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

  • Live Sunken Garden Painting by Sylvia Annelise Art
    Value: $1,800
    Donor: Sylvia Annelise Art

    Capturing the beauty and magic of Minnesota’s most beautiful room, artist Sylvia Annelise will be live at Bouquets creating a custom, abstract painting inspired by the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Sunken Garden. A renowned Midwest muralist with an eye for the natural world, Sylvia Annelise will work from the overlook of the Sunken Garden, using the Winter Flower Show for inspiration. Make the winning bid for this inspiring 2’ x 4’ acrylic on wood panel painting and you’ll make Bouquets a night you’ll never forget.

  • Flamboyant Fall by Elton G. Krafft
    Value: Priceless
    Donor: Sharon Heitzman

    This vintage acrylic painting ‘Flamboyant Fall’ was created by Wisconsin artist, Elton Krafft (1914 – 2001). The bright colors will add life and energy to any room. Including the frame, the painting is 18.5 inches tall and 24 inches wide.

  • Conservatory Grown Air Plant
    Value: Priceless
    Donor: Garden Safari Gifts

    Whether you are an avid plant lover or want to dip your toe into the world of houseplants, this resilient and easy to care for Air Plant is perfect for you. Grown in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, this plant measures around 12 inches long and will make an incredible addition to your home. Air Plants do not need soil to grow, simply soak or mist once a week and let them dry.

  • Framed Painting by Amanda the Orangutan
    Value: Priceless
    Donor: Jeni Rutherford

    Amanda the Orangutan is a fan favorite at Como. She is an incredible ambassador for orangutans in the wild and often found amusing and entertaining Como guests with her silly antics. Little known fact – Amanda is also an incredible painter! The winner of this package will get to take home a rare, framed painting by this iconic artist.



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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 Bethany Paul, Como Friends’ Events Manager.

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