October 23, 2012
Garden of Eden 2012: Pt. 1
Atlanta’s most glorious garden hosted a black-tie ball with blooms and bubby.
- Photos by Jim Fitts
The theme of this year’s gala, “A Celebration of Seasons,” heralded the completion of the New Seasons Capital Campaign, which has been the most successful fundraising endeavor in the Garden’s history.
The gorgeous Atlanta Botanical Garden at its early fall peak, and illuminated with magical seasonal lights after sunset, was the venue for the gala
Atlanta Botanical Garden President Mary Pat Matheson, Co-Chairs Kim Lape and Paula Dickey, event designers Kathy Rainer and Tricky Wolfe of Parties to Die For
Hundreds of black-ties guests enjoyed cocktails at sunset in the Levy Parterre and strolled through the Garden, illuminated at night with lights, before entering the festive, floral-strewn tent for a gourmet dinner, live music by Big Blast and the Party Masters, and dancing.
Among the crowd of garden-goers: Burch and Mark Hanson, Marie and Brad Foster, Michea and Patrick Duffy, Mary Wayne Dixon, Meg and Jeff Arnold, Mary Frances and Tom Garrett, Anna and Richard Pare, Karin Smithson, Michelle and Steve Sullivan, Dina Woodruff, Jim Landon, Stacey and Don Leebern, Kristen and Duncan Gibbs, Matthew and Monique Dwyer.
The gala celebrated the completion of the New Seasons capital campaign, which lead to the Canopy Walk, Edible Garden, Cascades Gardens and many other improvements and additions that nearly doubled the size of the Garden. Nov. 17 marks the opening of the new Garden Lights, Holiday Nights tradition with over a million energy-efficient lights transforming the landscape into a magical wonderland. For more info about Atlanta Botanical Garden and its programming visit: www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org
SEE COMPLETE SLIDESHOW OF PARTY PHOTOS FROM GARDEN OF EDEN, PART ONE, BELOW.