Wildflower Festival

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Wildflower & Music Festival – May 17th 2015

If you are interested in being a vendor, please see our Vendor Application for more details.

Below is information from the 2014 Wildflower Festival

Sunday, May 18, 2014
10 am to 5 pm
Suggested donation $8 per person, children under 12 free.
Please leave your dogs at home!
Parking is free on festival day, and there is a free shuttle between the North parking lot and the festival entrance. (There will NOT be a shuttle from Civic Stadium for the Wildflower Festival)

 

Set aside Sunday, May 18th for a day of wildflowers, music, food, crafts, and microscopes! You don’t have to be a plant expert to love our upcoming Wildflower & Music Festival. The festival is loaded with fun things to do for everyone in the family. As many as three to four hundred species of wildflowers will be on display, from Anemones to Vancouveria! Collected and organized for attendees to get a close look, top botanists of the region will be on hand to answer questions. For an even closer look, guests can use on-site microscopes.  Nectar glands at the base of the petals really glisten at 100X magnification!

Bring your dancing shoes, because there will be great live music to amplify this festive frolic in the meadow. Come shop for a wide variety of plants, baked goods, and crafts at the wide array of vendor booths, with proceeds supporting the Arboretum’s work in habitat restoration and environmental education. A whole tent full of kids’ activities keeps even the tiny ones entertained!

Bring the entire family (except the dog) to enjoy the festival as well as explore nearby nature trails. Expert nature guides will weave folks through the trails, providing more information about the Arboretum’s ecology and history.

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Plant Sale

Did you know that our Plant Sale booth is fueled entirely by donations? Swing by the Arboretum on Saturday, May 17th to drop off native plants, perennials, houseplants, flowering plants, or any other potted-up greenery that is looking for a home–as long as it’s not an invasive species*, of course. The Wildflower Festival is not only a great event for educating the community about the wonders of the outdoors, but it’s one of the  biggest fundraisers of the year for Mount Pisgah Arboretum. We couldn’t keep our trail maintenance, environmental education, and habitat restoration programs going without your help!

NEW FOR 2014: We are partnering with the Food for Lane County Youth Farm to offer veggie starts this year! Keep an eye out, and a spot in your garden, for them!

*Link to list of invasive species for our region.

 

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Music

Bring your dancing shoes! We have a great line-up!

4:00 – Samba Ja

3:00 – Acoustic Etoufee

2:00 – Whiskey Chasers

1:00 – Tara Stonecipher & the Tall Grass

Noon – The Rosannas

11:00 – Barefoot Leroy

10:00 – Julia Timphony Band

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Art in Nature Trail

In the spirit of nature artist, Andy Goldsworthy, we would like to share with the public simple, ephemeral designs that blend into the natural environment and explore line, depth, color, and texture. We are very excited for this event and hope you will consider being a part of it! To view a catalog of Andy’s work for inspiration, check out his website at: www.goldsworthy.cc.gla.ac.uk

Interested in being an artist? Installation date: Saturday, May 17th, Display date: Sunday, May 18th. Contact: Jenny Laxton, Education Program Coordinator by phone: (541) 747-1504 or by email: Education@MountPisgahArboretum.org

 

Booths

Whether you’re hungry for lunch, looking for something pretty, eager to improve your garden, or out to learn more about our local non-profits, the Wildflower Festival has got the booths for you!

Art Booths:

Navillus Press – Oregon hiking books

Sparhawk Farm – dried flowers and wreaths

Eugene Weaver’s Guild – fiber art

Wear Me Jewels – whimsical jewelery

Wooden Apple Woodturning – wooden gift items, mostly lathed

Whistle Post Pottery – hand thrown pottery

Patricia Donohue – basketry

Erika Beyer – botanical cards and prints

Fridays at the Farm – soaps and lotions

Charting Nature – botanical illustration art

Plant Vendors:

MPA Plant Sale

Doak Creek Natives

White Oak Farm

Pierce Street Gardens

Buggy Crazy

Fox Hollow Creek Nursery

Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah

Food For Lane County Youth Farm

Food Booths:

MPA Bake Sale

Hideaway Bakery

Oriental Noodle Village

Viva Vegetarian

Ritta’s Burritos

Dogs Gone Coastal

Sweet Cheeks Winery

Brew Dr. Kombucha

Cafe Mam Coffee

Nonprofit Booths:

Cascadia Wildlands

Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council

NABA – Eugene / Springfield

Natural History Society

Northwest Youth Corps

Our Children’s Trust

WREN

Lane County Historical Society

Many Rivers Sierra Club

Whole Earth Nature School

UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Walama Restoration Project

Lane County Beekeepers Association

Nearby Nature

OSU Compost Specialists

Travel Lane County

Lane County Audubon Society

…and more!

 

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Guided Walks

Join some delightful experts on the natural history of Mount Pisgah for guided walks during the Wildflower & Music Festival! This is a great opportunity to learn about the plants, animals, and other wild c

reatures that abound along the trails.

Noon – Bruce Newhouse

1 pm – Dave Wagner

2 pm – Gail Baker

3 pm – Tom Bettman

4 pm – Chris Roth and Mary Johnson

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Volunteer

Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s annual Wildflower & Music Festival is made possible by a wonderful group of volunteers. Do you have a couple hours to share? Here is an overview of the many roles available!

Before the Festival:

* Put up posters around town to promote the event.
* Help set up booths and tables on Saturday, May 18th.
* Decorate the booths and entryway on Saturday, May 18–bring your creative ideas!
* Set up the spread of donated food for all the Saturday volunteers.
* Cook up some wonderful treats for the bake sale! (We can’t take anything that needs refrigeration, such as custards or whipped cream, but cookies, brownies, cupcakes, muffins, breads are all perfect–why not host a baking party with your friends? Bring all contributions to the booth on the day of the festival)
* Donate plants for the plant sale! (We can’t accept invasive species; click here for the invasive species list.)

On Festival Day:
* Keeping the traffic flowing smoothly in the parking lots–a great job for a group or a club.
* Greeting visitors, renewing people’s memberships, collecting donations, counting heads and stamping hands as folks first come into the festival.
* Signing in your fellow volunteers and showing them how to get to their positions.
* Selling festival t-shirts & posters, nature books & field guides, and monitoring the free raffle.
* Leading nature crafts for kids, helping children use microscopes, and handing out goodies as the “pocket lady.”
* The ever-popular plant sale! Answering questions as folks shop for plants; adding up purchases or taking money as a cashier; supervising the plant holding booth; and helping folks carry plants out to their cars.
* Delicious bake sale! Arrange and sell all the donated baked goods, or add up the totals and make change.

After the Festival:
* Take down canopies and tables on Monday, May 20.

Please call Charlotte at 541-747-3817 or email office@mountpisgaharboretum.org to find out more or to sign up for your position. Volunteers get free entrance to the festival, a souvenir poster, and the fun of working with a great team to host one of the best parties springtime has to offer!

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Co-hosts and Sponsors

The Wildflower Festival is co-hosted by the Native Plant Society of Oregon and Lane Community College.

Many thanks to our splendid sponsors! Check them out:

Mountain Rose Herbs

KLCC

Shelton Turnbull

Dr. Donald Dexter

Eugene True Value Hardware

Sherry Schaefers, State Farm Insurance

 

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