Gala in the Garden


Join us for our 19th Annual
Gala in the Garden

Saturday September 9, 2017

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Join us for what will be the best Gala in the Garden…..ever!
Guests will stroll the Garden enjoying stunning décor, tantalizing tunes, world-class cuisine,
top-rated wines, and spirits, our top-rated silent auction and musical groups throughout the
garden that are world-class! This year we have new entertainment that will have you rockin’!
And this year, we have a few surprises!

We hear from our guests again and again…. “this is the best Gala I have ever attended!”…..
“there’s not another one like it!”

The fun begins at 5pm!

Contact Doreen Prager at to learn more about volunteering, donating items/services for the silent/live auctions or how to become a sponsor.

Our 2017 Honorees – Ann Hunter-Welborn and David Welborn

This year, we are excited to honor, Ann Hunter-Welborn and David Welborn. Their work has transcended many generations through their personal philanthropic passions, while always keeping the community a priority. Their love for botanical education, combined with their longstanding generosity, made this honor most fitting.

Our 2017 Gala Committee Leadership:

Jim Ruecker - Gala Chair
René van Rems - Gala Creative Director
Doreen Prager, Manager of Development Events
Sabrina Cadini - Logistics & Operations Chair

All proceeds benefit San Diego Botanic Garden’s exhibits and programs.

With our thanks and gratitude to our 
Silent Auction Sponsors.

Art Academy of San Diego
Belmont Park
Bradford World Renown Portraiture
California Ballet
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
California Surf Museum
Campland on the Bay
Cedros Soles
Culture Shock Dance Center
Cygnet Theatre
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
GIA Gemological Institute of America
Grace Swanson
Grace Swanson
Hooleys Public House
Hsiao Law
In-N-Out Burgers
James and Rhana Kozak
Japanese Friendship Garden
JulianTea & Cottage Arts
Karen Fidel
Legoland California Resort
Living Coast Discovery Center
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Mary L. Roper
Mary L. Roper
Mary L. Roper
Mingei International Museum
Mission Bay Aquatic Center
Moms Pie House
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, and enterprese of the Morongo and of Mission Indians Tribla Government
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Making Music
New Children’s Museum
North Coast Repertory Theatre
Old Town Family Hospitality Co.
Old Town Trolley/Seal Tour of San Diego
Olivenhain Water District
Pacific Coast Grill
Pandora’s Pizza
PMCU O’Side Turkey Trot
Poway on Stage
Revolution Landscape
Rowley Portraiture
Rubio’s Catering
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU)
San Diego Ice Arena
San Diego Junior Theatre
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego REPertory Theater
Sherman Library & Gardens
The New Children’s Museum
The New Children’s Museum
Walter Andersen Nursery


Gala in the Garden

Be Green


  • Recycling of tableware
  • Reducing use of paper in invitations and programs
  • Using 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper and soy-based inks
  • Working with restaurants and vendors to ensure eco-friendly products
    and practices
  • Donation of excess food

Banner photo by Rachel Cobb
Other photos by Pat Bellgardt, Herb Knufken, EOS Photography & SDBG Staff