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September 12th - 13th

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Gala in the Garden

Friday, September 13th

Experience an elevated safari-themed evening at Gala in the Garden hosted amidst the lush animal topiaries at Columbus Botanical Garden. Enjoy gourmet cuisine crafted by Epic Restaurant and live music performed by the talented Tanner Fussell (from "The Voice"). We will also have complimentary bar service offering a selection of fine wines, spirits, and cocktails. Join us for a night of gourmet delights, captivating music, animal topiaries, and delightful camaraderie in the heart of nature's beauty.

Garden Party Attire, 21+ only

Tanner Fussel

At the age of eight, Georgia native Tanner Fussell began playing guitar and writing songs. His heartfelt lyrics coupled with an upbeat attitude and musical drive connects with listeners of all ages and walks of life. In 2014 he began the group "Half-Seas Over" in Statesboro, Ga. The band played all over the South for the next five years, sharing the stage with artists such as Jon Langston, AFTM, Mo Lowda & the Humble and many more. In 2019 after moving to Colorado the group dispersed. Here Tanner continued to pursue music through his solo career, playing throughout the Northern Colorado area. This was where he met fellow musician Jack Stein and together they formed the group "Steelin' Hearts". Then in 2021 the group decided to return to the South where he continued to pursue music in both his solo career as well as "Steelin' Hearts" in Nashville, TN. In 2022 he was a member of "The Voice" for Season 22. He was a member Team Blake Shelton and advanced to the Battle Rounds of the show. His latest single "Holdin' Her, Lovin' You" was released in early 2023, with plans to continue to release more music as the year goes on. Today he continues to pursue his passion in music and leave his mark on the music world.

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Before the Gala - Sponsors Only

Patron Party
 

Our Patron Party is exclusively for certain levels of Patron and Corporate Gala sponsors from 6-7pm. This hour-long celebration will have drinks and small bites on the Event Lawn next to the beautiful Wallace Pollinator Garden. Thank you to our generous sponsors who make this event possible!

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Garden Luncheon

Thursday, September 12th

You're invited to our spectacular Gala Luncheon at the Columbus Botanical Garden! Join us from 11am-1pm with celebrity floral designer, Canaan Marshall, who will do a live flower arrangement on stage. Learn his unique techniques that sets him apart in the floral industry. Indulge in a delightful lunch accompanied by coffee and mimosas while surrounded by the beauty of the garden. Don't miss this special opportunity to be inspired by Canaan's floral artistry in a stunning natural setting!

Garden Party Attire

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Canaan Marshall

Guest Speaker

Canaan Marshall is the "next-door floral designer of your dreams". An old soul, he has had a natural knack for all things growing and green since childhood. He is best known as the vibrant, young fellow to turn your everyday into elegant. Perhaps just as notable is the seemingly effortless way he creates and very often makes his fans feel as though they, too, could create something just as wonderful. His work can be found in the pages of Southern Living, Modern Luxury, Flower Magazine, Traditional Home, and Macon Magazine.

His mantra: Place it, and move on. To his audience of intrigued green-thumb wannabes, he inspires thoughtful arrangements while never fretting over the perfect placement. He encourages, "Choose flowers you like; put some love into the preparation, and have fun!" Much like your favorite neighbor, he has the finished vision before you even begin. Canaan's energy makes one want to dance and celebrate each event as if it were the last. That celebration is evident in everything he touches. Canaan is also a contestant on Season 2 of Full Bloom on HBO Max. Canaan makes extraordinary appear simple, yet always with a fabulous, fun flair.

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PATRON PACKAGES

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Elephant Patron

$10,000

  • 8 tickets and table to Gala in the Garden 
     

  • 2 tickets to the Patron Reception 
     

  • 8 tickets to Friday's Garden Luncheon featuring Cannan Marshall

  • A family membership to Columbus Botanical Garden
     

  • Recognition in program and event signage 

Lion Patron

$5,000

  • 6 tickets to Gala in the Garden
     

  • 2 tickets to the Patron Reception

  • 6 tickets to  Friday's Garden Luncheon featuring Cannan Marshall

  • A family membership to Columbus Botanical Garden 
    Recognition in program and event signage  

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Rhino Patron

$2,500

  • 4 tickets to Gala in the Garden 
     

  • 2 tickets to the Patron Reception 
     

  • 4 tickets to Friday's Garden Luncheon featuring Cannan Marshall
     

  • A family membership to Columbus Botanical Garden 
     

  • Recognition in program and event signage

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Leopard Patron

$1,000

  • 2 tickets to Gala in the Garden 
     

  • 2 tickets to Friday's Garden Luncheon featuring Cannan Marshall
     

  • A family membership to Columbus Botanical Garden
     

  • Recognition in program and event signage

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Buffalo Patron

$500

  • 2 tickets to Gala in the Garden 
     

  • A family membership to Columbus Botanical Garden
     

  • Recognition in program and event signage

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Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors

As a garden for all, your support of our 2023 Gala in the Garden events allow us to serve not only those who visit our grounds, but also those beyond our garden gates. This year you have helped to bring so many new faces to the garden through fun educational events and exciting children’s programs. Through outreach to local schools, a field trip fund has been established and a pollinator pals program has been implemented to educate the next generation about the natural world and to become future stewards of its care. With the expansion of educational programming, events and partnerships, we strive daily to further our efforts to become an indispensable community asset.

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