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Mad Hatter’s Tea Celebrates its 33rd Year benefiting the Dallas Arboretum

By Sharon Adams | Contributor

Jolie Humphrey, chair of Mad Hatter’s Tea Out of Africa Into the Garden announces the Hat Categories for judging at the event happening on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This is the 33rd year for the Mad Hatter’s Tea benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and A Woman’s Garden. Carole Ann Brown, chair of the first Mad Hatter’s Tea in 1989 is honorary chair. Kay Weeks is president of the Women’s Council.

“This year is unlike any other year,” Jolie said, “and we’ve created a wonderfully unique experience for our guests which follows all of the CDC guidelines and has some new surprises.”

The fanciful fun begins at 1:00 p.m. with a champagne reception at Dallas Arboretum’s Scott K. Ginsburg Family Plaza. This is the best time to view the wild and wonderful over-the-top hats and outfits along with the very chic, sleek and sophisticated fashions. Celebrity judges will select winners in these categories: Out of Africa: Most “True to Theme;” Safari Riders: Best Group in Hats; African Floral Garden: Best Botanical Using Fresh Florals; Karen Blixen Style: Most Elegant & Romantic; Sundowner Chic: “Cocktail Hour in Africa,” Most Fascinating Fascinator; African Queen: Most “True to Africa;” Animal Instinct: Most Outlandish! Go Wild! Guests have an opportunity to purchase Safari Surprise Boxes and a very special opportunity to purchase the event’s themed silk scarf designed by Barbara Elam.

After the reception, the program begins and Hat Prizes will be awarded at A Tasteful Place Gardens, which includes a seated tea in the gardens and features a fashion promenade throughout the garden’s walkways presented by TOOTSIES. The event concludes at 4:00 p.m. which allows perfect timing to get together with friends amongst the glorious springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the Dallas Arboretum.

Single tickets start at $350 with limited availability. Patron ticket for one is $500 and has special benefits. Underwriting and sponsorships available beginning at $2,000 table for 4 guests; $5,000 table up to 8 guests; $10,000 table up to 10 guests and $15,000 table up to 10 guests. Visit the website at www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org for underwriting, sponsorships, ticket purchase and details.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S COUNCIL:  Since 1986 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) nonprofit organization. www.WomensCouncilDallasArboretum.org

ABOUT A WOMAN’S GARDEN: A Woman’s Garden is the only 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.


This photo is from the REVEAL announcement – there was no event, they just shot a short, clever video (written by Jolie Humphrey, directed by Sharon and Maurice Ballewand produced by Maurice Ballew, MCB Videos) and took this photo. L to R: Jolie Humphrey, chair; Kay Weeks, president, Women’s Council; Carole Ann Brown, honorary chair.

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