‘Gala in the Garden’


San Diego Botanic Garden’s 16th annual “Gala in the Garden” took place Sept. 12.

The 2015 Presenting Sponsor was Olive Hill Greenhouses, and this year’s theme was “Deep Roots … Growth & Gardens,” which commemorates the origins of the Garden, its foundation in the community and its bountiful growth throughout the years.

The recipients of the Paul Ecke Jr. Award of Excellence, which is bestowed annually at the Gala, are Tony and Sue Godfrey, owners of Olive Hill Greenhouses.

“The Godfrey family exemplifies the important role family-owned businesses have historically played, and continue to play, in building a vibrant and sustainable horticultural community in San Diego County,” said Julian Duval, president and CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden.

Guests at “Gala in the Garden” had the opportunity to explore garden trails, enjoy fine wine, craft beer, and the best dishes from local restaurants, as well as listen to live entertainment, and view exquisite floral designs. Renowned florist and Gala Artistic Director René van Rems once again led a team of local floral designers to create lavish floral displays for the evening. Garden Trustee and Former Board Chairman Jim Ruecker returned as the Gala Committee Chair.


Photos by McKenzie Images.