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2015 Santa Margarita Wildflower Festival

March 28, 2015
9am - 5pm Saturday
come early for breakfast at Southern Station or The Porch Cafe.
(they open at 7am)

" Celebrating our 2015 Wildflowers "

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

We have something for ALL AGES!

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


Location: Downtown Santa Margarita
Santa Margarita, California 93453

* WILDFLOWER Display *

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.




* California Wildflower PHOTO CONTEST - Open to ALL. *
This is your chance to show off your fabulous California wildflower photos!

Contest Guidelines
One category:
"California Wildflowers "Open to all - all ages. 
Entry fee: No entry fee, 2 entries per person
Printed: on Photo Paper - glossy, matt, satin, etc is fine
Size: smallest print 5x7 to 8x12 largest -  and all sizes in-between, all must be mounted in middle of matt board.. 
Mounted: must be mounted on 11 x 14 black or white (only) matt board. No framed photos!
Entries Due: Bring to Santa Margarita Feed Store March 21 to March 27th 9-5pm (closed on Sunday) Place your contact information on back.
Pick up entries: March 28 - 4 to 5pm or March 30 to April 4th - 9am to 5pm. 
Judging: done by public voting on March 28th - 9am to 3:00pm. at Santa Margarita Feed Store. 
Winner announced: 1st to 3rd place at 4pm at Santa Margarita Feed Store.
One prize per winnersGood luck!

* Hidden Treasure Presentations and locations - Please check back as we add to and adjust this list. *
MA=Margarita Adventures, SS=Southern Station.
SMF=Santa Margarita Feed Store, TPC=The Porch Cafe, EG=Educated Gardener,
SMS=Santa Margarita School, JAIL=Santa Margarita Historical Jail
Thank you to all these wonderful groups for taking the time to share what you do with us!

Some of our Santa Margarita Treasures
9 - 5
These will be open all day 9 to 5
Wildflowers on Display - TPC
Friends of the Carrizo - TPC
California Native Plant Society SLO - TPC
HI Mountain Condor Project - TPC
Central Coast Bee Keepers Alliance - SS
Garden Farms Nursery - SS
Wildflower Photo Contest VOTE for your favorite at Santa Margarita Feed Store. Voting 9am - 3pm - SMF
NEW - Passport - visit locations to get your program stamped for a chance to win a Santa Margarita product gift basket! 9am - 4pm
9:00 Las Pilitas Nursery with Penny Nyunt, our local California native plant nursery. Most of our display flowers will be from this nursery - TPC

Topaz Solar Farms (BHE Renewable) with Maria Kelly sharing on how they work while protecting the wildlife - SS

9:30 Margarita Adventures A walk through the wildflowers on Historic Santa Margarita Ranch with naturalist Sherryl Clendenen. This will be an leisurely walk over uneven ground appropriate for ages 7 years and up.  Stops will be made for photography, wildflower identification, and wildlife observations. We will have room for approximately 9 participants in a van.  Other participants will need to carpool to the trailhead in their own vehicle.  All participants are required to sign a waiver of liability, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes and bring their own water.  Sunhats, sunscreen and cameras are recommended  Tours will last approximately 1.5 hours and will start at the time. RSVP 661-805-0886 MA
10:00 Santa Margarita Town History with Cheri Roe of the Santa Margarita Historical Society.
Ride around town and hear stories about the "good ol' days". SS

Toads, turtles, lizards, bugs: friends of the wildflowers
with naturalist Elisabeth Nathjen - EG

Friends of the Library Book Store, SLO County Library & Santa Margarita Historical Jail opens - JAIL
10:30 Butterfly Habitat Garden Tour a Monarch Waystation with Garden Designer, Landscape architect leading these tours - easy walk - SMS

Central Coast Astronomical Society,
"Fun with the SUN" solar astronomy with Scott McMillian - SS

