Fairchild Sets Date for Gala in the Garden 2007

Monday, June 19, 2006

Coral Gables, FL. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden announces the 13th annual Gala in the Garden to be held on Saturday February 3, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. Co-Chairs for this year‘s black-tie fundraiser are Brenda Nestor Castellano and Swanee DiMare. Jean Ellen Shehan will serve as Honorary Chairman, with Bunny Bastian and Anna May Conese as Philanthropic Chairmen.

This year‘s Gala in the Garden for 450 guests will begin with cocktails and a highlight of the evening, a silent auction, in the Northern Trust Ballroom of the Jean duPont Shehan Visitor Center. Guests will proceed to a large lakeside pavilion for dining and dancing to the music of the Peter Duchin Orchestra, one of the most sought after bands of the modern era who is returning after last year‘s much talked about performance. Gala guests will not only be enjoying a spectacular evening in the stunning tropical landscape they will be supporting the vital conservation work of Fairchild.

Ticket prices begin at $600 per person. Table Sponsorships are also available. For tickets and more information about "Gala in the Garden" please contact Suzanne Kores at 305.667.1651, ext. 3323, or skores@fairchildgarden.org.

Donors who contribute $10,000 or more to "Gala in the Garden" are invited to an exclusive benefactor‘s event on November 5, 2006. Proceeds from "Gala in the Garden" support the advancement of Fairchild‘s vital programs in education, research and conservation.

About Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier research and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in conservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms; an education program reaching more than 26,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 34,000 members and benefactors.

Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for Children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.