The Dallas Arboretum has just announced that the stunning display of Dale Chihuly glass sculptures in the garden has been extended through Dec. 31. Sights include these glass-filled boats afloat in the infinity pool in the formal Woman’s Garden. Find details about special daytime ticket offers in the Dallas section of the calendar below. Photo by Carolyn Skei.
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Austin / Travis County
Dress in your Halloween finery and come to the annual Goblins in the Garden family festival at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Sunday, Oct. 28, 4 -- 7 p.m. Children dressed as insects can participate in a costume parade at 6 p.m. to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Butterfly Garden. Attractions include the Punkin’ Patch, Trick or Treat around the gardens, the Haunted Tower, and an owl prowl and scavenger hunt. Click for details.
See the winners of the most-talked-about Photo Contest in the history of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Nov. 1-30, in the McDermott Learning Center. Nearly 13,000 votes were cast for 1,700 photographs in a contest co-sponsored by Texas Highways magazine. See details at http://www.wildflower.org/exhibits/.
Enjoy a multi-media exhibit in tribute to the work of Lady Bird Johnson and others as they beautified the banks of the former Town Lake, now through Dec. 2, at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The exhibit includes images of what is now called Lady Bird Lake, taken by Jen Ohlson and Brenda Lindfors for the book "Every Town Needs a Trail." The exhibit highlights the years Lady Bird was involved in developing the trail, and includes Lady Bird memorabilia such as her personal wildflower book with hand-written notes. See details at www.wildflower.org/exhibits/.
Bryan / Brazos County
Become a Brazos County Master Gardener by applying before Dec. 1 for the next training program, which begins Jan. 3, 2013. Brazos County MGs gave more than 4,500 hours of service to Texas and their county last year, and you can be a part of this elite group of trained volunteers! The 60 hours of training will take place on Thursdays, 9 a.m. -- 2 p.m., January through May 2013. Registration fee is $185. Applications available at www.brazosmg.com.
Dallas County/Collin County
Join the fun at Texas Discovery Gardens’ first Creepy Crawl-o-ween festival, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m. The insect world’s creepier critters take their masks off and reveal their not too scary side with educational presentations, activities, arts and crafts, and more. Children can also enjoy not so creepy crawly treats. Included with admission to the gardens. Find details here.
Enjoy Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum, now through the end of the year. The exhibit features the artist’s dramatic glass sculptures in more than 15 locations throughout the 66-acre grounds. The Arboretum currently extends several daytime ticket offers: $5 off admission ticket on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, 1 -- 5 p.m.; a special Wednesday buy-one, get-one-free offer; and special senior rates on Thursdays. Find details and print coupons at http://www.dallasarboretum.org/Visit/Discounts.html.
Attend a book signing and lecture by celebrated landscape artist Kim Wilkie, Thursday, Nov. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at deBoulle, 6821 Preston Rd. in Dallas. The internationally known landscape architect will speak about his philosophy of land and human settlement, illustrating with examples of his work such as Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, the Villa La Piera in Florence, and Hyde Park Corner in London. His new book is Led By the Land. Cocktail reception. RSVP 214-522-2400.
Shop the Fall Plant Sale at Texas Discovery Gardens on Friday Nov. 9, 4 -- 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. -- 3 p.m. New selections and old favorites, all in good supply. Pre-Sale Safaris, led by horticulture director Roger Sanderson, offered on Friday, 3 -- 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9-10 a.m. for $10 ($5 members). Call 214-428-7476 x 341 or visit http://www.texasdiscoverygardens.org/plant_sale.php.
Gather the kids and come to Autumn at the Arboretum, now through Nov. 21 at the Dallas Arboretum, where you’ll enjoy the acclaimed Storybook Pumpkin Village and Chihuly in the Gardens. Features also include the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, the Great Pumpkin Search (scavenger hunt), Hay Bale Maze, plus music, teas, and much more. Find details at www.dallasarboretum.org.
Fort Worth / Tarrant County
Enjoy the colors of fall at the Fall Festival in the Japanese Gardens, Oct. 27-28, 11 a.m. -- 5 p.m., at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden. Attractions include Japanese dance, music, martial arts demonstrations, papermaking and tea ceremonies. Admission: $5 adults, $3 ages 4-12. www.fwbg.org.
Walk off some of those holiday calories at an After Thanksgiving Sundown Stroll through the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, Nov. 23, 5 -- 7 p.m. Bob and Judy Bauereisen will lead this interpreted walk, where you’ll learn about the history of the garden and its animal inhabitants. Bring a flashlight, wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Fee: $5. www.fwbg.org.
Galveston / Galveston County
Go sledding through lights at Moody Gardens this holiday season. The popular vacation destination opens its 22th Festival of Lights on Nov. 10. Newest feature is Snow Tubing, a ride down a 100-foot ice slide set up on the Moody Gardens grounds on Galveston Island. Open Thursdays through Saturdays from Nov. 16 to Dec. 8, then opening nightly from Dec. 13 to Jan. 5, 6 -- 10 p.m. Find festival details at www.moodygardens.org.
McAllen / Hidalgo County
Discover the many pleasures of birding at Quinta Mazatlan, the historical adobe mansion and nature and birding center located in McAllen. The November schedule of events includes bird walks, plant tours, and history tours through the grounds. Find the full schedule of activities here.
Attend the November lecture in the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 15, when Linda Lehmusvirta presents “Bulbs for Psycho Lighting Gardeners.” The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is normally held the third Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s SFA Mast Arboretum. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the lecture series fund are appreciated. Click for details.
Quitman / Wood County
Join in the work of building a new community garden by participating in a Community Day of Service at Quitman Arboretum on Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m. -- 5 p.m. You’ll help clear out dead trees and underbrush, clean up walking trails, or work on the back porch of the Stinson House as a way of giving back to the community. Find details at www.woodcountyarboretum.com.
San Antonio / Bexar County
Bring the kids to the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s BOOtanica! Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m. Events for the entire family, plus the Garden’s last plant sale of the year. Taco Bar courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill, and $2 off admission courtesy of H-E-B. Visit www.sabot.org/.