Gala in the Garden

Gala in the Garden

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

For more information or questions, please contact
Rachel Azhocar at or call 760/ 434-3036 x217.

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

Gala in the Garden

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