Rare Plant Research




Third annual Art in the Garden Party

August 20th 5:30 to 9pm

Gates open at 5:30

Join us for a summer evening in the garden with plien aire painters painting different parts of our gardens. Their paintings will be avalable for purchase. Our chef, Dave Clark is  providing a sumptuous buffet dinner for $18, our winery will be open for glass and bottle sales and you can sit on the veranda and listen to music drift across the ponds. Jared Goodman of Morgan Street Theater will have his cutting edge ice creams available. A garden tour will begin at 7:30 and you can learn the history of how we created Villa Catalana. There is a $10 cover charge payable when you reserve your spot. Dinner  and wine and ice creams are payable at the party. The gate opens at 5:30 and dinner is when you want it.


The $10 cover charge helps pay for our expenses and  gets you in the door. We strive to make this event affordable for almost every budget so this is a pay-as-you-go event. If you want dinner or wine, you can order and pay for it after you arrive. Please no outside food or beverages. Reserve with the PayPal button below and print out your receipt and bring it with you- this is your ticket for entry. The gate opens at 5:30pm. Join us and get inspired!



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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