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2013 Santa Margarita Wildflower Festival

March 23 - 24, 2013
9am - 5pm both days

"Celebrating the 2013 Wildflower Season!"

Rain does not cancel - it is GOOD for the wildflowers!

We have something for ALL AGES!

FREE Wildflower Map and Wildflower Seeds to be given away as long as supplies last.
Make a day of it. Start at the festival. Drive out and check on the wildflowers.

Location: Santa Margarita Elementary School
2207 H Street (follow the signs)
Santa Margarita, California 93453

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Wildflower Displays

Bring your Camera! Come see our wildflower display of what is blooming now!
These small displays will include their name, where they like to grow,
and a bit about them that makes them unique to our area
These displays come from plants grown in captivity.

Hidden Treasure Presentations - Please check back as we add to this list.

Welcome to the Festival
Welcome to the Festival
Santa Margarita Historical Society
stories about "our town - our history!" with Cheri Roe.
Marlin Harms - Photographing Wildflowers
Marlin will share his knowledge of our local wildflowers and tips on how to best photograph them. Some of the images in the Local Wildflowers book are his!
Pacific Wildlife Care
Ever wanted to see a great horned owl, American kestrel, and opossum up close? This is your chance. PWC are bringing these to share this special animal and birds with you. Bring your questions!!
Marlin Harms & The Photo Shop - Photographing our display Wildflowers
Bring your camera! Marlin will share tips on photographing wildflowers using our display of wildflowers at the festival!! Also Canon lens from the Photo Shop in SLO will be available to try out as well!
12 noon
Taking a Winning Photograph with springtime flowers. Come hear Leslie Bryson as she shares some photography tips with us all. Bring you questions! Bring you camera and afterwards take photos of our display wildflowers!!
Las Pilitas Nursery - with Penny Nyunt and the Native Plants
Penny will bring native flowering plants grown at the Las Pilitas, our local California native plant nursery. Bring your questions and expore the natives that grow here!!
Steve Sinton - "Living among the Wildflowers".
The Shell Creek Road area is where he calls home. This is a chance to talk with someone that shares their wildflowers with all of us!
Carrizo Plains - the closer you look the more you see!, with Loraine Glidewell
This is the time to visit our local National Mounment! Find out about the plants, wildlife, and reasons this area is unique!

"The Night Sky"
- Joseph Carro with the Central Coast Astronomical Society, will share with us, what is up there and why it is important to save the dark sky!

Dr. Dirk Walters, Professor of Botany, will share "Highway 58 wildflowers: Santa Margarita to Carrizo National Monument" with pictures!

“Asistencia Santa Margarita de Cortona”
Author Edward Vernon shares his new book with you and answers questions. This book is an architectural study & history of the mission era structure in Santa Margarita. He will have books for sell as well. Please join him!
Santa Margarita Historical Society
More stories about "our town - our history!" with Cheri Roe
Topaz Solar - Topaz will share with us the biological protections they have in place to protect our wildlife.

Photo Contest &
Raffle Winners announced!

Thank you to "The Artery" in Atascadero, for their donation of framing gift certificates for the top 3 winners!

Thank you to "The Photo Shop" in SLO for their donation of gift certificates for the top 3 winners!

Are you a winner?

Our 2013 Vendors
If you are interested in being a vendor, your products must be made by you.
The form is on this link - 2013 Vendor Application!

A Few of our Vendors and Informational booths!
"Aunt Hattie" Handwovens - home textiles & accessories, to wear & for the home. Framed pressed flowers, greeting cards, fefted wool hats.
"South River Crafts" - handmade paper, sachets, decor frames, rope creations, rugs, & wall decor.
"Friends of the Carrizo Plain" - information on the Carrizo Plain National Monument and things to see on the Plain.
"Cali Grub Concessions" - serving fresh kettle corn, hot funnel cakes and real fruit smoothies.
"Imprint Design" - local photography, wildflowers, horses, nature.
"Santa Margarita Historical Society" - local historical photographs, local books, local stories.
"SLO County Fire Safe Council" - fire safety information for home and property owner.
"Margarita Proud" - community & educational information
"Garden Farms Nursery" - selling iris & dahlias. Giving away wildflower seeds and Chocolate fudge. Sign up for our raffle!
"Santa Margarita 4-H" - BBQ, Salads, sodas, desserts
"Friends of the Santa Margarita Library" - selling used books & magazines, benefits our local library
"La Marinear" - tacos, burritos, wraps, fish, shimp, salads, horchata, sodas
"Globel Alliance for Balance and Healing" - Saturday - Free Energy Balancing sessions
"Camp Mabel French Sustaining Campaign Committee" - help prevent the closure of Camp Mabel French
"Touch of Purple" - all purpose cleaner
"Las Pilitas Native Plant Nursery" - Sunday - California native plants
"Uniquely Yours Teaching Studio" - Watercolors, original & limited editions, prints, jewelry, faux pendents.

Festival Foods
The Santa Margarita 4-H will be BBQing both days of the Wildflower Festival.
Along with selling lunches and sodas, they will also sell their freshly
made in Margarita by their cooking group, cakes!
Come out and support our local 4-H
And Kettle Corn, Hot Funnel Cakes, & Real Fruit Smoothies
by "Cali Grub Consessions"
Tacos, burritos, fish, shimp, salads, horchata, by "La Marinera"

California Wildflower Photo Contest - Open to ALL.
This is your chance to show off your fabulous California wildflower photos!

Photo Contest: There is one catagory - California Wildflowers!
Entries: No entry fee, 2 enties per person - all must be mounted on a 11 x 14 black or white (only) matt.
Image size including the matt not to exceed 11 x 14.The matt will be stapled to the walls.
Entries Due: Bring your photo(s) to "The Barn", 22390 El Camino Real in Santa Margarita
March 18-22, 10am to 5pm or March 23 to the School 7 to 9am.
. Place your contact information on the back of your photo.
Judging: will be done by public 'Voting' through out the Festival weekend.
Winner to be announced 4pm on Sunday.

Thank you to "The Artery" in Atascadero, for their donation of framing gift certificates for the top 3 winners!

Thank you to "The Photo Shop" in SLO for their donation of gift certificates for the top 3 winners!

Pick up photos: after the festival Sunday at 5pm or at "The Barn" - March 25 (Monday) 10 to 5pm.

Festival Sponsorship needed!

We have many sponsorship opportunities.
Please click here for our Sponsorship form

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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" Celebrate our Wildflowers "

The Wildflower Festival mission is: “to celebrate the natural occurrence of the spring bloom
through public gathering to educate and inform of our unique resources and hidden treasures,
and to provide an event that will have a positive impact on our community”.

Santa Margarita Historical Society and are proud to host this Festival.
Profit from this event goes to Santa Margarita Historical Society

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Jill Gallagher 805-438-3101, 805-235-2129

Sunset Magazine March 2011 issue: "For some of the best blooms on the Central California Coast,
cruise along Shell Creek Road in Santa Margarita ( more on this story link )"