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Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

The Dallas Arboretum announces free programs and a fundraiser in honor of the inaugural year of the Rory Meyers Children's Garden.

Free for students in grades 6-12, "Nature Thru the Lens" is a rare opportunity to learn nature photography during the morning hours. Limited space is available.

Upcoming programs include the following:

"Nature Thru the Lens"
Tuesday, June 10 at 6-8 a.m.

For students who want to rise and shine to learn to photograph nature during the best time of the day, they will get the exceptionally rare experience of having the gardens open at 6 a.m. Chair Marc Barta invites those children interested to bring their cameras (any type) into the early morning magic, the ultimate time to photograph nature. Mentors will teach the tricks of the art of photography during the Photo Stroll. Students' work will be included in the Exhibition in Rosine Hall on September 14, from 3-5 p.m. Open to and free for students grades 6-12. Middle school parents may sign up on the Enrollment Form to chaperon (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. 


"Into the Garden"

Monday, June 16 from 9-11 a.m.

Sounds of sheer delight and merriment will drift from the morning fundraising event that will be held in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, chaired by Marisa Huckin. 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. For an invitation to the event, please contact Torie Parsons at 214.515.6520 or


"Gardenlicious Kids Cook-off"

Sunday, June 29 from 1-3 p.m.

To complement the educational takeaways of the Incredible Edible Garden at the Children's Adventure Garden, Chairwoman Carol Goglia has enlisted the help of beloved Dallas chefs Kent Rathbun and Scott Gottlich and restaurateur Lynae Fearing for a children's healthy food cook-off. Using at least one ingredient grown in the Incredible Edible Garden, children will cook and submit a healthy item to be judged by celebrity chefs. The tables will turn when children critique dishes from the participating chefs. 

For more information on any of these events, call 214.515.6500 or visit the Arboretum's website


About the Dallas Arboretum 

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $10. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.

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