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Opening Night PartyI love the movies! And gardening!

That’s why I am so thrilled to tell you about this event that blends two of my favorite things!

If you’ve been to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show you know what a wonderful spectacle it is. Fun vendors, engaging guest speakers & DIY sessions, and the incredible life-sized display gardens! If you haven’t been, it is the perfect place to take a stay-cation in mid-February. With all the beautiful flowers and plants, it is just like a mini-spring vacation right in your own “backyard”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which returns to Seattle February 20-24th. To celebrate this milestone, the theme of the Show this year is “The Silver Screen Takes Root: Gardens Go Hollywood” with all of the display gardens having a Hollywood bent to them.

To kick off this amazing four-day event, the Opening Night Party, produced by the Arboretum Foundation, will be a Tinseltown extravaganza!

On Tuesday, February 19th, guests will enjoy a fabulous evening of delicious food, fine wines, live music by the very talented quartet, Underground Swing, terrific silent auctions, and the opportunity to view the beautiful display gardens at the Flower Show (including the Arboretum’s display garden, which pays homage to the flora of New Zealand and Peter Jackson’s new movie of The Hobbit) the day before it opens to the public!

The party will emulate the glamor and magic of Hollywood. You will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet, bid electronically on incredible auction items, hob-nob with your favorite Northwest horticultural celebrities, and view the world-premiere of a short-short film featuring gardening superstar Ciscoe Morris (who will also will emcee this year’s Fund-A-Need event, which will raise money to support the Arborist and Tree Care Program at the Arboretum) produced by Utopia Media and Entertainment.


GENERAL ADMISSION—$75 Arboretum Foundation Members; $100 Non-Members

  • 6:30 to 7:30 PM: Wine reception, light fare, live entertainment and silent auction
  • 7:30 to 9:30 PM: Garden viewing, desserts, hosted wine, and entertainment

Dinner is not included as part of the general admission ticket benefits. General admission guests are encouraged to dine before they come to the event—but they’re also encouraged to save room for some delectable desserts and wines!

PATRONS & BENEFACTORS—$250 Patrons; $500 Benefactors

  • 5:00 to 6:00 PM: Wine reception, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and silent auctions in the South Lobby
  • 6:00 to 6:30 PM: “Top 10 Design Tips from Show Gardens,” with Billy Goodnick
  • 6:00 to 7:30 PM: Exclusive garden preview and buffet dinner
  • 7:30 to 9:30 PM: Continued garden viewing, auction bidding, dessert and entertainment

Among other benefits, Patron and Benefactor-level guests will enjoy a buffet dinner and an exclusive preview of the display gardens before the main exhibit hall is opened to all guests as well as free parking at the event.

Patrons & Benefactors will also get to enjoy a special tour of the Show gardens with special guest, 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.

For reservations, please call 206-325-4510 or visit www.arboretumfoundation.org.

I am so excited to share this event with you! It is going to be a wonderful evening and I hope to see you there! :-)

Opening Night is presented by the Arboretum Foundation as a benefit for Washington Park Arboretum