33rd Annual Trillium Festival & Native and Hardy Plant Sale
Saturday and Sunday, April 6th & 7th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Trillium Festival Gala
Friday, March 29th, 6 pm
Portland, Oregon – The 33rd Annual Trillium Festival is almost here. The Friends of Tryon Creek, together with our partner Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, are looking forward to celebrating spring with this fun-filled family event on April 6th & 7th.
Every spring, leading nurseries from around the state come to Tryon Creek with a large range of native northwest plant inventory available for purchase. “The festival has built a wonderful legacy as a place to find unique native plants for your garden, to connect with others who cherish our urban natural spaces, and to celebrate the arrival of spring in Oregon”, says David Cohen, Executive Director of the Friends of Tryon Creek.
The festival will experience its first major changes since its inception – doubling the size of the plant sale and expanding the spaces for all festival activities and programs. As always, the Festival will feature guided interpretive nature hikes by Friends’ volunteers, children’s nature activities, a marketplace for local craft and edibles vendors, an information area featuring local environmental groups, and food and coffee vendors.
Also new this year, the Friends have developed another event – the Trillium Festival Gala which will take place a week before the weekend sale on Friday, March 29. The event will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Friends accomplishments and legacy, and share with likeminded individuals who share a passion for nature. Author Brian Doyle will be our guest speaker and we will be handing out our first annual John Gray Award for Environmental Education. There will also be a silent auction featuring a range of prizes including vacation packages; original artwork; theater tickets; merchandise from Columbia Sportswear, Patagonia and REI; gift certificates and much more goes to support the non-profit Friends’ educational and restoration projects.
The Friends will once again offer a free shuttle from RiverdaleHigh School and Lewis and ClarkCollege (both located just north of the park on Terwilliger Blvd. and Palatine Hill Rd. respectively) during festival hours which makes it easy to get to and from the event site. This year’s Trillium Festival is presented by The Oregon Lottery with additional sponsors The Oregonian, Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), New Seasons, Backyard Bird Shop, CGC Financial, and Clif Bar. The Friends partner with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to create a deeper connection to Tryon Creek State Natural Area.
About the Friends of Tryon Creek
The Friends of Tryon Creek are a catalyst for cultivating a lifelong relationship with nature using Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Oregon’s only urban state park, as our classroom. We are known throughout the region for our exceptional environmental education program and stewardship and volunteer opportunities.
Tryon Creek State Natural Area is located at 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd in southwest Portland. The 670-acre park currently welcomes over 385,000 visitors each year and is home to over 200 species of birds, mammals and amphibians. Visitors enjoy miles of hiking trails, a paved bicycle path and equestrian trails.
The Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC) was founded in 1969 by a group of forward-thinking individuals, and with the support of Oregon State Parks, were able to preserve this unique and historic forested canyon that borders Lake Oswego and Portland. As the first Friends group in the State Parks System, FOTC has built an exemplary public-private relationship with the State of Oregon. Today the Friends, a private non-profit that relies on the support of its members, continues to utilize the park as a classroom for their environmental education programs as well as leading efforts to conserve and restore the park to a more healthy and flourishing ecosystem.
Membership opportunities are available, which include event fee discounts.
For details and a schedule of events, visit www.tryonfriends.org.
The Friends of Tryon Creek
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2013
Jessica Sweeney, PR/Media Relations Coordinator