As the Women's Council begins its yearlong celebration of its 40th Anniversary and a Woman's Garden 25th Anniversary, we not only recognize the rich history of our organization, but we look forward to the potential of a great future.  This year we will also be celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Women's Council's premier event - Mad Hatters on April 20, 2023 and the 16th annual A Writer's Garden on October 18, 2022.  This memorable 40th Anniversary year, we are adding a special event.  On Friday, October 21, 2022, the Women's Council will be celebrating with our friends at the 40th Anniversary Ruby Red Gala.

The Women's Council's 2022-2023 Calendar of Events will not only be full of celebrations, but fun new opportunities as well.  I have chosen for my theme "Growing Friendships for 40 Years."  With this theme in mind, the Women's Council Board has been busy planning our three educational meetings, two day trips to interesting Texas places, a trip to the Southern Garden Symposium in Louisiana, a trip to the Chelsea Garden Show in England, two garden planting days, five Fun Fridays, monthly Birthday parties, a number of group social activities as well as our fundraising and 40th Anniversary celebration events.

Thank you to all the volunteers who work hard to ensure the success of all the Women's Council's activities.  Our group is connected by a fine, yet strong thread of love for A Woman's Garden and the Arboretum.  Together, we have taken that thread and woven a proud legacy of support, service, and friendship.  I hope this year will be full of camaraderie and joy as we experience together all the Women's Council has to offer.  We all deserve friendship and beauty in our lives!  I look forward to seeing you at all our wonderful WCDABG events.

Sarah Jo Hardin
WCDABG President 2022-2023