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The Mad Hatter’s Tea: A Garden by the Sea
Venise Stuart, Chair, Mad Hatter 2018
Honorary Chair: Dr. Linda Burk (Mrs. John Gilmore)


 
Save the date:  Thursday, April 12, 2018
 
While the springtime flowers are blooming and the Dallas Arboretum is at the peak of its beauty, the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosts our signature fundraising event, the Mad Hatter’s Tea.  Money raised through this event benefits “A Woman’s Garden”, one of the principal gardens at the Arboretum.  Our garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded and maintained by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the spirit of women.  That spirit includes the strength, ingenuity, creativity, and determination of all women.  Support of this event by our honored guests, members, sponsors, and the general public helps the Women’s Council meet our funding goals and keeps our beautiful garden a place of joy and wonder.
 
This year is very special for us as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of our organization.  We look forward to continuing this legacy and invite you to be a part of our efforts to fund, develop and maintain our world-class garden during this landmark year.
 
In the days leading up to Mad Hatter’s, we will host an evening Patron Party to honor our generous Patrons and Sponsors.  Mad Hatter’s will be held at the Dallas Arboretum on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 beginning at 10 AM.  We begin with an outdoor  champagne reception and hat judging on the Ginsburg Family Plaza.  This provides some of the best people watching in Dallas as ladies and gents stroll the Plaza showcasing their creative chapeaus.  We then move to Rosine Hall for a Runway Fashion Presentation by Jan Strimple Productions.  Jan produces the best shows in Dallas.  We’ll auction off a few fabulous items and our celebrity hat judges will announce the winners of the hat competition.  Our program concludes so that our attendees may enjoy a tented luncheon outside amid the beautiful spring blooms of the Dallas Arboretum. 
 
We would love to have you join us!
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HAT CATEGORIES


ALL THAT JAZZ

BEST GROUP (4 OR MORE)

MEN MAY PARTICIPATE IN THIS ONE

VERY SPECIAL CATEGORY WITH OR WITHOUT WOMEN IN THE GROUP

 

TO THE NINES

PEOPLE'S CHOICE

THE BEST OF THE BEST AS VOTED BY THE ATTENDEES

 

ELEGANCE OF EARLIER DAYS

MOST SOPHISTICATED

GRACE, ELEGANCE AND WHIMSY

 

GILDED AGE

TRUE TO THEME

EVERYTHING FROM THE ERA OF THE

ASTORS, VANDERBILTS, GETTYS

 

GRACE AND FOLLY

MOST CREATIVE

SEASHELLS AND PEARLS

STEPPING OUT

 

PEACOCKS ON PARADE

BEST BOTANICAL

HATS ADORNED WITH BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS

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