Bid on a curated selection of unique plants, garden adventures, art, culinary experiences and more at the 2015 Garden Feast auction. View the full list of over 70 silent auction items here. Not able to attend Garden Feast this year? Absentee bidding is available on select items. Contact Monica Renner at email@example.com for more information.
Auction highlights include:
Best Seats in the House
Donated by San Francisco Recreation & Parks
Take home an authentic “number 16” seatback autographed by Joe Montana plus a pair of seats from Candlestick Park.
Cooking lesson with Mark Bittman
Donated by Mark Bittman
Enjoy a private cooking party for a group of up to 8 people with Mr. Bittman, American food journalist, author and columnist for The New York Times. Start your day shopping for ingredients with Mark at your local market, and then join him in preparing a fabulous home-cooked meal, all while having the opportunity to hear the latest in food politics. The package also includes 2 signed copies of Mr. Bittman’s most recent book, How to Cook Everything Fast. Keep one for yourself and share the other with a friend! Available on a mutually agreeable date, within 30 miles of Berkeley, CA or NYC. Cost of ingredients not included. Expires 6/30/16.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Donated by Nagagawa Sensei's Omote Senke Japanese Tea Ceremony Group
Partake in a rare opportunity to view a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration in the style of the Omote Senke School of Tea, held in San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Moon Viewing Garden. After the demonstration, Japanese tea sweets and matcha green tea will be served.To be held on September 24, 2015, at 11:30am. 10 spots available in this signup party.
A Week in Zihuatanejo
Donated by Trish and Larry Kubal
Enjoy a one-week stay at Residencias Villa del Sol at Viceroy Hotel in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, for up to 8 guests. Explore the lifestyles of this fishing village with its old-fashioned charm and traditional Mexican culture.Available on mutually agreeable dates, excluding Christmas holiday. Expires 5/30/16.
Dahlia Day at Front Porch Farm
Donated by Mimi and Peter Buckley
Begin your day at Front Porch Farm in Sonoma by picking a glorious bucketful of Dahlias from abundant fields. Then take a tour of the farm with the opportunity to taste wine, see flour and polenta being freshly ground, collect eggs, eat peaches fresh off the trees, and visit animals and the market garden. A picnic basket of delicious lunch items grown right on the farm will be provided for each guest, along with an invitation to take a plunge in the refreshing Russian River swimming hole or nap under an apricot tree. To be held on August 29, 2015. 12 spots available in this signup party.
PRIVATE CONCERT AND WINE TASTING IN THE REDWOOD GROVE
Donated by San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and SF Civic Symphony
A private, intimate concert performed by San Francisco Civic Strings plus wine tasting for up to 30 people in San Francisco Botanical Garden’s beloved 100-year-old Redwood Grove amphitheater. Available on a mutually agreeable date. Event is 2 hours. Expires 5/31/16.
FOUR NIGHTS IN A KETCHUM LOG CABIN
Donated by Natalie Shuttleworth, Blue Sky Adventures
Four nights’ vacation lodging for up to 6 in historic Ketchum/Sun Valley. Cozy, artfully furnished 2BR, 2BA+ loft log town home (or similar). Minutes to all amenities in or near town – mountain lifts, trails, river/fishing, ski, skate, golf, tennis, spas, theatres, galleries, restaurants, SNRA & wilderness. Subject to availability. Excludes July and weeks including major holidays or SV Summer Symphony. Expires 5/28/16.
PRIVATE DINNER AND FULL MOON WALK IN THE GARDEN
Donated by San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and Ernie Ng
Spend a special evening in the Garden under the light of a full moon. Begin with a private dinner for 10 on the Library Terrace, followed by a guided walk, poetry reading and the traditions of Japanese moon viewing on the deck in the Moon Viewing Garden. Available on a mutually agreeable full moon date. Expires 5/31/16.
Dinner at State Bird
Donated by State Bird Provisions
Bypass the long lines with a priority reservation at this 2015 James Beard Award winning restaurant, which books up 60 days in advance.Includes a $125 gift certificate. Expires 5/28/16.
VIP Tickets to Outside Lands
Donated by Outside Lands Festival
2 VIP tickets to Outside Lands, August 7-9, 2015, featuring headliners Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Wilco and more. VIP tickets include access to Exclusive Polo Club, viewing areas at the Lands End and Twin Peaks stages, special restroom facilities, access to special VIP food and beverage concessions and more!
Dinner at Chez Panisse
Donated by Chez Panisse
Dinner for 2 at the famous Chez Panisse Café in Berkeley, with a bottle of house wine and signed copies of Art of Simple Food and Art of Simple Food II by Alice Waters.
TWO-NIGHT STAY IN EXCLUSIVE PARDUCCI GUESTHOUSE
Donated by Parducci Wine Cellars
Spend 2 nights in the exclusive guesthouse of Parducci Wine Cellars, the oldest winery in Mendocino County, located in Ukiah. Tour the historic winery and enjoy the Italian architectural style of the tasting room and guesthouse. The picnic area is perfect for sunny days under the umbrellas and the cobblestone patio boasts a beautiful view of the vineyards.Guesthouse accommodates 4 guests. Subject to availability.
GOLFING IN NAPA
Donated by Anette L. Harris and Marc Loupe
Golf for 3 with Marc Loupe at exclusive Silverado Resort in Napa. Lunch to follow at 19th hole in the clubhouse or grill. Available on mutually agreeable date.Expires 5/28/16.
VISITING TREASURES IN GOLDEN GAT PARK
Donated by CA Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, de Young Museum and Japanese Tea Garden
Explore Golden Gate Park cultural treasures with a Cal Academy Family Membership, Conservatory of Flowers Begonia Guild membership, SFBGS Garden Lover membership, 2 VIP general admission guest passes to De Young (or Legion of Honor) – each admits one person plus one guest, and a tea set from the Japanese Tea Garden.
Glen Ellen Getaway
Donated by Sally Ward
Enjoy your ultimate private retreat in a brand-new designer home on five secluded acres in Glen Ellen. You will find everything you need for a fantastic getaway with friends and family. Each of the three en-suite bedrooms opens onto its own outdoor seating area with extraordinary forest and mountain views. You’ll never see a neighbor, but you can hang up your car keys: it’s a five-minute walk to exceptional dining and a gourmet grocery store. Area attractions include Jack London State Park (historic landmark with awesome hiking) and many famous and award-winning wineries—all within walking distance. Exterior amenities include a heated/covered pool, outdoor dining for 12, a large garden, a fruit orchard and a hammock hung in the woods. For 2 nights. 6 guests maximum. Available on mutually agreeable dates between October 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016.
Beautiful Selection of Plants
Over 50 unique plants available, including container gardens, rock gardens, many rare and unusual plants like the Hybrid Monkey Hand Tree (Chiranthofremontia lenzii) and the Cousin It plant (Acacia cognata), and much more.