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Idyllwild 3rd Annual • Idyllwild Nature

Center • July 21, 22, 2012

Center of Idyllwild Taste of Idyllwild • Pioneer Town • Lemon Lily Walks & Talks Artists & Vendors • Garden Club Tours • Bluegrass Concerts

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elcome to the 3rd Annual Lemon Lily Festival This third year of the festival we are concentrating be available for concert goers and several opportunities on education and restoration. Classes will continue, both for food and drink will be available as well. for the Idyllwild School Garden Club and the general This weekend will also bring the Marine Corps Band public, on the effect of invasive non-native species on from Twenty Nine Palms to the Community Center site the ecology of Lily Creek. One class and workday has and look for the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce’s dedialready happened and we removed 100 pounds of mint cation ceremony of the Monument. from the creek in Idyllwild County Park Campground. The Idyllwild Garden Club will conduct tours at Erin As we continue these efforts, stream O’Neill’s where you can see Lemon flow should increase and the area will Lilies in their most beautiful habitat. be opened up to planting of Lemon Shuttles will be provided from town Lily seeds. The Shool Garden Club is to Erin’s and we also encourage taklearning about native plants and will ing the shuttle to the Nature Center. be expanding their collection in their Parking can be located in several lots school garden, which is a designated in town. Leave the driving to us. The butterfly and bird garden. shuttles are free! We would also like to welcome visiSunday the Nature Center will have tors throughout Southern California to a repeat of all the Saturday events the third Lemon Lily Festival, the third and at 3:30 p.m. the drawing for the weekend in July. Lemon Lily Baskets and the Lemon Activities begin with the Lemon Lily Lily Quilt will take place. Launch at the home of Erin O’Neill on In town, at noon Bucket List will Thursday, July 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. This open up for Bodie Mountain Express Photo by Catherine Allen fundraiser includes live entertainment and close out the day with a bluegrass with Joe Baldino, gourmet treats and a variety of special jam from 3 to 4 p.m. beverages. The cost is $20 and tickets may be purchased The Idyllwild Garden Club will conduct their garden at the Idyllwild Nature Center or the Lemon Lily table tour again. in front of the post office. We hope to see you throughout the weekend. Friday night will be our second Taste of Idyllwild at Remember to ride the shuttle. the Nature Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Many of Idyllwild’s Scott Fisher great restaurants will be offering a bite of their best President dishes with beverages available at a modest cost. Tickets Friends of the San Jacinto Mountain County Parks for this event are also $20 and may be purchased at the Nature Center or the Lemon Lily Festival table in front of the post office. Saturday will be a full day at the Nature Center. Pioneer Town has been moved here and will feature pony rides for the kids, period activities and crafts, special presentations by the Pennyroyal Players, several town characters, crafts and an art auction. Nature walks will take place on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dave Stith, botanist, and Kate Kraemer, botanist for the San Jacinto Ranger District, will give talks on the Lily and other native plants. The Native plant sale will continue. In town, Park Lane will be the site of the resurgence of the Bluegrass Concerts. Silverado will be playing on the main stage between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. along with Photo by Grace Reed local opening act Reedy Creek Rogues. Picinic tables will

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Why restore the lemon lily to Idyllwild? BY DAVE STITH Harvey Monroe Hall conducted the first systematic survey of the plants in the San Jacintos. His flora, “A Botanical Survey of San Jacinto Mountain,” was published in 1902. Of Lilium parryi he writes: “This lily, with its tall, erect stems and conspicuous flowers either clear yellow or peppered with black, is a great favorite with the tourists and campers who annually visit the mountain. It was only a few years ago that the showy blossoms were very frequently encountered with along all the streams and bogs from nearly the lower edge of the Transition Zone up to an altitude of 9,000 feet, thus reaching into the lower part of the Canadian Zone. While it is now by no means rare, is still only found in profusion only on the more remote parts of the mountain. That this is due entirely to the diligence of the bulb hunters is hard to believe, and yet one party took over 5,000 bulbs in a single season. Perhaps this, in addition to several consecutive dry summers, is responsible for the rapid depletion in their numbers.” From this we can learn three things: 1) They were once much more abundant than they are now; 2) The tourists who visited the mountain knew of them and; 3) Thousands of them were dug up and forever removed from the mountain. I wanted to see if it was still true that they could be found in profusion on the more remote parts of the mountain, or if conditions were now such that there was no hope of ever bringing them back. In 2009 I enlisted Tom Chester, along with some of our friends and colleagues, to help me count every lemon lily in Willow and Tahquitz creeks. We counted 2,662 plants including new seedlings, immature plants that had not yet bloomed, flowering plants, and plants in fruit with seeds. This appeared to be a healthy reproducing population. If they can still grow where they have not been disturbed by people, I began to ask why not in Idyllwild if we just give them a chance.

