Tuesday, February 16, 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: Benefactor: $500; Patron: $250
(Member Early-Bird tickets SOLD OUT!)
Sales close: 5 p.m., Monday, February 8 (or while supplies last)!
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show returns to the Washington State Convention Center in February, 2016, and once again the Arboretum Foundation will kick off the show with its annual Opening Night Party & Auction.
Let us treat you to a fabulous evening of delicious food, fine wines, and alluring auctions. Enjoy the opportunity to view the beautiful display gardens at the Garden Show the day before it opens to the public—all while helping us raise important funds to support Washington Park Arboretum.
Celebrating our natural heritage: The National Parks Service turns 100 next year. To mark the occasion, the Garden Show organizers have chosen the theme of America the Beautiful for the 2016 event. Each of show’s 20 display gardens will pay homage to a treasured national park or landmark, including the Arboretum’s display, “The Hoh: America’s Rain Forest.”
Celebrating generations of support: Along with celebrating national parks, the party will pay homage to the generations of families that have preserved and enhanced Seattle’s most treasure park—Washington Park Arboretum—for the past 80 years. Our honorary co-chair at the event will be Ann Pigott Wyckoff whose family has had deep ties to the Arboretum since the late 1930s.
Making a difference: The party’s live and silent auctions provide important funds for sustaining the Arboretum. Guests will bid on distinctive dining and vacation experiences, unique tours of the region’s most inspiring private gardens, specialty garden items, and much more. Every guest will have the opportunity to participate in the “Make a Difference” portion of the auction and make a dedicated gift to the Arboretum.
Party guests will bid on such items as a week-long beach vacation at the Crane Resort in Barbados, a week’s vacation in Maui at a private home near Keawakapu Beach, and luncheon at Windcliff—the Indianola home of plant guru Dan Hinkley—followed by a tour of the famed Heronswood garden he created.
5:00 p.m. Champagne greeting
5:30 p.m. Preview of display gardens
7:00 p.m. Seated dinner and program
8:30 p.m. Gardens reopen for viewing
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 2016 event, please email our Volunteer Resources Manager Alyssa Henry or call her at 206-325-4510.
Thanks to our generous sponsors for making the Opening Night Party possible!