Join us for Bouquets, an after-hours benefit for Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, in support of the plants, animals, and free access you love at Como!

  • Martini Basket
    Value: $140
    Donor: Nicky Nagle

    Bring home everything you need for martini night! Four lovely hand-painted olive-themed martini glasses accompanied with a jar of tipsy olives, cocktail picks, and a set of floral napkins to complete the look. Whether you like gin or vodka martinis, this basket has got you covered with a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin and Ketel One Vodka. Martini glasses are hand wash only.

  • Lilac-breasted Roller in Flight
    Value: $150
    Donor: Stephan F. Kistler

    Taken by talented local photographer Stephan Kistler, this incredible framed photograph pictures the stunning, multi-colored lilac-breasted roller. Known as Kenya’s national bird, the lilac-breasted roller is found throughout Southern and Eastern Africa. With vibrant colors and picture-perfect implied motion, this piece would make an excellent addition to any bird enthusiast’s collection. Framed dimensions 12″ x 12″.

  • Double-magnum of Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2019
    Value: $100
    Donor: BrightWines and Bouquets Wine Vendors

    This is the best quality and most recognizable bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Italian red wine available. This rare 3-liter “double magnum” large format contains four standard bottles of wine. This vintage comes recommended by Wine Enthusiast magazine, who notes: “This richly fruited red delivers ripe black cherry in full force, with tobacco and warm spice backing it up. It’s straightforward in its appeal, with a cohesive, easy nature.” Ideal for serving at a backyard brick oven pizza party!

  • Contemporary Blooms
    Value: $200
    Donor: Dawn Narducci

    Brighten up any room with this modern floral design painting created by Dawn Narducci, a member of the Como Friends Garden Safari Gifts team. The vibrant acrylic on canvas masterpiece is playful, fun, and will remind you of the stunning flowers found in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.

  • Go Giraffe!
    Value: $50
    Donor: The Lagerquist family

    Transform your kitchen table into an African savanna with this collection of giraffe goodies. A fun longneck mug, two wooden napkin rings and a set of carved spoons are perfect for any giraffe fan.

  • Elegant Ostrich Egg
    Value: Priceless
    Donor: Beth Myers

    Artistry abounds on this stunning painted ostrich egg, laid by Como’s Pickles the ostrich. Beth Myers, Education Coordinator, Visitor Services and Interpretive Programs, used the flowers in the Sunken Garden Winter Flower Show as her inspiration as she created this truly amazing masterpiece featuring amaryllis, foxglove, pansies, and cineraria.



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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 Laura Sherar, Como Friends’ Event Manager.

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