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Trillium Festival set for April 5-6


The 34th annual festival features native and hardy plant sale

The 34 annual Trillium Festival will be held April 5 and 6 at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

Hosted by the Friends of Tryon Creek and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the event features nurseries from around the state who bring a large range of natives and hardy plants for sale.

“This is an excellent place to pick up beautiful natives such as vine maple, red flowering current, salmonberry, Indian plum, Oregon grape, ferns, various irises, assorted wildflowers and local trilliums, among other things,” said Jeffrey Gray, communications coordinator for the friends. “As in years past, we will have a large selection of the beautiful trillium ovatum for your backyard habitats. This early season perennial of the lily family awakens each year in late February and early March slowly turning to a reddish-purple by the end of April or early May, making it a wonderful introduction to the spring wildflower season.”

The festival also features guided interpretive nature hikes by volunteers and state parks staff, a nature discovery open house where families can explore the nature world and gardening presentations to help festival attendees understand the value of native gardening and how best to care for native plants.

The festival will also include local craft and garden art vendors and the Trillium Festival coffee vendor, Happy Cup.

There will be a free shuttle from Lewis & Clark College (located just north of the park on Terwilliger Boulevard and Palatine Hill Road respectively) during festival hours.