Welcome to the
Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival!

The 3rd Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival will be held Oct. 3-5, 2014 at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg, Florida.

Birds flock to Lake County, which is home to thousands of acres of preserves and passive parklands, including the Lake Apopka Restoration Area, Ferndale Preserve, Emeralda Marsh and the Hilochee Wildlife Management Area.

The Wings and Wildflowers Festival hopes to make the 2014 experience unforgettable by holding field trips in these birding hotspots and wildflower havens, as well as bringing some of the nation's best birding, wildflower and nature experts to the area to share their knowledge.

The 3rd Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival is proud to welcome keynote speakers Greg Miller, the inspiration behind the star-studded film "The Big Year," Stacy Tornio, editor of the premier national birding and gardening publication "Birds & Blooms" magazine and Roger L. Hammer, an award-winning naturalist and author who served as the director of Castellow Hammock Nature Center in Miami.

The festival will make the most of Lake County’s enticing outdoor recreational opportunities, particularly for birders. The Wings and Wildflowers Festival will offer visitors an opportunity to fall in love with Lake County’s vast array of birds, wildflowers and natural resources.

With Lake County’s reputation as a premier birding location, it’s the goal of this festival to enhance awareness and appreciation of Lake County’s quality of life and support environmental initiatives on behalf of citizens and visitors alike.

The 2nd Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival was held Oct. 4-6, 2013 at Hickory Point Recreational Park in Tavares, Florida. Last year’s festival boasted more than 100 activities and programs over the course of three days and featured more than 25 birding, wildflower and nature experts. On behalf of the county, thank you to all who participated in the festival’s huge success.

Guests, Volunteers, Sponsors, Speakers and Exhibitors are all invited to take our survey.

Keep checking back for details as we get ready for the third annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival! For additional information about the Wings and Wildflowers Festival please contact Debi Dyer at 352-742-3924 or ddyer@lakecountyfl.gov.

Where to Stay

Lakeside Inn

Lakeside Inn

The Festival is proud to have the historic Lakeside Inn returning as a host hotel for the 2014 Wings and Wildflowers Festival. The Lakeside Inn is centrally located in the heart of the lakefront community of Mount Dora. Founded in 1883, Lakeside Inn is the oldest, continuously operated hotel in the State of Florida, featuring 87 guest rooms and suites, beautifully landscaped grounds and a 200 foot viewing veranda lined with rocking chairs.

The Lakeside Inn is offering participants special rates starting at just $99 per night. For reservations, visit www.lakeside-inn.com, and use booking code "bird", or call 800-556-5016.

Best Western Plus, Lake County Inn & Suites

Best Western Plus

The Festival is honored to have the Best Western Plus Lake County Inn and Suites as a host hotel for the 2014 Wings and Wildflowers Festival. Experience superior customer service and find comfortable, well-appointed accommodations for an affordable rate. Situated in central Florida's "Golden Triangle" of Mount Dora, Eustis, and Tavares, this full-service Tavares hotel offers spaciously-appointed guest rooms and suites.

Best Western Plus is offering festival participants a special rate of $89, use booking code BWP. For reservations, visit www.bestwestern.com or call 800-780-7234.

Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn

Leesburg, Florida is one of the best places to go birding. With nearby wildlife sanctuaries like Emeralda Marsh and the Trout Lake Nature Preserve, it is no wonder that Leesburg has been chosen at the location for the 3rd Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival. The festival is honored to have the Hampton Inn of Leesburg-Tavares be one of the host hotels.

The Hampton Inn is offering special rates beginning at $80 for festival-goers. Visit http://www.leesburgtavareshotel.com/wings-wildflowers-festival, and use Group booking code WNW or call 352-315-1053 to book your stay!

Other accommodations in Lake County can be found at www.lakecountyfl.com.

The festival will be presented in close partnership with the City of Leesburg, the Florida Scrub-jay Consortium, the Lake Beautyberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Lake County Parks & Trails Division, the Lake County Water Authority, the Ocklawaha Valley Audubon Society, St. John’s River Water Management District and Trout Lake Nature Preserve.