Mad Hatter’s Tea The Art of Chic



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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, Texas 75218

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Celebrating its 32nd year, this fabulous and fun party has been an ongoing fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Monies raised grow and maintain A Woman’s Garden, a major garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

Over 450 guests travel from all over the United States, planning their trips to Dallas not only to take part in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – many in wild and wonderful over-the-top hats - but to view the glorious springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the Dallas Arboretum.


10:00 a.m. Champagne reception
                 (This is the best time for photos.)

11:00 Program and Fashion Show in Rosine Hall. Judges present the awards and live auction.                        

12:00 p.m. Seated luncheon in the elegantly tented Ginsburg Plaza.

Event:     Event includes champagne reception, professionally staged and choreographed fashion presentation produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple featuring fashions sponsored by TOOTSIES followed by a seated luncheon under elegantly draped tents. Hats are judged in different categories. Winners are announced at the fashion show and strut the runway.

Patti Flowers, Chair, Mad Hatter’s Tea.               
Venise Stuart, President, Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Fashion Show Sponsor: TOOTSIES. Fashion show produced by Jan Strimple.

Hat Judges:  TBA

BeneficiaryFounded in 1982, the Women's Council supports the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman's Garden. A Woman's Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the universal spirit of women.  All financial support for A Woman's Garden comes from the fundraising efforts of the Women's Council.                

Individual tickets:  Individual Patron tickets begin at $350.00 and will be available through the website at  soon.

Underwriting opportunities and naming sponsorships will be available soon.

Contact for more information: Patti Flowers, Chair. 214-356-3178.

For photos from past Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties and more information, visit the website at

Updates:      For updates and photos, visit the Mad Hatter’s Tea Facebook page:      

Media Sponsors: My Sweet Charity, The Park Cities News/The Waters Family.


About TOOTSIES: Housed in a vast 20,000 square foot space in the Plaza at Preston Center, TOOTSIES is a modern full line specialty store offering the very best dresses, denim, ready to wear, shoes, handbags and jewelry.  TOOTSIES is a one stop shop known for exceptional service and on site personal styling in addition to their curated collection of designers including A.L.C.  Aquazurra, Brandon Maxwell, Cinq a' Sept, Self Portrait, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard.  

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