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GardenParty 2013
Shoreline Center Auditorium
Shoreline, WA
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GardenParty 2013
Celebrate the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden and enjoy a Mediterranean feast in the company of Northwest notables. Our silent and live auctions will allow you to bid on rare plants, garden art, and unique experiences with our renowned guests.

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden's annual gala fundraiser will be very different this year from its three previous years. We have changed our venue from Shoreline City Hall to the Shoreline Center, and changed our menu from hors d'oeuvres only to a full dinner, but kept our price the same. Perhaps most significantly we have invited several notable Northwest folk to join us, rub shoulders with our attendees, and offer their services in a live auction. As usual, Dr. Kruckeberg, now 93, plans to attend. Come celebrate with celebrities and support our crown jewel of a garden.


Note: Several celebrities who cannot attend have donated auction items. Other noted citizens have been invited, but are not yet confirmed. Check this page for regular updates.

Harriet Bullitt - Conservationist, philanthropist, owner of Sleeping Lady Resort, founder of Pacific Search/Pacific Northwest magazine

David Horsey - Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his editorial cartoons while with the Seattle P-I, gifted writer, currently with the Los Angeles Times

Estella Leopold - Conservationist, paleobotanist, National Academy of Sciences member, and daughter of Aldo Leopold

Ivan Doig - Montana-born dean of western literature, author of several non-fiction works and 12 novels, including Sweet Thunder, due out in August

Erik Hanson - Former star pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox, where he was a 1995 all-star, now a golf pro

Tony Angell - Sculptor, author, illustrator, and former director of environmental education for Washington state

Arthur Lee Jacobsen - Plant expert, author of Trees of Seattle and Wild Plants of Greater Seattle

Peter Ward - UW Professor of Biology, paleontologist, award-winning writer of 14 popular science books

Charles R. Cross - Music journalist, editor of The Rocket, author of eight books including bestselling biographies of Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix

Saul Weisberg - Director and co-founder of the North Cascades Institute and the author of four books on mountains and wilderness


Picnic for six at philanthropist Kay Bullitt's Capitol Hill estate (includes tour). Kay's July picnics are a Seattle tradition, now in their 53rd year

Visit for four with David Horsey to see how he creates an editorial cartoon

Lunch for eight and tour of internationally renowned plantsman Dan Hinkley's home and garden, Windcliff. Hinkley has been dubbed "the Indiana Jones of Horticulture" for his adventurous approach to bringing back plants from the far corners of the earth

A garden consultation with plant maven Marty Wingate

Tour for six of the Bullitt Center, "the greenest commercial building on earth," conducted by Executive Director Denis Hayes, the first coordinator of Earth Day

One night stay for eight in a Euro-styled lodge on the shores of Lake Diablo and dinner with Saul Weisberg, Director of the North Cascades Institute. Enjoy naturalist-led activities and relax on the silver LEED-certified campus in the heart of the North Cascades National Park wilderness. Culinary staff will treat you with fresh, organic meals that celebrate the season.

Round of golf for two with Erik Hanson at Sahalee Country Club, Washington's finest course

Lunch for four at the Capital Grille with Bill Ruckelshaus, first director of the Environmental Protection Agency; interim director of the FBI; member of Puget Sound Partnership; most recently, Co-chair of Washington Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification, lifelong conservationist

Tour for six of the largest collection of giant crystals and museum grade mineral specimens in private hands, owned by Richard Berger

Lunch for four with Estella Leopold, where she reminisces about her and her father's and brothers' remarkable careers

A tour for six of Tony Angell's studio and works in progress and carving demonstration

Two-night stay for two at Harriet Bullitt's Sleeping Lady Resort, four meals (including dinner with Harriet), and (depending on dates chosen) two tickets for an Icicle Theater concert

Up to three-hour consultation at your garden with Arthur Lee Jacobson and an inscribed copy of one of his books

A tour for four of the Experience Music Project led by rock raconteur and chronicler Charles R. Cross

Brunch for four and tour of Sculpture Garden of Bruce & JoAnn Amundson

An expedition for five to Sucia Island, the northernmost of the San Juan Islands, and the site of some of the best fossil collecting in the Northwest. The trip begins in Bellingham Bay and is led by paleontologist Peter Ward, one of only three people with a collector's permit for the amazing array of late Cretaceous marine fossils found on Sucia.

Hawkwatching tour for six in the Skagit and Samish Flats with Bud Anderson of the Falcon Research group


Large wooden arbor from Mukilteo Cedar Products

Ivan Doig signed first edition

Basalt bench from Marenako's

Assorted specialty plants from MsK Nursery

Limited edition Tony Angell print of harbor seal

Dinner vouchers from North City Bistro and Hills paired with wines

Club level tickets for two with buffet and parking pass for July 28 Sounders game against Chivas US

Bottle of 1992 Marilyn Merlot

Magnum of 2011 Eight Bells Cabernet Sauvignon

Gourmet dinner, wine, and garden tour for 4 at home of Claire & Paul Grace

Gourmet dinner, wine, and garden tour for 4 at home of Eric Swenson & Holly Weese. Garden featured in online and print media 2012-13

The Bather, a steel sculpture by local artist Rodger Squirrell

Wilburton Pottery and tiles

Funk Blast! A two CD compilation of the best Funk and Soul music ever, put together by the Experience Music Project for their inaugural year. Never sold in stores.

Selection of baseball memorabilia, including vintage Mariner material


Catering by Jay Hosni of Shoreline's Curbside Kebabs

Hummus, baba ganoush, pita
Olives, peppers, and relishes

Greek salad
Beef, chicken, kefta, and vegetable kebabs
Seasoned rice

Baklava and fresh fruits


Enjoy the serpentine moves of Seattle's sinuous belly-dancing troupe, Raks Maleka.

Net proceeds from GardenParty benefit the work of KBGF. KBGF is dedicated to the Kruckeberg legacy by demonstrating how plants enrich our lives and our community.



Shoreline Center Auditorium (View)
18560 1st Avenue NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
United States

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