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estival features new events and old favorites

Taste of Idyllwild Idyllwild restaurants will offer a sampling of their finest fare on Friday night at the Nature Center. The evening includes live music. Tickets are $20 per person and are available prior to the event at the Nature Center and in front of the Idyllwild Post Office. Ticket price includes one drink. The event goes from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 20.

Once again we will be offering a hike to Tahquitz Valley to see lemon lilies where they still thrive. We will meet in Idyllwild at Humber Park at the base of the iconic Lily Rock at an elevation 6,480 feet. We will hike the Devil’s Slide Trail 2.52 miles to Saddle Junction at an elevation of 8,075 feet where we will stop briefly to rest and enjoy a snack or lunch while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. From there Last year’s Lemon Lily Festival hikers ready to get out into nature. Photo by Nick Shah we will take one of the two trails into the valley Hit the trail! looking for lemon lilies as we go. A plant guide to the Devil’s Slide Trail that includes BY DAVE STITH a printable guide to the locations of plants along the LEMON LILY HIKE GUIDE trail plus links to other pages that contain photos and For me the greatest joy of the Lemon Lily Festival guides to other trails can be found here: www.tchester. weekend is having the opportunity to share the story of org/sb/plants/guides/devils_slide.html. the lemon lily (Lilium parryi) and showcase the other Space is limited so an RSVP is required. Please contact local wildflowers that we so often take for granted but us at for more information are seldom seen by people off “The Hill.” The Grand or to RSVP. Finale of these walks and talks is the Sunday High Country Hike. See Festival, page 11


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New to the Lemon Lily Festival this year are the bluegrass performances happening Saturday and Sunday in the center of town (read more on page 4) and banners created by local artists hung throughout town to advertise the event (more on page 5). Festival organizers are repeating what had made the festival successful in prior years — guided botanist-led walking tours and hikes, opportunities to view lemon lilies growing along local stream beds, pioneer town arts and crafts, a Friday evening, July 20, “Taste of Idyllwild” featuring food and treats from local restaurants, and music, music and more music. More information about all of these events and the festival in general can be found online at

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Janis Mann • Kenny Burrell • Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band • Luther Hughes • Cannonball-Coltrane Project • Robin Adler Quartet • Mahesh Quartet • Mary Stallings with the Eric Reed Trio • The Cunninghams • P.S. Blues Band • The Blues Crackers • Change Required • Contagion • The Chuck Alvarez Band • The Ray Goren Band • Sweet Baby J’ai and Bonne Musique Zydeco Band • Tony Moore with Lori Jenaire • Brian Bromberg • Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad • Clayton Cameron and the Jass eXplosion • The Hot Club of Idyllwild • Barnaby Finch and the Straightjackets • and much more!

Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines will feature three venues of continuous music from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. Tickets and more information available at (951) 500-4090

