A Passion for Gardens-WCDABG Literary Symposium



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Rosine Hall - Dallas Arboretum
8617 Garland Road
Dallas, Texas 75218

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Carolyne Roehm

EVENT:              “A Passion for Gardens”, 12th Annual A Writer’s Garden" Literary Symposium and Luncheon 

SPEAKERS          Carolyne Roehm, Style icon and lifestyle maven 

                            Colta Ives, Art historian and landscape designer

WHEN:                Wednesday, November 14, 2018                                                  


WHERE:              Rosine Hall at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden -  8517 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218 

TIME:                  9:30 AM to 1:00 PM 

PATRON PARTY:   Exclusive “Meet the Authors” Reception

                             Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6 PM to 8 PM           

Michelle Mew is the chairman for the event and Linda Spina is the President of the Women’s Council. 

For more than ten years, “A Writer’s Garden” has presented outstanding authors and speakers with extensive histories about gardens, architecture and art, and stories of extraordinary individuals and events. 

Style icon and lifestyle maven Carolyne Roehm has been part of American design culture for over four decades with a career spanning the fashion, gardening, decorative arts, entertaining and publishing worlds. Finding a mentor in Oscar de la Renta, Carolyne worked alongside the couture great for 10 years before launching her own fashion house in 1985. A discerning eye and a passion for beauty lead her into the world of flowers and gardening, where her books are often referred to as the best in their field. Subsequent entertaining and interiors titles cemented her position as one of America’s premier lifestyle experts. 

A former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, with appearances in both the Who’s Who of Women in America and the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, she was honored by Manolo Blahnik with a shoe in her name and, in a fitting tribute, design legend Bill Blass labeled Carolyne, “The Ultimate Tastemaker.” 

Regardless of the medium, Carolyne’s unerring eye and innate sense of style have turned out timeless products including clothing, fashion accessories, jewelry, and fragrance. 

The author of twelve books including At Home in the Garden, A Passion for Flowers, At Home with Carolyne Roehm, and the Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Notebook Series, Carolyne’s mission is to teach others how to capture and create beauty in their lives, in both the everyday and the out of the ordinary. 

Her new book, Carolyne Roehm Style & Design: A Constant Thread, will be released October 9, 2018.                                   

Colta Ives
is an art historian and landscape designer. She is Curator Emerita, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY and is the author of Public Parks, Private Gardens – Paris to ProvencePublic Parks, Private Gardens traces the horticultural evolution that transformed the landscape of France during the 19th century and its impact on the pictorial and decorative arts. Its story of the spectacular transformation of Paris into the beloved city of tree-lined boulevards and public spaces we know today is told through the works of artists for whom the greening of the city provided inspiration. The book is an engaging portrait of the power of horticulture to shape both the physical and creative world. Colta is also the author of Romanticism & the School of Nature – Nineteenth Century Drawings and Paintings from the Karen B. Cohen Collection.  


Since 1986, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the development and maintenance of "A Woman's Garden", the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the spirit of women.  A Woman's Garden celebrates the strength, ingenuity, creativity and determination of all women. It is a centerpiece garden of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. 



Patron Tickets are available starting at $250. An exclusive “Meet the Authors” Reception for Sponsors and Patrons is planned for Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6 PM to 8 PM in a private residence. 
Individual tickets for “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon are $150 per person and $125 per person Symposium Only. Information is available at

For further information: Mary Ellen Winborn, Reservations Chair, 214-369-2246 or




The Women’s Council DABG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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