Wildflower & Music Festival

The following information is for the May 2015 Wildflower & Music Festival. Please check back later for information about the 2016 festival.

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Wildflower & Music Festival – May 17th, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015
10 am to 5 pmWF 15 Poster Final

  • Suggested donation $8 per person, children under 12 free. You can donate now! Pre-paying your donation gets you through the festival gates faster and lets you support the Arboretum right away. You can learn more here.
  • 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)

The festival is loaded with fun things to do for everyone in the family.

  • 300-400 Wildflower species on display
  • Live music all day!
  • Nature walks with expert guides
  • A plant sale with native plants, perennials, houseplants, flowering plants, and other assorted greenery
  • The popular Art in Nature trail
  • Food booths from local favorites
  • Art and craft vendors

Proceeds from the Festival support the Arboretum’s work in habitat restoration and environmental education.

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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!

Art Booths

Beautiful Oregon

Erika Beyer

Charting Nature

The Flaming Pearl

Forever Flower Designs

Fridays at the Farm

Navillus Press

Sassy Glass

Wear Me Jewels

Wooden Apple Woodturning

Wooly Moss Roots

yogagoat pottery


Food & Beverage Booths

Brew Dr. Kombucha

Cafe Mam

Dogs Gone Coastal


Noble Estate Winery

Oriental Noodle Village

Ritta’s Burritos

Viva Vegetarian


Plant Booths

Doak Creek Natives

Fern Hill Nursery

Fox Hollow Creek Nursery

Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah

Pierce Street Gardens

White Oak Farm


Non-profit Booths

350 Eugene

Community Rights Lane County

Environmental Center of Sustainability (ECOS)

Eugene Natural History Society

Friends of Trees

Lane County Beekeepers Association

Many Rivers Sierra Club

Nearby Nature

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides

Northwest Youth Corps

OSU Extension Service

Stove Team International

Travel Lane County

UO Environmental Leadership Program

UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Walama Restoration Project

Whole Earth Nature School

Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN)


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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.

11:00am – Sue Sierralupe

noon – Chris Roth and Julia Siporin

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 541747-3817 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


Green Solutions Printing

Dr. Donald Dexter

Eugene True Value Hardware

Sherry Schaefers, State Farm Insurance


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