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Rose Garden Party

The fundraiser supports arts, cultural, and enrichment programs and special events in our public park system.

The Rose Garden Party event is sold out. Thank you for your interest.

The Rose Garden Party, chaired by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Ms. Lorrie Higgins, is an annual fundraiser that benefits:

  • year-round programs in City of Boston public parks, and
  • allows thousands of children and families to enjoy arts, science, and fitness programs, as well as special events.
Date of 2019 event

This year's Rose Garden Party is taking place on Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens. Download the invite

Can't make the event?

Please consider making an online donation:

Donate online

Have questions?

You can contact Maureen McQuillen at 617-635-4032, or

Watch: 23rd annual Rose Garden Party

About the event

Party information

The Rose Garden Party is an elegant evening social event that raises money for a series of free and performing arts events and workshops throughout our parks. This year's event is taking place on Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens.

Attendees include Boston’s business, arts, community, and philanthropic leaders. Proceeds from the ticketed event fund free programming in neighborhood parks.

Rose Garden Committee

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Ms. Lorrie Higgins serve as Honorary Event Co-Chairs of the Rose Garden Committee. The committee is made up of:

  • arts institution directors
  • business leaders, and
  • supporters of children’s enrichment programming.
Food at the event
  • Passed hors d’oeuvres, buffet, and more
  • Live entertainment with a spirited, creative hat contest in a garden party setting
  • Silent auction
  • En plein air painting demonstration

The Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens, when 3,000 rose bushes are at peak bloom

Rose Garden Party auction

Donate to the auction

Please consider supporting the the Rose Garden Party by providing an item or service for our silent and live auctions during the event.

We recognize donors in our auction signage. You'll also be able to include a token gift item or promotional materials the "swag bag" for those at the event. In-kind donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Auction donor form

2019 auction themes include:
  • Unique experiences
  • Sports and recreation
  • Travel packages
  • Dining and entertainment
  • Spa, fitness, and fashion
Due date:

All auction materials including logos, photos, gift certificates, props, and donor recap forms are due by Friday, May 10, to:

Maureen McQuillen,
Events and Development Director
Parks and Recreation Department
1010 Mass. Ave., Third Floor
Boston, MA 02118

Contact: 617-635-4032, or