Bouquets

Join Como Friends in the frosty dome under the stars, or from your home virtually for the most spirited fundraiser
to support Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

February 25, 2021

Gorgeous Setting. Amazing Cause.

Bouquets is Como Friends’ most spirited fundraiser for Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. While the event will take a new form this year, we will continue to raise a glass to celebrate and support this beloved community treasure.

Create your own Bouquets experience from the menu full of fun and flavorful opportunities. Includes Bouquets Live, an online program with zookeeper, gardener and beer and wine talks; Bouquets Garden Stroll, an evening walk through the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory;Virtual Marketplace, featuring offers from our restaurant and brewery partners, and a fantastic Silent Auction

Bouquets Marketplace

Now more than ever, your support is needed

to keep Como Park Zoo & Conservatory growing and thriving for years to come.
Contributions from Bouquets help ensure free access for all to enjoy Como’s breathtaking gardens
and get up close to our amazing animals.

Bouquets Live

Bouquets Live |  Enjoy the beauty of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory from the comfort of your home! Tune in to this online program for gardener and zookeeper talks, wine and beer tips, animal ambassador visit and other surprises. You also get access to the online auction and the Bouquets Virtual Marketplace.   

Donation of $25 is suggested but not required.

Bouquets Garden Stroll

Bouquets Garden Stroll |  Want to feel the humidity of the Fern Room, smell the orchids, hear the Palm Dome fountain and see the stunning Sunken Garden? If so, the Bouquets Garden Stroll is for you. The limited capacity, after-hours experience includes a timed ticket to wander through the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory on a one-way path, and a treat to take home. Your ticket includes access to Bouquets Live, the online auction, and the Bouquets Virtual Marketplace

Tickets are $50 per person. ($5 discount for Como Friends’ Members) Reservation times are available on a first come, first served basis. The Bouquets Garden Stroll may be modified if COVID-19 guidelines change.

Bouquets-in-a-Box (Call 651-487-8229 or email events@comofriends.org for more information and availability.)

Bouquets-in-a-Box | Your donation of $50, $100 or $150 gives you access to a party kit filled with all the pieces needed to celebrate Bouquets at home, including activities, a link to the virtual event, libations & treats. Geared for two people, each box contains specialty food items, beer, wine or soda, activities for people of all ages, and other surprises! Also included is access to Bouquets Live, the online auction, and the Bouquets Virtual Marketplace. Boxes will be picked up in front of Como Park Zoo & Conservatory on Wednesday, February 24. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to receive a Bouquets-in-a-Box containing alcohol.

You will receive an email to register for your time slot to pick up your Bouquets-in-a-Box party kit. If you are also participating in the Bouquets Garden Stroll, you may select to pick up your box at the end of your time in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.

A VIP Bouquets-in-a-Box level donation gives you the all-inclusive experience. This party pack includes wine and beer, links to additional talks, and a special only-Como piece of animal or plant art.

Donation levels for Bouquets-in-a-Box are $50, $100, or $150. Curbside pick-up for Bouquets-in-a-Box will be the evening prior to Bouquets on February 24.

Bid or Contribute to the Bouquets Silent Auction

Como Friends’ Bouquets benefit includes a silent auction featuring fine wines, rare brews, accessories and tasting experiences donated by the Twin Cities’ best vendors and vintners. To make an in-kind donation to the Bouquets silent auction, contact Bethany Paul, Events Manager, at 651-207-0338, or e-mail bethany.paul@comofriends.org.

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