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A Noble Celebration Reveal at the Angelika Included Surprise Announcements and a Private Screening of Downtown Abbey: A New Era Sponsored by Women’s Council President Sarah Jo Hardin


The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon to Speak About Her Newest Book Seasons at Highclere at A Writer’s Garden Celebrating A Woman’s Garden’s 25th Anniversary


The Ruby Red Gala Celebrates the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s 40th Anniversary


The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon, author of many books including her latest Seasons at Highclere, otherwise known as the site of the filming of the hit television series Downtown Abbey, will be the featured speaker, appearing in person, at A Writer’s Garden on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden.
Chaired by Dyann Skelton and Therese Rourk with Donna and Herb Weitzman as honorary chairs, the event happens as part of A Noble Celebration, a week of happenings celebrating the 25th Anniversary of A Woman’s Garden and the 40th Anniversary of the Women’s Council.  A Writer’s Garden will include a VIP reception with photo opportunities with Lady Carnarvon, book signing, presentation and luncheon.
The big reveal was made at the Angelika theater as host committee members and Women’s Council supporters gathered for the surprise announcements and a private screening of Downtown Abbey: A New Era, sponsored by Women’s Council president, Sarah Jo Hardin, who also treated each guest to a smartly decorated box full of gourmet goodies to enjoy during the film. Right after the announcements, everyone was delighted to watch a very special pre-recorded video featuring Lady Carnarvon at Highclere Castle saying how truly excited she is to come to Dallas to celebrate this year’s theme, “Growing Friendships for 40 Years” and “... walk the paths of your beautiful garden,” referring to A Woman’s Garden.
The next big announcement was all about the Ruby Red Gala, chaired by Sharon Ballew with Dr. Linda Burk and Dr. John R. Gilmore as honorary chairs, which celebrates the Women’s Council’s 40th Anniversary on Friday, October 21, 2022 at the Dallas Arboretum with a VIP event, champagne reception, seated dinner with wine pairings and dancing to the absolutely energetic Limelight presented by Emerald City.
Everyone is encouraged to get their tickets and sign up for those sponsorships now, as there are some very special categories with limited one-of-a-kind benefits, including a “Garden Muse” category which includes admission to the VIP reception at each event, name recognition and an inspirational quote on a garden bed plaque in the Poetry Garden within A Woman’s Garden, a private dinner, special gift brought by Lady Carnarvon from Highclere Castle, and more. Sponsors and underwriters at certain levels will also be invited to A Noble Celebration Exclusive: A Writer’s Garden "Meet the Author" Reception and Ruby Red Gala Patron Party.        
For each event, tickets start at $500 and progress to $50,000 for the Presenting Sponsor.  Additional sponsor opportunities range from $5,000 to $25,000.  These include branding opportunities in addition to the benefits of event tickets and special recognitionpreceding and during the event.   Tickets available at


ABOUT THE WOMEN’S COUNCIL: Celebrating its 40th Anniversary.
Since 1982 the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 500 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden. The Women’s Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


ABOUT A WOMAN’S GARDEN: Celebrating its 25th Anniversary.
A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived, constructed and maintained by the funding efforts of women. Ablaze with color in every season, A Woman’s Garden sits majestically as a living testament to the passion and vision of the Women’s Council founders and the boundless energy and devotion of its members whose commitment to creating a garden dedicated to the universal spirit of women across generations is realized in its inspired design. Our beautiful garden celebrates the power, creativity, resourcefulness, passion and unwavering commitment of the women who came before us and those entrusted with its care now, and into the future.      

* Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio unless otherwise noted.

* Photo of Lady Carnarvon by Patsy Arnett published with her permission. 

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