Gala in the Garden

Save the Date for our 18th Annual
Gala in the Garden!
Saturday, September 9, 2017

San Diego Botanic Garden Gala 2016 Highlights from San Diego Botanic Garden on Vimeo.



It was a Gala to Remember!
Thank you fo attending.

17th annual Gala in the Garden

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, 4:30pm – 9:00pm. Stunning décor,
tantalizing tunes, world-class cuisine, top-rated wines, silent auction and
beverages you have come to know and love, as well as a few surprises!

This year’s 2016 Paul Ecke Jr. Award of Excellence
Honoree is Nan Sterman.

Nan Sterman

Nan Sterman is a gardening expert, author, and host/co-producer/co-writer
of the KPBS series: A Growing Passion. Ms. Sterman is considered one of
California’s leading voices on creating beautiful, low water and sustainable gardens;
removing and replacing lawns with beautiful, low-water plants;
and growing organic vegetables and herbs.

Our 2016 Gala Committee Leadership:

Jim Ruecker - Gala Chair
René van Rems - Gala Creative Director
Sabrina Cadini - Logistics & Operations Director

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.

Be Green


  • Recycling or composting all food waste and 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