This festival began in 1986 through the efforts of a few insightful Crested Butte locals who envisioned a wildflower celebration in one of the most picturesque valleys in Colorado. The Festival has grown into a summer-long season of events with over 200 classes offered by over 80 instructors, tour guides and volunteers. Our mission is to advocate for the preservation and appreciation of wildflowers in the Gunnison Valley and adjacent Wilderness Areas through exploration, education and identification of wildflowers and their role in our unique environment.
Presenter: Karen Massey, Colorado State University Extension
Our short growing window will come to a close before we know it. Do you want to keep the healthy, organic produce as part of your diet during the winter? Are you hooked and want to plant another garden next growing season? This final course will teach you how to preserve your harvest for months to come, and how to collect and utilize seeds for next year. Also, there will be a brief discussion on seed saving headed up by the Bud Werner Memorial Library-they have a brand-new seed library!
Presenter: The Home Ranch
Want to know how the ‘pros’ do it? During this course we’ll visit the local gardens and greenhouse at the Home Ranch that successfully grow and produce. We’ll learn how their businesses operates, their growing strategies, and how the ranch use the food they harvest. Location: The Home Ranch in Clark. $20/course or $80/series
Do you find yourself running into a few gardening challenges? Maybe your crops won’t grow? Maybe pests are getting the better of your beds? Wonder how local pollinators such as butterflies and bees support your garden? This course will explore what you may want to incorporate into your garden, and what is better left alone to ensure it flourishes and remains organic!
Presenter: Susan E. Mead, M.H.
Did you know that you may have medicinal plants growing in your yard…or even through the cracks in your driveway? Learn about these nourishing plants growing all around us and how to safely use them medicinally. This course will cover simple planning strategies to incorporate these medicinals into your own garden, or tucked among your perennials.$20/Course or $80/Series
The Farmer's Market boasts one of the liveliest and friendliest atmospheres in Salida! Once a month Salida Recreation will bring our fun to the market for an interactive and engaging time. For kids of all ages; look for the blue Salida Rec tent at the market in Alpine Park. Some activities may have a small fee.
Take a hike with a naturalist and learn more about the medicinal herbs growing along Coulton Creek!! FREE!! (In partnership with The Over The Hill Gang)
Walk with a naturalist on Spring Creek trail while learning about local medicinal herbs in our area. FREE!! (In partnership with Over The Hill Gang)