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Bodie Mountain Express has been making music for more than 30 years. They This year’s festival is have performed with Elvis called “The 2012 Idyllwild Presley, Rick Nelson, Ray Lemon Lily Festival & A Price, Tammy Wynett, Kenny Little Bluegrass.” The blueRogers, Emmylou Harris grass headliner is “Silveraand many others. Bodie do,” slated for the evening Mountain Express also has of Saturday, July 21 bea role in Idyllwild’s musical tween the Fort and Jo’An’s heritage, having performed Restaurant. The street will in our 1970s bluegrass fesbe closed off and set with tival, which started at Town tables, along with food and Hall and moved to Idyllwild beer service. Silverado bluegrass band performs Saturday. Courtesy Silverado County Park to accommoThis year, the Associates date the growing crowds. of Idyllwild Arts are partnering with the Lemon Lily Festival Idyllwild deemed them best band for three years in a row. The “Reedy Creek Rogues” (top left, Dennis Reed, top right, committee to run a refreshment truck serving cold beer Headliner “Silverado” is one of the West Coast’s pre- Don Reed, above left, Hojo Reynolds and above right, John on Park Lane during the bluegrass concerts. Proceeds will miere bluegrass bands. He has been comfortably immersed King) perform Saturday before Silverado. go to support Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines and the Lemon in the bluegrass niche for more than 30 years. Nadolson Lily Festival. (guitar and vocals), Noel Taggart (mandolin and vocals), evening summer air. “We want this first bluegrass music The “Reedy Creek Rogues” (Don Reed, dobro and Kevin Gore (banjo and vocals) and Fred Wade (upright event to set the precedent for next year,” said local busimandolin, Dennis Reed, guitar and vocals, Hojo Reynolds, bass) bring this Celtic influenced, Appalachian offshoot of nessman and festival organizer Bryan Tallent. “We want the bass and vocals and John King, fiddle and vocals) precede country music as the premiere in-town event of this year’s appearance to be right, nice without being overdone.” “Silverado,” starting at 4:30 p.m. “Silverado” takes stage festival. Mandolin player for two sets at 5:45 p.m. and plays until 8:30. Taggart, true to the fusion On Sunday, “Bucket List” (Jamie Olsen, guitar and vo- nature of bluegrass, brings cals, Kathleen Johnson, autoharp and vocals, Eric Uglum, a history of playing with guitar, mandolin and vocals, Fred Wade, bass and Don bluegrass gospel groups. Reed, dobro and mandolin) plays from noon until 1:30 This in-town event, on p.m. and the “Bodie Mountain Express” (Chuck Stewart, the street between the Fort guitar and vocals, Bill Purcell, banjo and vocals, Conrad and Jo’An’s Restaurant, Norton, bass and vocals, Duane Michaels, fiddle and vocals, might revive memories, and Chuck Tucker, mandolin and vocals) plays from 1:45 for those who were here until 3 p.m. From 3 to 4 musicians will jam together. then, of Idyllwild’s 1970s era Bluegrass Festival. The Idyllwild festival ran from 1974 to 1979. Kathleen In addition to providing Johnson some high-energy musical and Jamie entertainment for Lemon Lily Festival patrons, this Olsen perinaugural free evening of form with bluegrass music and next “Bucket day concert and jam will List” on allow festival attendees to Sunday. eat, drink, twirl, stomp and dance in Idyllwild’s warm “Bodie Mountain Express” performs Sunday . Courtesy Bodie Mountain Express

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The banners

anners add flaire to Idyllwild BY MARSHALL SMITH TOWN CRIER STAFF REPORTER In addition to adding bluegrass music, organizers of the third year of the increasingly popular Idyllwild Lemon Lily Festival have added original banner art created by 15 local artists. Installations began on Tuesday, June 26, on stanchions throughout Idyllwild’s downtown core. The banners are two-sided, with one side having a generic advertisement of the July 21 and 22 festival and the other featuring original and unique creations of some of Idyllwild’s most popular and accomplished artists. Spearheaded by festival volunteer Pat Hughes, the festive public art will remain displayed in town until the festival concludes on Sunday, July 22. On Friday, June 22 a three-judge panel reviewed the 15 banners. The winning artists will be announced at the festival’s concluding ceremony on July 22 with 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone making the presentation to the three winners. Painting the banners presented a number of challenges to participating artists, not the least of which was the two-week time frame to complete the work. “In most cities where we develop these programs it takes six months to a year to get the funding and artists have up to three months to complete their work,” said Hughes. “Here no one grumbled, everyone painted using acrylics, the only material that would work on the banners, and all completed their submissions on time. The town artists all stepped up.” The banners will be auctioned in the spring with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the artist and the remaining amount used to seed next year’s banner project. The resulting assortment of banners is colorful, widely varied in style and theme, and overall, beautifully executed. Banners are two feet wide by four feet long and will be a celebratory addition to Idyllwild’s downtown. Judging took place at noon, Friday, June 22 at the Nature Center. The three judges who performed the adjudication were Mallory Cremin, photographer and educator and manager of Parks Exhibition Center at Idyllwild Arts, celebrated local artist David Reid-Marr, internationally recognized portrait artist David Fairrington and Sophia Dean, pilot and photographer. Artists were asked to incorporate shades of yellow whenever possible and design something that could be viewed and understood by passing traffic. Judges were asked to

“When Life Gives You Lemons” by Pat Hughes Inspiration: Just like you’re handed lemons and you strive to make lemonade, restoring the lemon lily deserves our best efforts.

“The Lemon Lily Monk at Work” by Reba Coulter Inspiration: Lily Rock could have been named for the hard working spirit who protects the Lemon Lily.

“Dreaming of Lilies” by Karlis Dabols Inspiration: My view of what a Lemon Lily in its natural setting would look like.

Cid Castillo hangs Caroline Carlson’s Lemon Lily Festival banner in downtown Idyllwild. Photo by Marshall Smith consider design, color use, theme, use of proper artist materials and finish. “These were entries designed from the heart,” said a very pleased Hughes. “It’s the heart that drives the art.” Participating artists include: Hughes, Reba Coulter, Karlis Dabols, Colin Garth Smith, Jan Jaspers-Fayer, Lea Deesing, Robert Bush, Evalia Nash, Jan Bruner, Halie Johnson, Norm Deesing, Laurie Brinkmann, Cher Townsend, Caroline Carlson and Maritha (Mimi) Lamp. All are Hill artists representing the communities of Poppet Flat, Mountain Center, Pine Cove and Idyllwild.

