2024 Auction Sampler

Opening Night Party 2024 Auction Sampler

Guests at our “Birthday Botanical Bash” Opening Night Party will have a chance to bid on many unique silent and live auction items. Following is just a sampling of our wonderful auction experiences. Thanks to all our generous auction donors for your support of Washington Park Arboretum!

Live Auction

Dinner for Eight Under the Trees With John Grade and “Union”
Meet under the tree canopy for a one-of-a-kind evening of art, food, and conversation with artist John Grade and his wife, Maria. Your hosts Maribeth O’Connor and Chuck Nordhoff have planned a magical gathering that will include delicious gourmet food from Lisa Dupar Catering, wines by McCarthy and Schiering, and an artist-led tour of “Union,” Grade’s installation in the heart of the Arboretum. (Photo by David Rosen)

Value: $4,000
Donated by Maribeth O’Connor and Chuck Nordhoff

Native Plant Tour and Design Consultation

Our winning bidder will get the best of what award-winning design firm GGN has to offer. With GGN’s Shannon Nichol and Tess Schiavone, you’ll visit a spectacular private residential garden in Seattle to see the lush, vibrant beauty of Pacific Northwest native plants within an intimate series of garden rooms. Shannon and Tess will share their knowledge of native plant combinations, and discuss design goals and strategies. Then, they’ll visit your garden and consult with you on aesthetic goals for your site and native-plant enhancements. Post-visit, they will provide notes and a list of recommended plants to try.

Value: $4,500
Donated by Shannon Nichol, Tess Schiavone, Kara Weaver, and Meadowshop

Vashon Island Bluff House Getaway

Hop a ferry and find yourself a world away! Enjoy a three-night, four-day stay at Chef Matt Dillon and Brita Fisher’s “Bluff House” on Vashon Island, including a dinner cooked by Chef Matt. Known for his restaurants The Corson Building and Sitka and Spruce, Matt received the 2012 James Beard Award for Best Chef, Northwest. The house is a spacious two-plus bedroom home on a high, wooded bluff looking west over Colvos Passage. It is surrounded by beautiful Japanese-style gardens (designed by Terry Welch), has a well-stocked vegetable garden, and features a stunning saltwater plunge pool. The pantry and fridge will be stocked with produce and shellfish from Matt and Britta’s adjacent farms.

Value: $3,000
Donated by Matt & Brita Dillon, Old Chaser Farm, Little Otter Shellfish, Brooke & Josh Dickson

Silent Auction

Magical Two-Night Stay in a Treehouse

Nestled in an old-growth forest of Douglas fir, spruce, cedar, and hemlock a half-hour drive east of Seattle and just minutes from the world-renowned Snoqualmie Falls, TreeHouse Point exemplifies the breathtaking natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a perfect place for a weekend getaway! The winning bidder’s weekend home-away-from-home will be one of TreeHouse Point’s seven iconic treehouses. Perfect for two people, your treehouse is heated and comes with bedding, towels, and other amenities of a luxury hotel.

Value: $1,400
Donated by: Tree House Point

Lopez Island Long Weekend & Dinner
Get away to the San Juan Islands and surround yourself with nature and the splendor of water views! Enjoy three nights at a modern but simple cabin on Lopez Island. Designed by award-winning architect Stuart Silk, the 1,300-square-foot cabin has two bedrooms, a great room with a fireplace, a well-stocked kitchen, and massive windows facing the water. Surrounded by 30+ acres of woodlands and set amid a lavender garden, the cabin overlooks Griffin Bay with a westward view toward San Juan Island. For 1 to 4 people. Included is a $500 restaurant gift certificate at Ursa Minor.

Value: $2,500
Donated by Maribeth O’Connor, Chuck Nordhoff, Steve Alley, and Amy Scott

Moon Viewing Experience for Four
The tradition of moon viewing—Otsukimi—dates back to 8th century Japan and celebrates the beauty of the autumnal moon’s rays with poetry and music. During its annual Moon Viewing Festival, the Seattle Japanese Garden is magically lit with lanterns and luminaries—for just two nights a year! The winning bidder of this experience and their guests will be able to stroll the Garden, enjoy music and dance performances on the Moon Viewing Platform, participate in a traditional Tea Ceremony, and launch an origami boat in the Garden pond. (Photo by David Rosen)

Value: $300
Available dates: September 12 or September 13, 2024, 7 to 10 p.m.

