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4th Annual ‘Splendor in the Garden’ at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

4th Annual “Splendor in the Garden” at Fairchild Tropical Botanic GardenWednesday, January 14, 10:30am-2pm – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables

Lush, tropical landscapes become the perfect setting for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s trendiest event of the year – the 4th Annual Splendor in the Garden, luncheon and fashion show fundraiser benefiting Fairchild’s education, conservation science, and horticulture programs. Co-hosted with Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, the event featured Spring 2015 hottest styles in a runway show presented by Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus Senior VP and Fashion Director. The event was co-chaired by Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa and was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, Marquis Bank, and Perry Ellis International. Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, Miami Herald columnist and fundraiser for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund, served as this year’s emcee.

Upon arrival, guests were treated to a champagne reception on the sunny mosaic patio of the Visitor Center. The party then moved to the tented marquee overlooking the tropical foliage and sparkling Pandanus Lake. A refreshing lunch by Le Basque Catering started the fashion show off on the right note. Models walked down the runway spotlighting the most coveted looks and colors for Spring 2015 with ensembles put together by Ken Downing. Guests who liked the outfits seen on the runway could purchase them after the show at the Backstage Boutique. The day closed with recognizing the 2015 Fairchild Philanthropy Honorees, those who have demonstrated dedication to supporting the growth of the Garden and the community at large.

Photos by: Julie Pauline