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Dallas Arboretum

Garden Design Challenge

Time Frames
During School Day
Field Trip
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th


What environmental factors and landscape design choices must our horticulture staff consider when designing our seasonal plantings? In this new offering, students work with actual Arboretum plant lists and design notes to create a landscape in the garden, with specific focus on elements of design and environmental factors our horticulture team considers. Follow up the class with a visit to the space students just designed!

Students Will

  • design a garden landscape using field notes
  • interpret design choices to create a landscaped bed
  • assess environmental factors to design a landscape
  • assess plant needs
  • use evidence to design a space
  • practice using elements of design in landscape architecture


Dates: Monday-Friday
Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
Duration: 1 hour
School Fee: $12 per child/ 1 free teacher per 8 students/ $15 per additional adult / Includes entry to Children's Adventure Garden ($6-$9 per student with financial aid)
Minimum Attendance: 15
Maximum Attendance: 30
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs:
Other Information: Program meets in Main Garden, Classroom Labs; includes access to Children's Adbventure Garden for 3rd-6th grade as well

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: To request a program date, complete a program reservation request form on the Dallas Arboretum Education webpage at *Please note: A program reservation request form must be completed on our website in order to reserve your program. An email with desired program and voucher number is not sufficient to reserve your spot.* Financial Aid may be available to reduce the cost of your field trip. See the Dallas Arboretum Education webpage for full details. For additional information, e-mail us at [email protected] (preferred) or call (214) 515-6540.
Deadline: Please e-mail [email protected] or call 214.515.6540 to book your program. Payment in full is due at least two weeks before your desired date.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: A non refundable deposit or an Arts Partners voucher and approval code is due within 10 business days of booking your program. Your remaining balance is due two weeks before your scheduled visit date. A program is confirmed when you receive your contract by e-mail. Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent the program from taking place as scheduled, the Arboretum will work with you to reschedule. Changing dates for a program can be made with no less than two weeks advance notice and we will make every effort to reschedule your program to an alternate date. *No refunds will be given for absent students. All programs will begin promptly at the time scheduled. The Dallas Arboretum is not responsible for groups who arrive late. *Cancellation of the program after confirmation is subject to full payment.
After School Policy: After School Policy: An on site teacher or after school staff person must be present for the duration of the workshop. All student participants must adhere to the policies and procedures of the provider program as well as the rules and regulations of the school/ site itself. School/site must provide a clear, clean space or classroom for each session.

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