Whether it’s spelled Wistaria or Wisteria, Sierra Madre’s Wistaria vine will always smell just as sweet! Sierra Madreans are understandably proud of their vine and eager to share it . After all, it is one of the seven horticultural wonders of the world, along with the redwood forest in Sequoia National Park, Brazil’s tropical jungle in the Amazon Valley, and the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
This year’s Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival begins on Saturday, March 17, noon – 9pm with a green event and St. Patrick celebration – how appropriate! On Sunday, March 18, from 9am – 5pm, visitors can enjoy a craft fair, kids activities, an auto show and live music at Memorial Park. Most importantly, they can take a shuttle to view the vine.
Alice Brugman planted the one-gallon, 75-cent wistaria vine in her backyard in the 1890s. The vine grew to two acres at its peak in the 1920s and began taking over the house. A new house was built 200 feet away, and the original house was used as a support for the vine until it was crushed beneath the vine’s weight. Sierra Madre’s 250-ton wistaria vine now measures more than an acre and has over 1½ million lavender and purple blossoms. It holds the Guinness record for largest flowering plant.
Wistaria plants symbolize welcome, and Sierra Madre welcomes everyone to enjoy a wonderful weekend of celebration at their annual Wistaria Festival.
Shuttle tickets are available at the Bottle Shop, Savor the Flavor and Bean Town: $12 adults, $7seniors and children 6-16.
For more information go to: www.sierramadrechamber.com/events