THE 122ND SPRING OUTING
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Jonathan W. Pliska
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Landscape Historian and Author, Jonathan W. Pliska
Jonathan W. Pliska
Jonathan W. Pliska, landscape historian, has extensively explored the documents of the White House past to produce A Garden for the President: A History of the White House Grounds. His interest in historic gardens combines with biography and social history. He has documented the Civil War military earthworks that once surrounded Washington; he has catalogued trees and plants, working toward their preservation. He has lent his expertise to various organizations, notably in verifying sites on the National Register of Historic Places. He has written Cultural Landscapes Inventories for the National Park Service, including one for the Ellipse, located immediately south of the White House Grounds. Jonathan Pliska lives, writes and plants a garden of his own in Baltimore County, Maryland, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Spring Outing Chair
Thank you for the leadership provided by the chair for the 2023 Spring Outing, Dara Russell.
Dara Russell is a Nashville native with an undergraduate degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from Belmont University. In 2021, she launched Nashville Family Therapy, a private therapy practice, where she works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in family conflict. Dara is the mother of two daughters, Warner Dickson (age 24), who works and lives in Nashville, and Laine Dickson (age 21), a junior at Miami University in Ohio.
Dara has offered her skills in a volunteer capacity to the benefit of many local nonprofits. She served most recently as Co-Chair of the Frist Gala in 2018. Dara also completed a term as President of the Junior League of Nashville in 2008-09 and was a member of the 2008 Leadership Nashville class. Dara thoroughly enjoys volunteering for event planning and has helped raise funds for the Nashville Symphony as a Co-Chair for the 25th Anniversary Symphony Ball in 2009, as well as the Symphony Fashion Show in 2014.
Dara has been a board member of St. Luke’s Community House, Belle Meade Plantation, the Junior League of Nashville, Woodmont Christian Preschool and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Dara is currently a sustaining member of the Junior League of Nashville, a member of the Centennial Club and several professional organizations, including the Tennessee Counseling Association and Nashville Psychotherapy Institute and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
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All proceeds benefit the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s many education programs and preservation projects.
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