Punch Drunk for Blackberry Punch

We are all set to have a wonderful, 4-day garden, plant, and friendship-filled extravaganza here in Seattle next weekend.

Every moment will feature beautiful surprises, but we’ve planned something extra-special for our concluding party next Monday, July 25th.

As you know, we will spend several hours at the iconic Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

Then we will take a short, 30-minute ride to the Kitsap Peninsula, where Heidi Kaster of Dragonfly Farms & Nursery will be our garden hostess (her nursery motto: “Where Abnormality is the Normality” may suit your fancy!).

Heidi is graciously welcoming our event sponsor Proven Winners to set up a lavish cocktail party on her grounds. Can you say yumm?!!! Enjoy this delicious spread while touring the paths, borders and nursery at Dragonfly Farms & Nursery.

We’ve had fun planning this event with Proven Winners’ PR & Brand Development Coordinator Danielle Smith Ernest, a good friend to many garden writers and bloggers. She has created an evening of food, plants and a very special cocktail that celebrates the equally yummy annual you see here: Superbells Blackberry Punch.

Here are more details about this lovely plant, a sample of which will go home with everyone:

The Superbells® Punch Series was introduced to bring a multi-color look to the Superbells collection. This series has a punctuated dark eye to give more depth of color and a unique feel in homeowners gardens. This is the first Calibrachoa introduced with a dark eye that is almost black and a velvet purple rim.

Blackberry Punch was voted one of Sunset Magazine’s “25 Hot Plants to Grow Now.” We love how Sunset describes it: “A flower with the flared shape and rich colors of the finest haute couture gown.”

Here’s a review from Picket Fence Blog.

And another one from Serenity in the Garden Blog.

Oh – and about that dee-lish menu: Along with a full spread of savory appetizers, we’ll enjoy cups of Proven Winners’ signature drink, a Blackberry Punch Cocktail, and some fruit-inspired desserts, including BLUEBERRY/HUCKLEBERRY CRUMBLE WITH WHIPPED CREAM and CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE WITH BLACKBERRY FROSTING AND BLACKBERRY ON TOP!


  1. Good thing I’m flying Southwest so I can bring an extra EMPTY suitcase at no cost. I have a feeling it won’t be empty very long!

  2. Is ‘blackberry the color of the evening? 🙂

  3. Carolyn Pinkard-Kellogg · · Reply

    YUM!!! to the plant, the food and the location.

  4. Sounds amazing!

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