Garden has hammocks for summer fun


By Juliette Coulter

Summer at the Arboretum: Endless Summer is set for June 1 to August 4 featuring 150 freestanding hammocks, a Floral Fashion exhibit, live music and performances, cooking and floral demonstrations and Family Fun Fridays. According to U.S. News & World Report, the Dallas Arboretum is one of the “21 Top Things to Do in Texas.”

Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum President and CEO Sabina Carr said: “We invite visitors and members to indulge in a tropical paradise right here in the heart of Dallas. Come ‘hang out’ in one of the 150 hammocks nestled amongst the luxuriously shaded Pecan

Grove. Explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden with your little explorers where there are misters to keep you cool; take off early from work to attend a Family Fun Friday; and explore the Floral in Fashion exhibit inside the historic DeGolyer House.”

Summer plantings highlight the tropical plants in the garden as it blooms with vibrant colorful flora in many areas. The horticulture staff have planted more than 65,000 new plantings including monsteras, papayas, elephant ears, bird of paradise and many other varieties, creating the Arboretum’s signature summer look.

For young explorers, there are dozens of free daily programs in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, where there are opportunities to learn about plants, insects, ecosystems and more in an engaging and interactive way. Plus, with 8,000 feet of overhead misters, shaded gazebos and the learning rich, air-conditioned Exploration Center provides the perfect relief from the summer sun.

Family Fun Fridays, presented by Kimberly-Clark, also return in the Main Garden with crowd favorite Country Critters petting zoo, story time and bubble picnics in the Pecan Grove.

Meanwhile, adults can indulge in daily food and garden programs in A Tasteful Place, combining culinary delights with the beauty of botanical surroundings.

Dallas’ best party bands hit the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage on certain festival weekends from 2-4 p.m. where visitors can relax or get up and dance. Visit for a full list of summer festival concert dates.