One of my all time favorite artists is Mother Nature.  Actually, let me take that back – my ALL TIME FAVORITE artist IS Mother Nature.

Every day I wake up and appreciate all the beauty and happiness that she has graced this earth with.  So effortlessly does she paint our mountains shades of grays and purples, our wild flowers yellows and oranges, and our absolutely amazing sunsets…. whom are so beautiful and astounding that I still yet have been able to find the right words to truly capture them.  It is Mother Nature that makes all this happen for us.  Who makes the little things in life the most appreciated and allows for everyone, rich and poor, young and old to appreciate her talents for free and at our own will.

So, when Mother Nature has an organized art show…. you better believe I’m gonna promote it!

This Saturday the Friends of the Desert Mountains are hosting a Wildflower Festival in Palm Desert and I think you might be interested.  Wildflowers are blooming all around us this time of year, so why not learn a little something from the experts and attend the festival which is free and open to the public.  You’ll have the opportunity to not only take walks with educated Friends of the Desert Mountains, but also indulge in a little wine tasting too.  Oh la la la…

Read below for more details…

Friends of the Desert Mountains is a cool organization.  They know where all the good hikes are at!

Check ’em out: http://www.friendsofthedesertmountains.org/

Saturday, March 5, 2011

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, Palm Desert, Riverside County, California

(760) 862-9984

Free entry – Free parking – Free Shuttle buses to event


The Small Details:

Event Parking: Free parking is provided by St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert. There is no on-site event parking.

Complimentary shuttle buses run every 15 minutes to and from the parking lot to the festival grounds. The first public bus leaves parking area at 8:45 a.m. and the last public bus leaves the event grounds at 4:30 p.m.

DIRECTIONS TO EVENT PARKING: St. Margaret’s parking lot is located at 47-535 Highway 74, 2.5 miles south of Highway 111.  From Interstate 10, take the Monterey Avenue exit and travel south to Highway 111. Monterey Avenue becomes Highway 74. Click here for a map.

Special Festival Features:

HIKES & WALKS

Qualified Volunteer trail guides will be leading hikes on the nearby trails going out from the Visitor Center, pointing out wildflowers and giving information on the flora and fauna of the area, and perhaps even a little bit of Coachella Valley history.

If you are not up for a moderate hike, consider a self- guided walk around the Visitor Center to learn about the native plants there.

Check in at the Hikes & Walks Area to see departure times. Please dress appropriately and wear good walking shoes and sunscreen. Be sure to arrive early enough to sign up for an available time slot. This was a very popular activity last year and spots filled up fast!

PHOTOGRAPHY AND LANDSCAPING WORKSHOPS

If you want to get that perfect photo of a beautiful Wildflower, why not sit in on a photography workshop before hitting the trail? Or learn how to landscape your yard with desert-friendly plants.  Presentations will be occurring throughout the day on various techniques and equipment to use to help you capture that spectacular shot or create your beautiful desert garden.  Check the Information Booth for times and locations of workshops.

and much more…

For more information, please visit:

http://www.friendsofthedesertmountains.org/

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