This Sunday, Sierra Madre presents its Wisteria Festival in Memorial Park with viewings of the historic vine available via shuttle from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
The Guinness Book of World Records has certified the vine as the world’s largest blossoming plant, and estimates that at its peak, the vine had as many as 1.5 million blooms, weighed 250 tons, and covered more than an acre of ground. The vine is so large that it encompasses the better part of two properties. At one point the vine, which was originally planted in 1894, actually destroyed a structure on one of the properties, which crumbled under its weight. Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce
A walk or a shuttle brings people to the vine, which is now on private property and is only open for viewing by the public one day a year (the walk is free but uphill, while the shuttle costs $12-$15).
The two main streets of downtown Sierra Madre will be closed to through traffic so that 100 artisans and crafters can exhibit and sell their creations and wares. A dozen musical acts will also perform throughout the day at five different venues—from solo acoustic guitar and vocals to blues and country rock.
Marinella Pollo who contributed her pasta with cauliflower sauce recipe for last week’s “Mangiamo,” will be at Savor the Flavor, signing and selling her cookbook You Never Grow Old at the Dinner Table.
Wistaria Festival 2013
Sunday, March 17th, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Festival is free to the public
For tickets on shuttle to see vine, click here; a $2 surcharge for tickets bought day of the event