Thursday, February 27th, 2020
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.
The auction will open on Wednesday, February 26, so you can start bidding early! If you provided us with your mobile number, you will receive a text. Just click on the text and you will be able to view the auction. If we don’t have your cell phone number, don’t worry, you can still participate in the auction. To get set up for mobile bidding just connect to the internet and type this URL into your smartphone browser: bidpal.net/bouquets2020
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.
Bring cash, because Minnesota gaming rules only allow cash or check as accepted forms of payment for the Cork Pull, Bean Bag Toss and Plinko.
Test your luck at winning a $100 bottle of wine, a restaurant gift card, or a gift certificate to Garden Safari Gifts. Pull a cork for $20 and you are guaranteed to win a goodie of at least $10 in value. Only 125 corks are available.
Bean Bag Toss
Deliver a winning toss for a chance to win a Yeti Cooler filled with beer and beer-related gear. Receive one raffle ticket for getting on the board and three for getting in the hole. If you miss the board, don’t worry, you will still be rewarded with a fun prize! Tickets are $20 for three bean bags.
“Plink” your chip to see if you are the winner of a Como-branded pint glass, wine glass or water bottle – or other cool swag. All players are registered to win a “Year of Experiences” package, including an overnight stay at Grand Casino, a Bell Museum membership, Saints tickets, tickets to Troupe Vertigo, Science Museum passes, skating at the John Rose Oval, “A Day at Como,” tickets to Crystal Cave, and more! Tickets are $10 for a chip.
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 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. – 7:00 p.m. on the second floor in the Visitor Center and the general event is in the Marjorie McNeely 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.
At the VIP experience, you will sample food from Augustine’s Bar and Bakery, Cara Irish Pubs, Lancer Catering, Red Cow, and Red Rabbit. Full pours of wine and beer will also be available, compliments of BrightWines and Utepils, Schell’s, and Castle Danger.
We have lots of up-close opportunities for you to learn about Como’s animals, plants and programs from our animal ambassadors, zoo keepers, gardeners and educators. At 6:45 p.m. we will have a short program and special celebration to open the Bouquets’ Beer Garden in style.
Don’t miss the very popular VIP cork pull. Each pull is $30 (cash only) and you are guaranteed to win a gift card, bottle of wine or another goodie of at least $20 in value.
Bring cash because Minnesota gaming rules only allow cash or check as accepted forms of payment for the Cork Pull, Bean Bag Toss and Plinko.
Thank You to our 2020 Sponsors
A tip from Turkey, donate to support beautiful gardens, care for the animals and free admission.
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Jewel of Como
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Keeper Megan Elder preserves orangutans near and far