Summer of Sculpture at the Dallas Arboretum

Summer of Sculpture at the Dallas Arboretum

A new exhibit has debuted at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. It’s the Summer of Sculpture festival, featuring Seward Johnson’s “Celebrating the Familiar”. This amazing collection of 25life-size cast bronze sculptures throughout the garden, runs from June 22 to July 31.

Related: Check out this post from our last trip to the Arboretum

The Exhibit

Johnson’s sculptures of people performing familiar tasks, reflecting ordinary life were, created to celebrate the great value in everyday activities, and to encourage taking a moment to savor them. These activities include gardening, fishing, reading and enjoying a conversation. Creating the fine details of people’s poses, gestures and expressions are the defining elements of his work. The exhibit is supported in part by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District. Here are a few of my favorite sculptures;

There is a one-mile path and other leisurely walking paths around the garden to make it easier to tour while social distancing. Guests can also enjoy respite in the Pecan Grove, the Jonsson Color Garden, on the Camp House Lawn and the lawn of the Lay Family Garden. So don’t forget to bring a nice blanket to set up on one of the lawns. Other gardens open include the Rose Garden, Nancy Seay Magnolia Glade, Nancy’s Garden, Crape Myrtle Allee and others. Also, window food service is available at the Terrace Café and Café on the Green presented by Gil’s Elegant Catering it includes a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks, drinks and adult beverages.  Check the website for the latest information on openings before visiting. 

New changes at the Arboretum

Advance online timed tickets are now required for entry to the Arboretum by calling 214-515-6615 or visiting the website at https://www.dallasarboretum.org/ Face masks are highly encouraged in the garden, but they are required in restrooms and indoor facilities.  For more information about garden procedures during this time, please see the Know Before You Go FAQ here.

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 Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through the end of June, then 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in July and August. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two.  Parking is $10.

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