Twilight in the Garden

Photographs of previous Twilight in the Gardens courtesy Conrad Erb Photography (Photos 1 & 2); Noise Soul Cinema (Photos 3, 4 & 6); and Wright Eye Photography (Photo 5).

A joyous evening under the stars

Mark your calendar: Friday, October 4, 2024

Twilight in the Garden is the annual gala to benefit Bartram’s Garden and the year’s largest fundraiser. Join us to celebrate this beloved public space and ensure its continued growth.

Join us for a festive night of great company, an unparalleled setting, and deep gratitude as we gather in honor of this legendary landscape. You and your guests will enjoy:

  • A magical choose-your-own adventure evening, with options for everything from sunset garden tours to cozy riverfront fire pits
  • Silent auction featuring travel, artwork, private experiences, and more!
  • Autumnal cocktails and seasonal treats

A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. All proceeds from Twilight in the Garden support Bartram’s Garden, a public park welcoming more than 100,000 visitors annually.

Many thanks to our 2023 sponsors!

We gratefully acknowledge the following leadership support for the 2023 event:

Steward

Chanticleer

Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture

PURE Insurance

William F. Ryan & Dr. Joan Richtsmeier

Collector

Haverford Trust Company

Longwood Gardens

Jane G. Pepper

Jocelyn & Philip Scribano

University of Pennsylvania

WRT Design

Botanist

Robert Allen

Crescent Designed Metals

DIGSAU

Drexel University Solutions Institute

Johannah Fine

Hilco Redevelopment Partners

Philadelphia Housing Authority

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation

Stephanie & Bill Stabert

Alexis & Max Tuttleman

Urban Engineers

Naturalist

Paul Lantieri III

Susan & Eric W. Swanson

Paul Vernon

Explorer

Cherry & Hans Bombeck

J. Blaine Bonham, Jr. & Richard Spitzborg

Elizabeth Bressi-Stoppe & Arthur Stoppe

DAS Architects

Lawrence Jones

Marcia Makadon

Lisa M. Miller

Eva Ray & Suresh Ghosh

Cynthia Schneider

Sidney & Stewart Spahr

With special thanks to Jamie Hollander Gourmet, Botanery Barn, Kennedy Printing, Champagne & Stars Event Décor, John & Kira’s Chocolates, and Moore Brothers Wine Company for their support.

List current as of October 5.

Previous Honorees

Twilight in the Garden has previously honored the following pillars of Philadelphia green space:

  • Ivy Berry, co-founder of the Southwest Tree Coalition
  • Edward M. D’Alba, former President and CEO of Urban Engineers
  • Michael DiBerardinis and Joan Reilly, civic leaders and green space advocates
  • City Councilmember Jamie R. Gauthier, 3rd District
  • Terrence L. Gore, artist
  • The Lomax Family Foundation, dedicated to the health and wellness of African-American communities
  • Kathryn Ott Lovell, former Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation
  • State Representative Joanna E. McClinton
  • Elizabeth P. McLean, garden historian
  • Paul W. Meyer, former F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Mural Arts Philadelphia
  • Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia
  • Jane G. Pepper, former President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • Paul B. Redman, President and CEO of Longwood Gardens
  • The Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School
  • The Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden
  • Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05)
  • Virginia Smith, green space advocate and Philadelphia Inquirer writer
  • Sidney B. Spahr, civic leader and horticulturist
  • James B. Straw, civic leader
  • Bill Thomas, Executive Director of Chanticleer
  • State Senator Anthony H. Williams

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Mark Your Calendar

Twilight in the Garden is the first Friday in October.

2025: Friday, October 3

2026: Friday, October 2

2027: Friday, October 1

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