A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon Everything’s Coming Up Roses Announcement Party Hosted by Donna and Herb Weitzman benefiting A Woman’s Garden and the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Announcement Party for A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon Everything’s Coming Up Roses was graciously hosted by Donna and Herb Weitzman in their lovely Park Cities home. The event benefits the development and maintenance of A Woman’s Garden and the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Their charming home was the perfect setting for this very chic garden party, which also featured members from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Young Strings ensemble serenading everyone on the patio.
As guests walked the red carpet entering the event, they were greeted by Announcement Party Chair, Sue John and Membership Chair, Barbara Averitt. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments were passed as Lisa Loy Laughlin, Women’s Council President and Dorothea Meltzer, Communications Chair, enjoyed chatting with friends and supporters.
Lisa began the program by announcing the theme Everything’s Coming Up Roses and thanking the Weitzmans for opening their home.
Sandy Ammons, Symposium and Luncheon Chair, announced the event is happening on Tuesday, November 16 at Rosine Hall at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and encouraged sponsorships and underwriting. She thanked Suzanne Caruso, Nancy Perot/Interabang and the Weitzmans for signing on as sponsors and My Sweet Charity as a media sponsor.
She introduced Marilyn Weber, Honorary Chair and her husband, Ben, who are longtime supporters of the Women’s Council, even going back to when the organization hosted the Great Gatsby Party fundraisers. As it turns out, Marilyn’s father, Lawrence Herkimer, was a Mr. Gatsby honoree. Dixey Arterburn and Ginger Sager are Underwriting Chairs. Michelle Mew is Table Sales Chair.
Dorothea announced the speakers for the symposium: Bettie Bearden Pardee, Newport, RI, who is an author, lecturer, garden connoisseur, former magazine editor, television host/producer and designer of the Parterre Bench. Susan Sully, Charleston, SC, is an author, photographer and co-author of 18 books about architecture and design. Solo books include her newest offering, Southern Hospitality at Home, as well as Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques, Houses with Charm, and The Southern Cosmopolitan. Dr. William C. Welch, College Station, TX, is Professor Emeritus and a Texas AgriLife Extension Service Landscape Horticulturist. He received the Department of Horticultural Sciences, Superior Service Award, Texas A&M and is an Arp Award Honoree, Texas Association of Nurserymen.
On Tuesday the morning begins with a coffee reception followed by the symposium which features the speakers mentioned above sharing literary presentations about horticulture, gardens, landscape design, historic preservation and art followed by luncheon. An evening “Meet the Authors Reception & Patron Party” for underwriters, sponsors and patrons will be held Monday, November 15, 2021 in a private residence.
Symposium and Luncheon tickets begin at $250 per person. Patron Tickets are available starting at $500 per person. Underwriting and sponsorships available at various levels and benefits. For more information, visit the website at www.wcdabg.org
The event benefits the development and maintenance of A Woman’s Garden, the centerpiece garden of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The mission of the Women’s Council is to support and promote the interest and growth of A Woman’s Garden and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Membership in the Women’s Council is open to the public. This year’s theme is “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” Members enjoy many benefits such as the New Member Welcome in September, three educational meetings a year, a Fall and Spring trip, two opportunities to plant in the garden, a number of small group social activities as well as our two signature fundraising events: A Woman’s Garden Literary Symposium in the Fall and Mad Hatter’s Tea held in April.
HISTORY: 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. Visit the website at www.wcdabg.org
* Photos by Chuck Clark
(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.)