Lemon Lily Festival (Idyllwild) — July 12-13

The Lemon Lily Festival (and a Bluegrass Music) will be on July 12-13 from 9 am-4 pm at the Idyllwild Nature Center and 9 am-5 pm in downtown Idyllwild.  The Lemon Lily Committee is focused on restoring the Lemon Lily to the San Jacinto Mountains.

The following is from http://lemonlilyfestival.com:

This year’s Festival will take place over two days, July 12 and 13th in the beautiful (and friendly) mountain community of Idyllwild, CA. Nestled among the tall pines of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild offers a wide array of art and nature-oriented activities, and is rated as one of America’s Top 100 Art Towns.

The Lemon Lily (Lilium parryi) is native to the San Jacinto Mountains. While not an endangered species (yet), it is threatened due to over-harvesting by collectors.

For those who don’t know, the Lemon Lily Festival is focused on restoring the Lemon Lily (Lillium parryi) to its natural habit in the San Jacinto Mountains. At one time, many years ago, the stream beds and cooler shaded areas were covered with thousands of Lemon Lilies. The lilies were so popular with admirers that they were often dug up by the hundreds and taken to gardens and nurseries in the flatlands, rendering them with the threat of extinction in the area.

In 2009, a group of concerned citizens led by local businessman Doug Yagaloff formed The Lemon Lily committee. With he help of the Idyllwild Nature Center and the FRIENDS of the San Jacinto Mountain County Parks, the groups banded together to create an ongoing effort to celebrate, educate, and restore the Lemon Lily to our mountains.

We’ve got a lot of exciting events and activities in store for Lemon Lily veterans and newbies: nature hikes, lectures, demonstrations, crafts, food and local vendors, artisans and more for Lemon Lily Lovers of all ages.

We hope you’ll join us!

To learn more Lilium parryi (Lemon Lily), visit:

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