In Their Words: Celebrating 20 Years

As we celebrate this milestone, we asked Sustaining Leadership Council members to share some of their Hats in the Garden highlights. Here is what several of these dedicated, philanthropic women had to share.

“What is one treasured memory of your years planning and attending Hats in the Garden?”

“The models dressed in real floral outfits.”

Leslie Fogg

“Being relatively new I am still enjoying meeting and fostering relationships with you amazing ladies!”

Manisha Kapani

“I will always treasure working with this creative and dynamic group.”

Kathleen Kapnick

“Linda Koehn being a champion of the Garden and navigating many challenges with grace and positive leadership.”

Rhea Merrill, Director of Development

What part of Hats are you most proud of?

“Showcasing the Garden — observing all of the beautiful women in hats.”

Mary Ann Bindley

“It’s become a real part of the community.”

Joanne Brown

“The dedication of our chairs to put on this event — too, the generosity of our guests to donate to our special garden. It’s always amazing!”

Shirley Welsh

“How it has contributed to the beauty of the Garden and enabled the Garden to grow.”

Joan Clifford

To read more about some of the incredible ways in which Hats in the Garden and the Sustaining Leadership Council have impacted the Garden, see the Spring 2024 issue of Cultivate, the Garden’s magazine. 

Sustaining Leadership Council, Hats in the Garden 2023