August Dollar Days Are Back At Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum And Botanical Gardens
Enjoy the gardens at the Dallas Arboretum.

Spend the Dog Days of Summer at The Dallas Arboretum

Dallas, Texas (August 2021) – The Dallas Arboretum announces the return of August Dollar Days during the dog days of summer. For the entire month of August, the garden offers $2 general garden admission, $2 admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and $5 for parking. Named one of The Country’s Most Gorgeous Botanical Gardens by House Beautiful, the Dallas Arboretum has many floral beds blooming with impatiens, lobelias, begonias, salvia, marigolds, zinnias, caladiums, lantana, cannas, vinca and pentas.

Visitors can also see what’s growing in A Tasteful Place, the Arboretum’s 3.5-acre potager garden, pavilion and kitchen inspired by the movement toward growing and eating fresh, sustainable, locally-grown food. Guests are welcome to free samples of the “hero” vegetable daily. On Mondays, Dallas College offers a free 11 a.m. cooking demonstration, and more activities occur throughout the month. Advanced timed tickets are required for entry to the Arboretum by calling 214-515-6615 or visiting the website at Visit or social media sites for the latest information.

Cool Off In The Shaded Garden

Jim Ryan, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, “Summer at the Arboretum is a great time to visit as the garden is lush and actually cool in the shade. It’s an affordable time to bring the family as there’s something for everyone from looking at plants for inspiration to exploring the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Plus the Children’s Adventure Garden has plenty of water misters and water features that children and adults enjoy during the summer.”

Now through August 8, a highlight of Summer at the Arboretum is ZimSculpt, an exhibition of contemporary Zimbabwean stone sculptures. ZimSculpt features the talent of several contemporary Zimbabwean artists with more than 100 hand-selected, exquisite sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden. These contemporary pieces, created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe, are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall. Daily, artists and sculptors Passmore Mupindiko and Brighton Layson demonstrate their artistry as they carve statues with chisels, hammers, files and sandpaper. Sculptures in the garden at in The Marketplace (onsite in Pecan Grove) are available for purchase.

Food Can Be Brought In Or Purchased On Site

Guests are welcome to bring their own food or purchase food onsite. Window food service is available at the Terrace Café presented by Gil’s Elegant Catering and includes a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks, drinks and adult beverages. Dollar Days food specials include $1 sodas, juice and frozen pops, $2 root beer floats and hotdogs, and $4 brownie sundaes.

Restaurant DeGolyer is also open for visitors daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A three course seated tea at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. is also available with advanced registration:, email or call 214.515. 6615.

The Dallas Arboretum has created a one-mile path and other leisurely walking paths around the garden to make it easy to tour. Guests can also enjoy respite in the shade of the Pecan Grove and Palmer Fern Dell, splash in Toad Corners, the Jonsson Color Garden, on the Camp House Lawn and the lawn of the Lay Family Garden. Other gardens open include the Rose Garden, Nancy Seay Magnolia Glade, Nancy’s Garden, Crape Myrtle Allee and more. Check the website and social media for the latest information before visiting.

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.-5 p.m. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. WFAA, Channel 8 is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum. For more information, visit