Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- On Sunday visitors to the Humboldt Botanical Garden could witness live artists, rendering sunflowers and lavender from the landscape onto canvas. A silent auction was set up inside the non-profit’s towering greenhouse, and the butterfly garden welcomed a larger than usual number of visitors.
September 9th the Garden Gala hoped to draw more than 500 visitors from across Humboldt County. According to the chair of the Humboldt Botanical Garden, the money raised Sunday will make up twenty-five percent of the organization’s annual budget. Last year more than 400 people turned out for the event.
The garden, Chair Evelyn Giddings says, is valuable in it’s ability to bring people together.
“What you’ll find when you come to garden is that people forget about the politics, it brings people together.” Giddings explains, “You really don’t know what side of the aisle that anybody is on so I think that that’s very good. It brings us to the common good of what we’re about. People feel good when they are outside. There’s something about connecting to nature and plants and beauty.”
The art painted in the garden for guests to view was later sold in a silent auction. Local beer and wine was served for attendees, and face painting was offered for children.