Topaz Solar Farms (BHE Renewable)
with Maria Kelly sharing on how they work while protecting the wildlife - SS
11:00
Butterfly Habitat Garden Tour a Monarch Waystation with Garden Designer, Landscape architect leading these tours - easy walk - SMS

Pacific Wildlife Care will share the raven and long eared owl with us. Bring your questions! - SMF

Rainwater Harvesting & Growing Irises with Susan Bettencourt of Garden Farms Nursery - SS

Garden Design with Wildflowers with Simone Smith - EG
11:30 Butterfly Habitat Garden Tour a Monarch Waystation with Garden Designer, Landscape architect leading these tours - easy walk - SMS

Dr. Dirk Walters, Pro. Botany
will share Highway 58 wildflowers from Margarita to the Monument - TPC
12:00
Santa Margarita Historical Society stories about "our town - our history!" with Cheri Roe - JAIL

Toads, turtles, lizards, bugs: friends of the wildflowers with naturalist Elisabeth Nathjen - EG

Central Coast Astronomical Society, "Fun with the SUN" solar astronomy with Scott McMillian - SS

Margarita Adventures A walk through the wildflowers on Historic Santa Margarita Ranch with naturalist Sherryl Clendenen. This will be an leisurely walk over uneven ground appropriate for ages 7 years and up.  Stops will be made for photography, wildflower identification, and wildlife observations. We will have room for approximately 9 participants in a van.  Other participants will need to carpool to the trailhead in their own vehicle.  All participants are required to sign a waiver of liability, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes and bring their own water.  Sunhats, sunscreen and cameras are recommended  Tours will last approximately 1.5 hours and will start at the time. RSVP 661-805-0886 MA
1:00
Santa Margarita Historical Society stories about "our town - our history!" with Cheri Roe - JAIL

Carrizo Plains - the closer you look the more you see!
This is the time to visit our local National Monument! Find out about the plants, wildlife, and reasons this area is unique! - TPC
2pm
The Power of Worm Compost with Black Diamond VermiCompost - what soil goes in raised beds, how to amend existing soil for nutrient dense vegetables - a how to do and come meet the worms - EG

Rainwater Harvesting & Growing Irises
with Susan Bettencourt of Garden Farms Nursery - SS
2:30pm Marlin Harms - Photographing Wildflowers published photographer Marlin Harms will share his knowledge of our local wildflowers and tips on how to best photograph them - TPC

Margarita Adventures A walk through the wildflowers on Historic Santa Margarita Ranch with naturalist Sherryl Clendenen. This will be an leisurely walk over uneven ground appropriate for ages 7 years and up.  Stops will be made for photography, wildflower identification, and wildlife observations. We will have room for approximately 9 participants in a van.  Other participants will need to carpool to the trailhead in their own vehicle.  All participants are required to sign a waiver of liability, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes and bring their own water.  Sunhats, sunscreen and cameras are recommended  Tours will last approximately 1.5 hours and will start at the time. RSVP 661-805-0886 MA
3pm Voting ends for Photo contest - SMF

All about BEEs & Bee Keeping with Rob Kimmel and the Central Coast Bee Keepers Alliance. SS

The Power of Worm compost with Black Diamond VermiCompost - setting up your own worm bin and making compost tea-a how to do and come meet the worms! - EG
4pm Photo Contest Winners - announced - SMF

The Power of Worm compost with Black Diamond VermiCompost -
setting up your own worm bin and making compost tea-a how to do and come meet the worms! - EG
Library, Book Store, Jail
closes - JAIL
4:30pm Passport ticket drawing Winner announced. Don't have to be present to win - Information Booth
5pm
End of Festival - Thank you for coming! See you in 2016 for the 5th Santa Margarita Wildflower Festival!!

Thank you to our WONDERFUL Sponsors!!

Jim Gallagher & Tom Lott
Margarita Adventures
The Photo Shop
Pintors Tire & Gas
Oak Country Lumber

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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 VisitSantaMargarita.com 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 jill@visitSantaMargarita.com