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Come to the Garden Party

UC Riverside’s Seventh Annual "Primavera in the Gardens" Fund-Raiser Set for Sunday, May 15

This Garden Party Combines Food, Wine, Music and Flowers

(May 2, 2005)

Primavera, 2003. Photo by Jana ShakerEnlarge

Primavera, 2003. Photo by Jana Shaker

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Wine and food are the draw at the Seventh Annual Primavera in the Gardens, Riverside’s premiere wine and food tasting event, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens. The event is a fund-raiser for the Botanic Gardens.

Musical performers provide live accompaniment, as hundreds of people walk the trails to sample food and wine at serving tables positioned throughout the garden. In past years, the event has offered wines from Benzinger Family Winery, Callaway Vineyard and Winery, Filsinger Vineyards and Winery, Galleano Winery, Hart Winery, Joseph Filippi Winery and Vineyards, Maurice Car'rie Vineyard and Winery, Mount Palomar Winery, Stuart Cellars, Thornton Winery and Van Roekel Vineyards and Winery as well as beer from Riverside Brewery.

Restaurants that regularly participate include Mario’s, Sevilla, Simple Simon’s and many others.

The donation for this annual event is $40 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Botanic Gardens’ many projects. This has become a major fund-raiser for the Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens and it helps to keep the gardens maintained and open to the public.

Tickets are available at the gate. Make checks payable to UCR Foundation and send to Primavera, Botanic Gardens, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521.

The UCR Botanic Garden ranges over 40 acres and includes 3,500 plant species from around the world. Enjoy beautiful vistas and numerous scenic trails, including gentle pathways graded for wheelchair access. A wide array of blooming plants can be seen year around. To get to the Gardens, exit Martin Luther King Ave. from the 60 Freeway in Riverside, turn right then right again at Canyon Crest Avenue, and follow the signs to the Botanic Gardens. Parking and admission are free. For freeway map and color brochure, call (951) 784-6962 or 827-4650, e-mail, or write to Botanic Gardens, Univ. of Calif., Riverside, CA 92521.

Memorial bench at the Botanic GardensEnlarge

Memorial bench at the Botanic Gardens



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