Tickets are now on sale for the most popular garden party on Kaua‘i, Moonlight & Music in the Garden. The Saturday August 1 benefit for the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden will feature dinner, libations, music, dancing, a silent auction, and more in NTBG’s flagship McBryde Garden. Tickets are limited to 350 and may be purchased at ntbg.org/moonlightmusic or by calling 332-6500.

The event follows the full moon, affording the opportunity to enjoy a lively evening in a moonlit garden setting. Guests will be transported from the South Shore Visitors Center in Po‘ipū into the Lāwa‘i Valley on a historic sugar cane train route with spectacular views of Lāwa‘i Bay and Allerton Garden. A special table sponsor reception for Kauwila, Koa, and Ōhi‘a Tables will take place at the new Food for Thought garden prior to the main event. All attendees can enjoy talking story over pupus, wine, beer, and soft drinks, and stroll the Biodiversity Trail. Dinner by the orchard will include music by Darryl Gonzales and Garrett Santos, followed by high-energy dance music by The Quake.

During the evening party-goers will have the chance to bid on a wide variety of sought-after silent auction items. This year’s offerings feature such items as an intricately hand-painted wheelbarrow replete with gardening accessories, a leather “watering can” handbag by designer Kate Spade, a dinner for eight prepared by the notable Chef Roy Yamaguchi, a day of yard manicuring by a crew from Na Ka Oi Landscape Services, a “Picnic at the Palace” at McBryde Garden’s exciting stick sculpture, and handwoven lauhala hats by NTBG’s own Hau‘oli Wichman. Artwork, wines, dinners, tours, and golfing offerings are just a few of the other items for which bidders will vie.

National Tropical Botanical Garden (www.ntbg.org) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental institution with nearly 2,000 acres of gardens and preserves in Hawai‘i and Florida. The institution’s mission is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions. NTBG is supported primarily through donations and grants.

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