The 2018 A Writer’s Garden program was just revealed by Event Chair Michelle Mew at Barbara Hunt Crow’s home to an invitation-only crowd that included Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum President Linda Spina, Venise Stuart and Donna Darling. The annual Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum fundraiser will return to the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall on Wednesday, November 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Barbara H.C. as the honorary chair of “A Passion for Gardens.”
Instead of just one writer, there will two keynote speakers — lifestyle icon Carolyne Roehm and Metropolitan Museum of Art curator emerita Colta Ives.
Carolyne has been renowned for having the magic touch of good taste in everything she does. Over the years, she has not only worked with and been befriended by Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass, she has written a dozen books including “Carolyne Roehm at Home in the Garden,” “Flowers,” “A Passion for Flowers,” “Spring Notebook,” “Summer Notebook,” “Fall Notebook” and “Winter Notebook.”
When asked by Sally Walker what inspired her, Carolyne replied, “Beauty, nature, great design and great art.”
On the other hand, Colta has had her share of well-knowns and “Really!” moments like Brooke Astor, Richard Avedon, “attentive” Brad Pitt and “Weird …quiet” Andy Warhol.
And while she may have been a stellar art historian, she is also a trained landscape designer. Colta brought her expertise in art together with her knowledge of landscape in her recently published “Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence.” It focuses on “how parks and gardens became the distinctive scenery of contemporary life” during the 19th century in France.
After buying your tickets for the symposium and the luncheon or simply the symposium, why not buy one of Carolyne’s and Colta’s books? You’ll be so glad that you locked down your place. And if you get yourself a patron ticket, you’ll be able to attend a “Meet the Authors” reception for sponsors and patrons the night before.