The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Gala Garden Party blended the casualness of a garden party with the elegance of a black tie event.

After a stroll through the gardens — in full bloom — guests were treated to dinner al fresco (with menu by chef Steven Brown of Tilia and St. Genevieve in south Minneapolis), ­dancing and a silent auction.

Belinda Jensen of KARE-11 was the emcee for the popular annual event.