Rare Plant Auction® at Longwood Gardens

Get ready for the greatest garden party that TheDCH has ever thrown. Garden party attire is encouraged, so ladies and gents: dust off that hatbox to find your favorite spring hat, and treat yourself to a new dress, blouse, tie or dress shirt in a glorious shade of coral pink to celebrate the 36th Rare Plant Auction®.


The Rare Plant Auction, staged in the idyllic Longwood Gardens East Conservatory on April 30 (6:30 - 10 p.m.), is a fantastic opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to enjoy Longwood Gardens for the day, see (and take home) hundreds of amazing specimens -- and live your highest values by helping raise money for greening programs that support under-served communities.


Admission is $125 - $600 per person and includes:

  • Open bar and food throughout the night
  • Valet parking
  • Music
  • Day-of-event tickets to Longwood Gardens
  • Access to see and purchase hundreds of rare, beautiful, not-yet-introduced, and difficult to propagate species in the 36th annual Rare Plant Auction®, which includes three silent auctions and an engaging live auction.

If you attended the 2015 Auction and are interested in the culture information for your purchases, click below for a pdf file with the information on all the plants that were at auction.


RPA 2015 Catalog


RPA 2015 Plant Descriptions

The trees are in at St. Patrick’s & St. Mary’s Church on King Street! Thanks so much for what you do for our community. You’re the best!

— Eleanor Riley
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Get your tickets for The Rare Plant Auction at Longwood Gardens on April 30th