“Bring It Back” by Colin Garth Smith Inspiration: My vision of encountering Lemon Lilies in Idyllwild’s creeks and streams.

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emon lily beer sprouts at festival preview BY MARSHALL SMITH TOWN CRIER REPORTER Local brew meister Scott Eversole and selfdescribed “plant lady” Deanna Eversole, Scott’s mother, are both up to germinating something special for the Lemon Lily Festival. For Scott, a longtime home brewer, it’s a “Lemon Lily Honey Cristalweizen,” a wheat beer that like Hefeweizen is often served in the summer because of its refreshing taste and quality. Scott created the beer to support ongoing propagation efforts to restore the once abundant lemon lily to its pre-poaching Idyllwild numbers and resplendence. Weizen beers are generally “top-fermented” and produce overtones of clove and banana to create a refreshing taste. Cristalweizen or kristalweizen in German, filters out yeast used in fermentation unlike hefeweizen. The result is a generally lighter beer. Eversole’s Lemon Lily Honey Cristalweizen will be available at both the Festival Launch Party

from 5:00 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 at Erin O’Neill’s Alpen Woods home (tickets are $20.00 per person), and at Friday’s Taste of Idyllwild, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Nature Center (tickets $20 per person). Deanna propagates the lily itself. “I love flowers,” she said. And, to her credit, she has germinated over 100 lemon lilies. It is a slow process, taking up to six years to produce a mature plant. Of the various propagators working with Dave Stith “(He’s our leader,” said Deanna), Deanna is the most productive. “I’m doing the most at this point,” she said. “I like doing this. Next year I’m hoping to have a greenhouse so that I can do even more.” Ultimately, the lemon lily’s fate rests with people like Deanna Eversole, dedicated to restoring it to the grandeur that once graced Scott Eversole checks a batch of his Honey Cristalweizen beer, so much of this mountain. Marshall Smith can be reached at marshall@towncrier. to be served at the Lemon Lily Festival Launch. At left, a label com. from the brew. Photos courtesy Scott Eversole

The basket raffle To encourage tourists and shoppers to patronize local businesses, The Lemon Lily Festival has put together 3 “Spirit of Idyllwild” baskets containing gift certificates, products, inn stays & meals donated by local businesses sponsoring the Festival. The baskets along with a fourth “Gardener’s” basket, donated by the Idyllwild Garden Club will be raffled off at the conclusion of the Festival, Sunday July 22 at 3:30 p.m. at The Nature Center. On Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, sponsoring businesses, whether they be gift shops, restaurants or inns, will reward customers for their patronage with raffle entry tickets for every $10 spent. Customers and guests will be instructed to take their tickets to either the Nature Center or the Lemon Lily Festival booth on Park Lane where they can see pictures of the baskets and enter the raffle for the basket of their choice.


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Schedule for Idyllwild’s 3rd Thursday, July 19 Lemon Lily Launch

Home of Erin O’Neill 5 to 7 p.m. An early evening of food, beverage, music and nature to benefit the lemon lily restoration and the Idyllwild Garden Club. Come to Erin O’Neill’s beautiful O’Beck Garden and celebrate the Lemon Lily in its true environment. Music The Pennyroyal Players bring fun, historical performances to Pioneer Town and are sure to entertain all ages. with Joe Baldino, lemon lily beer by Idyllwild Courtesy Pennyroyal Players Brewing Company, cocktails by Scott and Hors d’ouvres by Design. Tickets may be purchased prior to the event at the Nature Center, the Idyllwild Garden Club Tours lemon lily table at the Post Office or at the Catch the shuttle from the Idyllwild Nature door. The $20 cost includes two drinks, food Center to Fern Valley and the garden tour. Additional drinks avail11 to 3 p.m. able. Catch the Shuttle to Fern Valley to see Lemon Lily Blessing actual lemon lilies Idyllwild Nature Center in a most beautiful 25225 Hwy. 243, Idyllwild setting. Docent led 8:30 a.m. tours of spectacular Join Esther Kennedy for a gardens will take special lemon lily blessing. you directly to the lilies. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Saturday, July 21

Pioneer Town

Friday, July 20 Taste of Idyllwild

Idyllwild Nature Center 25225 Hwy. 243, Idyllwild 5 to 7 p.m. Experience the culinary arts of Idyllwild’s finest restaurants as you sample special creations from their chefs and the art of Idyllwild’s best artists. This kick off event will be the start of the Lemon Lily Silent Auction featuring unique gifts and art. Tickets may be purchased prior to the event at the Nature Center, the Lemon lemon lily table at the Post Office. Reservations necessary. The $20 cost includes food and one beverage. Additional beverages available.

