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Harvest Garden Party October 4th, 2015      SORRY SOLD OUT!


Join us for our Fall Harvest Garden Party, October 4th from 2 to 7pm.

This is our last garden party of the season. The weather bureau predicts sunny and 73*f for October 4th. Our gardens will be filled with the sounds of a jazz trio and local farmers will bring examples of their harvest for tasting and purchase.  See where your food comes from and support local agriculture. Staeley organic dairy, Goldin Goat Cheese, TES Bee Products, Bliss Nut Butters, Willamette Valley Cheese, Kush Hill Farm are some of the many farms that will be here. Chef Dave Clark will again create his outstanding buffet ($18, under 12, $9) and our gold medal winning wines will be available for purchase by the glass ($8) or bottle ($18-25). Morgan Street Theater will offer their cutting edge ice creams and neighbor pastry chef, Barbara Erlich, will present her gourmet desserts. This is a "pay as you go" event and you only pay for what you want to eat or drink. Not everyone accepts credit cards so you may want to bring some cash as well. Reservations are required and there is a $10 cover charge which can be paid bellow using PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account and can use your credit card. Bring your PayPal receipt for entrance.




Rare Plant Research rents Villa Catalana Gardens in the summer for a limited number of special events such as weddings, celebration dinners and receptions.

To request more information, please e-mail us at rareplant@gmail.com.


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