Thank you to Lauren Miller of Moxley Carmichael for writing this guest post for the Blue Streak. -Cynthia Moxley
Mother Nature smiled on the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum this week. Yesterday, the historic East Knoxville garden hosted the third annual Hats in Bloom luncheon, and the weather for the outdoor springtime event was divine – breezy and cool in shade and warm in the sun.
The nice weather may have wooed attendees to the gardens after a bout of rainy days in Knoxville, but the success of this fundraiser cannot be credited to the forecast alone.
Event chair Jackie Wilson, along with the staff of the Knoxville Botanical Garden, has grown Hats in Bloom from just more than 50 attendees in its first year to about 100 in its second year to a total of 150-plus supporters at this year’s event on April 23.
With three successful years of growth, it’s no surprise that the event has scored a hat trick, you might say. A unique draw for the luncheon are the one-of-a-kind hats for sale by esteemed milliner Patricia Frankum.