Moonlight and Magnolias Garden Gala 2014

Moonlight and Magnolias Garden Gala 2014

CLEMSON — Tickets are on sale now for the third annual South Carolina Botanical Garden Moonlight and Magnolias Garden Gala, a social event with food and music that supports the recovery and continued maintenance of the Garden.

This year’s gala — from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 10 — has the theme “Metamorphosis” and is a celebration of this season of renewal. Larry Mellichamp, professor of botany at the UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens, will be keynote speaker for the evening and David Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus of Horticulture at Clemson University, will be the honored guest.

“Metamorphosis” will take place on the grounds of the Fran Hanson Visitor Center, the former Southern Living Showcase Home located in the Garden. The garden party will feature fresh-from-the-farm cuisine, music, a silent auction, local wines and craft beers. Dress will be elegant garden party — garden hats are encouraged — and awards will be given out at the end of the evening to the fanciest hat.

Tickets for individuals and couples, as well as sponsorships are available. Ticket prices will remain at $75 each. Sponsorships include four or more tickets to the ball, tickets to a VIP garden tour, reserved seating and a signed and numbered print of the 2014 Moonlight and Magnolia artwork. To become a sponsor, contact Darlene Evans or Shaunda Soto 864-656-3405.

Community members are  encouraged to become Friends of the Garden and purchase tickets soon, as there is limited supply and special tables will sell out quickly.

More information about the event and instructions to purchase tickets are available online.