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.

We congratulate and thank our past Gala Honorees.
2000 Chuck Ades
2001 Pat Welsh
2002 Paul Ecke, Jr.
2003 Loren Nancarrow
2004 Adrienne Green and Agatha Youngblood
2005 Evelyn Weidner
2006 René van Rems
2007 Richard Louv
2008 Susi Torre-Bueno
2009 Huell Howser
2010 Dr. Jodie Holt
2011 James Hubbell
2012 Janet Kister
2013 Pam Slater-Price
2014 Eric Larson
2015 Tony & Sue Godfrey, Owners Olive Hill Greenhouses, Inc.

2016 Nan Sterman

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