While some folks might be boo-hooing that A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon is going to be virtual on Tuesday, November 17, they need to dry up those tears and cheer.
One reason is Southern lifestyle author/interior designer James Farmer will be presenting from his home in Farmdale, Georgia. And if you have heard about James and wondered what’s made him one of North Texas’ favorite lifestylers, you need worry no more. Just check out James thanking the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum for having him in this video. While you’re listening to James, you’ll love his living room. It’s the kind of setting that defines home-sweet-home. Just imagine how delicious it’s going to be to hear tell some stories, see him displaying a floral arrangements in time for the holidays and sharing the recipe for his non-alcoholic drink … Mrs. Wilson’s Rosemary Lemonade.
Another southerner on the program will be Mississippi-born author/lover of faraway places/textile guru Lisa Fine, who “specializes in had printed linens that are sold in 16 showrooms worldwide.” And while James has built upon his country boy roots, Lisa has explored the world developing her collection of exotic and traditional prints in vibrant and romantic colors. She hints at what she as planned for the symposium here.
But be forewarned that after listen to Lisa and James, you just find yourself with a south drawl, y’all. Just to prep up for the talks, you might want to buy James’ “Arriving Home” and Lisa’s “Near And Far: Interiors I Love.”
Still another reason to be grateful for the virtual presentation is guests can enjoy the lunch and symposium right in the comfort of host homes. Event Chair Suzanne Millet, along with Women’s Council President Kay Weeks and Honorary Chair Diane Sealy have arranged to have Preston Hollow Catering prepare and deliver lunches to host homes.
Tickets range from $75 for the virtual symposium only to $15,000 underwriting that includes lunch for ten to be delivered to your home or business. Sorry, but Empress Gilbert’s and her son Micah Gilbert’s Empressive Earth Gallery have already snapped up the $25,000 Diamond Underwriter sponsorship.
And while you have that credit card warmed up, you might want to check out the “one of a kind raffle” items including the following
- Howard Donosky Fine Jewelry’s exquisite opal doublets and diamond earrings,
- A Mad Hatter’s ensemble including a Patti Flowers Design Studio’s custom tea dress and a Bay Willow Design’s custom hat
- Personalized home rendering by Sandy Watson that includes note cards and up to three additional prints
- “Tea for Four” with champagne service at the DeGolyer Tea Rom featuring a fresh floral arrangement in a McKenzie-Childs courtly check tea kettle
Chance tickets are going for $25 each/ five for $100.
Funds raised thanks to A Writer’s Garden benefit the Dallas Arboretum’s “A Woman’s Garden.”
* Graphic/photo/video provided by Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum