Blue Danube Gardens of the World Ball

May 3, 2014

Entire Garden

2450 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605

Cost: $ Reservation Only, Contact us!

Sail away to the Blue Danube Ball!

Presented by the Garden's board of advisors and BNY Mellon Wealth Management, the premier fundraising gala will showcase extravagant sets and floral decorations. Ball co-chairmen Betty Balentine of Atlanta and Polly Mattox of LaGrange are creating a memorable evening for the anticipated 250 guests who will dine on European cuisine in a grand ballroom epitomizing the "Gartenschloss Castle."

The evening will conclude with dancing to the jazz tunes of the Joe Gransden Band in the "Rathskeller Lounge."

For 2014 Ball sponsorship and ticket information, please contact

Silent Auction

An extensive silent auction co-chaired by Marianne McConnel and Sally Jobe of Atlanta will kick off the evening, adding a lively atmosphere to the cocktail hour.

The Silent Auction will feature bidding during the cocktail hour overlooking the International Garden. The auction will offer an array of jewelry, original and decorative art, vacation homes and destinations, and sports and entertainment packages, most of which are donated or acquired by the 80-member Board of Advisors.

Patron Party

May 2, 2014

Corporate sponsorships at the State Botanical Garden have grown steadily with BNY Mellon at the helm as the presenting sponsor for seven recent balls. The Garden is fortunate to have many local and statewide corporate sponsors as well as individual patrons who value its mission of teaching, research and outreach.