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Garden Feast 2014


Bid on a curated selection of unique plants, art, garden experiences, and more at the 2014 Garden Feast auction. Select items appear below. View the full list of over 60 silent auction items here. In addition to these items, you will find an array of nearly 80 plants to bid on at the event.


Cowboy Poetry Party

Cowboy Poetry Party


Put on your blue jeans and join your friends at the Botanical Garden for a Western evening of music, food and cowboy poetry – all outside in the Garden. Your evening will begin with Bluegrass music by Steep Ravine and a catered BBQ dinner. After dinner you'll stroll down to the California Native Garden's Stone Circle for dessert and cowboy poetry of the Old West, recited by the Botanical Garden Society's very own Board Chair Don Baldocchi. Don and his wife Julie may even teach you how to throw a lariat. Yee Haw!

Maximum 30 guests. Must be scheduled in advance for a mutually agreeable date before April 26, 2015.

Donated by Julie and Don Baldocchi

Sonoma Getaway

Sonoma Getaway


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 forest and mountain views. Exterior amenities include a heated pool, outdoor dining, gardens, a fruit orchard and a hammock hung in the woods. During your stay, enjoy a personalized tour of 150-year-old vines in a gorgeous vineyard, along with Bucklin Wine tastings.

For 2 nights, 8 guests maximum. Available for mutually agreeable dates between October 2014 and April 2015.

Donated by Sally Ward and Bucklin Wine

Dahlia Day at Front Porch Farm

Dahlia Day at Front Porch Farm


Begin your day at Front Porch Farm in Sonoma by picking a glorious bucket full 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 the animals and market garden. A picnic basket of delicious lunch items grown on the farm will be provided for each guest, along with an invitation to take a plunge in the Russian River swimming hole or nap under an apricot tree.

Maximum 12 guests. Must be scheduled in advance for a mutually agreeable date before May 2015.

Donated by Front Porch Farm


Magnolia Walk with Organic Dim Sum

Magnolia Walk with Organic Dim Sum


Magnolia expert Dr. Joseph Barbaccia will lead your private group of family and friends through the Botanical Garden's magnificent Magnolia collection, followed by a lunch of delectable dim sum and tea.

Maximum 20 guests, for a mutually agreeable date January–March 2015

Donated by Dr. Joseph Barbaccia and Tru Gourmet

Stockholm Apartment for a Week

Stockholm Apartment for a Week


Live like a local for one week in this one-bedroom apartment in trendy SoFo. The apartment has a nice kitchen that opens up to the courtyard with a private patio, the bedroom has a king size bed, and the living room overlooks the Nytorget Square. Step down to Gilda's for coffee in the morning, or Sardine for tapas in the evening, both outside the front door. Walk, catch a nearby bus, or go by Stockholm City Bike to the city center. The owner will provide you with a list of "the best of Stockholm" and customized recommendations according to your interests.

Maximum up to four guests, for a mutually agreeable date between 9/1/14 and 9/15/15

Donated by Anki Gelb

Bohemia Ecological Preserve

Bohemia Ecological Preserve


Julie and Will Parish will welcome you at this idyllic 1,000-acre nature preserve located near Occidental. Start your visit to Bohemia with a $200 gift certificate for dinner at the Union Hotel or order the Union Hotel's world-renowned turnovers for your morning breakfast and save the rest for the next time. Overnight in tented cottages and awake to a morning campfire with fresh pour coffee and local goodies in the Meadow. Hike with local naturalist, permaculturist and raconteur Brock Dolman to the Top of the World and take in the view of the redwood forest, the serpentinite, the Bohemian Grove's forests and the precious grassland. Visit the goats and the waterfall and learn about the feathered and the flowered (some endangered), cultural and natural history, and the Russian River Watershed. Back in the Meadow, relax over lunch catered by local chef Sarah Picolo of Fork Catering. On your way home, stop for foot massages at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.

Maximum 12 guests, for a mutually agreeable date before 5/21/15

Donated by Kim & Rob Chase and Julie & Will Parish, with special thanks to Brock Dolman, Sarah Piccolo & Fork Catering, Barbara Gonnella & Union Hotel, LandPaths, Craig Anderson, Zach Schmidt and David Katz

TomKat Ranch Visit for 20

TomKat Ranch Visit for 20

MINIMUM BID: $250 per person

TomKat Ranch is a working cattle ranch in the hills of Pescadero. The ranch has a strong commitment to preservation of the land as well as raising free-range, grass-fed cattle. A group of 20 will travel to and from the ranch in a biodiesel bus, tour the scenic ranch and enjoy beer/wine and dinner sourced from local, nearby ranches and farms.

Scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Donated by Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor

SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $7 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors & Children

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