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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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    WIne, craft brews, and "Farm-to-Cocktails"

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    Silent Auction – Bid on original garden art, furniture, and décor

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    Performance — Mendocino Dance Project | Photography by Catherine Vibert

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    Music — Jason Moore

Garden Party, Auction & Featured Artist Reception

Saturday, August 7, 2021
from 5PM to 7:30PM 
in the MCBG Perennial Garden

SOLD OUT — CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the Saturday Soirée

Not many get to enjoy the golden glow of our Perennial Garden at dusk. Join us for an exclusive evening amidst the flowers complete with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, entertainment, and unique garden art.

See this year's Art in the Gardens featured artwork and learn a bit about Featured Artist, Carolyn Zeitler's process. Support the Gardens and add a stunning focal point to your garden. This year's silent auction will feature original garden art, furniture, and décor. Sip a Blood Orange Aperol Spritz or Mendo Mule and mingle as you savor the evening glory of our Perennial Garden enhanced by birdsong and the acoustic melodies of Jason Moore. The Mendocino Dance Project will dazzle at dusk with a dynamic performance.

Tickets are $100 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails, wine, beer, and entertainment. Wear attire that will inspire... dress to express! 

All proceeds from this fundraiser event help to support the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Please note, these special event tickets are non-refundable unless the occasion has been canceled or rescheduled by the Gardens. Tickets for the Saturday Soirée are limited and will sell quickly... PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY!


Support the Gardens and add a stunning focal point to your garden. This year's silent auction will feature original garden art, furniture, and décor.


Acoustic folk-rock by Jason Moore

Performance by the Mendocino Dance Project


Charcuterie and dessert cups sponsored and provided by Harvest Market

Stuffed dates with goat cheese and thyme

Endive boats with Smoked Salmon and herbed cream cheese

Curried Chicken Salad sponsored and provided by KBistro

Wine sponsored by Artevino & Maple Creek Winery

Craft brews sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company

"Farm-to-Cocktails" concoctions crafted by Mendocino Outland
-- Blood Orange Aperol Spritz with prosecco, blood orange juice, Aperol-floral garnish
-- Mendo Mule with low abv vodka, ginger beer, lime blackberry preserves, garnished with blackberry and rosemary
-- Virgin Mule with ginger beer, lime blackberry preserves, garnished with blackberry and rosemary

2021 Featured Artist  |  CAROLYN ZEITLER

This year’s Featured Artist, Carolyn Zeitler, graduated from San Jose State University in 1976 with a degree in ceramics and weaving. Carolyn started making baskets while she worked as a U.S. Forest Service fire look-out in Big Sur, California. These baskets were created using the native Coulter Pine needles that grow in the Los Padres National Forest. Since then, Zeitler's baskets have evolved as a kind of marriage, combining her two loves – clay and fiber.

2021 AIG Featured Artwork
Passing Through
by Carolyn Zeitler
Coulter Pine Needles and Raffia – 14” x 13”

Zeitler explains:
"I have worked exclusively with pine needles for over 30 years because they are so simplistic and straightforward. My only tools are my hands and a needle. The repetitive rhythm of the stitches becomes a kind of meditation. It’s amazing that one can take a material as mundane as a pine needle and create something that celebrates its beauty and strength. There are inherent limitations to the medium that create a challenge to search beyond its boundaries for something that reflects both the tradition of craft and the innovation of art.

It is my hope that when people look at my baskets they will begin to look at pine needles and the beauty of trees in a whole new way."

More of Zeitler's work can be seen at


Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021