Idyllwild Nature Center 25225 Hwy. 243, Idyllwild 9 to 4 p.m. The Pennyroyal Players ( will use quilt squares and perform mountain music to tell the story of the Westward Movement. The first show will be at 11 a.m. and a second at 1:30 p.m. on both days. Riley’s farm will be here again to work with the children in building a log cabin and performing mountain music. Pony rides for the kids, a working blacksmith, gold panning, children’s crafts, wool spinning, and period characters complete the day.

Lemon Lily Walks, Talks, etc.

Idyllwild Nature Center 25225 Hwy. 243, Idyllwild 10 to 3 p.m. Every hour a short guided walk will leave from the front of the center. Talks by Botanists Dave Stith and Kate Kramer will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Native plants will be on sale. Vendors will have arts and crafts, BBQ and Mexican food will be available. Experience our wonderful displays in the museum and visit the Silent Auction.

Bluegrass Concert

Park Lane (on the street between Jo’An’s and the Fort), Idyllwild Local musicians the “Reedy Creek Rogues” will open for the Silverado Bluegrass band in the center of town. There will be twelve vendor booths including a hot dog vendor as well as BBQ available from Jo’An’s restaurant and a beer truck to quench your thirst. 4:30 to 5: 30 p.m. - “Reedy Creek Rogues” Don Reed dobro and mandolin, Dennis Reed guitar & vocals, Hojo Reynolds bass & vocals, John King fiddle & vocals 5:30 to 5: 45 p.m.- Break 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. - “Silverado” Mike Nadolson guitar & vocals, Kevin Gore banjo & vocals, Fred Wade bass, Noel Taggart mandolin & vocals 6:45 to 7 p.m. – Break 7 to 8:30 pm – “Silverado “ Mike Nadolson guitar & vocals, Kevin Gore banjo & vocals, Fred Wade bass, Noel Taggart mandolin & vocals

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d-annual Lemon Lily Festival Local restaurants take inspiration from lemon lily Find these Lemon Lily Festival themed offerings during the festival weekend ... Oma’s Restaurant serving ... • Fresh lemonade • Lemon poppy seed muffins • Lemon cheesecake and other lemon desserts At Café Aroma enjoy ... Ophira Belly Dance Company performing Friday night and Barnaby Finch on Saturday night. Lemon style dishes will be served all weekend.

Sunday, July 22 Pioneer Town

Idyllwild Nature Center 25225 Hwy 243, Idyllwild 9 to 4 p.m. The Pennyroyal Players ( will use quilt squares and perform mountain music to tell the story of the Westward Movement. The first show will be at 11 AM and a second at 2 PM. Riley’s farm will be here again to work with the children in building a log cabin. Pony rides for the kids, a working blacksmith, gold panning, children’s crafts, wool spinning, period characters complete the day.

High Country Hike

Silent Auction, Quilt Raffle and Idyllwild Baskets Raffle

Cut Off Time – 1 PM Drawing at the Nature Center will be at 3:30 PM Winner need not be present.

Idyllwild Garden Club Tours

Catch the shuttle from the Idyllwild Nature Center to Fern Valley 11 to 3 p.m. Catch the Shuttle to Fern Valley to see actual lemon lilies in a most beautiful setting. Docent led tours of spectacular gardens will take you directly to the lilies. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

At Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe & Bistro ... On Saturday enjoy some more Hojo Reynolds (performing the same day during the bluegrass concert). The Creek House will be ... Celebrating its first anniversary with extended hours on Saturday (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and live music all day (check out Don Reed & Friends from 8 to 11 p.m. in the new backyard venue). There will be wine, whiskey and tequila tastings, as well as prizes and specials offered throughout the day. And at Jo’An’s Restaurant ... Come for the bluegrass and some fantastic barbecue both Saturday and Sunday. They will also be selling “boxed” barbecue dinners for concertgoers.

