Thursday, February 28th, 2019
Peruse the event map above and event program before you arrive, so that you can plan your route. Remember, you don’t need to start at the stations near check-in; feel free to start in The Ordway Gardens in the Conservatory or the Bouquets Beer Garden located on the second floor of the Visitor Center instead. General event attendees can bring their tickets printed or on a mobile device. VIP attendees will check in at registration.
Come with your smartphone battery fully charged so you can bid on all the cool auction items. Kiosks and volunteers will also be available to take your bids. To get set up for mobile bidding, you don’t need to download an app. Connect to the internet and type this URL into your smartphone browser: bidpal.net/bouquets2019.
Bring cash to purchase a chance in the Cork Pull. Each pull is $20 and you are guaranteed to win a gift card, bottle of wine or another goodie of at least $10 in value. Don’t miss out on your chance to win! Of special note: Included in the Cork Pull is a $100 bottle of highly-rated wine!
Due to Minnesota gaming rules, only cash or check are accepted forms of payment for the Cork Pull.
Back by popular demand is the Growler Toss. Get a “ringer” and take home a growler, tap room gift card, or a “large” bottle of beer! Even if you don’t ring a bottle, you will be rewarded with a fun prize. Tickets are $10 for two rings or $20 for five.
You must be 21 years of age or older to attend Bouquets. (IDs are required.)
Tickets are non-refundable.
Plan to park in the Palm Lot or along the city streets surrounding the Conservatory. Parking is always at a premium, so consider carpooling with others in your party.
For VIP Ticket Holders:
The VIP experience takes place from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Gorilla Forest and the general event is in the Conservatory and Visitor Center from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
When you arrive, check in at the registration table in the Visitor Center lobby and pick up your nametag. Please note: There are no printed tickets for the VIP experience; instead we have your name on a guest list.
The cork pull has been so popular that we created one just for the VIP experience. Each pull is $30 and you are guaranteed to win a gift card, bottle of wine or another goodie of at least $20 in value. Of special note: Included in the Cork Pull are 5 Custom Como bottles of wine!
Bring cash because Minnesota gaming rules only allow cash or check as accepted forms of payment for the Cork Pull.
At the VIP experience, you will sample food from Lancer Catering, Mademoiselle Miel, Red Cow, and Red Rabbit. Full pours of wine and beer will also be available, compliments of BrightWines. Please feel free to visit with our Zoo Keepers and Education Staff, as well as enjoy a short program at 6:45.
Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors
Como Friends at 15
The nonprofit fundraising force at Como celebrates a new milestone
Sparky at 60
Minnesota’s favorite sea lion is still making a splash
Jewel of Como
Celebrating a century at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Keeper Megan Elder preserves orangutans near and far