For The Kids: National Public Gardens Day Essay Contest


Laura sent me the deets on this v. cool essay contest for kiddos, and I am loving everything about it — the concept, the prizes, all of it.

Here’s the low-down…

Dallas area elementary and middle-school-aged students are invited to write an essay on the topic, “Why is a Public Garden, like the Dallas Arboretum, Important for Dallas.”

  • 1st – 3rd graders may submit an essay of 50 words with a drawing
  • 4th – 6th graders may submit a 100-word essay*
  • 7th-8th graders can submit a 250-word essay*

(*Illustrations may also be included but aren’t required.)

To submit an essay, have your littles go to Essays must be submitted online or by mail by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.

One winner from each group will be chosen, and the winning students will receive 20 passes to the Dallas Arboretum for their family and friends, a sprinkler system dedicated to their school from Rain Bird (for use in their own school garden, or a mutually agreeable public garden of their choosing), and recognition during an award ceremony on May 10 at the Dallas Arboretum.

Happy writing!