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The waido Experience

and saja butler

Friday, August 25, 2023

5 - 8 p.m. 


Join us on Friday, August 25 for the party of the year! Dress in your best garden attire and spread out across our 12 curated acres of beautiful outdoor gardens in the height of their summer splendor. Enjoy a gourmet buffet, premium local beverages, live music, a one-of-a-kind silent auction, a photo booth and so much more. You won’t find another event like Garden a'Fare anywhere in town!


Garden a’Fare is perfect for couples, groups of friends or hip singles who love a good party. This is a 21+ only event. Tickets are limited so buy yours today!




Each $95 ticket includes:   

  • Live entertainment from local musicians Saja Butler and The Waido Experience

  • A gourmet buffet dinner by Fiona’s

  • Beer and wine by Odell Brewing, plus the opportunity to sample their newest products

  • A signature botanic cocktail by CopperMuse crafted with produce from The Gardens

  • The second annual Wine & Whiskey Pull

  • A unique plein air silent auction featuring well-known local artists. Watch Bob Coontz, Karen Ramsay, Teddi Parker, Michele Ray and Maddi Pritchard paint live onsite, and bid to take home a one-of-a-kind creation!

  • Memorable photo ops and much more!

Thank You to our Sponsors:

Garden a’Fare is a fundraiser benefitting Friends of The Gardens on Spring Creek and furthers our mission of cultivating a world-class botanic garden through fundraising and advocacy. Friends of The Gardens on Spring Creek is the non-profit partner of The Gardens on Spring Creek, a City of Fort Collins cultural organization.


Bob Coonts is a painter known for his colorful artwork pieces that cover a variety of subjects, including animals, landscapes, plants, and people. He enjoys the use of color as perfected by the Fauvists. Coonts uses a unique artistic style that expresses warmth and detail. His artistic style isn't fully refined as he continues to work on it to ensure that what he finally delivers is unique, whether he applies whimsy or colorful compositions to create them. Coonts’ artistic versatility is evident in his masterworks, delivering some in the true abstract or non-objective abstract. Often, his creative pieces reach out to his audience's emotions. Coonts has been part of numerous exhibitions over the years and has seen his works displayed in galleries and collections across the U.S. among other geographic locations.

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Fort Collins based painter, Teddi Parker, has been painting almost daily since 2014. After being drawn to the bold and loose brushstrokes of other artists and jumping on the Daily Painting movement, Teddi has been learning to let go of perfectionist tendencies and just paint boldly.  Inspiration strikes from everywhere, but Teddi finds displaying the beauty in the everyday and ordinary to be surprisingly exciting. Standing on the knowledge of others mixed with her love for Jesus, Teddi can approach a blank canvas with confidence and not worry about what the opinions of others might be while creating.

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Maddi Pritchard

At this point, Maddi is aware that you do not know who they are, and truthfully, they are not entirely sure either.  Maddi Pritchard, known as EMP in their art, lacks the excitement and accolades to boast about. However, their passion lies in painting and creating based on personal experiences. Following a series of life-altering events, they sank into a profound state of depression. Seeking a channel to express the overwhelming emotions they felt, painting became their serendipitous discovery.


Through their artwork, Maddi aspires to encourage others to embrace vulnerability and not shy away from emotions typically avoided.  They hold the humble belief that society does a disservice by disregarding certain emotions. Instead, Maddi aims to present all emotions as valuable information. If their art can assist anyone in acknowledging and accepting so-called "negative" emotions rather than pushing them aside, that would be their utmost desire.

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Karen Ramsay, celebrated Colorado watercolor artist, devotes her time capturing the beautiful landscapes and urban scenes around her, along with teaching students the techniques and joys of her favorite medium.

Karen is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art. From an early age, Karen enjoyed a love for drawing and painting. Encouragement to pursue this passion came from her parents and artists in her family. She has been featured in the Big Sky Journal as an "Artist of the West”. Other accolades include:: Paint The Poudre: People's Choice Award, Wild About Colorado: Best of Show, and Colorado Watercolor Society: Member Show Award.


Karen is very passionate about teaching and sharing her love for sketching and watercolor. Her classes and workshops are held locally, the Rocky Mountain region and internationally.  

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Michele Ray (Schierenberg) was born and raised in Colorado and found her passion for art as a young girl. Ever observant, Michele has always absorbed the beauty in her surroundings. From working in the family's plumbing and heating store to cooking alongside her feisty Italian mother with the occasional day trip to Cherry Creek to admire the latest fashion, her diverse exposure set the foundation for how she would express her art. 


Michele took her first step towards her passion by enrolling in Colorado State University's Graphic Design program where she was recruited to run Track and Field on the side. Proving an extremely talented artist, she continued her studies in illustrations and Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design in NYC.


Michele is a proud resident of the Fort Collins community where she donates most of her art to charitable organizations. Michele's art is second only to her reputation as a mother, wife, and friend to many. 

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