Sneak Peek: James Farmer and Lisa Fine’s Welcome Videos are LIVE!

James Farmer and Lisa Fine Give a Sneak Peek at Their Presentations for the 14th Annual A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon
“Near or Far…There Is No Place Like Home”

The event benefits The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Diane Sealy, Honorary Chair | Suzanne Millet, Chair | Kay Weeks, President

Take a sneak peek at the presentations hosted by James Farmer, Southern author and interior designer, who will be discussing his new book, Arriving Home A Gracious Southern Welcome and Lisa Fine, founder of Lisa Fine Textiles which specializes in hand printed linens that are sold in sixteen showrooms worldwide and author of Near & Far: Interiors I Love, who will be discussing their books and travels at the 14th Annual A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon “Near or Far … There Is No Place Like Home” on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden.

 Their sneak peek videos are on the Women’s Council website here:
The raffle is now live!  Items featured include many one-of-a-kind treats such as a Showstopping Mad Hatter’s Custom Tea Dress designed by Patti Flowers, Exquisite Opal Doublets & Diamond Earrings by Howard Donsky Fine Jewelry; an Exceptionally Wonderful Custom Hat by Bay Willow Design; Personalized Home Rendering includes Note Cards and up to Three Additional Prints by Sandy Watson; “Tea for Four” with Champagne Service at the DeGolyer Tea Room featuring a Fresh Floral Arrangement in a McKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Tea Kettle.  Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Purchasers can choose which items they would like to place their tickets. Winners will be drawn on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
As an extra treat, underwriters at $2,500 and above will receive flowers and greenery delivered by Junior Villanueva’s Garden Gate to match the demonstration James will give on arranging, so they can create their own arrangement along with him.  He will also share a favorite recipe, Mrs. Wilson’s Rosemary Lemonade, a non-alcoholic beverage from his Sip & Savor book.
The event benefits the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden. Kay Weeks is president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and Suzanne Millet is chair of the 14th Annual A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon and Diane Sealy is honorary chair. Empressive Earth Gallery is the Presenting Sponsor and Diamond Underwriter.
Totally virtual, the symposium’s speaker presentations will stream from the magnificent DeGolyer House Library to the homes and businesses of Women’s Council members and supporters providing the perfect setting to view and enjoy the symposium with the company of good friends, family and neighbors. Luncheon will be delivered to the host’s home or business that morning. Underwriting starts at $2,500 up to $25,000 and includes lunch delivered the morning of the event to the host’s home or business up to 10 guests, autographed book for the host and each guest, membership in The Lisianthus Society for the host, recognition in printed materials and more. Individual Patron Tickets are $250 and $500, including lunch, autographed copy of a symposium book and other benefits. Individual tickets for the Virtual Symposium Only are $75 and include a one-year subscription to Flower Magazine.  Check the website for more details, benefits and tickets:

About the speakers: Mississippi-born textile guru Lisa Fine is the founder of Lisa Fine Textiles, which specializes in hand printed linens that are sold in sixteen showrooms worldwide.  With a southern drawl and a truly adventurous spirit, Fine splits her time between New York and Dallas with frequent trips to Paris and India.  Over twenty years ago at a camel festival in Jaisalmer, Fine fell in love with India.  The colors, the patterns, the Mughal palaces and gardens were her original inspirations for Lisa Fine Textiles.  Since then Fine’s far reaching travels continues to influence her collection, where exotic and traditional prints in vibrant and romantic colors feel both worldly and timeless.

Fine’s work has appeared in Departures, Elle Décor, House & Garden UK, House Beautiful, The New York Times, The Herald Tribune, The World of Interiors and Vogue.  Prior to designing textiles, Fine worked as a contributing editor for Elle Décor and House Beautiful.  She is currently a contributing editor for Town & Country.  Her book, Near & Far: Interiors I Love, was published in October 2019 by Vendome, which will be discussed at the symposium.   Read more about her in this interview in Flower magazine:                   

 James Farmer is a Southern author, interior designer, and speaker. He is the author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling books A Time to Plant; Sip & Savor; Porch Living; Wreaths For All Seasons; A Time To Cook; Dinner on the Grounds; A Time to Celebrate and A Place to Call Home.  He will be discussing his new book Arriving Home A Gracious Southern Welcome at the literary symposium. In addition, his work has been published in various magazines including Southern Living, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Southern Home, Flower and more. As a frequent speaker and guest on television, James’s natural grace and warm personality light up any room. Whether designing homes or sharing his gardening expertise, James Farmer is truly a fresh voice for his generation. Born and raised in Georgia, James proudly has built his business in his hometown of Perry.

Announcement Video:  Includes an aerial tour of A Woman’s Garden.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S COUNCIL:  Since 1986 the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 500 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden. The Women’s Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

ABOUT A WOMAN’S GARDEN: A Woman’s Garden is the only garden in the nation conceived, constructed and maintained by the funding efforts of women. Ablaze with color in every season, A Woman’s Garden sits majestically as a living testament to the passion and vision of the Women’s Council founders and the boundless energy and devotion of its members whose commitment to creating a garden dedicated to the universal spirit of women across generations is realized in its inspired design. Our beautiful garden celebrates the power, creativity, resourcefulness, passion and unwavering commitment of the women who came before us and those entrusted with its care now, and into the future.

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent A Writer’s Garden and Mad Hatter’s Tea on behalf of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.)


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly, the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.