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11th Annual "A Writer's Garden" Literary Symposium and Luncheon

| August 24, 2017 | Calendar

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden announces plans for "AUTHENTIC and gardens", the 11th Annual "A Writer's Garden" Literary Symposium and Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:30 am to 2 pm, at the Arboretum's Rosine Hall at 8625 Garland Road. The event is part of the Women’s Council’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.

Serving as Honorary Chair is Nancy Bierman, founder the symposium. Kay Weeks and Susan Adzick are the co-chairs for the event. Melissa Lewis is the President of the Women’s Council.

Over the past ten years, "A Writer's Garden" has presented outstanding authors and speakers whose rich histories about gardens, architecture and art, and illuminating stories of extraordinary individuals and events, have engaged our minds, delighted our senses and touched our hearts. The distinguished speakers for this year's Symposium include:

Jessica Dupuy is a native Texan who writes about wine, spirits, food, and travel. In her latest book, United Tastes of Texas: Authentic: Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State, she shares her rich knowledge of the cultural and regional diversity of the state and how it has impacted the Texas culinary experience. Jessica is a contributing columnist for Texas Monthly magazine and has written other cookbooks including The Salt Lick Cookbook: A Story of Land, Family and Love, Uchi: The Cookbook, and Jack Allen's Kitchen Cookbook.

Pamela Walker, author of Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas, has spent years researching the farming and ranching families who have been a driving force in the organic and sustainable farming food revival in Texas. Pam is a retired Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Cultures at Rice University, Houston and a former academic librarian and college English teacher.

Andrea DeLong-Amaya is Director of Horticulture at The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. She teaches classes in native plant horticulture and has contributed to many magazines, including Taunton's Fine Gardening,

Rodale's Organic Gardening, Neil Sperry's Gardens magazine as well as the American Public Gardens Association's Public Garden.

Since 1986, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, and funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the centerpiece garden of the Dallas Arboretum. 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 spirit of women. The support of over 600 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and maintenance of the garden.

A Patron Party for “A Writer’s Garden” Sponsors and Patrons is planned for Monday evening, October 30, 2017 in a private residence.

Individual tickets for "A Writer's Garden" Literary Symposium and Luncheon begin at $125. For sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities and to purchase tickets online, visit: For further information: Kay Weeks 214-676-8230 or Susan Adzick 502-592-0049 or email


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