About The Women's Council and A Woman's Garden
Founded in 1982 the Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden supports the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman's Garden. A Woman's Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the universal spirit of women. All Financial support for A Woman's Garden comes from the fundraising efforts of the Women's Council.
Since 1986 the major goal of the Women's Council has been the funding for the design, construction, and endowment of a major garden at the Dallas Arboretum. To that end, A Woman's Garden was conceived and became a reality with the opening of Phase I in September 1997 and the opening of Phase II in May 2006. Funding has been accomplished by the proceeds from annual fundraising events such as A Writer's Garden and the generosity of the benefactors who have honored the Women's Council with financial gifts in the naming of features of the Garden. A Woman's Garden was created out of the deep respect for nature and the feminine ideal. As the Garden continues to develop, it has transformed the City of Dallas with its enduring legacy of inspired design.
The Women's Council is an All-Volunteer Nonprofit 501c(3) Organization.
About Mad Hatter's
In 1989, Carole Ann Brown chaired the first Mad Hatter's Tea to bring awareness to the Women's Coun cil and the Dallas Arboretum. The tea was held in the Camp House garden for 100 ladies and raised $10,000. The event has grown to over 500 attendees and annually raises more than $200,000. Over the years, Mad Hatter's has been chaired by many notable Dallas ladies such as Linda ivy, Barbara Bigham, Connie Carreker, Barbara Daseke, and Patti Flowers. Honorary Chairs have included some of the most philanthropic names in Dallas history such as Annette Simmons, Gene Jones, Caroline Rose Hunt, Tincy Miller, Sally Hoglund, Dee Wyly, Margaret Crow, Nancy Rogers, Amy Warren, Patty Dedman, Nail Sherwood Wagner and Lauri Sands Harrison.
Finally, it would not be a Mad Hatter's Tea Party without the hats. The creativity of Mad Hatter's over the years has been impressive. Ladies have been inspired to create millinery creations based on Royal Ascot, Run for the Roses, April in Paris, Steel Magnolias, Under the Tuscan Sun and even Garden by the Sea. We have seen the Golden Age of Hollywood, have come Out of Africa into the Garden, enjoyed a Wonderland of Fashion while having Tea with Alice, and experienced a Majestic Mad Hatter's. We look forward to seeing the beautiful hats at this year's ..........