University of California, Riverside

Botanic Gardens

Primavera in the Gardens

17th Annual Primavera in the Gardens 

Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser, May 17th, 2015, 2:00 - 5:00 PM 



 Alcohol will only be served to those 21 or older, please bring ID to the event for proof of age.

 An annual fund-raising event, Primavera in the Gardens wine and food tasting has become an overnight success. 

Imagine yourself in an idyllic garden setting - sampling delicious appetizers and tasting terrific regional wines surrounded by pleasant conversation and the sounds of live music ~ This is PRIMAVERA IN THE GARDENS!

Tantalizing appetizers are provided by wonderful restaurants and caterers from all over Riverside. 2014's participants were Brewcakes, Cafe Sevilla, Gra-Pow, Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Jammin' Bread, Magnone Trattoria & Market, Mario's Place, Romano's Family Itialian Restaurant, Smokey Canyon BBQ, Somerdale Classic English Cheese, Starbuck's Coffee, Tin Lizzy's Cookie Cafe, UCR Dining Services and The Friends of UCRBG.

Wines are proffered by regional vineyards and wineries.  Last year's participants were Babcock Winery, Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Canyon Crest Winery, Chris Kern's Forgotten Grapes, Dark Star Cellars, Falkner Winery, Galleano Winery, Hart Winery, Maurice Carrie Winery, Mosby Winery, Oak Mountain Winery, Navarro Vineyards, Roadrunner Ridge Winery, and White Oak Vineyards and Winery, as well as craft beers from BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, Inland Empire Brewery and Wicks Brewing Company. 

In addition, there is the the excitement of a Silent Auction, featuring dozens of garden-related items.  For example, this year we will be auctioning off a two-night stay at the Strawberry Creek Inn in Idyllwild, California!  Highlights of Auction Items.  

Proceeds from the event benefit the Botanic Gardens' many deserving projects, including hosting thousands of touring school children each year.

* All persons being served alcoholic beverages must be at least 21 years of age or over.  Please be sure to bring a valid picture ID with you to the event. 

The following businesses and people generously donated to the Primavera in the Gardens 2014 event and Silent Auction.
We are deeply thankful for their support.
Charles and Sally Beaty Richard and Jane Block ArtPlantae
Burgess Moving and Storage Bert Cassan Jane and Richard Block
Charles and Irene Coggins Merial Everett Richard Briggs
Karen Fleisher Frank Heyming Mary & Dericksen Brinkerhoff
Monika Ittig Marion McCarthy             Brenda and Bob Bowers
Dennis and Janice Ponsor Parkview Nurseries C&G Spices
Doris Rhine Concepcion Rivera Canyon Crest Country Club
Rodolfo Ruibal Harold C. Snyder Sal Cervantes
Gail Watson Dr. Giles Waines Nancy Cullen
Stater Bros. Janine Almanzor Marcia Edwards
Angelica's Florists & Gifts Arriega Flowers Fox Riverside Theater Foundation
Bradley's Florist Flowerloft Bill Gardner
Flowers del Sol Flowers for You Elisabeth Girke Photography
Flowers with Grace Lucy Heyming Holly Haggerty
Gazebo Flowers and Gifts Amy Hao Hart Family Winery, Temecula
Siri Khalsa Moreno Valley Flower Box  Amber Jones
Porter's Flower Club Riverside Mission Florist Jennifer Katz
The Nature of Things Jean Aklufi William Kleese
Rob Lennox Maloof Foundation Margaret Margosian
Mission Inn Foundation & Museum Cathy Morford Mosaics by Rebecca
Marie O'Kelley Rosemary Neal Julie Oppen
Ann Platzer Linda Powell Denise Rietz
Roclord Studio Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens Riverside Community Players
The Sloan Family Strawberry Creek Inn Ninad Thakoor
Bill Thomas Joshua Thomas Ed Traynor
Mien Van de Ven Diane and John Wilson  Drake Family Farms, Ontario, CA
Teen Challenge Temecula Valley Cheese Company UCR Honors Program
Jean Coffey Deborah Shaw Jana Shaker
L'Andretta Guitar Duo Carbe-Durand Trio of Incendio Conspire Jazz
 Purchase Tickets:  $65 pre-sale or $75 at the Gate

Buy your tickets online with a Credit Card

Alcohol will only be served to those 21 or older, please bring ID to the event for proof of age.

By  Check via US Mail:

  • Mail Check (payable to UCR Foundation) to UCR Botanic Gardens, University of California, Riverside CA 92521
  • Please include your name, return address, email address and phone number
  • Ticket orders received after May 14 will be held at Will Call

Note! There is a $5 parking fee, payable in cash the day of the event.

For more information, call 951-784-6962 or

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