Quail Botanical Gardens becomes SD Botanic Garden
Some 550 guests, donors and staff celebrated Quail Botanical Gardens’ 10th anniversary at its annual Gala in the Gardens fundraiser Sept. 12.
Paul Ecke III, chief executive officer of Paul Ecke Ranch, presented Huell Howser, creator and host of public television’s hit travel show “California’s Gold,” the Paul Ecke Jr. Award of Excellence for his passion in promoting awareness of nature throughout the Golden State.
Of the gardens, Howser said, “You could spend a whole day here and see the whole world just by looking at the plants.”
Entertainers and San Diego’s finest floral designers, including Rene van Rems International and Root’s, transformed the 30-acre garden with its meandering trails and nearly 3,500 plant species by adding mini worlds of ornate floral arrangements where guests sampled cuisine from local top-notch restaurants.
Proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction items will help the nonprofit organization sustain the grounds, including Hamilton Children’s Garden, conservation education and ongoing programs and exhibits.
Major supporters of this year’s gala include Olive Hill Greenhouses, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors at the recommendation of Pam Slater-Price, and Union Bank of California.
During the festivities, Julian Duval, garden president and chief executive officer, announced the new name for the regional attraction: San Diego Botanic Garden.
Gala chair Jim Ruecker, executive director of property management for Barona Resort and Casino, was all smiles about the name change. He said he’s sure more visitors will now flock to the urban utopia. “I want my grandkids’ grandkids to enjoy it.”
Further details about the garden are available at www.qbgardens.org,/a> or by calling (760) 436-3036.
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