Bluegrass Concert

Park Lane (on the street between Jo’An’s and the Fort), Idyllwild noon to 4 p.m. “Bucket List” will kick off the afternoon of Bluegrass music followed by the Bodie Mountain Express band. The afternoon will close out with a Bluegrass jam from

Meet at Humber Park 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Take a moderate 6 to 7 mile hike to Saddle Junction and beyond in search of lemon lilies. Will be guided by botanist Dave Stith. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Must RSVP in advance; email with name(s) and age(s) of hikers. Participation is limited, first 12 to 1:30 p.m. - “Bucket List” Jamie Olsen guitar & vocals, Kathleen Johncome, first served. son autoharp & vocals, Eric Uglum guitar, mandolin & vocals, Fred Wade bass, Don Reed Lemon Lily Walks, Talks, etc. dobro & mandolin Idyllwild Nature Center 25225 Hwy. 243, Idyllwild 1:30 to 1: 45 p.m. - Break 10 to 3 p.m. Every hour a short guided walk will leave 1:45 to 3 p.m. - “Bodie Mountain Express” from the front of the museum. Talks by BotaChuck Stewart guitar & vocals, Bill Purcell nist Kate Kramer will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. banjo & vocals, Conrad Norton bass & vocals, Native plants will be on sale. Vendors will have Duane Michaels fiddle & vocals, Chuck Tucker arts and crafts, BBQ and Mexican food will be mandolin & vocals Georgia Puga and her Idyllwild Lemon Lily Festival quilt, available. Experience our wonderful displays in which wil be raffled off on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. the museum, visit the Silent Auction. 3 to 4 p.m. - Bluegrass Jam Photo courtesy Idyllwild Nature Center

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“Details” by Jan Jasper-Fayer Inspiration: Getting the word out.

“There And Back Again” by Jan Bruner Inspiration: Life and living.

“Untitled” by Evalia Nash Inspiration: This is about reconstructing and restoring the Lemon Lily.

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“Lemon Lily Sunrise” by Caroline Carlson Inspiration: Inspired by the lush Art Nouveau works of painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha.

“Wonderland” by Halie Johnson Inspiration: Where up is down, right is wrong and the civilized is barbaric.

“Lemon Lily Lake” by Lea Deesing Inspiration: We must have a magical lake up here that helps preserve the Lemon Lilies.

“Leaves” by Robert Bush Inspiration: The forests around Idyllwild.

“Walking The San Jacintos” by Cher Townsend Inspiration: I’ve seen the Lemon Lilies on the Seven Pines Trail and along creek beds.

“Lilies in the Sun” by Norm Deesing Inspiration: I like lilies.

“Visions of Yellow” by Maritha (Mimi) Lamp Inspiration: The joy of art is discovering where the piece will take me.

“Lovely Lemon Lilies” by Laurie Brinkmann Inspiration: Inspired by the floral beauty.

All of these banners will be available for auction prior to next year’s festival. Check the Lemon Lily website for time and location. In the meantime, go online to vote for the People’s Choice Award at

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Idyllwild Lilium parryi restoration plan

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Take a creekside stroll BY ANTOINETTE BERTHELOTTE IDYLLWILD GARDEN CLUB The Idyllwild Garden Club offers an exceptional treat during the Festival. Visitors will enjoy Lemon Lilies in a delightful stream-side stroll on private property within feet of a shuttle drop-off. The O’Beck Garden is nestled in a shady glen that not only has lemon lilies in site, but also provides docents who will point out a number of our lovely and unique native flowers. There are elderberry, columbine, mountain azalea, pink mountain currant, monkey flower, thimbleberry, ferns and more, all in a tree shaded habitat on Strawberry Creek. The terrain is not difficult although wheelchairs and walkers are not recommended. The average visit is 20-30 minutes, but visitors may stay and sit a spell. The O’Beck Garden is a scheduled Shuttle Stop. There is also roadside parking at the Garden location. Guided Strolls start at 11 a.m. and the last one starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The tickets ($5 per person, or $10 per family-children are free) may be purchased at the Garden Club booth in town, or on site. All proceeds go to help the non-profit Garden Club continue building the native plant demonstration garden, educational events and beautification projects around Idyllwild. Additional information at, or (951) 659-2907 or (858) 472-4337.

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BY DAVE STITH The Lemon Lily Restoration Project is a collaborative effort between Idyllwild residents and the Forest Service. In 2009 and 2010 Forest Service personnel collected Lilium parryi seeds from National Forest and Wilderness areas in the San Jacinto Mountains. Likewise, representatives of the Lemon Lily Festival steering committee were given seeds by Idyllwild residents from native plants growing on their properties in Idyllwild or given permission to collect seeds on private property. In addition, a few plants were purchased from a commercial nursery. Some of the seeds were sewn directly into the ground in select locations. We are also trying to learn how best to cultivate the lilies from seeds to plants whose size and age will better insure their survival once transplanted into the wild. Most of the seeds that have been allocated for this purpose are being germinated and grown utilizing traditional gardening techniques. A number of seeds have been germinated using a tissue culture technique. Seeds were cleaned and their surface sterilized before being inoculated onto sterile media containing nutrients and growth factors. We hope to expand this experiment once materials and equipment can be obtained through grants or donations. Of the 101 plants that were purchased, 59 have been planted in eleven separate locations in Idyllwild. Most of these have been concentrated in areas around town where they can be viewed by people living in or visiting Idyllwild. The remaining plants are being held at the Idyllwild Nature Center and will be displayed prior to and during the Lemon Lily Festival. The long term plan for restoration is not and never has been to rely on commercially grown plants. The reasons for this are many. First, it is not economically feasible to purchase thousands of plants at retail price for the many years it will take to accomplish our objective. Second, there

