Nov. 16: G. Michael Shoup, Antique Rose Emporium, Discusses His Book Empress of the Garden at A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon

Bettie Bearden Pardee and Susan Sully are also featured speakers

(Featured photo: G. Michael Shoup and book cover: Empress of the Garden.)*

Sandy Ammons, chair of A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon, along with Lisa Loy Laughlin, president of the Women’s Council, announces that G. Michael Shoup, founder of the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, TX, will be one of the featured speakers at the Tuesday, November 16th event benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden.  Marilyn Weber is honorary chair.

Lisa Loy Laughlin, President, Women’s Council; Marilyn Weber, Honorary Chair; Sandy Ammons, Chair.*

Shoup will take the place of Bill Welch, who was originally scheduled to speak but had to cancel due to a family situation. Mike Shoup founded the Antique Rose Emporium in 1983 and is considered a key international figure in the renaissance of antique roses. Passionate about continuing the education and history of roses while encouraging a gardening lifestyle, he has spoken to over 100 panels and rosarians as an enthusiast and expert. Shoup holds a Master’s of Agriculture in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. He is the author of Landscaping With Antique Roses (1986), Roses in the Southern Garden (2000) and Empress of the Garden (2012).

Themed Everything’s Coming Up Roses, A Writer’s Garden Symposium and Luncheon also features these two authors:  Bettie Bearden Pardee, Newport, RI, who is an author, lecturer, garden connoisseur, former magazine editor, television host/producer and designer of the Parterre Bench and Susan Sully, Charleston, SC, who 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.

Check the Women’s Council website at for updates and soon-to-be-published short video introductions from Bettie and Susan. Visit the website on November 9th and register for the online auction. All of the featured speakers will have books for sale at the event. Mike is also bringing a selection of antique roses which will be for sale priced at $36.00 each.  

On Tuesday November 16th, the morning begins with a coffee reception followed by the symposium which features the speakers 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.  Media sponsors are D Home and My Sweet Charity. For more information, visit the website at
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.
This year, the Women’s Council 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. Join via the website at

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

*Courtesy photos and images.

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and post this Charity Lifestyles eBuzz.)


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.