The San Antonio Botanical Garden Presents New Expansion & Honors Local Organization
By Shannon Miller Turner Photography by Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: Splendor in the Garden, the aptly-named gala held recently at the San Antonio Botanical Garden offered its 450 guests a first glimpse of the Garden’s new expansion while honoring a program aimed at improving the quality of life for all it serves, Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF).
THE VIBE: The evening presented the perfect opportunity for guests to take in a quite literal garden in bloom as attendees enjoyed a first look at expansion details beginning with the grand new entrance that serves to welcome all visitors to the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Additional sights to behold included the new one-acre Culinary Garden, the Goldsbury Foundation Pavilion and the outdoor CHEF Teaching Kitchen. The Garden’s own Chef Dave Terrazas demonstrated simple-yet-healthy recipes utilizing fresh ingredients found in the Culinary Garden. The CHEF-inspired menu for the evening, catered by Don Strange of Texas, was as inspirational as it was delicious.
THE CAUSE: This year’s honorary chair for the gala was Courtney Walker. Chairs for the event were Leslie Komet Ausburn and Adam Ausburn. Event committee members included Lauren and John Browning, Carolyn and Jim Jackson, Amy and Ken Maverick, Julie and Robert Miggins, Roxana and Hamlet Newson. Renowned landscape architect Johns S. Troy is the President of The San Antonio Botanical Garden Society, Inc. CHEF, the honored organization of this year’s event, was founded by the Goldsbury Foundation and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The program teaches children and families basic nutrition and practical cooking skills. CHEF’s philosophy of Cook Well, Eat Well, Live Well, strives to enhance the lives of those it serves.