With the gardens and conservatory, 2450 Shelby St., serving as the venue, the gala will feature the music of jazz artist Cathy Morris, 1960s cover band Free but not Cheap and ’70s classic rock cover band The Filter Kings.
Tickets are $10 per person, and children ages 12 and under will be admitted free. Tent seating for 10 can be purchased for $200. Tickets are available by calling 954-6361 and at the gate. Food and beer vendors will be on-site.
Designed by urban planner George Kessler, the fountains have long been the centerpiece of the gardens, a symmetrical vista long popular as a scenic backdrop for weddings, concerts other events.
The gardens also feature benches, brick walkways and seasonal flowers. Fish ponds were originally part of the landscape but have disappeared. Once near ruins, the gardens’ future looks rosy with the renewed interest of neighborhood groups and the Friends.
Park officials estimate the fountains’ annual maintenance expense is around $38,000.
Those attending the festival can also tour the conservatory, which showcases a rain forest, a 15-foot waterfall, tree frogs, free-flying birds, fish ponds and tropical plants. The facility is probably best known for its spectacular poinsettia show and the Christmas events that are scheduled around it.
There are also gardening demonstrations, bulb and flower shows and lectures on horticulture and landscaping. The first conservatory was built in 1915, but by midcentury its condition was so deteriorated that it was replaced.
The park, the city’s oldest recreation center, is on the National Register of Historic Places.