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 it’s going to be quite lovely.  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 and have some amazing photo (and Instagram) opportunities, but also indulge in a little wine tasting too.  Oh la la la…

Read below for more details…

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Saturday, March 3, 2012  

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

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Palm Desert, California

 (760) 862-9984

Free entry – Free parking – Free shuttle buses to event

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FESTIVAL LOCATION:

The Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival is being held at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, 51-500 Hwy. 74, Palm Desert, CA 92260.  The Visitor Center is located 4 miles south of Hwy. 111 off Hwy. 74.

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 4:15 p.m.

Handicapped attendees may request to be dropped off at the site. Show parking attendant your handicapped parking pass to allow entrance onto the event grounds for drop off only.

DIRECTIONS TO EVENT PARKING: St. Margaret’s parking lot is located at 47535 Hwy. 74, (2.5 miles south of Hwy. 111).  From Interstate 10, take the Monterey Street exit and travel south to Hwy 111. Monterey Avenue becomes Hwy. 74.

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YOUR FIRST STOP: WILDFLOWER INFORMATION BOOTH.

Please stop by the Information Booth directly in front of the shuttle bus loading and unloading area at the Visitor Center to learn more about the times and locations of the activities going on throughout the day.

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

Bring the kids out for a day of fun! There is an entire section of the festival known specifically as the “Kids Zone.”   Come meet Smokey Bear and Peter Rabbit!  Live animals from The Living Desert.  Storytime Tales with the Beatrix Potter Society reading several of the Potter books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit.  Various “make and take” stations with nature themed crafts and activities.  Face painting and live children’s entertainment.

HIKES & WALKS

Certified trail guides will be located on the Randall Henderson Trail to provide information on the flora and fauna of the area.  If you are not up for a moderate hike, consider a short walk on the Ed Hastey Loop Trail around the Visitor Center to learn about the native plants there from stationed guides. Please dress appropriately and wear good walking shoes and sunscreen. Water will be available for purchase.

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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 that you’ll be able to identify.  How about learning about the fascinating life of an accomplished storyteller, painter, greeting card artist, mycologist, sheep farmer, and land conservationist?   Presentations will be occurring throughout the day in the Friends Administrative Building or on the trail as follows:

9:30 am-10:30 am. Nature Photography Tips & Techniques – Chris Miller

9:30 am-10:30 am. Wildflower Identification Workshop – Katie Barrows

10:45 pm-11:45 pm. Desert Landscaping – How & Why – Ruth Watling

12:00 pm-1:00 pm. Victorian Era Conservationist and Author Beatrix Potter – Betsy Bray

1:15 pm-2:15 pm. Wildflower Identification Workshop – Katie Barrows

1:30 pm-2:30 pm. Nature Photography Tips & Techniques – Chris Miller

2:30 pm -3:30 pm. Desert Landscaping – How & Why – Ruth Watling

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ARTISTS AND VENDORS

We will have artists and vendors offering a variety of interesting products for you to purchase.  Items vary from pottery, artwork, home décor and gift items, to name just a few. Artists and vendors are donating a portion of their sale proceeds to the Friends of the Desert Mountains. Please come out and support them!

If you are interested in being a vendorplease contact Tammy Martin at Friends of the Desert Mountains at 760-568-9918 or by email to Tmartin@desertmountains.org, or to download a vendor application, click here: WF Vendor Application 2012

EXHIBITORS

Would you like to learn more about desert plants and landscaping, solar energy, local animals and other state and national parks nearby, among other interesting topics? Then stop by the exhibitor booths and ask questions and receive literature from a variety of groups. Come learn more about the area you live and play in!

MUSIC

There will be musical entertainment by the Bill Saitta Group in the Wine & Beer Garden from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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WINE & BEER GARDEN

Wine and Beer will be available for purchase for those 21 and older with proper identification.  Commemorative souvenir wine glasses are available for additional cost.   NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED IN THE KIDS ZONE AND NO OPEN CONTAINERS MAY BE TAKEN OFF PROPERTY.  Please drink responsibly! Your Friends want to make sure you and yours arrive home safely.  We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

RAFFLE PRIZES

Many local businesses have donated items for great raffle prizes. Be sure to visit the Raffle Area to check out the prizes and purchase your tickets for some great gifts.

If you would like to donate an item for our auction, please contact Tammy Martin at Friends of the Desert Mountains at 760-568-9918 or by email to tmartin@desertmountains.org, or click here to download a donation form to fax back to Friends of the Desert Mountains at 760-568-9908.

PHOTOS

Photos taken during the event may be used for Friends’ promotional purposes.  Please check back on our website after the event to view photos from the day.  For a photo collage of last year’s event click here.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Spend the day with us.  No need to rush home for lunch.  Great lunch choices, snacks and drinks available for purchase.  Please, no coolers allowed. 

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For more information, please visit:

www.friendsofthemountains.org

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