Hollyhocks Celebrated in Saguache Today
Don’t let the rain deter you from getting to the 6th Annual Hollyhock Festival in Saguache Today from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. It just mean sthatthe gardens you tour today will be extra lush and green. Plus there’s plenty of fun and Hollyhock activties inside at the Saguache Community Building should the rain return.
The Town of Saguache’s official flower – the Hollyhock – will be celebrated with great fanfare and affection at the 6th Annual Hollyhock Festival on July 29. Photo: SaguacheToday/Lynn Nowikowski.
Presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, this event has grown in popularity, finding many San Luis Valley residents joining in the celebration of Saguache’s official town flower! So if you’re looking for the shade of the tall trees and haven’t stopped into downtown Saguache for a while, be sure to include this self-guided walking tour in your plans to see what’s new.
Hollyhock Festival goers will begin their route at Otto Mears Park in Saguache. Check in at the Community Building anytime between at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. More than a dozen gardens, some with Hollyhocks, some without, will be on display as gardeners compete for generous prizes.
Pictured here standing next to one of the Hollyhock artworks from last year, Saguache Mayor Greg Terrell is the official Hollyhock Festival greeter. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.
The celebration of Saguache’s official flower commemorates the dedication of early settlers who brought the hollyhocks and old-fashioned roses to the area. In addition to the delightful tour, master gardeners will hold a plant clinic. So if you’ve been wondering what’s been going on with your green thumb, this is the place to do it! And be sure to bring the kids along for a special session on how to create a Hollyhock doll; of course the adults are welcome too! There will also be Hollyhock plants which will be potted and available to buy for your garden!
In addition to the beauty created by Mother Nature, local galleries will have their artwork on display, many pieces highlighting the delightful Hollyhock. Artists’ work will also be displayed in the Community Building, all featuring glorious Hollyhock in various mediums – painting, needlework, carving, etc. Be sure to be there at 2 p.m., when the winners of the best adult and juvenile Hollyhock art will be announced. It all leads up to the grand announcement of the first, second and third place prizes will be awarded for the best Hollyhock garden and the best general garden.
As part of the Saguache Hollyhock Festival there will be breakfast, snacks and lunch available in the Community Building as a fundraiser for the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department. So fuel up before you tour the gardens, or when you come back for the awards and announcements. In addition, those World Famous Root Beer Floats will also be offered by the Friends of the Saguache Public Library.
Children enjoy making Hollyhock dolls from the town’s official flower while sipping on a homemade root beer float from the Friends of the Library.
Once you are finished touring the gardens, you’ll want to make a day of it! From downtown’s Magpie Art Gallery, the Hauck Pedersen art gallery and The Range to Antiques, Etc., the Fenton Studio Pottery, and Smith Market Gallery just a few blocks off main street, if you haven’t visited in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see a thriving arts community in Saguache Today.
There are a lots of new and thriving businesses on 4th Street, Saguache’s downtown business and arts district. Be sure to visit the Welcome Center, along with the 4th Street Food Store, and Blue Earth Thrift Store, and don’t miss out on the new Saguache Bicycle Service shop located behind the thrift store. Wander over to see a movie at the Cozy Castle Cinema.
There are also now a few dining options in Saguache. Of course, the 4th Street Diner and Oasis Restaurant are favorites among locals, but also check out the Village Pub now in its second summer. The Saguache Hotel is undergoing some renovation work, so be sure to “check in;” that’s just one of the many exciting things happening in Saguache Today!
So make it a lovely day of gardens and small town enjoyments at the 6th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival on Saturday, July 29. The Hollyhock Festival is presented by The Saguache Chamber of Commerce with the generous support from the following sponsors – Thank You! Saguache County Commissioners, North River Greenhouse in Alamosa, Monte Vista Co-op, Walmart in Alamosa & Salida, True Value in Salida, Salida Greenhouse, SLV Garden Center in Monte Vista, Always Azul in Villa Grove, Catlin’s Greenhouse in Monte Vista, Brady’s West Greenhouse in Salida, Yvonne Halburian in Saguache, Saguache Office of Rio Grande National Forest.
The garden competition includes a Hollyhock and general garden category. Pictured here is one of last year’s winners.