Weekend Review: Sierra Madre's Wistaria Festival

Weekend Review: Sierra Madre's Wistaria Festival

Grace Shu
Mar 31, 2008

While doing some research about the care and pruning of my wisteria plant, I heard about Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival. The event happens annually in the small town (think Gilmore Girls kind of small town) of Sierra Madre where residents celebrate their record-breaking 250-ton wistaria vine that was planted in 1894. (And yes, they spell it with an "a," in honor of Caspar Wistaria).

Sierra Madre is located east of Pasadena and northwest of Arcadia. Each year, the town welcomes the public to tour the vine which boasts 1.5 million lavendar blossoms, 500 ft branches, and more than one acre in size. It was named one of the seven horticultural wonders of the world, and given the title of Largest Blossoming Plant in the World by the Guinness Book of World Records.

In addition to vine tours, yesterday's festivities included an Art & Garden fair, live music (ranging from acoustic folk to jazz to classical guitar), and a kids play area (a rock wall!).

Want to go next year? Get more info at SierraMadreNews.net

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