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November 5, 2012

Garden of Eden 2012: Pt. 2

Atlanta’s most glorious garden hosted a black-tie ball with blooms and bubbly

  • 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.

Garden of Eden 2012: Part Two Garden of Eden 2012: Part Two

The Venue

The gorgeous Atlanta Botanical Garden at its early fall peak, and illuminated with magical seasonal lights after sunset, was the venue for the gala

The VIPs

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


Party Highlights

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.


The Scene-Makers

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 Cause

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:



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