When you think of Seattle, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For many living outside Washington, it’s the drab color of gray, symbolizing the clouds and rain that often fill the skies over the city, especially during the winter months. Let those ideas of gray skies be washed away with the vivid and beautiful colors of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, sprouting up at the Washington State Convention Center February 20-24 for its 25th year!
Join the Arboretum Foundation on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to kick off the show with its annual Opening Night Party. This year, the Foundation celebrates all things Tinseltown, in recognition of the theme of the 2013 Garden Show, “The Silver Screen Takes Root…Gardens Go Hollywood,” a play on the show’s silver anniversary.
As you begin the evening, prepare to be treated like Seattle-wood royalty as you walk the red carpet and pose for the paparazzi. Enjoy live music, food, and wine while feasting your eyes on the stunning movie-themed displays in the Garden Show, such as the Arboretum’s exhibit “A Hobbit’s New Zealand Garden,” which pays homage to the two-acre New Zealand Forest being planted at the south end of Washington Park Arboretum this summer, as well as Peter Jackson’s movie, The Hobbit. A silent auction will also be held, featuring gifts such as a one-week stay in a beachfront resort in Fiji, a Mt. Rainier winter getaway, Chateau St. Michelle garden tour and wine tasting and much more!
KIRO 97.3’s Ciscoe Morris will emcee this year’s “Fund-A-Need” event, which will help raise money to support the Arborist and Tree Care Program. The Program is essential to the health and vigor of Washington Park Arboretum’s woody plant collections by financing the salaries of a full-time Arborist and a full-time Arborist Ground Assistant, along with their equipment, supplies, and contract support. Ciscoe will also be showcasing the world premiere of a short film about the work that the arborists do in the treetops at the Arboretum.
Patron and Benefactor ticket holders will enjoy a special tour of the Show gardens with designer and author, Billy Goodnick. Billy will discuss his top ten design tips for sustainability and outdoor living.
Proceeds for the Opening Night event benefit the Arboretum Foundation. The Foundation promotes, protects and enhances the Washington Park Arboretum for current and future generations by strengthening and building a diverse and engaged community of donors, volunteers and advocates.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Patrons and Benefactors: 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Members and Non-Members 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101
TICKETS: Please click here to purchase tickets.