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Register Now for Lemon Lily 2016’s Special Guided Hikes!

We are pleased to announce that this year’s festival will feature two very special guided hikes by reservation only. The goal of both hikes is to see wild lemon lilies in bloom– a phenomenon which is well worth the effort! Please follow the instructions below to register for either hike. Saturday, July 9th: Guided Hike… Read more »

John Malcolm Penn and Bob Furgo pic

John Malcolm Penn & Bob Furgo Playing Lemon Lily 2016!

John Malcolm Penn’s Bio: To ex Marine and ex drag racer John Malcolm Penn the transition to a career in music seemed normal and logical. Why not race Tom McEwen, and then play music with his brother Richard? Or, when ‘Skinny’ Dennis Sanchez, a best friend and fuel dragster racing partner in earlier times, brings… Read more »

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Stone Creek Stompers: 2016’s Lemon Lily Festival Bluegrass Band

The Stone Creek Stompers: This Year’s Must-Hear Band Taking the stage at this year’s Lemon Lily Festival is a bluegrass band with some local roots who collectively have some impressive credits. The Stone Creek Stompers are made up of Idyllwild resident Sandii Castleberry – guitar, vocals, harmonica; John Penn of La Quinta – vocals, banjo… Read more »

Photo by Avianna Jones © All Rights Reserved

Lemon Lily Plants For Sale

The Nature Center gift store now has Lemon Lily plants for sale. $10 to $15 per plant.

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Judging the success of planting Lemon Lilies for restoration

During the planning stages for the first Lemon Lily Festival we used money allocated to us by Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone to purchase Lemon lilies from a commercial nursery …

A lemon lily growing along Strawberry Creek discovered this year. Photo by Mike Ahern

Natural history of our lemon lily

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 …

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Birdseed weeds

Over the years I have occasionally found small sunflowers popping up in my yard in pine cove and elsewhere on the hill. These are wimpy plants that never seem to mature and produce seed, so I attributed them to seeds from my bird feeders. This year I began to notice some plants around Idyllwild that… Read more »

Photo by Avianna Jones

‘California Gold,’ featuring festival, airing

Huell Howser showcased the 2010 Lemon Lily Festival on his television show “California Gold.” The program is currently airing on KCET Los Angeles …

Lemon Lily babies sprouting in pots

Why Restore Lemon Lilies to Idyllwild?

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.

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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… Read more »

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  • Lemon Lily willowcreek

    Register Now for Lemon Lily 2016’s Special Guided Hikes!

    We are pleased to announce that this year’s festival will feature two very special guided hikes by reservation only. The goal of both hikes is to see wild lemon lilies in bloom– a phenomenon which is well worth the effort! Please follow the instructions below to register for either hike. Saturday, July 9th: Guided Hike… Read more »

  • John Malcolm Penn and Bob Furgo pic

    John Malcolm Penn & Bob Furgo Playing Lemon Lily 2016!

    John Malcolm Penn’s Bio: To ex Marine and ex drag racer John Malcolm Penn the transition to a career in music seemed normal and logical. Why not race Tom McEwen, and then play music with his brother Richard? Or, when ‘Skinny’ Dennis Sanchez, a best friend and fuel dragster racing partner in earlier times, brings… Read more »

  • Sandii Castleberry Image

    Stone Creek Stompers: 2016’s Lemon Lily Festival Bluegrass Band

    The Stone Creek Stompers: This Year’s Must-Hear Band Taking the stage at this year’s Lemon Lily Festival is a bluegrass band with some local roots who collectively have some impressive credits. The Stone Creek Stompers are made up of Idyllwild resident Sandii Castleberry – guitar, vocals, harmonica; John Penn of La Quinta – vocals, banjo… Read more »