One of the Seattle’s oldest non-profits, the Arboretum Foundation, will be hosting its annual gala, “Spring Forward!” and auction online on March 4. The event will help raise important funds for Washington Park Arboretum.

The one-hour livestream event is free, and all are welcome to register and participate.

The event will include a guided tour of the arboretum’s spring-blooming plant collections, a performance by Native American violinist Swil Kanim, special guests and surprises. Participants can bid on nature-themed adventures, items and getaways.

All funds raised will support horticulture, environmental education and volunteer programs at the Arboretum.

Online registration is required to participate in auction bidding and to make a donation to the Arboretum. To sign up, visit the event page, Registration is free. For assistance with sign-up, call 206-325-4510, or email

The online auction will open three days before the livestream event, on March 1.

Event sponsors are Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, Marshall & Sullivan, Seattle Lives, Arboretum Foundation Myrtle DeFriel Unit 16 and Noriko and Doug Palmer.