Twilight in the Whimsical Woods

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Holden Forest & Gardens Invites You to a Picnic in Support of Plants, Trees and the Benefits they Provide Northeast Ohio.

You are invited to Northeast Ohio’s picnic of the summer at the Holden Arboretum on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The event, Twilight in the Whimsical Woods, is Holden’s largest benefit of the year and helps to raise money for its mission to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.

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This event is presented with generous support from:

Twilight in the Whimsical Woods will take place throughout the arboretum grounds and feature a picnic dinner by A Taste of Excellence, music by Northeast Ohio artists including Thor Platter and The Cleveland Wind Trio, activities for adults and kids including craft stations and tarot card readings, and a first look at the new Fairy Doors: Magical Garden Gateways exhibit that will open to the public on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Proceeds from the event will support the People for Trees movement that aims to have 15,000 trees planted and cared for throughout Northeast Ohio by 2025 and to help ensure that the wonder and beauty of the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden are available for all to enjoy.

Be sure to bring a picnic blanket (unless you purchase the Patron level ticket), wear comfortable clothes and shoes and for the little ones: don’t forget your fairy wings!

Patron — $250 ($190 tax-deductible) – includes choice of meal, program listing, branded picnic blanket & wine tumbler

Adult — $125 ($75 tax-deductible) – includes choice of meal, branded wine tumbler

Child (12 and under) — $25 – includes child’s meal


First Course

Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata Cheese with Balsamic Reduction, Olive Oil and Micro Basil

Vegan:  Heirloom Tomatoes, Balsamic Reduction, Olive Oil and Micro Basil

Second Course

Sliced Beef Tenderloin or Sliced Chicken with Chimichurri

Vegan:  Grilled Vegetable Terrine with Balsamic Reduction

Roasted Corn Salad with Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic Herb Vinaigrette, Roasted Garlic and Lemon Asparagus

Third Course

Key Lime Tart with Whipped Cream and Edible Nasturtium

Vegan:  Key Lime Tart

Beverages:  Wine, Beer, Seltzers, Specialty Cocktail, Sodas

Children’s Menu (12 and under)

Breaded Chicken Skewer

Vegetable Sticks and Ranch for Dipping

Fairy Pasta Salad with Cheesy Tortellini

Chocolate Brownies Sprinkled with Fairy Dust

Strawberry Lemonade

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Oak –  $15,000

  • All previous benefits

  • Additional ten (10) attendees – 20 guests in total
  • Premium reserved picnic area for guests
  • Verbal and logo recognition in pre-event video
  • $13,800 tax-deductible

Dawn Redwood – $7,500

  • All Tulip and Redbud Sponsor benefits
  • Recognition and sponsor spotlight on event website and in pre-event video
  • $6,750 tax-deductible

Tulip Tree – $5,000

  • All Redbud Sponsor benefits
  • Guaranteed reserved picnic area for guests
  • Wine (2 bottles red and 2 bottles white) to pair with your picnic dinner
  • Recognition in Happenings eNewsletter and at one event entertainment area
  • $4,250 tax-deductible

Redbud – $2,500

  • Ten attendees (may choose between adult/children’s meals)
  • Recognition on event website, welcome signage, program
  • Reserved picnic area for guests (available first come basis)
  • Branded picnic blanket & wine tumbler for each adult
  • $1,750 tax-deductible

Become a Sponsor

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Oak Sponsors

Dawn Redwood

Lake Health

Tulip Tree Sponsors

Gillmore Security Systems

Gries Financial Partners

Peter & Debbie Guren

Redbud Sponsors

Ashton Technology Solutions

Bobbie Brown & Steven Ward

Cherry Tree


The Davey Tree Expert Company

Jon & Suzanne Dick

Laura Junglas

Maloney + Novotny

Paul & Janis DiCorleto



The Susan & John Turben Foundation

Tom & Mary Anderson

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