Garden Gala to feature renowned landscape, event designers

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Botanical Garden will host its annual Garden Gala, sponsored by Flower Magazine, Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Green Island Country Club.

Nationally acclaimed horticulturalists Renny Reynolds and Jack Staub are the guest speakers. The event opens with a reception and silent auction from 10 to 11 a.m.

There will also be a slide presentation, "Listening to the Land," in which Reynolds and Staub showcase their prized estate, Hortulus Farm, and discuss their signature design method that has earned the duo fame in their industry.

Admission to the gala, which includes a catered luncheon from noon to 1 p.m., is $75. Guests can also talk one-on-one with Reynolds, who specializes in landscape architecture and event planning, and Staub, a leading authority on edible plants and garden design, in a smaller setting from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Each study session is $75 and luncheon attendance is not required.

Study sessions include the following:

Art of the Party, where you can join Reynolds as he reveals his principles of successful entertaining, and

Vegetable Gardening 101, where you will spend the afternoon learning from Staub as he discusses how to have a beautiful and productive vegetable garden.

The Garden's biggest event of the year, the Gala is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit. All sponsors will receive significant name recognition in the Garden newsletter, event program and plaque. All contributions are tax-deductible and support the Garden's mission to preserve a portion of Columbus' open space while providing the public a unique educational and recreational facility.

The Columbus Botanical Garden is located at 3603 Weems Road and is open daily from dawn to dusk. The office is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, visit or call 706-327-8400.

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