Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Autumn Fest at Lake Tahoe Community College Sept 21

Posted on August 29, 2013
Filed Under South Tahoe Events

Autumn in Lake Tahoe is the perfect time to take care of our gardens and get them ready for next season. It’s also a time to prepare ourselves for the upcoming season as signified by the “Goddess of Autumn Abundance” illustration shown here by South Lake Tahoe artist Kristen Schwartz, which represents the celebration of Autumn harvest and the spreading of seeds for renewal.

Learn fall garden tips at the Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden on Saturday, September 21 from 11am to 4pm during one of favorite local events, Autumn Fest. 

The free festival, sponsored by Tahoe RCD and LTCC, is quickly becoming a Tahoe fall tradition packed with activities for all ages, including a silent auction to raise funds for the demonstration garden and conservation landscaping programs in the community.

A celebration of sustainability, gardening and the seasons in Tahoe, Autumn Fest will feature live music, a silent auction, a local artisan market and food vendors, crafts and games, pony rides and talks on backyard conservation landscaping and local environmental issues. New this year is the plant swap—“donate a plant, swap a plant, or donate for a plant”—to highlight native and Tahoe-adapted varieties. As always, the silent auction will offer great deals on outdoor gear, tickets, local restaurants, artwork and more. Pumpkins and lavender will also be for sale by Bluestone Meadow Farm of Apple Hill. All donations, including proceeds from the silent auction, go back toward the upkeep of the demonstration garden and conservation landscaping programs, such as the Green Thumb Gardening workshop series.

“Autumn Fest has grown into such a popular and positive-vibe community event,” said Jen Cressy of Tahoe RCD, “not only is it a blast, it’s also inspiring to see local businesses, the arts, the gardeners, local organizations and everyone else come together on behalf of the garden.”

Following the Demonstration Garden’s focus on sustainability, Autumn Fest is a zero-waste event. South Tahoe Refuse Co. and Full Circle Compost of Carson City, NV, are graciously donating their recycling and compost service to help keep Autumn Fest environmentally sustainable. Additionally, those who bike to the event instead of driving receive an extra door prize ticket and free bike storage with the bike valet.

For more information about this South Lake Tahoe event, please call the Tahoe Resource Conservation District at  (530) 543.1501, ext. 127 or

As leaves turn brown and fall to the earth,

Kristen Schwartz mullein

Energy flows inward.

Seeds fly, sowing our future.

What will we reap?

– Kristen Schwartz, Faery Medicine

Text on the back of Kristen Schwartz Notecards and on Wisdom Prints. The original illustration is 7.25″x8.5″ and was rendered with pen and ink and colored pencil.

Illustrations by South Shore artist Kristen Schwartz

Top: Goddess of Autumn Abundance

Bottom: Mullein

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