The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has kickstarted this year’s “Dallas Blooms” spring festival, which runs from February 19 until April 10.

Dallas Blooms is the largest annual floral festival in the Southwest and is sponsored by Veritex Community Bank.

According to Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, this year’s event is themed “Birds in Paradise.” It displays an explosion of color from one hundred varieties of spring bulbs, thousands of azaleas, 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.

The garden revealed that the highlights of this year’s event include the 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs, four “larger-than-life” peacock topiaries, and various themed programs, such as bird flight shows, bird talks, and demonstrations.

Other activities billed for this year’s event are tasting and cooking classes, live music and entertainment, wine and beer pairings, children’s activities, book signings and speakers, and Easter events.

Dave Forehand, the VP of gardens for the Dallas Arboretum, told FOX 4 News that kids would have the opportunity to visit the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

Forehand said the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is a great place for kids to learn about science and earth.

“We have our tasteful place food and herb garden where you can…cooking demonstrations, free samples every day,” Forehand told FOX 4 News. “Really learn about vegetables and how they grow here in North Texas. So besides just the pretty flowers, there’s a lot of other things too.”

Despite freezing weather conditions in North Texas, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, which Southern Living named as one of “The Best Places to See Stunning Spring Blooms Across the South,” said flowers are still blooming in its gardens.