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Houston's best gardens: Rienzi's never looked lovelier than on this spring night

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Pat Breen, from left, with James and Elise Reckling at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Pat Breen, from left, with James and Elise Reckling. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Tommy Reckling, from left, Gary Tinterow and Isla Reckling at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Tommy Reckling, from left, Gary Tinterow and Isla Reckling. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Angie Reckling, left, and Fran Fauntleroy at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Angie Reckling, left, and Fran Fauntleroy. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Melissa Tuckerman, from left, with Kevin and Winnie Bonebrake at the Rienzi Spring Party April 201
Melissa Tuckerman, from left, with Kevin and Winnie Bonebrake. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Lisa O'Leary, left, and Betty Newton at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Lisa O'Leary, left, and Betty Newton. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Dorothy Houghton, from left, with George and Kath Howe at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Dorothy Houghton, from left, with George and Katherine Howe. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Mason and Catherine Herring at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Mason and Catherine Herring. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Cindy and Jim Thorp, from left, and Lucy and Hayden Rieveschl at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Cindy and Jim Thorp, from left, and Lucy and Hayden Rieveschl. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Cliffe Reckling and Annie Amante at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Cliffe Reckling and Annie Amante. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Eric and Claire Anyah at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Eric and Claire Anyah. Photo by © Jenny Antill
John and Lesli Giannukos at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
John and Lesli Giannukos. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Neal Githens and Kelly Nicholas at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Neal Githens and Kelly Nicholas. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Ginny and Drake Heller at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Ginny and Drake Heller. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Ann and Leslie Doggett at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Ann and Leslie Doggett. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Pat Breen, from left, with James and Elise Reckling at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Tommy Reckling, from left, Gary Tinterow and Isla Reckling at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Angie Reckling, left, and Fran Fauntleroy at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Melissa Tuckerman, from left, with Kevin and Winnie Bonebrake at the Rienzi Spring Party April 201
Lisa O'Leary, left, and Betty Newton at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Dorothy Houghton, from left, with George and Kath Howe at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Mason and Catherine Herring at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Cindy and Jim Thorp, from left, and Lucy and Hayden Rieveschl at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Cliffe Reckling and Annie Amante at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Eric and Claire Anyah at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
John and Lesli Giannukos at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Neal Githens and Kelly Nicholas at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Ginny and Drake Heller at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014
Ann and Leslie Doggett at the Rienzi Spring Party April 2014

What: The Rienzi Spring Party.

Where: In the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum for European decorative arts and paintings and on the grounds around the swimming pool.

The 411: "Serata dei Fiori, an Evening of Flowers, Family and Friends" set a rich floral tone for the evening that saw the antique-filled home and gardens blossoming with sweeping blankets of tulips, roses, peonies, delphiniums and more — the handiwork of florist Jeff Bradley and landscape architect David Samuelson. Party chairs Fran Fauntleroy, Lara and Parker Fauntleroy, Shelley and Mitch Cox and Glenda Grainger orchestrated the evening that raised more than $155,000 for Rienzi's operating budget.

Lead contributors to the fundraising were principal underwriter Sue Trammel Whitfield and grand underwriters Isla and Tommy Reckling, Cindy and Jim Thorp and Barbara W. Winston.

Who: Savoring the scene and the cocktail buffet from Catering by Culinaire were guests including Angie and John Reckling, Cliffe Reckling, Annie Amante, Pat Breen, Lesli and John Giannukos, Christiana and Luke McConn, Lucy and Hayden Rieveschl, Rienzi director Katherine Howe and MFAH director Gary Tinterow.

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