The Queen of Living Well To Visit Dallas


Don’t freak out, but Martha Stewart will be at The Dallas Arboretum next month.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s Artscape Chairwoman, Kaki Hopkins, announced that the most famous name in gardening, entertaining and decorating is the Great Contributor to Art Award honoree and speaker. Stewart will talk about her latest book at the May 11 event.

Just released, Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying features decades of Martha’s gardening advice, along with more than 100 creative arrangements by Kevin Sharkey, her longtime friend, and colleague.

A reception starts at 10 a.m. with book sales, signing, and bidding for the Invitational Fine Art Auction silent auction, which will be donated by dozens of acclaimed artists and local Dallas notables. The luncheon at Rosine Hall begins at noon.

“Martha Stewart has brought into millions of American homes a respect for artistry. She has inspired us to seek artistry in our everyday life—menu planning, entertaining, decorating for special days, cooking for special occasions and every day, tabletop design—among countless other lessons on living graciously and artfully,” Hopkins said. “She has written 90 books on these subjects, so we can follow her lead. Her latest book extends her artistry into horticulture and arranging flowers. We are thrilled that she has chosen the Arboretum to announce this book on her passion for growing flowers and engaging the best of design in gardens and flower arrangements. As lovers of the Dallas Arboretum, we share that passion.”

Tables are $3,000, $5,000 and $10,000. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Missy Whisler at [email protected] or 214.515.6688. Visit for more details.

The Great Contributor to Art Award was designed and donated by Gary Lee Price, whose Great Contributors exhibition at the Dallas Arboretum in 2016 was the inspiration for the award’s name. Craig Hall, entrepreneur, businessman, and lifelong art collector, received the inaugural Great Contributor to Art award in 2017.

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