On Friday, August 26th the Denver Botanic Gardens hosted the 38th Annual Fête des Fleurs. 715 guests were welcomed into the gardens for the Fête chaired by GCD member, Becky Schaub, and 2nd generation owner of Andrisen Morton, Lindsay Morton Gaiser.
After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19 and a modified garden party style event for a smaller crown in 2021, the Fête is back! This year’s event returned to the traditional black-tie attire. Guests were met with champagne and then embarked on a traveling cocktail hour, dined under the amphitheater tent, and finished off the evening with dancing in the Freyer-Newman Center. It was a special evening, and despite a little rain, was very successful. The event exceeded its goal of $500,000. A total of just under $505,000 was raised to support the wonderful programs of the DBG. Bravo, Becky and congratulations!
This event couldn’t be what it is without the amazing volunteer input from the Garden Club of Denver, DBG volunteers, and the Fête des Fleurs Committee.
As long standing tradition continues, the Garden Club of Denver creates and coordinates the florals for the Fête des Fleurs. Once again, Cora Wheeler’s concepts were fresh, innovative and full of beauty. GCD Liaisons to the Fete, Nancy Jones, Mary Schaeffer and Nina Sisk worked tirelessly alongside Cora to condition and prepare the tropical themed flowers for this year’s event. With more than 110 arrangements to design, Cora, Nancy, Mary and Nina led 50 volunteer over two days with a grace and ease that made it look easy, when we all know it takes a great deal of planning and effort. They are the dream team! Congratulations, ladies, and well done!
-Elizabeth Eberly Weigand