Gala in the Garden 2012, “Paradise Found”

Benefits Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Saturday, February 4, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
305-667-1651, Ext. 3375

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will host Gala in the Garden 2012, “Paradise Found” on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. Chairmen for this year’s black-tie fundraiser are Swanee DiMare and Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa. Penny Stamps and Joyce Burns will serve as Philanthropic Chairmen.

Fairchild’s Gala in the Garden is South Florida’s must-attend social event. “I look forward to Fairchild’s Gala in the Garden every year. Not only is the garden the most beautiful and unique location for a black-tie event, the Gala supports the important work of Miami’s truly “green” organization,” says Co-Chairman Swanee DiMare of the event and referring to Fairchild’s critical work in tropical plant conservation and environmental education initiatives.

This year’s Gala in the Garden will welcome 450 guests beginning with cocktails and a highlight of the evening, a silent auction, in the Jean duPont Shehan Visitor Center. Guests will proceed to a large lakeside pavilion for dining and dancing to live music.

Lasso the Moon will cater the event and create the innovative décor for the evening using brilliant purples and greens and filling the room with orchids to set off the lavish theme. Gala guests will not only enjoy a spectacular evening in stunning tropical landscape but they will also be supporting the vital conservation work of Fairchild.

Seats for Gala in the Garden start at $600. For more information and to purchase seats or tables, please contact Susannah Shubin at 305.667.1651, Ext. 3375 or

Fairchild Gala in the Garden Committee Left to Right: Virginia Wheeler, Patricia Mederos, Penny Stamps, Joyce Burns, Swanee DiMare, Frances Sevilla Sacasa, Judy Kramer, Anne Baddour; Back row: Jenny Parker, Maria Beguiristain, Lisa Wheeler, Brenda Nestor Castellano, Margaret Eidson, Lee Damus, Barbara Hevia; Not Pictured: Nancy Batchelor, Jennifer Buttrick

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries throughout the tropical world including the Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia. Fairchild’s palm and cycad collections are considered the greatest collections in the world and are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. Fairchild has the largest education program in a metropolitan area reaching more than 100,000 schoolchildren in 2011. Fairchild hosts popular events like the Chocolate, Mango, Orchid, Food and Garden, Ramble and Edible Garden Festivals, as well as an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant shows and sales, evening events and more. Fairchild is a not-for-profit organization with 45,000 members. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida, 33156. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Information at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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