A lemon lily growing in vitro in a test tube. Photo courtesy Dave Stith

are so few plants being grown by nurseries that in years to come there will be few if any available to purchase. Finally, as a matter of philosophy and ecological concerns, we want to use plants from local seed stocks to restore Lilium parryi to its historical range in the San Jacintos. If you would like to donate supplies, or become a member of the Subcommittee on Restoration and help collect seeds, grow, and plant Lemon lilies please inquire at

This year’s Pioneer Town happens at the Idyllwild Nature Center. A highlight this year are performances by the Pennyroyal Players ( The group travels from Vermont to California, bringing lively and touching musical portraits about those who settled the American West. Through story and song, “Piecin' It Together,” reveals the humor and hardships of pioneering life — endured by men, women and children. The first show will be at 11 a.m. and a second at 1:30 p.m. both days. Riley’s Farm returns this year to work with the children in building a log cabin and perform mountain music. Pony rides for the kids, a working blacksmith, gold panning, children’s crafts, wool spinning and period characters complete the day.

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atural history of our lemon lily BY KATE KRAEMER BOTANIST, SAN JACINTO RANGER DISTRICT The lemon lily, one of our most spectacular local wildflowers, is rare and uncommon but not on the endangered species list. This 3 to 5 foot plant with large showy yellow flowers and whorled leaves is found in mountain creeks from 5,000 to 9,000 feet in our Southern California Mountains with a few — maybe two — populations in the mountains of Southern Arizona as well. Today, this is where the lily is found, in scattered groups in the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains. Moist habitats are key. Lily seed needs to be moist and cool and grow in the following year. Seeds

scaly bulbs about an inch in diameter. When the bulb has accumulated enough energy, in three to five years, it will produce a flowering stalk with one to nine or more fragrant yellow flowers. Plants in nature don’t appear to multiply by bulb; the extent of vegetative reproduction is unknown. However in culture, scales from the bulb can be removed and placed in a special soil mix to grow into individual bulbs. This is how nurseries from out of the area (in Oregon) produce lemon lilies that are available for purchase. Dr. Kate Kramer Tissue culture is another way that seems Photo by J.P. Crumrine to be successful as well. But it’s hard to cut up even one bulb to do this! to germinate Lily enthusiasts world-wide know about the lemon develop into lily; it has been used extensively in breeding programs to produce some of the most beautiful garden cultivars. At least three lily hybrids have been developed by crossing the lemon lily with other kinds of lilies and then reproducing them by the methods mentioned; one is “San Gabriel”. This may be the way to direct our low-land lily lovers to plants that will grow in valley gardens — and are at least “part Lemon Lily”. Genetically variable populations in the wild are important for lemon lilies to persist; lilies must have a pollinator to produce seed. Available information suggests that sphinx moths (Hyles lineata and Sphinx perelegans) are the main pollinators. It makes sense; the lemon lily flowers are the most fragrant at dusk when moths would be flying. We really need to do a lemon lily “stake-out” and watch plants for a day and late evening to find out who is visiting our lilies here. In one of the earliest floras of the San Jacinto Mountains, an observation was made of the incredible collecting pressures by admirers trying to get the lemon lily in the nursery trade. With so many bulbs removed from our mountains, it’s no wonder that the lemon lily is a rare plant. The drought in the 1970s may also have dried up much of the lily’s habitat as well; fluctuating water levels have affected lily populations in Arizona. With a little care and attention, the Lemon Lily will continue to grace our mountains and be part of our lives.

