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13th Annual A Writer’s Garden Symposium & Luncheon

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

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Literary presentations about Interior Design, Horticulture, Gardens, Landscape Design Historic Preservation and Art featuring nationally renowned authors and speakers followed by a delicious luncheon.  

Speakers: Bunny Williams,one of the most talented names in design, Bunny is also an accomplished businesswoman, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. Her new book, Love Affairs with Houses, was released this year.

Rebecca Wesson Darwin, co-founder and CEO of the Allée Group LLC, which owns Garden & Gun magazine.  The book Southern Women, to be released October 15, 2019, is from the award-winning Southern lifestyle magazine Garden & Gun. It is a rich collection of some of the South’s most notable women. 

Master of Ceremonies: Skip Hollandsworth, a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, screenwriter, and executive editor for Texas Monthly magazine.

Individual Patron tickets begin at $250.00. Patrons at $500.00, $1,000.00 and $2,500.00 receive recognition in printed material and an invitation to an exclusive Meet the Authors Reception.

For the past twenty years, the major goal of the Women's Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden at The Dallas Arboretum. Phase I opened in September 1997 and Phase II in March 2006.  Financial support for A Woman's Garden comes from fundraising events as well as generous donor gifts for named features in the garden. With grateful appreciation, the Women's Council recognizes these patrons and offers sincere thanks to each of them. Through these financial contributions, the Women's Council has brought to fruition the dream of a magnificent garden - a garden dedicated to all women.

About Bunny Williams: 
           
Considered one of the most talented names in design, Bunny is also an accomplished businesswoman, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. A lover of dogs, gardens, and china, Bunny’s knowledge and expertise is on par with her enjoyment of life. Her eponymous firm — launched in 1988 following a 22-year apprenticeship with the esteemed Parish-Hadley Associates — has wrought its own indelible imprint and legacy.  If you are not familiar with that firm, Sister Parish is the one who was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy to redo the White House. Her designs are found across the United States and abroad.  Bunny’s own houses and her long career have provided ample material and inspiration for seven books to date and she is a sought after speaker and mentor.
          Bunny grew up in the countryside near Charlottesville, Virginia. Her parents encouraged her passion for the arts and led her to Garland Junior College in Boston, where she studied interior design. Upon moving to New York, Bunny subsequently joined Parish-Hadley. When she left Parish-Hadley, she started her own firm working with three people out of her guest bedroom.  Because of her devotion to gardening, she opened Treillage in 1991 along with her husband, the antiques dealer John Rosselli. Considered both ground breaking and industry changing, Treillage drew A-list designers, editors and tastemakers.
          Never one to rest on her many awards, accolades and honors, Bunny keeps her eye on what’s next, whether it’s her collaborations with Ballard Designs, Bunny Williams Home or her next book. She is always looking to the future.
          In her new book, Love Afffairs with Houses, Bunny Williams presents new work through 15 houses she has decorated and loved. She tells the tale of each “affair,” as she calls them, tracing the style of the spaces, what drew her to the projects and her approach to décor that evolves with the lives of her clients. Bunny says, “The best pieces have the best stories,” and in this story-filled monograph, she shows readers a fresh collection of projects that demonstrates just that.

About Rebecca Wesson Darwin:
          Rebecca Wesson Darwin is co-founder and CEO of the Allée Group LLC, which owns Garden & Gun magazine, which launched in spring 2007. After moving to Charleston, South Carolina, following a successful career in publishing in New York City, Darwin and the co-founder realized there was a need for a publication that spoke to the soul of the South. 
          The new book, Southern Women, to publish October 15, 2019, is from the award-winning Southern lifestyle magazine Garden & Gun. It is a rich collection of some of the South’s most notable women. Through interviews, essays and more, these remarkable chefs, musicians, actors, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers and public servants will offer a dynamic portrait of who the Southern woman is now. The voices of bona fide icons such as Sissy Spacek, Leah Chase, Bunny Williams and Loretta Lynn join those whose stories for too long have been overlooked or underestimated, from the pioneering Texas rancher Minnie Lou Bradley to the Gee’s Bend, Alabama quilter Mary Margaret Pettway – all visionaries who have left their indelible mark not just on Southern culture, but on America itself. By reading these stories of triumph, grit and grace, the ties that bind the sisterhood of Southern women emerge: an unflinching resilience and resourcefulness, an inherent love of the land, a singular style and wit.       
         
Darwin grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then moved to New York. She established her career at GQ, where she implemented national retail advertising and promotions programs. She later became the first female publisher of the New Yorker, the publisher of Mirabella, and the marketing director of Fortune.
          Her immersion in the worlds of media, fashion, advertising, and business brings an understanding and grace to the world of Garden & Gun. Darwin resides in historic downtown Charleston with her husband, Cress, the senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston; her two daughters, Lily and SaSa; and her springer spaniel, Phillip, and French bulldog, Penelope.

Nikki J. Beneke, Chairperson, A Writer’s Garden  

Carmen Hancock, Honorary Chairperson                

Venise Stuart, President, WCDABG

National
Media Sponsor: 
Garden & Gun

Local Media
Sponsors:
 Downtown Business News, My Sweet Charity.

For more
information:
 Visit the website at www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org and click on “A Writer’s Garden.”


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