The most anticipated garden parties of the season raise money for two of our finest gardens....but you'd never know it by how stylish and fun they'll be. There's nothing fund-raiser'ish about either the Dunn Garden's 2nd ever ArtWalk, or the Northwest Perennial Alliance's Champagne Garden Gala. On Sunday, August 23rd, from 4 to 7 p.m., you're invited to sip champagne, enjoy sweets and savories serenaded by a harpist in Denise Lane's Mediterranean-inspired Medina garden. The cause? Raising money for the NPA's ambitious, Withey-Price designed renovation of the Bellevue Botanical Garden's Perennial Border. See the NPA website for more info and to buy tickets.
Every other year, the Dunn Gardens throws an art-studded party and transforms itself into an open air gallery. Works by Northwest artist in bronze, stone, ceramic, concrete, and glass are displayed amongst the mature trees and shrubs of these lovely Olmsted designed gardens. Spend an evening or an afternoon listening to music, strolling the grounds, contemplating (and hopefully buying) garden art....I plan to do my duty...last ArtWalk I bought a trio of pieces by Bob Fairfax that have been the talk of my garden ever since....
A gala preview party on Saturday night, July 18 ($100) kicks off the weekend... or enjoy a more casual afternoon with music and refreshments from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday July 19 ($20 donation). For more information and reservations, see www.dunngardens.org or call 206-362-0933. Enjoy a sneak peak at a few of the art pieces that will be on display:
Top to bottom: (Top) Ann Morris's leaf bowl; (Center) Bob Fairfax's Passageway Posts and Pods among the hostas; (Bottom) A cast bronze misting toad fountain by Sara Mall Johani