Friday, March 13, 2015

Wildflower Festival 2015

Last weekend we participated in the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival, in Palm Desert, CA.

The event, sponsored by Friends of the Desert Mountains, was held at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, on Highway 74 just south of town.

This is the fifth year Barefoot Swan Nature Arts has attended as a vendor.

The weather was perfect and sunny, with a steady and enthusiastic crowd throughout the day.

Sales were good and we enjoyed talking to people and sharing tips for improving (or starting) a backyard habitat in their own yards.

We brought our handmade Bird Houses, Bee Houses and Butterfly Houses as well as a brand new item: Hanging Plate Bird Feeders.

Our Recycled Bottle Bird Feeders continue to be a popular item, both in our online Etsy Shop and at events like this.

Smokey Bear stopped by our booth, and gave us a furry thumbs up. Thanks, Smokey! We appreciate the work you do. :-)

In addition to nature-themed vendors there were also guided hikes, live music, a wine garden, lots of kids activities, food vendors, puppet shows, and more.

A HUGE tent featured displays by some of the area's non-profits that support the protection of our desert and its wildlife. This provided a really good opportunity for visitors to learn about the conservation work being done locally.

There was also a giant raffle, with over 70 items donated by Festival vendors and local businesses.

We contributed a colorful "Bird Lovers Bonanza Basket", which contained a Red Apple Gourd Bird House, a hanging Suet Feeder, a Suet Block and one of our Coronita Hummingbird Feeders.

Some of the blooming plants on the Visitor Center grounds included red Chuparosa, which is especially loved by hummingbirds, and bright yellow Encelia.

And although we didn't  get a chance to watch the actual construction, The Sand Guys (from the Travel Channel) were at the Festival and built a beautiful giant sand Jackrabbit at the Festival entrance.

We hope it will be there for a long time, so future visitors will be able to enjoy their creative vision.

To learn more about Friends of the Desert Mountains and the work they do:

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