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 Exhibition, and the culminating event,First Anniversary Adventures, a Celebratory Soiree for Adults in a Child's World.

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Nature Thru the Lens – Exhibition Click for More

September 14 | 3-5 p.m. 

Rosine Hall

Chair: Marc Barta

Students grades 6-12 will display their images in the Student Photo Contest and Exhibition in Rosine Hall on September 14, from 3-5 p.m. 

Ribbons and other prizes will be awarded. In appreciation for their participation, students who submit a photo to Nature Thru the Lens and the teacher responsible for the student’s participation will be given six guest passes to visit the Arboretum during 2014.

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 of the contest for a conversation about photography in his studio. He will also have a limited exhibition of his work at the Arboretum in celebration of the student exhibit.

Submissions for this event are no longer being accepted. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. For more information, contact Torie Parsons at 214.515.6520 or ​

First Anniversary Adventures Gala Click for More

Sunday, September 21 | 6 p.m.

Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

Tables from $2,500 to $25,000

Event Chairs: Bettina and Daniel Hennessy

Reserve your space

First Anniversary Adventures, a Celebratory Soiree for Adults in a Child's World will be a blast of a party celebrating the world-renowned Children's Garden. It's our turn to take to the garden without children in tow for exploring, playing, visiting, and great dining with musical entertainment throughout the evening.

Guests will enjoy

  • Staff and docent-guided tours throughout the garden
  • Experiments in action
  • Mascots strolling and puppets performing
  • Talent from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts providing musical entertainment throughout the evening beginning with the Jazz Combo during cocktails in the Plaza
  • Elegant dinner of ingredients grown locally
  • Fine wine and tableside service
  • The Children’s Garden at night as never seen before

For questions, please contact Karen Reardon at 214-515-6601 or

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