Domestic Doyenne

Martha Stewart inspires budding gardeners at Dallas Arboretum luncheon

Martha Stewart inspires budding gardeners at Dallas Arboretum luncheon

Kevin Sharkey, Kaki Hopkins, Martha Stewart, Mark Wolf
Kevin Sharkey, Kaki Hopkins, Martha Stewart, Mark Wolf Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Sara Hundley, Robin Sefzik
Sara Hundley, Robin Sefzik Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Ginger Fox, Laura Humphrey
Ginger Fox, Laura Humphrey  Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Jolie Humphrey, Julie Brown, Janis Wells
Jolie Humphrey, Julie Brown, Janis Wells Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Martha Stewart at Dallas Arboretum 2018
Martha Stewart sits among floral creations. Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Brenda Miller, Taylor Collinsworth, Sandy Bluethman, Robin Carreker
Brenda Miller, Taylor Collinsworth, Sandy Bluethman, Robin Carreker Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Isaiah Pennington with Bridge the Gap Chamber Players
Isaiah Pennington with Bridge the Gap Chamber Players plays the cello. Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Patricia Meadows, Carol Hall
Patricia Meadows, Carol Hall Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Cindy Kypreos, Cindy Feld, Marilyn Weber
Cindy Kypreos, Cindy Feld, Marilyn Weber Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Kristina Wrenn, Anne Stodghill
Kristina Wrenn, Anne Stodghill Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Rachel Crawford, Ashley Moore
Rachel Crawford, Ashley Moore Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Martha Stewart event at Dallas Arboretum 2018
Beautiful florals designed for the event. Photo by Steve Foxall and Kristina Bowman
Kevin Sharkey, Kaki Hopkins, Martha Stewart, Mark Wolf
Sara Hundley, Robin Sefzik
Ginger Fox, Laura Humphrey
Jolie Humphrey, Julie Brown, Janis Wells
Martha Stewart at Dallas Arboretum 2018
Brenda Miller, Taylor Collinsworth, Sandy Bluethman, Robin Carreker
Isaiah Pennington with Bridge the Gap Chamber Players
Patricia Meadows, Carol Hall
Cindy Kypreos, Cindy Feld, Marilyn Weber
Kristina Wrenn, Anne Stodghill
Rachel Crawford, Ashley Moore
Martha Stewart event at Dallas Arboretum 2018

What: Artscape Great Contributor Award luncheon honoring Martha Stewart

Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

The 411: Martha Stewart, iconic name in gardening, decorating, and entertaining, received the Dallas Arboretum’s 2018 Great Contributor to Art Award and made a day of exploring the expansive gardens while she was there.

At the event, she spoke to an audience hungry for her floral knowledge and signed copies of her 90th book, Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and EnjoyingThe tome features gardening advice along with more than 100 creative arrangements by Kevin Sharkey, her longtime friend and co-author, who was on hand for a Q&A with Stewart.

Stewart revealed that her father was her gardening inspiration and told a sweet story about how she got started. “I’ve been growing flowers with my dad since I was 3,” she told the audience. She entered her first flower show when she was 8 years old — and won — with starburst orange lilies in a tall silver container, she said.

The day of the event, Stewart toured the grounds, including the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, with president Mary Brinegar.

“I love your beautiful arboretum," Stewart said upon accepting her award from Artscape chairwoman Kaki Hopkins. "I know how much effort it takes to build such an amazing garden, so congratulations to Dallas. You are lucky to have such a place to gather and enjoy.”

Guests lunched on recipes from the honoree's Entertaining by Martha Stewart. Prepared by Gil’s Elegant Catering, the menu included chilled vichyssoise; escalope of salmon with sorrel sauce served with risotto, haricots verts, and carrots; blackberry mousse with lavender; and lemon tart with rose petals.

Centerpieces were inspired by arrangements from Martha’s Flowers and created by local floral artists John Holstead (PARC Floral and Events), Debby Jewesson (Branching Out Events), David Kimmel, and Kristen Wolchik (Haute Floral). Alicia and Adam Rico of Bows & Arrows created additional floral displays, including an outside flower wall, two inside floral walls, and arrangements on stage.

Guests also got the opportunity to bid on stunning local artwork, curated by Gail Sachson, with proceeds benefiting the Dallas Arboretum.

The program concluded with a conversation with Stewart and Sharkey. Stewart talked lovingly about her various gardens, including the one in Seal Harbor, Maine, where David Rockefeller knocked on her door and welcomed her to the neighborhood.

She ended with encouraging words for the audience about how to inspire the next generation of budding gardeners.

“Teach your kids where food comes from … children don’t know that these days," she said. "Gardening gives pleasure, knowledge, and appreciation for things you take for granted.”

Who: Mark WolfSara Hundley, Robin Sefzik, Ginger Fox, Laura Humphrey, Jolie Humphrey, Julie Brown, Janis WellsBrenda Miller, Taylor Collinsworth, Sandy Bluethman, Robin CarrekerIsaiah PenningtonPatricia Meadows, Carol HallCindy Kypreos, Cindy Feld, Marilyn WeberKristina Wrenn, Anne StodghillRachel Crawford, and Ashley Moore.