Incredible & Edible Pumpkins
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
by Dallas Arboretum
2y ago
It’s that time of year when big pumpkins, squash and gourds are in the markets! Here at the Dallas Arboretum, we have our nationally-acclaimed Pumpkin Village all set up for Autumn at the Arboretum. We even have a display area that highlights each one of our 52 varieties of squash, pumpkins and gourds! What you might not know is that a lot of these varieties are edible – and not just edible, but really good quality. If you want to create your own decorative fall display at home, choose wisely and you can have a beautiful display that is totally edible. Here are some of my favorites that you c ..read more
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Children’s Adventure Garden: Tornado Safety with Boy Scout William Duvall
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
by Dallas Arboretum
2y ago
Last winter, Boy Scout William Duvall reached out to the Dallas Arboretum’s education team with a desire to collaborate on his Eagle Scout project. William stated, “Presently, severe weather warning sirens are not consistent across DFW, therefore it can be confusing for kids and adults.  I want my DFW community to understand what the warnings mean and what they are supposed to do immediately upon hearing them … My idea is to build an, informative interactive sign that explains to visitors what they are supposed to do if they hear a severe weather warning siren when they ar ..read more
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STEM Careers in Focus: T’Noya Thompson
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
by Dallas Arboretum
2y ago
We are back with the sixth and final, installment of our first STEM Careers in Focus series! Today’s interview by Dustin Miller, director of experience and innovation, features a conversation with international environmental educator, T’Noya Thompson. A long-time Texas resident, hailing from The Bahamas, T’Noya’s message is simple for young people interested in STEM careers: “have conversations, cultivate relationships, and reach out.” Dustin Miller (DM): You grew up in the Bahamas. Tell me about your connection to the natural world as a kid. T’Noya Thompson (TT): I feel very fortunate to ha ..read more
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STEM Careers in Focus: Tony Hale
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
by Dallas Arboretum
2y ago
Director of Experience and Innovation, Dustin Miller, is back with the fifth installment of the STEM Careers in Focus interview series. In this edition, Dustin chats with filmmaker Tony Hale. Dustin Miller (DM): In your blog, you’ve posted about film editor Lewis Erskine’s call to action, “Examine your privilege. Question it constantly.” Erskine talks about being a “disruptor” to make change happen. How do you go about “disrupting”? Tony Hale (TH): Lewis Erskine’s speech really spoke to me when I read it. It’s part of an important conversation around privilege and the need to examine “who is ..read more
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STEM Careers in Focus: Rick Torres
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
by Dallas Arboretum
2y ago
Director of Experience and Innovation, Dustin Miller, is back with his fourth installment of the STEM Careers in Focus interview series. In this edition, Dustin chats with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s very own Ranger Rick, Rick Torres. Dustin Miller (DM): What is your earliest memory of being in nature? Rick Torres (RT): Some of my earliest memories are fishing with my dad as a little boy. He’s still got a picture of me and my first catfish, complete with a snoopy fishing pole.  DM: So I imagine you spent a lot of time outdoors. What kind of activities did you and your family li ..read more
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STEM Careers in Focus: Jacie Hood
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
by Dallas Arboretum
2y ago
We’re back with the third installment of our STEM Careers in Focus series. This time, Director of Experience and Innovation, Dustin Miller, didn’t have to go far at all: join him for an interview with the NEW Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Program Manager, Jacie Hood. Dustin Miller (DM): Hey Jacie, welcome to the Children’s Adventure Garden! Well, this isn’t actually a new place for you, right? Jacie Hood (JH): That’s right! I actually got my start working with the Education Department in Fall of 2018 after coming outdoors from the science museum world. I’ve been serving as a Program ..read more
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STEM Careers in Focus: Alejandra Ramos Gómez
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
by Dallas Arboretum
2y ago
  This week, we’re back with the second installment of our STEM Careers in Focus series. Director of Experience and Innovation Dustin Miller recently caught up with teacher, artist and activist Alejandra Ramos Gómez to chat about how she connects with kids and STEM.   Dustin Miller (DM): Alejandra, we’ve known each other for a few years now – ever since we both participated in the Galapagos Conservancy’s Education for Sustainability project representing SMU. What have you been up to since that time?   Alejandra Ramos Gómez (ARG): I have been fortunate to find a new teachin ..read more
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STEM Careers in Focus: Jungle Jordan
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
by Dallas Arboretum
2y ago
Our robust Children’s Adventure Garden programming often features both local and national STEM personalities for on-site events. During our closure, we’ve worked hard to keep you connected to our interactive content, and this week we bring an interview with Jordan Veasley, known by his masses of social media fans as Jungle Jordan. Our Director of Experience and Innovation, Dustin Miller, recently caught up with Jordan to learn about his career in informal science and his newfound celebrity. Jordan is our first in a series of interviews for kids and parents, STEM Careers in Focus. Dustin Mille ..read more
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Summer Garden Tips
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
by Dallas Arboretum
2y ago
With the first official day of summer approaching quickly, you may notice that your garden is enjoying almost every minute of sunshine that it’s getting. Certain plants are growing like crazy, while others may need to be replaced with something that can withstand the heat. We’ve put together a short list of garden tips to help you tame your garden and keep it looking summer ready! Planting Tips Continue to plant warm season turf grasses such as Bermuda, St. Augustine and Zoysia. Plant summer annuals and tropicals. Water them in after planting and keep them watered regularly during the summer ..read more
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Tips for Capturing the Most Instagram-Worthy Pictures at the Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
by Dallas Arboretum
2y ago
Spring is the perfect time to get to the Dallas Arboretum and get those likes! We were named one of the Most Instagram-Worthy Botanical Gardens in the U.S. by Better Homes & Gardens, and rightfully so: 66 acres of beautifully designed and maintained gardens provide the perfect photo op for any occasion. The colors, ever-changing flora and gorgeous views of Dallas can add life to any Instagram feed. Read more for our top tips on capturing the best photos and check out @thedallasarboretum on Instagram for inspiration. Once you’re done, pay us a visit and try it out for yourself. Visit duri ..read more
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