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Gardenlicious Celebrity Judges and Chairs Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

DALLAS, Texas (May 2, 2014) – The Dallas Arboretum’s newly lauded Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is the inspiration for Gardenlicious, a healthy kids cook-off contest on Sunday, June 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander Camp House. Highlighting the Incredible Edible Garden gallery in the Children’s Garden, kid chefs can select at least one ingredient that grows there to create their culinary creation (snack, dessert, entrée, etc.) that will be judged by local food celebrities.


Chairwoman Carol Pierce Goglia has enlisted the help of beloved star chefs of Dallas Kent Rathbun of Abacus and Scott Gottlich of Bijoux, and restaurateur Lynae Fearing of Shinsei to judge the children’s culinary submissions. Then tables will turn when the kids become the jury as they test and critique the offerings of the three celebrity judges.


Gardenlicious is free to enter for children in grades 1 through 8. The deadline for recipe submissions is June 8. Submissions can be made online or by mail to Angela Rollins, Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. More information can be found online at


Goglia said, “Whether as a group representing their school, with a sibling or friend looking for fun, or as an individual who wants to exercise his/her creativity in the kitchen, young students should enter something delicious AND nutritious.”


All of the participating judges have children and are excited to be part of this event. “Anything you can do to get children excited about where food comes from is worth taking time for,” said Gottlich, father of two young sons. “We have a garden at our house, and I love to watch the boys be involved in planting and helping pick vegetables.”


Fearing, mother of two teenage boys, said, “My kids have grown up in the city their whole lives and have not had much hands-on experience with gardens. I love that the Dallas Arboretum’s Incredible Edible garden gives them and other children a much better understanding of how the fresh fruits and vegetables that we find at the store got there.” 


Rathbun, who also has children, recently planted a garden at his home. “Food from the garden is the most wholesome. It’s less expensive to grow food than go out and buy it. We also want kids to understand the importance of nutritious food.”


Kaki Hopkins, Year of the Children’s Garden chair, added, “With all the focus on cooking, we have also 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 as the Capital Campaign Chairwoman, but because she is an extraordinary cook. Plan to come honor Cecile, be treated by the celebrity chefs, and cheer on the kid cooks.”


Audience tickets are free for kid chefs and their parents, $5 for Arboretum members and $8 for non-members. Contributor tickets are $30 to help support Children’s Garden programs.


About the Dallas Arboretum and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden:

Located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum is among the leading display gardens in the country, set among 66 acres at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas, 75218. The internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is an eight-acre interactive garden designed specifically to address state and national education standards in life, earth and environmental science. Children and adults learn about life and earth science in the 17 galleries that teach the areas in the K-6 grade curriculum standards that can best be taught outdoors. These include photosynthesis, pollination, the solar system, erosion, energy and more. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit the Arboretum’s website at



Dallas Arboretum Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

Recognised as a Top Performing Attraction as Reviewed by Travelers on the

World’s Largest Travel Site


DALLAS, Texas (May 20, 2014) – Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings.  Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

 “We are honored to consistently be the number one entertainment attraction on TripAdvisor from people who have visited the city and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Mary Brinegar, President at the Dallas Arboretum. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

A number of events have taken place in the year 2014 that have lended to the success of the Dallas Arboretum. In September the nationally acclaimed 8- acre Rory Meyrs Children Garden opened its doors to the public, receiving attention all across the nation.  The Dallas Arboretum also celebrated their 30thAnniversary of Dallas Blooms featuring the theme “Birds of Paradise.” Based on over 1,300 reviews, the Dallas Arboretum is ranked number 1 out of 149 attractions in Dallas. Guests are encouraged to provide their feedback by visiting

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”


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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