Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Hosts the Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea

By Alison Elberger
Photography by
Dana Driensky and Rob Wythe/Gittings

THE SCENE: Over 500 Who’s Who guests gathered for the 27th annual Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The theme was April in Paris and most attendees adorned extravagant hats for the chance to win the various contest themes such as Most Whimsical and Most Elegant. The highlight of the event was not only the eye-catching chapeaus, but also the beautiful display of springtime azaleas and flowers within the Arboretum.

THE VIBE: The Parisian theme luncheon was filled with croissants, crepes, and crème brûlée within open-air white tents where guests sat at tables covered with yellow and blue French toile and stunning Eiffel Tower centerpieces. Celebrity chair Clarice Tinsley of FOX4 News greeted the guests as they were seated. Guests were then enchanted by a fashion show of spring and summer fashions. Jody Dean of KLUV-FM led an exciting live auction. Finally, with much anticipation, the judges presented the awards to the guests with the most fabulous hats.

THE CAUSE: Sharon Popham chaired The Mad Hatter’s Tea along with honorary chair, Sherwood Wagner. Mary Brinegar, president of the Dallas Arboretum and Dave Forehand, Vice-President of the Gardens were also both a part of the event. The Women’s Council supports the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and funds the reputed Woman’s Garden. Marena Gault, President of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, explained to guests that A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation that is visualized by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women.

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