Arboretum Garden Social and Auction
Friday, May 5
Plant Sale: 4 pm to 6 pm
Appetizers and Dinner: 5 pm – 6:30 pm
Silent Auction: 5 pm – 8 pm
Live Auction: 6:30 pm
Theme: COLOR IN THE GARDEN
Price: $50 before April 28th, $60 for after April 28th
It is time to attend “the” gardening social event of the year. Whether it is to connect with friends, enjoy delicious food or sip wine, the Arboretum’s Garden Social has it all! As many of you know, event ticket holders have the first chance at purchasing the best plants at the spring plant sale (Saturday and Sunday for the general public). Leah Worth, Horticulture Project Manager for the Arboretum, will have the most sought after plants fitting this year’s theme of Color in the Garden.
We are honored to have three celebrities at the Social. Yes – three! Josh and Sue Spece from Independence are owners of In the Country Garden and Gifts and are dynamo gardeners that have a life-long passion for plants. Josh’s expertise is with hostas, water gardening, succulents, handmade crafts and unusual plants. His mother Sue has assisted him with the family business. Josh and Sue’s business has been a huge supporter of the Arboretum’s Garden Social and Auction for years. We are honored that they are taking the time to make the trip to kick off the Auction.
The third celebrity we are honored to have attend is Matthew Bailey. Matthew has a PhD in Crop Genetics and Breeding from the Univ. of Georgia. His experiences with the agribusiness industry and academia (ISU) have led him to become a Heuchera (Coral Bells) hybridizer and business owner of Steadfast Plants. He has several potential varieties now in commercial trials. One of the varieties he developed was named for a close friend of his, ‘Paula Flynn’. Many of you know our board member Paula for her dedication to the Arboretum and to gardening in Iowa. Matthew is donating several of his Heuchera’s to the Auction including ‘Paula Flynn’.
You will be treated to an evening featuring live music along with savory appetizers and a delicious dinner. The live auction follows with hundreds of unique plants, garden related items and gifts to bid on. Auctioneers J&J Auction Company will set the stage for an entertaining and engaging evening. We also added a wine swap and a 50/50 raffle for you to enjoy and to further support this important fundraising event.
You can help make this event even better by donating items to the auction or by becoming an event sponsor (click here for information about donating or becoming a sponsor).
Come early to buy plants and stay late to enjoy the festivities. I looking forward to seeing everyone!!
Board Member & Committee Chair