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!

  • ‘Protection in the North Garden’
    Value: $650
    Donor: Robin Blochinger

    This beautiful, original oil painting depicts the beloved St. Francis statue in Como’s North Garden. Soft greens camouflage hidden creatures throughout the painting. Can you find the snake, owl, peacock, and more? Painting is 20″ x 30″ on gallery-wrapped canvas.

  • Sleeping Snow Leopard
    Value: $225
    Donor: Candace M. Liddy

    This gentle image of a sleeping snow leopard will add calm to your home. Created by Candace Liddy specifically for Bouquets, this 16” x 20” framed print of a snow leopard is perfect for any Como lover.

    Liddy is a national award-winning equine/animal artist. Many years of her childhood were spent in the Como area, and regular visits to the zoo and conservatory helped to inspire her love of animals and nature. Her art is an extension of this love, as the beauty of animals in all their forms drives her to sculpt and paint these amazing creatures. She has two grown children and lives on a hobby farm with her husband and their menagerie of cats, dogs, and horses.

  • Take Some of Como Home
    Value: Priceless
    Donor: Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

    Turn your home into a mini conservatory with this showstopping collection of plants grown at Como for the Winter Flower Show.

  • Rosemary Tree
    Value: $100
    Donor: Garden Safari Gifts, Sunnyside Gardens

    The aroma of rosemary will fill your kitchen and all your culinary creations with this rosemary tree grown in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory for a show in the Sunken Garden. Included in this package is a $50 gift card to Sunnyside Gardens where you can purchase a pot and care items for this, and any other plants you may have at home.

  • Saki Set
    Value: $100
    Donor: Peter Paul Pottery

    This saki set includes a small carafe called a tokkuri and four small cups called ochoko. The set was made by hand by local artisan Peter Paul Pottery just for Bouquets. This set is paired with a bottle of Black and Gold Saki, a full-bodied saki with hints of honeydew, papaya, anise, and roasted nuts. Best enjoyed at room temperature or slightly chilled, perfect for sipping.

  • ‘Blue River’ Wall Hanging
    Value: $125
    Donor: Mary Jensen

    This beatiful hand-woven wall hanging, titled ‘Blue River,’ was custom made for Bouquets. Perfect for the hygge home.

  • Whiskey Lover
    Value: $148
    Donor: Nancy and Todd Koch, Peter Paul Pottery

    Enjoy two bottles of Keeper’s Heart single malt whiskey from O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co., located in Minneapolis, with two locally made ceramic tumblers. Keeper’s Heart is an Irish and American Whiskey that highlights notes of baking spices which pair beautifully with the American whiskey’s sweetness and lingering notes of charred oak. You’ll enjoy the long and pleasant spiced caramel finish of this whiskey even more when consumed from these beautiful wheel-thrown tumblers. Created by local potter Peter Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota, these cups are intended to make everyday moments special.

  • Private Dining for 6 at Mr. Paul’s Supper Club
    Value: $1,200
    Donor: Mr. Paul’s Supper Club

    Mr. Paul’s Supper Club is thrilled to host a six-course dinner with beverage pairings for up to six people. This present-day supper club offers steaks, chops, seafood, pasta, and Cajun favorites with Chef Tommy Begnaud’s distinct style and a welcoming environment for all. Details: reservations require at least two weeks’ notice prior to the event with expected guest count, allergies and aversions, 20% gratuity not included in this package to be paid directly to service staff the night of the event.

  • Minnesota Wild Game
    Value: $444
    Donor: Ford and Catherine Nicholson

    Watch the Minnesota Wild take on the Calgary Flames Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center. This package includes four incredible tickets directly on the blue line double attack zone in section 105, row 13, seats 1–4. Also included, a parking pass for underground heated parking to make arriving and leaving the game a breeze.

  • Kate Spade Newbury Lane Crossbody Bag
    Value: $160
    Donor: Susannah Baudhuin

    This small Kate Spade Newbury Lane Carson Crossbody Bag in black and red plaid is perfect for a wintertime outing.



Events Manager


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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