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 thanks and gratitude to our
2017 Cuisine Participants


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