Dan Rhodes, Tom Rhodes, Texas Discovery Gardens executive director Dick Davis, Suzy Rhodes, and Burton Rhodes
The Flora Award, one of Dallas’ most prestigious honors, has been presented in support of Texas Discovery Gardens since its inception in 1982. It serves to recognize outstanding citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, education, and the advancement of the environment and quality of life.
Winners have included Jan Pickens, Ellen and John McStay, Ebby Halliday Acers, Peggy and Carl Sewell, Dee and Charles Wyly, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Barbara Hunt Crow. As of tomorrow evening, that list will include Suzy and Tom Rhodes, leaders of The Rhodes Group at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.
“Suzy and Tom have dedicated countless hours to so many community and charitable organizations over the years,” said Stacey Beck, the 2014 Flora Award chair. “Texas Discovery Gardens is just one of the many that has benefited from their generosity of time, spirit, and financial support. They are truly deserving of this award.”
Flora Award proceeds support Texas Discovery Gardens’ educational mission to help children and adults discover and learn to sustain their natural world. Thousands of visitors explore the gardens’ 7.5-acre organic “living museum” and Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium or attend one of the many educational programs offered.
“We are so honored to receive the Flora Award,” the Rhodeses said. “Texas Discovery Gardens is doing great things in our community. Not only do the gardens have the wonderful butterfly house for all ages to enjoy, but the staff is teaching kids as well as adults the importance of our environment. Teaching kids about gardening gives a child a chance to learn an important life skill — the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time while experiencing its cycle of life.”