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Cabin Fever? Get Back To Nature At The Dallas Arboretum 13

Every day on Art&Seek, we’re talking to people who have tips on art in the time of social distancing. Share yours with us on Facebook, Instagram, or @artandseek on Twitter. Click above to listen to Dave Forehand, Vice President of Gardens at the Dallas Arboretum, share his tip with KERA’s Nilufer Arsala. 

The Dallas Arboretum, known for the botanical gardens it offers to the public year-round, just announced it is opening back up June 1, with a modified path for social distancing.

The Dallas Arboretum is now open.  “Celebrating the Familiar” opens June 22.

Due to COVID-19, the gardens have been closed to the public since March but are now ready for guests with new guidelines, like reserved ticketing and parking.

“We are thrilled to finally show off our summer flower displays. They are in full bloom and the colors are just amazing,” said Dave Forehand, VP of Gardens at the Dallas Arboretum.

Image from the Dallas Arboretum.

Forehand is known for the popular garden tours he gives at the Arboretum. Since the COVID-19 shutdown, he has been teaching about the Arboretum’s various eye-catching plant life via short Facebook videos. Judging from the comments, his lessons are much appreciated.

“Your knowledge amazes me,” wrote one commenter. “Thanks once again for sharing. Love hearing those happy birds in the background.”

This morning, join Dave Forehand, VP of gardens, behind the Degolyer House to take a look at leopard plant, an evergreen perennial that looks just great for landscapes and containers.

Posted by Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden on Sunday, May 31, 2020

The Arboretum is gearing up for future events, too. The “Summer of Sculpture” festival is set to begin June 22 and continue until July 31 and is when the Arboretum’s gardens reach their most colorful state. One of the events debuts artist Seward Johnson’s “Celebrating the Familiar” exhibit. His 25 life-sized bronze sculptures depict people performing ordinary tasks. They’re meant to collect the beautiful moments in people’s lives.

Image from the Dallas Arboretum.

Reserve your tickets at the Dallas Arboretum’s website and follow them on Facebook to keep up with Forehand’s nature chats.

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