Thank you for making this year’s event a success!

Mark your calendars now for Wednesday, May 13, 2020 and join us for Splendor in our expanded Garden space, the Grand Lawn.

What an incredible Splendor in the Garden event on May 8! After morning and afternoon, downpours, the clouds parted and the blue sky shone upon us. The Garden and all of its beauty welcomed more than 700 people last week; and we are grateful you were a part of the celebration.

We raised our glasses in celebration and we recognized the strong partnership between the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Botanical Garden for the past 38 years. We welcomed new visitors and long-time friends to the Garden and toasted to all things splendor.

With your generous support of Fund the Bus, we will be able to serve nearly 10,000 children through school field trips, children’s vegetable garden program, family events, and nature walks.

As a thank you, we wanted to send you the recipe of this year’s Splendor Signature Cocktail. We hope you had a chance to try one during the event and that you enjoyed it so much, you want to try making it at home. This cocktail is an original recipe created by our very own Chef Dave Terrazas!


The Three Rubies Recipe

Hibiscus-citrus Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup Raw sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Dried hibiscus
  • 1 each Naval orange, sliced
  • 1 each Mexican lime, sliced


  • 1 1/2 ounces Silver (plata) tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces Hibiscus-citrus simple syrup (from above) 
  • 1 ounce Raspberry puree
  • 1 ounce Prickly pear puree
  • 2 ounces Ginger ale

Garnish with 1 sprig of fresh mint, lime slice, raspberry


For simple syrup: Combine listed ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Simmer about 15 minutes, Sugar will dissolve completely. Remove from heat, and allow to cool completely and reserve.

For cocktail: In a highball glass, add the ice cubes. Combine all ingredients except ginger ale in a shaker filled with ice. Shake ingredients for a few seconds, and strain contents into the glass. Pour in the ginger ale and lightly stir. Place fresh garnishes on top of ice and serve.

And the raffle winners are…

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s raffle. If you have not picked up your prize package, please call Laura Salfen at 210.536.1408 to make arrangements.

Congratulations to all of our 2019 raffle winners!

  • Garden Sculpture – Kristin Tips • Schlitterbahn Stay & Play – Michael Johnson
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden Package – Mitzi Dreher
  • Wine Tastings (2) – Linda Gunter and Monty Erben
  • Catered Dinner for 12 by The RK Group – Linda Camp
  • Pearl Staycation – Heather Garcia
  • Garcia Glass Experience – Carrie Gray
  • Neiman Marcus: His, Hers & Home – Jessica Quinn
  • Luxury Bedding – Shirley Swanson
  • Riverwalk Retreat – Rosa DeLlano-Huff
  • #Handmade #EuropeanChic #Classics – Melanie Evans

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The San Antonio Botanical Garden is grateful to this year’s steering committee

Creative Committee Co-Chairs
Danny Cuellar/Danesa & Alex Woehrle
Magdalena & Raul Gaona Jr., MD
Andrea Pichler

Host Committee Co-Chairs
Linda & Jack Gunter
Bette & Jack Vexler

Raffle Chair
Amy Willcox

Development Committee Chair
Linde Murphy

The San Antonio Botanical Garden thanks its Splendor in the Garden 2019 underwriters and table sponsors

Underwriting Sponsors

Luther King Capital Investments

Jack & Carol McGuire
Tena & Jim Gorman

Broadway Bank

COSA Table Sponsor
Monterrey Iron & Metal

Valet Parking
Cavender Audi
Mary West & Richard Traylor

Neiman Marcus San Antonio

Floral Accents & Centerpieces
Trinity Flowers: Danny Cuellar/Danesa & Alex Woehrle

Party Favors & Special Gifts
Cheever Books
Carolyn & Larry Biedenharn

AV Equipment
Lou Celia Frost
Ann Griffith Ash

A special thanks to Hilmy for design, Smith Print for printing, and The RK Group for catering

Table Sponsors 

Oasis Table Sponsors
The Greehey Family Foundation

Sun Table Sponsors
Mays Family Foundation
Ruth Eilene Sullivan & Eilene Sullivan

Soil Table Sponsors
Claire and John Alexander
Libba Barnes & Susan Shown Todd
Capital Group
Kristen & Rick Casey
Mike Casey
Joan Cheever & Dennis Quinn
Culligan Water
Devils River Conservancy/Alice Ball Strunk
Sarah & Sunny Fitzsimons
Dr. & Mrs. Ty Goletz
Guido Constuction
Jefferson Bank
Dana McGinnis
Steves & Sons Foundation
Bette & Jack Vexler
Carole and Elgin Wong/ Nita and Jim Frank

Soul Table Sponsors
Candace Andrews & Uwe Pontius
Argent Institutional Services
Allison & James Barrow
Tisha & Kyle Beck
Lauren & John Browning, M.D./Aida & Ed Snyder
Caroline & William Carrington/Kathy & David Kelleher
City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department
CHR Partners, Inc.
Joel K. Erben
Lourdes & Roberto Espinosa/ Carlos Moreno
Frost Bank
Gomez Vasquez International
Karen & Jim Greenwood
Linda & Jack Gunter/Julie & Warren Wilkinson
Hotel Emma
Pam & Ryland Howard/Sarah & Jon Cochran
Erika Ivanyi & Matthias Schubnell
JP Morgan/Chase
Kopplow Construction Company
Marline Lawson & Trudy Moore
Anibal Alonso Lopez
Laura and Don McDonald
Judy Morton
Natalee Newell & Royce Brewer Vogt
Daniela & Guillermo Portillo, M.D. & Kelly & Ryan Moody
Laura Powell & John Hartman
Jacqueline Roberts
Barbara & David Shannon/ Alice & Jimmy Norman
Jordan & Albert Shannon
The Pearl
Tracy & Jack Williams/Lisa & Tom Spielhagen
San Antonio River Authority
Catharine & Jeff Vexler
Weddle Gilmore Black Rock Studio/ Ten Eyck Landscape Architects