Sharon Adams – Guest Contributor
Mar 7 2023
35th Annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon



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

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Kristina Wrenn, Co-Chair, Majestic Mad Hatter’s – A Celebration of English Elegance

The morning will begin with a Welcome Reception, a stroll in the gardens and a Silent Auction while our discerning hat judges take note of the elegant interpretations of this year’s theme. After being seated for lunch, the Hat Competition winners will be announced, and we are sure to be delighted with remarks by renowned fashion designer, Michael Faircloth as he celebrates the History, the Humor and the Hope of the Hat.

Celebrating its 35th year, this fabulous party has been an ongoing fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Monies raised assist with the development, growth and maintenance of A Woman’s Garden, a major garden at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Guests travel from all over the United States, planning their trips to Dallas not only to take part in the Mad Hatter’s Luncheon – taking the theme as inspiration for their sophisticated, glamorous, and delightfully lavish hats - but to view the glorious springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the Dallas Arboretum.

Theme: Majestic Mad Hatter’s – A Celebration of English Elegance

Benefiting: A Woman’s Garden


Who: Kim Hext, Honorary Chair
Anne Stodghill and Kristina Wrenn, Luncheon Chairs
Sarah Jo Hardin, President, Women’s Council

Michael Faircloth, Luncheon Speaker


David Yarrow, Celebrated UK Fine Art Photographer

Ryan Ross, President, Neiman Marcus

Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia, Fashion Designers and Artisans

Cassie MacGregor, Accomplished Milliner

Barbara Bigham, Founding member of the WCDABG and Past Mad Hatter’s Chair

Emberli Pridham, Children’s Author and Philanthropist

Nathan Johnson, Creative Director, Gro Floral and Event Design

Hat Categories:  The Queen’s Choice: Most True to Theme
A True Princess Diana: Sure to be a lasting Fashion Legend
The Princess of Wales: Best Overall Ensemble
The Chelsea Flower Show: Most Creative use of Fresh Botanicals
The Hybrid: Best English Garden Hat with a Texas Twist
The Head Turner: Best in Show
The Royal Enclosure: Group that could attend Ascot Together

There will also be a People’s Choice vote throughout the reception.

Underwriting/Individual tickets: Sponsorships begin at $2,500. Patron Tickets start at $550, and a limited number of event tickets are available for $350. Visit to purchase sponsorships or tickets.

Contact: Kristina Wrenn, or 917-715-0780 for more information.

Logo, Collateral Design & Branding: Kristina Wrenn, Co-Chair, Majestic Mad Hatter’s – A Celebration of English Elegance

About the Women’s Council: Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2022.
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 make 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 in 2022.
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 is 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.     

About Mad Hatter’s: Celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2023.
In 1989, Carole Ann Brown chaired the first Mad Hatter's Tea to bring awareness to the Women's Council and the Dallas Arboretum. The tea was held in the Camp House garden for 100 ladies and raised $10,000. Over the years, Mad Hatter’s has been chaired by many notable Dallas ladies such as Linda Ivy, Barbara Bigham, Connie Carreker, Barbara Daseke and Patti Flowers. Honorary Chairs have included some of the most philanthropic names in Dallas history such as Annette Simmons, Gene Jones, Caroline Rose Hunt, Tincy Miller, Sally Hoglund, Dee Wyly, Margaret Crow, Nancy Rogers, Amy Warren, Patty Dedman Nail, Sherwood Wagner and Laurie Sands Harrison.

Finally, it would not be a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party without the hats. The creativity at Mad Hatter’s over the years has been impressive. Ladies have been inspired to create millinery creations based on Royal Ascot, Run for the Roses, April in Paris, Steel Magnolias, Under the Tuscan Sun and even Garden by the Sea. We have seen the Golden Age of Hollywood, have come Out of Africa into the Garden and enjoyed a Wonderland of Fashion while having Tea with Alice. We look forward to seeing the beautiful hats at this year’s Majestic Mad Hatter’s –A Celebration of English Elegance.