'There's so many amazing wildflowers in Oregon this time of year, people want to get out and explore'

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Rain showers didn't stop hundreds from enjoying the annual Wildflower Festival at the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum on Sunday, now celebrating its 34th year.

      People from all over the region learned about nature while supporting the arboretum program.

      "It's a great spring event. There's so many amazing wildflowers in Oregon this time of year. People want to get out and explore and learn about them," said Brad Van Appel, a Mt. Pisgah spokesman. "We work with Lane Community College and the Native Plant Society of Oregon to collect and put on an amazing display of flowers."

      Along with the seasonal blooms, people could enjoy live music, great food, and natural art installations featuring pieces by local artists.

      "I feel like it has a strong sense of community and people come here because they're dedicated to the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum," said Cottage Grove resident Devon Bonady.

      All proceeds from the wildflower festival support Mt. Pisgah Arboretum.

      The organization uses the funding to maintain over 200 acres of land and provide educational programming to thousands of local students.