Foundation Members: $130 ($145 after January 10)
Non-Members: $165; Patrons: $250; Benefactors: $500
BUY TICKETS ONLINE OR BY CALLING 206-325-4510!
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show returns to the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, on February 4, and once again the Arboretum Foundation will kick off the show with its annual Opening Night Party & Auction. Guests will enjoy a fabulous evening of delicious food, wine bars, live music, and sparkling auctions, and the opportunity to view the beautiful display gardens at the Flower Show the day before it opens to the public—all while helping us raise important funds to support Washington Park Arboretum.
Party Theme: Art in Bloom
The theme of this year’s Garden Show is “Art in Bloom,” and guests will get to immerse themselves in 23 unique displays that explore the use of sculpture and other artworks—as well as varying aesthetic approaches—in the garden. We’re very excited for you to see this year’s Arboretum display, the Garden of Artful Delight, which will pay homage to the work and home garden of renowned Seattle glass artist, Ginny Ruffner.
A Streamlined Event: Fine Dining for All
To create a more seamless and enjoyable party for all our guests, we are streamlining this year’s event so that there’s just one start-time (5 p.m.) and program schedule—and so all guests get to eat a full buffet dinner. In order to accommodate the changes, we will be increasing the price of our general admission tickets for Foundation members and non-members. Early-bird Member-level tickets are $130 per guest; the price will increase to $145 after January 10, 2014. Non-Member tickets are $165 each.
Patron & Benefactor Benefits
Our Patron- and Benefactor-level ticket prices remain the same as last year—$250 and $500, respectively. Patrons and Benefactors will receive additional benefits such as complimentary parking and a free DVD of A Not So Still Life, a documentary about the remarkable life and visionary art of Ginny Ruffner. Benefactors will also receive two tickets to the Garden Show (February 5 to 9).
A Resplendent Auction
This year’s party auction will be conducted the old-school way—on paper bidding sheets. Our auction procurement team has been hard at work securing some fantastic items and experiences to spark some bidding excitement. These include some very appealing travel packages, such as a golf tee time and overnight stay at Salishan Lodge, on the Oregon Coast and a kayaking adventure in the San Juan Islands!
Interested in a dining experience? We have mouthwatering packages from many of the region’s favorite eateries, from Anthony’s to Zoe. For the horticultural at heart, we have unique opportunities to be entertained in some of Seattle’s most inspiring gardens. And in keeping with the theme of the Garden Show, we’ll also have some wonderful art for your home and garden to bid on. Ginny Ruffner herself will be donating a new art piece from the display garden to the auction to help raise money for the Arboretum.
Online catalog highlights: Visit this page in January to peruse our auction catalog and learn more about the incredible donations we’ve received. For more information about the auction, email our Development and Events Coordinator Sheila Beer or call her at 206-325-4510.
Please give to our auction: We are still accepting gifts for our 2014 party. If you would like to donate to the auction, please download, fill out, and send us the attached procurement form.
Volunteering at Opening Night
Seattle’s most elegant garden party could never be a success without the help of our valued and hard-working volunteers! If you’re interested in helping out at the 2014 event, please email our Volunteer Resources Manager Megan Meyer or call her at 206-325-4510.