Wake Forest Garden Club Mad Hatters Tea Party and Art Market

April 2016

Join the Mad Hatters of the Wake Forest Garden Club on Saturday, May 14, for a tea party, gardening seminars, art market and classic car display. And a very special addition at this year’s event will be music performed by an ensemble from the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra.

Mad Hatters Tea Party and Art Market

Tea for two or twenty will be offered as well as garden talks
at the annual Mad Hatters Tea Party and Art Market.
Photos by Laura Robinson

The Wake Forest Garden Club will host its annual Mad Hatters Tea Party and Art Market at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., in Wake Forest. The event will include the Mad Hatters Tea from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Art Market and Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Two gardening seminars are a bonus with any tea party ticket.

The Mad Hatters Tea will include a traditionally plated “afternoon” tea with the option to stay for seminars. The first seminar speaker will be Christina Harvey from the Audubon Society; she will speak at 10 a.m. on the subject of bird-friendly gardening. Helen Yoest, garden journalist and stylist, will then speak at 11:15 about gardening with North Carolina native plants; she also will have her most recently published book, Good Berry, Bad Berry, available for sale.

Tickets to the tea and seminars cost $15 and are available at The Cotton Company and the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce through the day of the event. Tickets will also be available as long as they last at the Wake Forest Historical Museum.

Mad Hatters Tea Party and Art Market

Happy and hatted hosts Jennifer Gambino (left) and Carol Robertson (right) provide service as sweet as jasmine in spring.

Additional Mad Hatters festivities on the museum lawn are open to the public at no charge.  Shop the Art Market and enjoy the pleasure of finding that unique gift for someone special or your own collection of original arts and crafts. Browse through pottery, paintings, jewelry, candles and fabric arts. Locally grown plants will be available, along with with expert advice on how and where to plant and care for them for maximum success.

The car show will feature classics owned by area car aficionados who are always ready to talk about their treasures. Drop by the museum lawn free of charge to see these fabulous vehicles.

Stroll the Art Market and car display while listening to an ensemble from the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra.

Proceeds from the Mad Hatters festivities will benefit the Wake Forest Historical Museum gardens along with other projects supported by the Wake Forest Garden Club, including Arbor Day, Dirt Day and Wake Forest Garden Club Flower Cart, which creates small floral arrangements each week for nursing home residents, shut-ins and others needing a little cheer in their day.

For additional information about the Mad Hatters event and the Wake Forest Garden Club, contact Debbie Ludas at wfgardenclub@gmail.com or 919-210-3487, or visit www.wfgardenclub.org.