Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation Summer Picnic in the Garden fundraiser

Monday, June 29, 2015

July 18 1-5-pm
20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177
Admission: $10 (children under 5 free)
Purchase tickets online

For the first time in its short history as a Shoreline City Park, the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden will be closed on July 18th for a ticketed summer event.

A family-friendly fundraiser, the picnic will feature pony rides, face painting, a barbeque lunch, a bounce house, and craft projects throughout the four acre site.

Local artists will be featured and exhibiting home and garden arts, and the MsK Nursery will be selling its rare summer plant collection. The day’s programmed activities include live music featuring the Nyamuziwa Marimba Band, naturalist presentations, a cake walk, balloon toss, and raffle.

“The KBGF has always wanted a summer event in the garden, and this year we are proud to be hosting such an opportunity for the community,” Executive director Brianne Zorn said. 
“Our membership is reflecting the local community’s young families, and we are developing programming that engages young people while continuing to pursue excellence in native plant horticulture. This event will have opportunities for all ages and abilities to have a relaxing and fun afternoon exploring the garden’s exotic plant life and creating memorable art.”

The art workshops will include creating decorated hats, recreating and coloring Mareen Kruckeberg’s line drawings, and creating plant-etching greeting cards. A plant treasure hunt will give visitors an opportunity to test their knowledge of the garden’s layout, solve riddles, and identify plants around the garden.

“We are really excited about the potential that the garden has as an educational resource for the botanic community,” education manager Dr. Tama Fox Ph.D. said of the garden. Program participation has been growing steadily as more community members see how much there is to explore and appreciate in the big backyard.”

Dr. Arthur and Mareen Kruckeberg moved to the site in 1958. Since then, the garden has grown to a collection of nearly 3000 species of plants from around the world, including several Washington State Horticultural Society “state champion” trees.

Their work developing native and hardy horticulture in the Pacific Northwest continues to influence natural landscape planning across the region. The KGBF promotes horticultural excellence in the Pacific Northwest, and provides high quality education and landscape coaching for local students and gardeners.

The event this summer will highlight those achievements while providing fun activities for children and families. Funds raised from the event will be used for seasonal programming and improving the garden’s infrastructure.

Updated 06-30-2015 10am


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