Botanical Beginnings

Houston Botanical Garden is off to a green start with sold-out luncheon netting $400,000

Houston Botanical Garden is off to green start with sold-out luncheon

News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Mary Pat Matheson, Jeff E. Ross and Nancy Abendshein
Mary Pat Matheson, Jeff E. Ross, Nancy Abendshein. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Mayor Annise Parker, Susie Glasscock
Mayor Annise Parker, Susie Glasscock. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Housotn Botanic Garden luncheon, Sept. 2015, Laura Sweeney, Elizabeth Galtney, Cherie Flores
Laura Sweeney, Elizabeth Galtney, Cherie Flores. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015,  Melinda Spalding Chevalier, Felix Chevalier
Melinda Spalding Chevalier, Felix Chevalier. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Richard and Martha McDugald wth Emily and Carlton Wilde
Richard and Martha McDugald wth Emily and Carlton Wilde Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Vesta Frommer, Sissy Roberts
Vesta Frommer, Sissy Roberts. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Gertrude Jane Stone, Drucie Chase
Gertrude Jane Stone, Drucie Chase. Photo by Dave Ro
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Shelley Barineau, Kelly Montgomery and Laura Heard
Shelley Barineau, Kelly Montgomery, Laura Heard. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Houston Botanical Garden, Sept. 2015, Stephen Costello, Debbie Costello
Stephen Costello, Debbie Costello. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Loretta Thomas Spates, Nancy Thomas and Carrie Horne
Loretta Thomas Spates, Nancy Thomas, Carrie Horne. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Mary Pat Matheson, Jeff E. Ross and Nancy Abendshein
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Mayor Annise Parker, Susie Glasscock
News, Shelby, Housotn Botanic Garden luncheon, Sept. 2015, Laura Sweeney, Elizabeth Galtney, Cherie Flores
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015,  Melinda Spalding Chevalier, Felix Chevalier
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Richard and Martha McDugald wth Emily and Carlton Wilde
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Vesta Frommer, Sissy Roberts
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Gertrude Jane Stone, Drucie Chase
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Shelley Barineau, Kelly Montgomery and Laura Heard
News, Shelby, Houston Botanical Garden, Sept. 2015, Stephen Costello, Debbie Costello
News, Shelby, Houston Botanic Garden Lunch, Sept. 2015, Loretta Thomas Spates, Nancy Thomas and Carrie Horne

Organizers had little trouble filling the River Oaks Country Club ballroom to the max when the call went out for a luncheon fundraiser benefiting the Houston Botanic Garden. The sell-out gathering of 530 raised a whopping $400,000 net (yes, net) at the "Botanical Beginnings" event.

The program was full of good news for fans of the project with Houston Botanic Garden president and CEO Jeff E. Ross announcing that landscape architecture firm West 8 New York had been selected to design the garden, which will be located on the 120-acre site of the Glenbrook Park Golf CourseAdriaan Geuze, founding partner and design director of West 8 New York, was in town to share preliminary design concepts for the garden.

Houston Botanic Garden board chair Nancy O'Connor Abendshein announced that she and Mel Glasscock will chair the garden's capital campaign, fundraising for the luncheon spearheaded by chairs Martha and Richard McDugald and Emily and Carlton Wilde.

Special guest was Mary Pat Matheson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, who shared her enthusiasm for the Houston garden.

Among those joining the scene were Mayor Annise Parker, City Council members Stephen Costello and Robert Gallegos, plus Susie Glasscock, Kate McNair, Kim Van Gundy, Peter McStravick, Butch Abendshein, Clare Glassell, Cherie Flores, Susan and David Lummis, Aliyya Stude, Laurie Liedtke and Meredith Cullen.

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