Parties & Events

New York Botanical Garden Hosts its Annual Conservatory Ball

Friday, June 6, 2014

Yesterday the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) hosted their annual Conservatory Ball. Being partially outdoors and partially indoors, the event symbolizes the transition from spring to summer. It also never fails to draw out the glitterati in full; it’s the last big bang for AVENUE insiders before retreating to their East End refuges.This year’s event raised $2.0 million for its children’s education and plant research and conservation initiatives.

The Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx, was primped to perfection for this year’s ball. There was a tent big enough for 600 people with giant leaf-covered chandeliers and bright colorful floral centerpieces. The Conservatory Tent was designed by Bowman Dahl Floral & Event Design and Stephen STARR Events catered the event.

The affair started with cocktails in Perennial Garden where designer-clad guests mingled amongst the beautiful blossoms. After sunset behind the Conservatory dome, the esteemed socialites made their way through the historic Victorian glasshouse for a special viewing of Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them.

Attendees included Clay and Karen Tompkins; the board chair and co-founder of New York Harbor Parks Marian Heiskell, Fe Fendi; chairman of the board of the Museum of Art and Design Barbara Tober; Gala Chairmen Patti FastCosby George, Gillian Miniter, and Anne Johnson and the Honorary Chairmen were Fridericke Biggs, Caroline Williamson and the Chairman of the NYBG Board Maureen Chilton. Inside the Conservatory Tent, the Sultans of Swing began their set with some swing tunes that had all the guests showing off their moves, followed by a three-course dinner and more dancing late into the night.





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