The biggest garden party in Humboldt County is about to happen, and you don’t want to miss it.
Humboldt Botanical Garden Foundation invites everyone to the annual Gala Garden Party on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The garden gala is a joyous afternoon of music, art, fabulous local food, wine, beer, a silent auction, children’s activities, and more.
”The gala is an important fundraiser for the Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation and supports the garden’s staff and operating expenses in order to continue the growth of the Humboldt Botanical Garden into a world class botanical garden,” says HBGF board president Evelyn Giddings. “This past year we’ve seen an expansion in our summer music series, the plant sale was close to double the year before, our education series has expanded. All plants in the garden are just about completely labeled - thanks to plant accession expert Denise Lea.”
Terry Kramer, garden site manager, has ensured that the garden will be in fine display with beautiful flowers in bloom, native plants, grasses and trees filling the lower gardens, and pristine trails are perfect for strolling and enjoying the sunny weather.
”Everything is set for a lovely afternoon. There are many tables and comfortable chairs and benches for resting and relaxing, eating and listening to music,” Terry reports. “The gala is our way of sharing the gardens, and the experience of the beauty of nature in Humboldt County.”
The gala features delicious foods from local restaurants and cafes including Marcelli’s, Angelo’s, Loleta Cheese platters, and Wildberries that will tempt every taste palette, plus beverages including wine and Humboldt microbrews. The beverage bar will feature the very popular Lost Coast Brewery and their award-winning selections. “Barbara Groom, brew master extraordinaire, will be giving us her best for this party,” Giddings promises.
Art pieces and outdoor sculptures by local artists will be on display in the garden. The artists include Chris Kieselhorst, who creates metal industrial, exterior and interior designs and sculptures, Shannon Sullivan, ceramics artist and professor at College of the Redwoods, Dave Zdrazil, also a faculty member at CR who “paints with fire” in his pottery and glazes, and Eric Furman, whose abstract repurposed metal sculptures represent a modernist tradition.
Gala attendees can stroll and sway to soulful, funky, rhythm and blues by Vintage RockN’Soul and several other bands at locations throughout the garden, including at Peter Santini’s marvelous earth sculpture, All Happy Now.
A new garden was installed this past year to honor the late Sara Goosby and give her family and friends a place to remember her, known as Sara’s Garden. Sara was known for showing up at work, at friends’ places or at events with fabulous flowers from her home garden.
Designed by Martha Jain, a local architect, the garden’s plans include a vine covered pergola walkway, substantial hardscaping and benches. Keep your eyes on this garden, now and in the future for some of the best plants for floral arrangements on our coast. Planned as an intimate, perennial garden, Sara’s Garden is located just above the Dedekam Ornamental Terrace Garden. The central bed of Sara’s Garden will feature some of Sara Goosby’s favorite plants. The garden and pergola walkway will be enveloped by flowering shrubs and perennial plantings. Look for White Flowering Japanese Anemone, Scarlet Bee Balm, Gaillardia Blanket Flower, Rudbeckia Coneflower, and the lovely Hummingbird Mint. Sara’s Garden is sure to be one of the Humboldt Botanical Garden’s most charming and popular gardens.
The gala is a delightful celebration of art, music, food and nature’s beauty. Children are welcome and there will be children’s areas and activities such as face painting.
Gala admission is $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers, $50 on the day of the event; children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at HBGF office, 420 E Street in Eureka, at the gate on the day of the event, or online at www.hbgf.org.
HBGF thanks sponsors of the gala, including: Bison Soil, George Petersen Insurance Agency, Pierson Building Center, Coast Central Credit Union, George and Peggy Schmidbauer, Eureka Times-Standard, SuddenLink Communications, and Miller Farms.
Humboldt Botanical Garden is located at the north entrance to College of the Redwoods on Tompkins Hill Road, Exit No. 658, off of U.S. Highway 101. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is plenty of free parking in the Mercer Fraser Auto Garden. For more information call 707-442-5139.
Enjoy local wines, brews and delicious food at the Gala Garden Party this Saturday at College of the Redwoods.