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Santa Margarita Wildflower Festival is set for Saturday

Wildflowers brighten the landscape near Highway 58 in California Valley. Part of the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm can be seen in the background.
Wildflowers brighten the landscape near Highway 58 in California Valley. Part of the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm can be seen in the background. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The fourth annual Santa Margarita Wildflower Festival will be held Saturday to celebrate the swath of springtime color popping up on the Carrizo Plain National Monument east of Santa Margarita.

The free event is slated to take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Santa Margarita and includes nature talks, walking tours as well as free wildflower seeds and a map of the area’s best wildflower-viewing areas while supplies last.

The nature talks will take place at different times throughout the day. Guest speakers include the Friends of the Carrizo Plain, wildflower photographer Marlin Harm, Penny Nyunt of the Las Pilitas Nursery, Pacific Wildlife Care, Topaz Solar Farms and more, according to a news release. For the full schedule and for more information on the event, visit http://visitsantamargarita.com/.

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