On November 8th, 2020 (4 – 5:15 p.m. EST), the American Horticultural Society (AHS) will transform its annual fall fundraising gala into a live virtual “garden party” event –“Celebrating Together: Arriving Home.”

We’re excited to welcome friends and supporters from around the country to join us for an afternoon of seasonal style and entertaining inspiration, fall gardening and home decorating tips and tricks. This unique virtual program will feature nationally (and internationally) known lifestyle experts, a mixologist who will whip up specialty cocktails — and a surprise celebrity guest with a royal connection. Reserve your space now!

Renowned style experts. This year’s Honorary Chair is celebrated interior designer, gardener, and bestselling author James Farmer, who will take us on a live virtual tour of his beautiful south Georgia home and garden while sharing his favorite tips for seasonal entertaining, table design, and fall gardening—all served up with a large dose of his signature southern charm and style. In addition, a mixologist will craft specialty cocktails with a seasonal flair to launch the celebration.

The festivities will conclude with a surprise guest appearance “from across the pond” who will cap off the celebration with an uplifting message and lively repartee. Monte Durham — the witty style star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta—will host the live virtual festivities from AHS headquarters at historic River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia.

Arriving Home book coverSpecial bonus gifts. All participants will receive an autographed copy of James Farmer’s newest book, Arriving Home. In addition to the live program, all guests will be invited to the pre-event reception and online auction as well as receive a virtual “gift bag” filled with recipes, gardening and flower arranging tips and special offers. Sponsors and their guests will be treated to exclusive benefits including access to pre-and-post-event VIP chat rooms featuring celebrity guest visits, special prize raffles and more.

Reserve your space now. #ahsvirtualgardenparty

Sponsorship opportunities are available to support the Virtual Garden Party. Thank you to all who attended and supported our 2019 gala at River Farm.

As a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit, we rely entirely on membership dues, charitable contributions, and earned revenue to support our ongoing operations. Proceeds raised from the virtual “garden party” will support the Society’s mission.

Thank you for your consideration and we hope you join us at the virtual Garden Party!

2020 Garden Party Host Committee

Laura Dowling (Chair)

Barbara Becker

Skipp Calvert

Cherie Lejeune

Amanda Mertins

Joanne Sawczuk

Melissa Sigler

Jan Test