2008 Gala in the Garden: Art & Flowers

Benefits Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami

450 guests will be treated to a spectacular evening amid Fairchild Garden’s stunning tropical landscape set with the large-scale pop-art exhibition “Roy Lichtenstein at Fairchild.” The Northern Trust Ballroom in the Jean Ellen DuPont Shehan Visitor Center, a work of art itself, is the place for the cocktail reception and the Gala’s silent auction. The entire ballroom is wrapped with a large multi-sectioned Rousseau-like painting entitled “Paradise” by Miami artists Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt. Guests will continue on to the gala pavilion, located next to the majestic Pandanus Lake, for dining and dancing to the music of the renowned Peter Duchin Orchestra.

The gala’s décor, orchestrated by Alejandro Muguerza of Le Basque and Karla Conceptual Event Experiences, will be inspired by the vivid colors and bold sculptures of American pop icon Roy Lichtenstein. This year’s co-Chairs are Bunny Bastian and Teresa Buoniconti, joined by Jean Ellen duPont Shehan, Honorary Chairman; Brenda Nestor Castellano, Anna May Conese, Swanee DiMare and Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, Philanthropic Chairmen.

Guests at the 15th annual gala will not only enjoy an elegant evening in a beautiful setting, they will be supporting education, research and the vital conservation work of Fairchild, a world leader in exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants.

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About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Educational opportunities at Fairchild span from elementary school to lifelong learning and community outreach. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the “National Palm Collection” as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and cultivates the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads. Currently Fairchild has field programs in more than 20 countries, including support to protected areas in Madagascar, and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Established in 1938, the garden is internationally renowned for its collections of palms, cycads and other tropical plants, including many rare and endangered species. The Fairchild collections include an extraordinary array of flowering trees, shrubs, and vines, bromeliads, orchids and other epiphytes and rare plants collected from locations stretching from the Bahamas to the Orient, as well as an abundance of native and other tropical specimens.

Fairchild combines the beauty of its horticultural display with its role as a living museum, laboratory and center of learning and discovery. Its lush landscape and superb collections are appreciated by gardeners, tourists, photographers, scientists and nature lovers of all ages. In the world where natural resources are shrinking at an alarming pace, and where unique species are vanishing every year, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an important member of the global environmental community.

Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except December 25. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for Children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. “Roy Lichtenstein at Fairchild” will be on exhibit from December 2007 to May 2008. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

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