The Northwest Flower & Garden Show returns to the Washington State Convention Center from February 20 to 24, and once again the Arboretum Foundation will kick off the show with its annual Opening Night Party, a benefit for the Washington Park Arboretum. On Tuesday, February 19, guests can enjoy a fabulous evening of food, wine, live music, and silent auctions—and the opportunity to view the beautiful display gardens at the Garden Show the day before it opens to the public.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of both the Garden Show and Opening Night, and to celebrate, the Garden Show will have a special “silver” theme: “The Silver Screen Takes Root…Gardens Go Hollywood.” Visitors to the show will see some of their favorite movies come to life as luscious display gardens. The display will include Washington Park Arboretum’s crowd-pleasing “A Hobbit’s New Zealand Garden,” which pays homage to Peter Jackson’s new movie of The Hobbit, and the 2.5-acre New Zealand Forest being planted at the south end of the Arboretum in late spring 2013.
In keeping theme of the Show, this year’s party will also capture some of the glamour and magic of Tinseltown. Don’t miss your chance to walk the red carpet, pose for paparazzi, and gossip with your favorite Northwest horticultural celebrities. Gardening superstar Ciscoe Morris will emcee this year’s Fund-A-Need event, which will raise money to support our Arborist and Tree Care Program. He will also introduce the world premiere of an exciting short film, featuring Ciscoe, that we’re producing just for the party about the important work our arborists do in the treetops at the Arboretum.
General admission tickets to the party for Arboretum Foundation Members cost $75, while general admission for Non-Members is $100. Dinner is not included as part of the general admission benefits. Members and Non-Members will enjoy a light nosh as well as some tasty desserts and wines!
Along with exclusive viewing of the display gardens, complimentary parking and coat check, and a delicious buffet dinner, our Patron and Benefactor ticket holders will get to enjoy a special tour of the Show gardens with designer and author Billy Goodnick. Billy, who blogs for Fine Gardening magazine, will discuss his Top 10 design tips for sustainability and outdoor living in the 2013 show gardens. Billy’s design eye, combined with his keen wit, promises to make this an entertaining way to discover new trends. Patron tickets cost $250; Benefactor tickets are $500.
Credit: The Arboretum Foundation.