Will we have six weeks more of whatever you call the weather in Texas? Visitors to the Dallas Arboretum can find out Feb. 2 when the furriest meteorologist in Dallas, Arboretum Annie, weighs in.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will host its third annual Groundhog Day celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6:30 to 9:00 a.m., in A Tasteful Place, which overlooks White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline.
Those interested in joining the festivities and shadow-watching are welcome to attend the event for free with paid garden admission. General garden admission is $5 from now until February 19.
Guests are invited and encouraged to wear any type of hat (Texas-style for Groundhog Day) for a hat contest. Materials will be provided on site, and attendees are welcome to further embellish their hats. At the end of the event, a hat contest winner will be selected and receive a prize.
“As a garden and outdoor venue that’s open 362 days a year, the Dallas Arboretum revolves around the weather,” said Jim Ryan, Dallas Arboretum board chairman. “That said, we want to know whether we’ll have an early spring or not, so our groundhog, Arboretum Annie, helps us predict the weather.”
According to folklore, if a groundhog comes out of hiding and sees her shadow, she is scared and runs back inside, meaning six more weeks of winter. If she doesn’t see her shadow, spring arrives early, which for the Arboretum would be just in time for Dallas Blooms.
Themed “America the Beautiful,” Dallas Blooms, presented by IBERIABANK/First Horizon, opens on February 20 and runs through April 11, 2021. For Groundhog Day, guests are encouraged to come as early as 6:30 a.m., where there are breakfast and beverages items available for sale and a free hot chocolate for each guest.
The program begins at 7:15 a.m. in time for sunrise at 7:21 a.m. when the Arboretum officials release Arboretum Annie to see if she sees her shadow. After that, visitors are welcome to take selfies with the famous groundhog until 8:30 a.m., make groundhog crafts, visit the science activity tables conducted by our Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden staff, and watch the iconic Groundhog Day movie with Bill Murray at 9:30 a.m..
Tickets must be pre-purchased online at dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214.515.6615. Masks are required for the duration of one’s visit.