Penstemon Festival


Utah Native Plant Society    4th Annual

Penstemon Festival

June 8th & 9th 2012

Sevier County Fair Grounds

400 East 200 South - Richfield, Utah


What is a Penstemon? A family of flowering plants that belong in the Figwort family, the genus penstemon with 280 species is found only in North America. It includes some of our most beautiful wildflowers. Penstemons can be found in a wide variety of habitats ranging from the mountains to the deserts. Utah is privileged to be the home of 76 different species of Penstemons ranging in size from one inch to five feet tall and coming in all colors of the rainbow.

The Penstemon Festival is not the every day ‘Garden Variety’ festival. If you are a discriminating homeowner who craves a unique landscape, that is spectacular year-round and water-wise, this is the festival for you. You’ll enjoy an afternoon and evening with instructors who are the top experts in their fields. They will teach you the basic groundwork of plant selection and designing a water-wise, native plant landscape. With the information you gain, you will be able to create a landscape that reflects the natural beauty of the Mountain West in your own yard. 

The second annual penstemon festival, Penstemon Festival 2010 will be held May 28 and 29. In Holden, Utah.  Mark your calendar and check back for more information.

There has been a lot of snow and rain during the month of February and March.  It looks like there will be a good display of wild flowers.  I will be checking area as soon as the snow melts and the road is dry.  

We have had some good snow storms so far in April.  I checked out the wild flowers, and it was cold and not to much activity yet.  We are now having warm weather.  Penstemon festival is just over a month way.  It is Friday and Saturday of the Memorial day week end.  

Tentative schedule: 

May 28, 2010

 At the Holden Town Hall on main street

  • Registration    5:00 pm 
  • Dinner             6:00 pm must rsvp for dinner
  • Seminar  7:00 pm


May 29, 2010

 Meet at Great Basin natives at 75 West 300 South, Holden, Utah

  • Field trip    8:am
  • Lunch        12:pm


The following weekend June 4, 5 and 6, is the annual meeting for the American Penstemon Society  It is a great event.    


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Native Plants

This white flax is one of the earliest native plants to flower in our area.   I found this speciman south and east of Scipio.  They grow in amoung the junipers and pinions. 



Penstemon watsonii located near I-15 exit 184 in Millard County, Utah.



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Penstemon Festival 2009

We met at Great Basin Natives for a presentation on penstemons.  Robert Johnson was the guest speaker who gave a history and description of penstemon.  The next morning we met here again and then car pooled to the Cal Valley road south and east of Scipio, Utah.  The we found five different penstemons.  All were in bloom except one.  It will bloom somewhat later.  There were many other native wild flowers in bloom.  We then went back to the nursery for lunch.  Pizza was served. 

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