Monday, March 7, 2016

Wildflower Festival 2016

We had beautiful weather this past Saturday 5 March, for the annual Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival. The event was held in its usual location at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center in Palm Desert, CA.

Once again we attended as a vendor, and brought our handmade Bird Feeders, Bee Houses, Bird Houses and other items to sell, along with handouts and other info about building a backyard habitat. We also contributed a "Birds and Bees" gift basket for the raffle.

We brought two new items this time, which were best sellers at the event. The first is our new Insect Hotels, which are small wall-mounted wooden boxes with partitions filled with various natural materials. The materials inside the partitions (which include palm fiber, large seed pods, shredded agave fiber, trimmed sunflower stalks, mesquite bark and twigs) provide protected areas for insects to hide, nest and roost. They are rag-painted in various earthy shades using a non-toxic water based paint.

The second new best seller is screen printed tees in both youth and adult sizes. The new designs are "Let It Bee" with a large bee image, and a larger-than-life Palo Verde Root Borer Beetle. The design for that one was adapted from a photo I posted previously here on our blog. Shirt colors included yellow, sky blue, bright pink and kiwi green for the kids, and heather navy and sage green for the adults.

The CV Wildflower Festival is one of our favorite events to attend. Not only is it free to the public, it's family friendly, educational and a great reason to get outdoor and enjoy our beautiful desert.

"It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever."
~ President Jimmy Carter

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