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Annual Gardener's Garden Party July 9th from 5:30 to 9pm--- SOLD OUT, SORRY

Join us for a summer evening in the garden.  Our Annual Garden Party (this is the 8th one) is July 9th and we have our chef, Dave Clark 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 is 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. The nursery will be open from 5:30 to 7:00pm.

There is a $10 cover charge payable when you reserve your spot. Dinner and wine and ice creams are payable at the party.


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 that after you arrive. Please no outside food or beverages.

Reserve with the PayPal button below and bring your receipt for entrance. 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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