Mark your calendars. We’re all invited to the Dunwoody Garden Club's 43rd annual card party, luncheon, fashion show and silent auction on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Held in the Fellowship Hall at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event is jam-packed with fun activities.

You can come for the entire four hours or come for lunch and the fashion show. Either way, you’re sure to be entertained. Perhaps like me, you don’t play cards. Bring a group instead to play mahjong or Scrabble or a table game of your choice.  Tickets are a bargain at $25 per person for a light breakfast, lunch, silent auction and fashion show featuring collections from Von Maur at Perimeter Mall.

I’ve been attending this luncheon for years, and in my humble opinion, the Von Maur fashion show is one of the best. Come hear fashion tips and see your friends and neighbors model the latest in spring fashion as you enjoy lunch. Von Maur will also give away four $50 Von Maur gift cards during the event and has provided gifts worth $375 each for the silent auction. 

During the morning, spend time perusing the silent auction items and choosing several to bid on. Items include jewelry, restaurant gift certificates, books, pottery and more donated by local merchants and friends. Winners are announced immediately following lunch and the fashion show. I always find the selection amazing, and I’m still wearing a necklace I won at the silent auction two years ago.

Among the auction items, you’ll find an $800 gift certificate for dinner for four from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The restaurant is also giving every attendee a $25 gift certificate. Do you need more enticement? Café Intermezzo has donated gift cards totaling $200.

Are you a local merchant? Perhaps a restaurant newly opened in Dunwoody? What better way to build name recognition in the community than through this event that hosts as many as 300 attendees?

This February event is the Garden Club’s only fundraiser each year, and the funds are used in a variety of ways to beautify our Dunwoody community. Take some time to look around. You’ll be surprised at the number and variety of the Dunwoody Garden Club’s projects.

  • In Brook Run Park, you’ll see a lovely entrance and four benches recognizing our past and encouraging relaxation.
  • At the Dunwoody Library, the atrium planter and the landscaping at the entrance and along the new stone wall and walkway are provided by the Garden Club.
  • The Stage Door Players have new plantings thanks to the DGC.
  • At the North Woods Pavilion at the Dunwoody Nature Center, you’ll find the arbor, benches and landscaping compliments of the DGC.
  • This year, the Garden Club has again added hundreds of daffodil bulbs to their many plantings.
  • The DGC also funded the flagpole, flag and plantings for the flag installation at Dunwoody's new City Hall on Ashford Dunwoody Road.
  • Most recently, members beautified the entrance to Dunwoody's hidden gem, Windwood Hollow Park, at 4865 Lakeside Drive.

With your support, the DGC also makes substantial contributions to Dunwoody Nature Center, Dunwoody Preservation Trust cemetery restoration fund, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Garden Club of Georgia, the State Botanical Garden, Atlanta Audubon Society, Stone Mountain Historical Society, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Oakland Cemetery, Trees Atlanta, I Care Atlanta, Christmas for Kids and local DeKalb Master Gardener projects.


Tickets can be purchased from any DGC member. Don’t know one? Write the garden club at, and someone will contact you. Spend a chilly February day enjoying friends and fashion. You’ll be glad you did.

Kathy is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her books, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch” and “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” at the Enchanted Forest and on Amazon. Contact her at, follow her on Facebook,, and/or read her blogs at

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