Is that it? Another Mother's Day, and you're again taking your aging mom to lunch at Luby's and handing her yet another bouquet of soon-to-be dead flowers? How nice. After all, she only carried you for nine months and passed your bulbous noggin through her birth canal. Luckily, if yours is the plant-loving kind of mom, The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, has just the thing to make you feel less of a heel. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday in the arboretum's Rosine Hall, you and Mom can attend the "Lone Star Greats: Tough Texas Plants" seminar by Senior Director of Gardens Jimmy Turner, who will share tips on which plants fare best in North Texas' climate. Better still, attending the seminar will get you access to an exclusive members-only plant preview sale from 5:30 till 8 p.m., giving Mom a jump on the masses who will flock to the public eighth annual plant sale in the parking lot behind Rosine Hall, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, to snatch up a limited selection of rare, hardy plants. Sure, Saturday's sale is free to attend, and the Friday seminar costs $22.50 for arboretum members and $25 for non-members. But just go look up "episiotomy" in the dictionary, then visit dallasarboretum.org or call 214-515-6540 and make your damn reservation, you ingrate.
Fri., May 6, 5:30-8 p.m.; Sat., May 7, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 2011