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Spring Hat Luncheon

May 4 @ 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM CDT


2023 SHL

Join us for the annual Spring Hat Luncheon!
Thursday, May 4, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
at the Huntsville Botanical Garden
Isenberg Grand Hall

Spring Hat Luncheon

Brush off those fabulous fascinators, breathtaking bonnets, and luscious lids because the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s 9th Annual Spring Hat is back! This highly anticipated annual philanthropic and social event will be held in the Isenberg Grand Hall at the Garden on Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

After a cocktail reception, guests will enjoy an extraordinary luncheon catered by Grille on Main. During lunch, former White House Chief Floral Designer and author Laura Dowling will share creative inspiration and lessons learned from what she calls “floral diplomacy.” Guests will have an opportunity to purchase her books and meet her for autographs during a book signing after lunch.

All proceeds from the Spring Hat Luncheon support the Garden’s mission of connecting people to plants in order to create a healthier quality of life for the region.

The Spring Hat Luncheon promises to be another sold-out event, so reserve your seats soon! Individual tickets and reserved tables are available. Please note that individual reservations will be assigned seating. Party seating cannot be guaranteed without a reserved table.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support the mission of the Garden by making a donation today.

About the Speaker

laura dowling

Laura Dowling served as Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009 until 2015. As creative director for flowers and décor, she managed White House floral design for thousands of official and private events, including state dinners, parties, receptions and large-scale installations, such as the Fourth of July, Halloween and the iconic White House Christmas. Her lush and lively floral creations also graced the White House state rooms, East and West Wing offices, Camp David and the Presidential private residence. As Chief Floral Designer, Dowling launched innovative strategic partnerships with the nation’s top artists and designers, White House policy staff and the Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) and Presidential Innovation Fellows, creating imaginative, cutting-edge décor and flowers.

Dowling’s unique approach focuses on the premise that flowers can be more than just decorative objects, conveying important diplomatic messages, cultural meaning and symbolic metaphor. She is known for her contemporary and romantic style of flower arrangement featuring a free interplay between flowers, floral boughs and branches, berried twigs and leafy vines, combined with more formally designed bouquets. Inspiration is taken from the splendor of abundant gardens, balancing artistic vision with the beauty and free form of nature.

For more information about the Spring Hat Luncheon, please contact


May 4
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM CDT
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Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Ave SW
Huntsville, AL 35805 United States
(256) 830-4447
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