The High Desert theme of our first annual Dinner in White is in celebration of the grand unveiling of the Zilker Botanical Garden Succulent Collection. The collection was gifted to the Conservancy by the late Bob Barth and accompanied by a generous donation to hire a curator to care for the collection through 2025. The High Desert Dîner en Blanc will be the first time the collection is viewed by the public.
Le Dîner en Blanc originated in Paris as a celebration of good food and good friends in an outdoor space. It’s an elevated picnic that encourages self-expression, playfulness, and community.
On November 4th, 2023, the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy brings Dîner en Blanc to the Zilker Botanical Garden in support of our mission to cultivate community and foster life-long learning that inspires an appreciation of the botanical world.
Where to Meet for your Shift? All volunteers will meet at the Flag Pole outside of the Garden Center at the beginning of your shift. Zilker Botanical Garden Staff will meet you there.
What to Wear as a Volunteer? We ask that all volunteers wear black pants/skirt and a white shirt.
Where to Park as a Volunteer? UPDATE Volunteer parking will be in the Stratford Lot at 2300 Stratford Drive. From there you can proceed through the Botanical Gates of Paradise and proceed up to the flag pole.
|Shift||Start Time||End Time||Description||Registrants Needed|
|Set-Up Volunteer||3:30pm (CT)||5:30pm (CT)|
The Set-Up Volunteer will assist with decorating the event space with luminarias, flags, and other accoutrement. Expect to assist with a variety of set-up related tasks.
|Check-In Volunteer||5:30pm (CT)||7:30pm (CT)|
The Check-In Volunteer will assist the Zilker Botanical Garden Operations Staff with checking in guests. A gregarious and friendly disposition is preferable.
|Event Photographer Shift 1||5:30pm (CT)||7:30pm (CT)|
Photograph the event as per discussed with Monica.
|Greenhouse Volunteer||5:30pm (CT)||7:30pm (CT)|
The Greenhouse Volunteer will lead guests through the garden and assist with guest wayfinding. Knowledge of cacti and succulents is preferrable. Members of the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer for this opportunity.
|Rose Garden Usher Volunteer||6:00pm (CT)||9:30pm (CT)|
The Rose Garden Usher Volunteer will welcome guests to the dining portion of the event in the Rose Garden and aid guests in locating open seating.
|Event Photographer Shift 2||7:30pm (CT)||9:30pm (CT)|
The event photographer will shoot the evening of the event, which includes the dinner, games, and more. Night time photography experience is preferred.