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Will Arboretum Annie See Her Shadow on Groundhog Day?

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Join Arboretum Annie, everyone’s favorite meteorologist, for Groundhog Day at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden on February 2, 2020. Especially if you want to be the first to find out when Spring arrives in North Texas for 2020. Groundhog Day is from 7-9 a.m. February 2 in A Tasteful Place gardens, overlooking White Rock Lake. Join the festivities for free with paid garden admission, specially priced at only $5 in February.

When a groundhog emerges from hiding and sees her shadow, folklore says she runs back inside. That can mean six more weeks of winter. But if she doesn’t see her shadow, spring arrives early! For local flower lovers, that means spring would be just in time for Dallas Blooms. Sounds of Spring, Dallas Blooms, presented by IBERIABANK, opens February 29 and runs through April 12.

Dallas Arboretum Photo

Photo: Courtesy Dallas Arboretum

Board chairman Alan Walne said that their venue naturally revolves around the weather, considering it’s a botanical garden. However, if they want to discover whether they’ll have an early spring or not, Arboretum Annie is happy to lend a little help.

Guests are encouraged to wear a Texas-style hat for a Groundhog Day hat contest. Hat-making materials are provided on-site. Or bring your own decorative touches to personalize your hat. The winner of the hat contest receives a prize.

Groundhog Selfies!

Dallas Arboretum Photo

Photo: Courtesy Dallas Arboretum

Breakfast items and beverages are available for sale as early as 6:30 a.m. on Groundhog Day. Sunrise is expected at 7:22 a.m. on February 2. Kalee Dionne, WFAA TV station’s meteorologist, and Ken Barth, Dallas Arboretum Public Events Board Chair, will emcee the program. They release Annie to find out if she sees her shadow.

Guests are welcome to take selfies with the famous groundhog after the program. Other activities include making groundhog crafts, or watching the classic “Groundhog Day” movie starring Bill Murray.

Dallas Arboretum Photo
Photo: Courtesy Dallas Arboretum

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