A Dirty Job turns into Dallas Arboretum’s Spectacular Spring Festival, Dallas Blooms!
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s horticultural staff, with the help of up to 30 additional seasonal gardeners, are laying out and planting more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs throughout the 66-acre garden. As one of the city’s dirtiest jobs, these gardeners know that their hard work will result in the most spectacular floral festival of the year, Dallas Blooms, themed The Sounds of Spring, which debuts February 29 and runs through April 12, 2020. Planting bulbs is an integral part of the gardening cycle, and it takes 65 Arboretum staff members to plant and produce the beautiful floral displays each spring. The bulbs are ordered from Abbott Ipco, and it takes roughly 11,560 man hours to plant them. The horticulture team begins by amending the soil and removing existing mums and other fall plants, adding compost, broadcasting bone meal- bulb fertilizer with a hand spreader, and adding blood meal to keep away squirrels and birds.[Read more…] about A Dirty Job turns into Dallas Arboretum’s Spectacular Spring Festival, Dallas Blooms!