'Tis the season at the Dixon!
Every year, in preparation for the holiday season, the
Memphis Garden Club (MGC) spends a week at the Dixon decorating and decking the
halls of the Residence and Catmur Foyer. Since the founding of the Dixon in
1976, a natural involvement has developed with the Memphis Garden Club. MGC members serve the Dixon in a variety of
volunteer capacities from board members to greenhouse potters. The Club’s Fine
Arts Committee is even responsible for the Gallery’s bi-weekly and special
events floral arrangements, including Christmas decorations.
The decoration of each room is headed up by a room captain,
who oversees the look and holiday theme for that area, which may correspond to
an overall theme. Last year’s theme of “Naturally Southern” featured rustic yet
refined decorations celebrating the Dixon’s southern nature.
This year, the Garden Club pays tribute to the Dixon’s
English roots and Edwardian Architecture with a Downton Abbey-inspired theme.
“Downton Abbey: An Edwardian Christmas” incorporates the
Dixon’s English-style grounds indoors with boxwoods and
other greenery, as well as red and white poinsettias, amaryllis, and cyclamen.
Trees will be trimmed and decorations will adorn every room
in the Residence from the top of the stairs to the front door. Room captains
and their committees spend part of their year planning the Dixon’s holiday
décor, and to thank them, the Dixon staff takes a night to celebrate their
contributions throughout the year, with a party in the residence. All of the
seasonal events that we look forward to at the Dixon—including the Holiday
Soirée and tree lighting, music in the galleries, and holiday workshops and
performances—are enhanced by the beautiful décor.
The Dixon is truly a magical place during the holidays,
thanks to the beautiful and festive decorations by the Garden Club.
Stay tuned as next week the Garden staff decorates the
grounds for holiday including the trimming of the big Christmas tree!