KNOX, Inc. will host its annual Garden Party @ Twilight on Thursday, August 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will take place at the Watkinson Community Garden, located at 50 Bloomfield Avenue in Hartford. The Watkinson Community Garden is one of KNOX’s long-established gardens in Hartford and is an expansive space that helps Hartford residents access healthy food in what is otherwise considered a food desert. The garden’s crops reflect the diverse heritage and culture of its gardeners, including, for example, a robust crop of callaloo and red kidney beans that are staple foods in the West Indies.
“Our annual Garden Party is an opportunity to help Hartford grow together while enjoying local, seasonal fresh food prepared by some of the region’s best chefs,” said KNOX Executive Director Patrick Doyle. “We have a great night in store, with unique treasures to bid on during our auction, good music, and lots of locally sourced food and beverages. But the event is more than a fun night – funds raised support KNOX programs to plant trees, maintain urban gardens, and provide green jobs to city residents who need a second chance.”
Greater Hartford’s culinary stars have put together an extraordinary menu to highlight the flavors of Connecticut. Restaurants include Bear’s Restaurant Group, Park & Oak Restaurant, Lets Start From Scratch, David Alan Hospitality Group, and Republic at the Linden. Drinks will come from Hartford Flavor Company, Litchfield Distillery, City Steam Brewery, and Hanging Hills Brewery. KNOX will also have a food offering from members of the KNOX Urban Farming program.
Garden Party sponsors include Travelers, Bank of America, Prudential, EAG Law LLC, McCarter & English LLP, Aetna, Charter Oak Health Center, Stanley Black & Decker, and Webster Bank.
To purchase your ticket or table, or for sponsorship information, visit www.knoxhartford.org/knox-events/garden-party/ or call 860-951-7694.
The mission of KNOX is to use horticulture as a catalyst for community engagement, forging partnerships between residents, businesses, and government to build stronger, greener, healthier and more beautiful neighborhoods in Hartford. Since its founding in 1966 by Hartford Councilwomen Betty Knox, KNOX has been a key partner in improving the city of Hartford and is a nationally recognized leader in the field of community greening. Principal services include neighborhood beautification and reforestation, park improvement efforts, development of greenways, the oversight and maintenance of both community gardens and public green spaces, the successful administration of a green jobs training program, and inspiring a connection to the environment through education programs. More information is available at www.knoxhartford.org.