Monument dedication Before making your way to the bluegrass concert in the center of town, be sure to catch the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce’s Idyllwild monument dedication between 1 and 3 p.m. in front of the tree monument on Village Center Drive. Meet David Roy, the artist behind the monument and enjoy music by Carlos Reynosa. There will be a raffle and ribbon cutting. File photo

About the lemon lily Lemon Lily or Parry’s Lily, Lilium parryi, is named in honor of Dr. Charles Christopher Parry, a renowned botanist who was among the first to collect it in the summer of 1876. Lilium parryi of the Family Liliaceae is a perennial herb which grows from a bulb with a stem reaching a height of 1.9 meters. It has scattered or whorled leaves with very fragrant lemonyellow funnel shaped flowers. In Southern California it grows in the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto Mountains as well as Palomar Mountain. Small populations can also be found in southeastern Arizona in the Santa Rita, Huachuca, and Chiricahua Mountains and in extreme northern Sonora, Mexico in the Sierra Los Ajos. The lilies inhabit springs, seeps, wet meadows, and shady canyon bottoms along perennial streams at an elevation of 4,000 to 9,000 feet. Forest fire and subsequent erosion have severely impacted three populations in Arizona (Falk and Warren, 1994), and their populations have been negatively impacted by “flower pullers” in Palomar (Craig H. Reiser, 1994) and bulb collectors in San Jacinto (H.M. Hall, 1902). It is uncommon throughout its California range and close to extirpation in San Diego County (Craig H. Reiser, 1994) and is listed by state and federal agencies as a sensitive species that should be protected. For More information about the Lemon Lily, visit Michael Charter’s site at

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ilium parryi var. kessleri debunked BY DAVE STITH I have frequently been asked about Lilium parryi var. kessleri, so I would like to clear up the confusion about this variety of Lemon Lily.�In 1924, Davidson defined a new taxon of Lemon Lily from the San Gabriel Mountains that he called variety kessleri based on the following characteristics: • leaves large, ovate to lancelate, 12 to 15 cm long and 4 cm wide, sessile with a narrow base, thin in texture, semitransparent on drying and glistening on lower surface • leaves below in whorls of 6, fewer and less definitely whorled above • anthers brown, 5 to 7 mm long • pistil much longer than anthers This distinction has since fallen out of favor. Modern floras either make no mention of var. kessleri or list it as a synonym for Lilium parryi. The latest treatment from the Flora of North America states: “Plants from the San Gabriel Mountains of California sometimes have wider leaves and have been given the status Lilium parryi var. kessleri, but this variation is due primarily to the rather shaded habitat of many of these populations.

No significant vegetative discontinuity can be recognized across the range of this species, so no varieties are recognized here.” I had noticed for some time that the leaf structure of Lemon Lilies is highly variable. Since leaf size was said to be the distinguishing factor for var. kessleri, in 2010 Tom Chester and I set about to test this claim by measuring Lemon Lily leaves wherever we found them in the San Jacintos. As expected we found plants with leaves with a wide range of sizes and shapes. Within our San Jacinto population we found some lilies that matched or even exceded the range of sizes given for var. kessleri. We also found plants with leaves that exceded the number per whorl for var. kessleri. By reviewing his photos Tom found some flowers with yellow anthers and others that were brown. Some plants had pistils longer than the anthers, and others had pistils the same length as the anthers. So even though some references, both old and new, still list var. kessleri we found nothing unique about it confirming what the FNA now asserts. This does not imply that all Lemon Lilies are genetically identical, but until DNA testing can prove otherwise there are no recognized varieties of Lemon Lily.

Lemon lily blessing A special lemon lily blessing with Esther Kennedy is offered on Saturday morning, July 22, at 8:30 a.m. at the Idyllwild Nature Center.

BY SCOTT FISHER PRESIDENT, FRIENDS OF THE SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN COUNTY PARKS On behalf of the Friends of the San Jacinto Mountain County Parks, I would like to thank the following people without whom we could not have put on the 2012 Lemon Lily Festival and Bluegrass Concerts: Toni Berthelotte, Kris Brenner, Reba Coulter, Ted Cummings, Deanna Eversolle, Pat Hughes, Shelley Kibby, Erin O’Neill, George Ray, Dave Stith, Bryan Tallent, Sandy Tatich, Mary Ann E. Miller, Grace Reed, Veda Roubideaux and Gail Spiegel. I would also like to thank the following Idyllwild organizations for their presence and support of Lemon Lily Festival events both in town and at the Idyllwild Nature Center: Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild, The Associates of Idyllwild Arts, California Highway Patrol Officer Bill Strom, Explorer Post 655 in Beaumont, the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce, the Idyllwild Garden Club, Idyllwild Rotary Club, Idyllwild Quilters, Living Free, Pine Cove Property Owners Association and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency M.A.R.S. and U.S. Army Sgt. Ian Fritz of the Hemet recruiting office. The tireless efforts of these people have resulted in a festival that will be fun for the whole family and help to educate, celebrate and restore the lemon lily to our mountains.


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Idyllwild Lemon Lily Festival 2012  

A festival of restoration, education and celebration happening July 21 and 22, 2012, in Idyllwild, California.