The fourth Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival will be held Oct. 2-4, 2015 at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg, Florida. The Festival grounds will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Year's Festival
We are proud to announce the following keynote speakers: Gallus Quigley, Lake County's resident birding expert has been a birder for over 25 years and is currently Cornell eBird regional coordinator for Lake and Sumter counties. Melinda Myers, expert gardener and editor for Birds & Blooms magazine, Ken Meyer, Co-founder and current Executive Director of the Avian Reserach and Conservation Institute in Gainesville, and we are honored to welcome back James Currie.
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.
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.
For additional information about the Wings and Wildflowers Festival please contact Yvonne Powers at 352-742-3925 / firstname.lastname@example.org.Tweets by @WingsWildflower
Where to Stay
The Festival is proud to have the historic Lakeside Inn returning as a host hotel for the 2015 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.
The Festival is honored to have the Microtel Inn by Wyndam, Leesburg as a host hotel for the 2015 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.
Microtel Inn, Leesburg is offering festival participants a special rate of $55 for a single and $60 for a double, use booking code WINGSFEST. For reservations, visit www.microtellinn.com or call 352-315-1234
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 Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society, St. John’s River Water Management District and Trout Lake Nature Preserve.