Gardens Near and Far Preserve Memories and Traditions

A Woman’s Garden at the Dallas Arboretum sits majestically as a living testament to the passion and vision of Women’s Council founders, Margaret McDermott and Virginia Nick, and the boundless energy and devotion of its members whose commitment to creating a garden dedicated to the universal spirit of women across all generations is realized in its inspired design.
 
Highclere Castle, photo courtesy of Adam Hillier, © Adam Hillier Photography.
Lady Carnarvon, photo courtesy of Patsy Arnett.

The efforts of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum give Dallas its own special place to appreciate and observe the seasons.  Its purpose is to support and promote the interest and growth of A Woman’s Garden and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Annual fundraising events including A Writer’s Garden and The Mad Hatters Tea Party are not only some of the best social events of the year, but they also serve to support and make our city’s arboretum one of the country’s best.  Congratulations to the Women’s Council on its 40th Anniversary, celebrated in grand fashion at the recent Ruby Red Gala. 

Lady Fiona Carnarvon (The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon) was the Distinguished Author featured at the Women’s Council’s 16th Annual A Writer’s Garden last month.  Lady Carnarvon lives with her husband, Geordie, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon at Highclere Castle, known to millions around the world as “Downton Abbey.”

The featured book, Seasons at Highclere, that Lady Carnarvon authored, not only explores the layers of history of the estate and gardens of her internationally famous home, but it is full of tales of its history, along with recipes from the meals served there.  As the best-selling author of five books, Lady Carnarvon also focuses on predecessors living at Highclere Castle.  She is currently working on a biography about the 5th Earl of Carnarvon.  “He could not be forgotten,” she commented.  Catherine Team and Beverly Smirnis felt the same about the tales of the real Anna From Atlanta, recounted to Catherine by her father and grandfather.  Read the post.

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