San Antonio’s Splendor in the Garden

Gala amongst flowers, pink and purple captures crowd’s imagination

By Ellie Leeper

There was magic in the garden this year when San Antonio’s Botanical Garden Society hosted their most successful “Splendor in the Garden” event yet. Benefitting family program initiatives at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 440 guests attended the gala this year amongst the garden’s beautiful landscape that was transformed into a serenely illuminated backdrop for the gala.

The event was successfully chaired by Luke and Estee Kellogg and Jeff and Anne Rochelle and the large garden’s glass houses shone hues of fuchsia and deep purple, bringing the 38-acre garden to life. Unexpected rain showers the morning of the event provided for a comfortably cool spring evening.

Guests enjoyed savory cocktails and casually socialized beside the fountain, and dined at tables on the luscious lawn connecting the Halsell Conservatory and the Kumamoto En Garden. Afterwards, guests danced the night away to the sounds of Beverly Houston and Breezin’.

Bob Brackman, executive director  of the San Antonio Botanical Garden was thrilled by the success of the gala. “This important fundraiser helps us achieve our dreams for the Garden,” stated Bob Brackman. The gala also provides opportunity for the Garden to grow its circle of friends while The San Antonio Botanical Garden Society is aspiring to make the garden into one of the finest regional gardens in the nation. Thinking green takes on a whole new meaning here.


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