I’ve lived here most of my life and have never had a chance to get to the Wistaria Festival in Sierra Madre – until today! It only happens one day each year. The single plant, which is more than 100 years old, is on private property (it actually spans two properties), and the owners generously let the public in to view the vine every year in March, when it is at its peak bloom. The plant engulfed the original house it was planted near and eventually caused it to collapse (it was demolished in the 30s). The house had already been abandoned to the vine by that time and the owners had built a new house a couple of hundred feet away. Now the vine is supported with a network of posts and pipes that help to give it some structure. It is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as “The World’s Largest Blossoming Plant” and it is estimated to weigh 250 tons.
Here are a handful of photos, but there is no way to capture the magnitude of the Wistaria in a picture or a hundred pictures. It’s massive and grand. The other thing that can’t be captured in photos is the lovely fragrance. For that, you have to pay a visit yourself – March, 2017 will be your next opportunity.
* Yes, that’s how they spell it.