Social distancing doesn’t have to mean missing out on springtime. Digital Dallas Blooms, the Dallas Arboretum’s new virtual tours, are offsetting the self-quarantine blues by bringing bright blooms into the homes of North Texas residents.
Dave Forehand, VP of Gardens at the Arboretum, is hosting the virtual series, leading viewers through all 66 acres of the Arboretum’s grounds.
As Forehand walks through each garden, he highlights specific trees, flowers, and plants, like the Siberian Iris and its myriad colorful petals or the bur oak tree that can also be planted in viewers’ own yards.
In the Paseo de Flores, colorful tulips have begun to blossom, and Forehand explains why tulips don’t all bloom at the same time. During the Lay Family Garden tour, a beautiful waterfall provides calming background noise, ideal for some at-home meditation or quiet reflection time.
The Arboretum has also expanded its educational resources. Daily STEM lesson plans are perfect for kiddos who are curious about plants and animals, and the corresponding activity sheets are helpful for parents-turned-teachers. And while Rory Meyer’s Children Adventure Gardens is closed, a series of instructional videos show parents how to recreate its lessons from the comfort of a home or backyard garden.
Learn more about the Dallas Arboretum’s virtual tours here.