The Year of the Children's Garden

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden has opened its gates, and the Arboretum has programmed The Year of the Children’s Garden initiative.

This celebration of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden’s inaugural year provides exciting programs that are presented by respected professionals in the field of nature and chaired by exceptional community leaders. Please continue to check back for exciting announcements about more activities celebrating the Year of the Children’s Garden such as Nature through the Lens: A Photo Contest, Gardenlicious Kids Cook-Off and many more.

Take a virtual tour of the children's garden

Science Project Competition & Exhibition Click for More

Sunday, May 4

2-5 p.m. | Rosine Hall

Grades 3–8

Presented by the Dallas Arboretum in partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension

On Sunday, January 12, 35-year veteran science teacher from the St. Mark's School of Texas, Stephanie Barta, along with Dotty Woodson, horticulture scientist from Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension hosted a Science Project Workshop at the Arboretum. The highly knowledgeable presenters taught participants how to create a compelling science project that will be entered into the competition at the Exhibition.

Those who were unable to attend the Science Project Workshop may view the video below in order to qualify for the Exhibition. To find your project topic, take a virtual tour with the informative video on the ​Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden page and then read about the different galleries here.


The Science Project Exhibition is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration for the Exhibition is requested by April 20. Submissions will be accepted in Rosine Hall on the following days:

Sunday, April 27 | 2-5 p.m.

Monday, April 28 | 8:30-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 29 | 8:30-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Nature Thru the Lens Click for More

Tuesday, June 10 

Early Morning Photo Stroll

Chair: Marc Barta

Students! Rise and shine if you want to learn to photograph nature during the best time of the day! You will be given the exceptionally rare experience of having the gardens to yourselves (starting at 6 a.m. - with donuts) as you take your cameras (any type – your choice) into the early morning magic – the ultimate time to photograph nature. Mentors will be with you to give you fine tricks of the art of photography during the Photo Stroll. Your work will be included in the Exhibition in Rosine Hall on September 14, from 3-5 p.m. The Photo Stroll will be an experience you will never forget. Open to and free for students grades 6-12. Middle school parents may sign up on the Enrollment Form to chaperone (limited number) or they may relax over a cup of coffee in our “Parent Lounge” for the morning.

As a special treat, internationally celebrated nature photographer David Gibson, whose work is exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe, Asia and the United States and is a favorite of collectors, will invite the top four winners for a conversation about photography in his studio. He has also consented for us to have a limited exhibition of his work at the Arboretum in celebration of the student exhibit. 

Reservations available soon


If you would like to be personally notified of the date for this rare time to photograph the gardens without strolling guests, email Torie Parsons ​

Into the Garden Click for More

​Monday, June 16

9-11 a.m. | Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Inclement Weather Plan: Rosine Hall

Chair: Marisa Huckin

Into-the-GardenSounds of sheer delight and merriment will drift from the morning fundraising event that will be held in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden in early June. This will be a rare opportunity for children, parents and or grandparents to have the Children’s Garden to themselves. Special entertainment will add even more fun to the event and all guests will enjoy yummy morning refreshments. This merry event will benefit programs for the Children’s Garden. 

Pictured: Into the Garden Chair, Marisa Huckin and her children Hunter and Liam

Gardenlicious Kids Cook-Off Click for More

Sunday, June 29

1-3 p.m. | Alexander Camp House

Free to enter contest

Audience Tickets: $5 Members | $8 Non-members | Free for kid chefs and their parents

Contributor Ticket: $30 (Help underwrite Children’s Garden programs)

Chair: Carol Pierce Goglia

View the Flier

Highlighting the Incredible Edible Garden gallery in the Children’s Garden, kid chefs can pick at least one ingredient from there and create their dish (snack, dessert, salad, entrée, etc) for Star Chefs Kent Rathbun of Abacus, Scott Gottlich of Bijoux and Lynae Fearing of Shinsei, and then the kids will judge the chefs’ snacks prepared to treat the children and adults in the audience. With all that cooking going on, the Arboretum named Cecile Bonte the Honorary Chair of the event – not just because she led the effort in raising the millions to build the Children’s Garden, but because she is an extraordinary cook. Plan to come honor Cecile, be treated by the celebrity chefs, and support those kid chefs. 

See a list of ingredient options


Recipe submissions are due May 7. To enter a submission, please download and fill out this form and email it to ​ or deliver in person to Torie Parsons, Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218.


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