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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.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
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 17th 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 16th 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 & Music 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!

Link to list of invasive species for our region.

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

4:00 – Kudana

3:00 – Satori Bob

2:00 – Bailee Jordyn

1:00 – Natty-O & Gaye Lee

Noon – Butterchuck

11:00 – Steel Wool

10:00 – Hummingbirds Girls Choir

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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 16th, Display date: Sunday, May 17th. Contact: Jenny Laxton, Education Program Coordinator by phone: (541) 747-1504 or by email: Education@MountPisgahArboretum.org

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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 & Music Festival has got the booths for you!

2015 booth information will be added as we confirm participants

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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 creatures that abound along the trails.

noon – Chris Roth

1:00 – David Wagner

2:00 – Bruce Newhouse

3:00 – Gail Baker

4:00 – Daniel Thomas

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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 16th.
* Decorate the booths and entryway on Saturday, May 16–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 18.

Please call Penny 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 & Music 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


Shelton Turnbull

Dr. Donald Dexter

Eugene True Value Hardware

Sherry Schaefers, State Farm Insurance


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