Despite being the site of the Texas Discovery Garden’s 2022 Flora Award patron party on Tuesday, November 1, Barbara Hunt Crow’s home was far from being pretentious. As comforting as a mug of hot chocolate or a grandmother’s hug, every room was filled with sentimental touches reflecting her family plus antiques, needlepoint pillows, books and a Steinway piano.
For instance, in one room there was an assortment of porcelain lions. The reason? She started collecting them when her son Daniel Crow was born and thought of Daniel and the lion.
So as the guests like 2022 Flora Award Dinner Chair Cara French and her folks Prissy and Warren Gravely, Discovery Garden Executive Dick Davis, Hattie Weber Cowan and Travis Cowan and Louise Griffeth arrived for the prelude of the 2022 Flora Award dinner on Thursday, November 10, at Discovery Garden, it was no surprise that everyone felt right at home.
Honoree Marilyn Weber and her husband Ben Weber brought along Scripps College Professor Emeritus Dr. Eric Haskell, who had flown in from California to speak to The Mary K. Craig Class the next day. He was amazed at the cool weather to which Ben laughed that this was likely to be the plan for Christmas Day.
When someone asked about Ben’s weight loss, Marilyn claimed it was due to his ice cream diet. All ears perked up. An ice cream diet? Yes, he said vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. And Marilyn added, “He also loves peppermint with chocolate sauce.”
Someone asked if he had tried marshmallow sauce? No, but the idea was intriguing.