Dallas Blooms: Flower Power

A Volkswagen beetle decorated with pansies, violas, and other flowers at the Dallas Blooms: Peace, Love and Flower Power, at the Dallas Arboretum

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Dallas Blooms: Flower Power, the Southwest's largest spring floral festival. Get your groove on in the garden with Peace, Love and Blooms, featuring more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs, florally decorated topiary VW bugs and many activities.

Day-time admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12, and free for children two and under. Additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $8.

Each weekend during Dallas Blooms highlights a different theme and incorporates headlines, music, TV, fads and fashion from the swinging ’60s. Here’s a quick run-down of events. --Ann McCormick/Guide

VINTAGE GARDEN OF GAMES: MARCH 11-12 The garden will become the popular board game Candy Land. Stops like Molasses Swamp, Gum Drop Mountains, and Peppermint Stick Forest will be incorporated into arboretum maps for a scavenger hunt of treats and games. Hear live music at Café on the Green from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FASHION FORWARD WEEKEND: MARCH 18-19 The 1960s were full of bell bottoms, tie-die fabrics and flower crowns. Guests can view these and other fashions from the era in the DeGolyer House. Other activities in the garden include flower-crown making, paper-doll dressing and henna tattoos.

VIBRATIONS OF A NATION “PEACE LOVE FREEDOM FEST”: MARCH 25-26 Take a year-by-year excursion of the 1960s with live music throughout the day. There will even be a jukebox and a dance floor where you can practice your moves.

ANN'S DINER: APRIL 1-2 The diner will be reimgined as a hangout that resembles diners from the ’60s where booths and floor tiles were color-coordinated and each booth had its own jukebox to play favorite tunes. Vendors will offer nostalgic foods, and guests can get their groove on at a dance floor at the Ann Stuart Courtyard.

THE POWER OF ART: APRIL 8-9 Pop Art and Abstract Expressionist were all the rage in the 1960s thanks to artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Claes Oldenburg. In the Ann Stuart Courtyard, you can create art inspired by these artists from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live ’60s music will be played at Café on the Green.

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