Under a clear blue sky and brimmed hats hundreds of community members gathered for a fun filled day at the Humboldt Botanical Garden located on the College of the Redwood Campus on Tompkins Hill Road.
Amid beautiful gardens and plush green lawns, attendees strolled throughout the event sipping on local wine, beer and water. As butterflies and dragonflies fluttered from plant to plant, children skipped and laughed at their joyous flight. The air was filled with the sweet tunes of the group Vintage Rock and Soul in the main garden with musicians throughout the wide spread event that peaked overlooking the valley.
From bright orange to deep purples, the colors filled the spirit while enjoying one of many booths of fresh made goodies from local businesses. Perfect Palate tempted the taste buds with deep flavorful spreads on locally made breads, Bear River Casino provided a fulfilling pasta salad highlighting their new restaurant, Marcellis delighted the season with a vegetarian lasagna, Loleta Cheese had a spread of creamy flavorful cheeses, Loleta Bakery filled her table with divine breads and desserts, Angelos Pizza provided their trademark pizzas, Wildberries Marketplace had a wonderful tomato basil and garlic bread, and in true tradition, Humboldt County 1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn was on hand serving up mouthwatering tri-tip.
Lost Coast Brewery donated a large assortment of their popular beers for all types of beer lovers.
As the event wrapped up many attendees could be seen purchasing the perfect plant to take home and add to their special garden at home. Membership Coordinator and volunteer Andreina Torma reflected upon her first year helping with the Gala saying, "It was a great event. We had almost 400 people attend and many people bought plants."
The Humboldt Botanical Garden states, "We provide a public display of documented native and exotic plants adapted to the local climate in a planned landscape that provides an educational, aesthetic, and tranquil experience for visitors."
HBG hopes to work towards advancing global plant conservation efforts, horticulture, botanical, and ecological knowledge saying, "Sustainable practices protect and conserve resources and enhance habitat for local creatures."
Many do not realize the garden can be rented for events. The HBC has played host to birthday parties, weddings, fundraisers and children's events. In addition you can purchase plants to create your own garden sanctuary at home. Additionally the HBC offers monthly classes to the public and members.
HBG staff wants to "Inspire Educate Grow" and encourages anyone looking to volunteer to contact them. HBG states, "Looking for a meditative task or somewhere to share your expertise? No matter the time you have to volunteer there are opportunities at Humboldt Botanical Garden. Some opportunities include docents, garden chores, gate hosts, education, special events, and plant propagation."
This weekend they will be having a class on studying Botanical Watercolor Painting with Carol Telesky in the Garden. You can find out more about this class at www.hbgf.org/education.hbgf-education-series.
There are 19 areas to explore over the Garden. Membership is very reasonable and gets you free entrance into the garden, discounted or free admission to over 250 gardens in North America, subscription to the Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation newsletter, discounts at local garden shops and nurseries, discounts at HBGF events and access to the annual membership meeting where decisions are made. If you would like to find out more information about the HBG or its foundation call 442-5139, checkout their Facebook page Humboldt Botanical Garden, or visit their website at www.hbgf.org.
Photos by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon
Hundreds came out to support the annual Humboldt Botanical Garden gala as they strolled over the plush lawn enjoying food and drinks from local businesses.Humboldt Botanical Garden hosts annual event