Sip, Savor & Sleep Package At Willows Lodge

Spend a relaxing night in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country at Willows Lodge, one of the top hotels in Washington state. Wine will await you in your room upon arrirval. Appreciate the beauty of nature and the comfort of an upscale, modern lodge designed to bring the outside in. Enjoy dinner at the highly acclaimed Barking Frog. Stroll the beautiful gardens and ask yourself how you can be just 30 minutes from Seattle but feel a world away.

Value: $860
Donated by: Willows Lodge and Barking Frog Restaurant

Equs Farms On-the-Sound Overnight
Relax with the Salish Sea for a night, with 180-degree ocean bay and mountain views. Only an hour’s drive away, this Stanwood property will accommodate your group of up to three couples with complete privacy and quiet. It overlooks the Puget Sound with an amazing view of the water and Camano Island. An attached sustainable organic working berry farm powered by solar energy adds to the charm. Beach walks, whale watching in season, and spectacular sunsets await you in this one-of-a-kind retreat. The 600 feet of waterfront includes a trail leading to a one-mile-long private beach. Your Saturday afternoon activity is an Indian cooking lesson with your host and chef extraordinaire, Arboretum Foundation Board member Sanjay Kumar, followed by the dinner you’ve prepared.

Value: $2,000
Donated by Sanjay Kumar

Summer-Ready Garden Care Package
Sit back and watch your garden get into tip-top shape with 15 hours of professional yard work from the team at Kaleidoscope. They’ll have what they need with $300 worth of plants or products from Swanson’s Nursery. The Kaleidoscope team will consult with you to determine the best use of their labor—weeding, grooming, hedge trimming, or removal of unwanted dead plant material. The expert staff at Swanson’s will be ready to help you select the optimal plants, trees, or shrubs for your project!

Value: $1,975
Donated by: Kaleidoscope and Swanson’s Nursery

T-Mobile in Style: Mariners Suite for 22
Got a big birthday or family in town for a visit? Take ‘em out to the ballgame! Use your VIP parking pass to get you straight to the private skybridge entry on your way to your suite. Your group of up to 22 people will watch in style. Catering and concierge service await you! Whether it’s for a family reunion, business meeting, or special celebration—or just to kick back with some friends and watch the Mariners up close—this private suite at T-Mobile Park will provide an unforgettable experience.

Value: $2,500
Donated by: Gobo Enterprises and Noriko Palmer

Dinner for Six at Stoneburner
Stoneburner brings the Ballard Farmer’s Market to your table, featuring seasonal vegetables, the bounty of local fishers and foragers, housemade pasta, and stone oven pizza. Your dinner for six will be paired with wines hand-selected by their sommelier.

Value: $1,000
Donated by: Stoneburner

Sourdough Making Workshop

Home chef extraordinaire Jonathan Otis will lead a workshop for you and up to four friends and help you create perfect varieties of sourdough bread. The four-hour, hands-on workshop will take place in a beautiful condo overlooking Lake Union and include light nibbles. It will cover the key points of bread baking: hand mixing and folding, shaping, proofing, and baking. Everyone will leave the class with their own sample of sourdough starter.

Value: $800
Donated by: Jonathan Otis

Modernist Cuisine Cooking Lab Tour & Book Set
Experience an exclusive opportunity to visit the Cooking Lab, Nathan Myhrvold’s innovative food lab in Bellevue, WA. The Cooking Lab, typically closed to the public, is home to a state-of-the-art research kitchen, laboratory, and publishing house that is the backbone of the Modernist Cuisine exhibit and books. You and up to 8 guests will be treated to a guided tour through the lab to meet the team who work alongside chefs, chemists, physicists, and machinists to push culinary boundaries.

Value: $650
Donated by Modernist Cuisine

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