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage. The celebrity judge is Miss Texas Ivana Hall who was crowned in 2013. A Cedar Hill native, she competed in the 2013 Miss America competition. Miss Hall will also be available for autographs and photo opportunities. Throughout the garden, patriotic music will greet visitors, and when hungry, guests can purchase $1 hot dogs, $1 popcorn and $1 fried cherry pie. Guests can also watch the horticulture staff build the two 13-foot peacock topiaries that will be ready for the opening of the 30th anniversary of Dallas Blooms on February 22.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.