Donor Spotlight: Two Pams in the Garden

Long time Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden supporters, Pam Stowe and Pam Warlick, co-chaired the inaugural “Hats in the Garden” Luncheon last month. For the two Pams, their commitment to the Garden honors family legacies, while the event itself was a nod to the glamorous evolution of this regional asset.

Pam Warlick (left) and Pam Stowe at Hats in the Garden

Pam Warlick (left) and Pam Stowe at Hats in the Garden

How did you become involved with Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden? Why is it important to you? 

Pam Stowe: My husband Harding’s uncle, Daniel Stowe, started the botanical garden 20 years ago.  Because of Dan, we became involved with the garden early on. I chaired the opening gala. Harding is chairman of the board and I’m on the Art in the Garden task force, so we both stay very in tune.

Pam Warlick: The creation of DSBG by Daniel Stowe was such an incredible gift to Gaston County and the surrounding area. My father, Duke Kimbrell was a friend of Mr. Stowe's and he was appreciative and supportive of his vision. As a family, we watched the Garden grow and prosper. My father was a long time trustee and following his passing in 2014, I was asked to join the Board. I feel honored to continue my father's enthusiasm and support of this treasure in our community.

What was your vision for Hats in the Garden? 

PS: I’ve been lucky enough to attend the Central Park Conservancy hat luncheon in New York several times. It’s one of the mostly beautifully orchestrated events I’ve ever attended. I wanted Hats in the Garden to have the same feel and same level of “specialness”. 

PW: The idea grew out of the Arts Task force committee formed in 2018. Our goal is to focus on acquiring art and promoting the arts throughout the Garden. This group of talented ladies stepped up and Hats in the Garden was born! Our goals are serious but the luncheon is all about friends, fun and some fundraising.

You both are so actively involved with so many facets of the community. How do you choose what to say yes to when it comes to giving of your time and resources?

PS: I used to say yes to almost any “cause” that came along. Now that I’m older, I only participate in events/causes that speak to me personally- and that are enjoyable!  

PW: I feel I am most effective when I follow my passion. The friendships and people you meet along the way are an added bonus. 

What is your earliest memory of giving back?

PS: My father was extremely involved in many aspects of the small community in which I grew up, so giving back was modeled for me. I remember spending Saturdays with Daddy sorting through imperfect shoes at the Converse tennis shoe factory, making pairs to give to the many families who needed shoes.  

PW: As with many children, I began giving back through church, scouts and school community service projects. My family set the example of serving others.   

How did you attempt to instill the importance of community and philanthropy in your children when they were younger? 

PS: The best way to teach is through action, and our children saw us spending time on fundraising and other charitable activities. For example, I delivered Friendship Trays for 15 years while my children were growing up, and as school schedules allowed, they accompanied me- not always eagerly. But they learned from the experience! 

PW: My father is still our inspiration for philanthropy. His daily blessing ended, "give us thankful hearts and help others".

We’re big on giving local, so it only makes sense to shop local! What are you favorite local businesses?  

PS: My dear friend Laura Vinroot Poole owns three wonderful shops in Charlotte- Capitol, Poole Shop, and Tabor- so those are high on my list. I also absolutely love CLTCH, Boris and Natasha, and The Frock Shop, all in Plaza-Midwood, and all locally owned, by friends. 

PW: I love all things local! Farmers Markets, The Hive, Tony's Ice Cream, The Web Custom Kitchen, Butler Studio and of course the gift shop at DSBG.


Don’t miss Grandiflora: Gamrath Glass at the Garden, on exhibit now thru September at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the awe-inspiring, larger-than-life botanical glass exhibit, features vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and more.