30th Garden of Eden Ball | ATLANTA

A magical evening awaits at the Atlanta Botanical Garden – Seed, Blossom, Fruit.

September 24, 2011
6:30 PM
Atlanta, GA

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Garden of Eden Ball, the Garden’s largest annual fund-raiser. The black-tie gala has come a long way since its early days in a tent in a former parking lot that’s now the popular Edible Garden.

This year’s theme – Seed, Blossom, Fruit – is an appropriate botanical metaphor for the leadership and support provided by this year’s 12 honorees. These “seeds” are special individuals who gave their time, talent and treasure in the Garden’s early years to create a community resource enjoyed today and by future generations.

Dina Woodruff is chairing the September 24 gala and Parties to Die For once again will transform a simple tent into a glorious ballroom. The evening will include cocktails, seated dinner and dancing to the Atlanta Showstoppers.

Atlanta’s premier gala – the Garden’s largest annual fund raiser – is themed “Seed, Blossom, Fruit,” based on the Henry Ward Beecher quotation:

“We should so live and labor in our time that what came to us as seed may go to the next generation as blossom, and what came to us as blossom may go to them as fruit.”

The black-tie gala begins in the Levy Parterre, where guests will enjoy cocktails before a seated dinner under a giant white tent on the Great Lawn, decorated by Parties to Die For.

Chaired by Dina Woodruff, the event culminates with dancing. Patron-level tickets include an invitation to an exclusive pre-ball party. For tickets or information, contact Christina Williams.


Norris Broyles, George de Man, Mary Wayne Dixon, Dottie Fuqua, Holcombe Green, Ben Greer, Barbara Humphreys, Mary Izard, Peggy Martin, Olive Robinson, Deen Day Sanders, Dorothy Yates

Ball Chair:

Dina Woodruff

Special Advisor:

Mary Wayne Dixon

Benefactor Chairs:

Jennifer and Martin Flanagan

Patron Co-Chairs:

Nancy and Doug James
Lorri and Forrest McClain

Ladies & Gentlemen’s Committee Chairs:

Sarah and Scott Goodman
Karen and Richard Parker


Ginny and Charles Brewer
Boog and Sam Candler
Barbara and Mark Chandler
Cathy and Jeff Cravens
Shannon and Stan Dixon
Jennifer and Greg Duncan
Duvall and Rex Fuqua
Lauren Fuqua
Kimbrough and Raymond Gibson
Burch and Mark Hanson
Julie and Bo Heiner
Lucy Inman
Catharine and Jackson Kelly
Jim Landon

Caroline and Boyd Leake
Elizabeth and David Martin
Stella and Tom Martin
Cameron and Michael McCord
Carianne and Lance McCormack
Ginger and Dan Molloy
Karla and David Morris
Christy O’Neill
Dennis Retzleff and Drew Brown
Georgia and Diff Ritchie
Kristy and Michael Robison
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

Jack Sawyer and Bill Torres
Dean and Bronnie Smith
Roger Smith and Christopher Jones
Christina and Andrew Whitney
Nancy and Joe Wilen
Elizabeth and Chris Willett
Jena and Steve Young

Patron Party Chairs:

Helen and Ray Weeks

Event Designers:

Kathy Rainer and Tricky Wolfe
Parties to Die For

Publicity Committee:

Mose Bond
Amanda Brown-Olmstead
Jim Landon
Libby Lanier
Thornton Kennedy


The Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta GA


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