Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

Commentary by a National Wildlife Steward who helps Zilker neighbors establish native plant gardens

Monthly Archives: March 2011

Zilker Garden Festival – March 26 & 27

The Zilker Garden Festival is occurring right now! It takes place today and tomorrow from 10-5 PM. It does cost $7 adults, $3 children, $3 parking (why not bike or walk over there since it is so close to us?).

They will have lots of vendors, so bring a wagon if you plan to buy a lot.

The money they raise benefit “activities of the Austin Area Garden Council and Zilker Botanical Garden.”

Drought returns to Central Texas

The statesman reveals what many of us have already noticed. We are in a drought. Not a lot of water is falling from the sky.

As drought returns to Central Texas, relief unlikely until May.

This supports good reasoning to plant natives as they can usually live with waxes and wanes of water availability in Texas.

Green Gardening Days at LCRA Redbud Center

There’s no lack of volunteer opportunities to help out with Austin, TX natural gardens and landscapes. Here’s another opportunity that I received information about! You get a bonus tour as well.

Green Gardening Days

Saturdays this spring: 3/12, 3/26, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: LCRA Redbud Center building and grounds

3601 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, TX 78703

Presented by the Colorado River Foundation

Dust off your old blue jeans, put on a baseball cap and join us for a Saturday morning in the garden! We’re holding gardening days this spring to spruce up exhibit gardens used for youth education programs. Help us pull out the old, plant the new, mulch and weed. You’ll learn about central Texas native plants and their importance to our Texas waters AND get a tour of the riverside Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education. Perfect for kiddos, corporate groups or anyone who doesn’t mind gettin’ dirty! Breakfast, garden gear, and good conversation provided. Green thumb not required! Contact Sarah@coloradoriver.org to RSVP. Check out http://www.coloradoriver.org for more info.

Cost: FREE

Contact Info: Sarah Richards 512-498-1587 sarah@coloradoriver.org

It’s My Park Day – Saturday, March 5th

This Saturday, March 5th, is It’s My Park Day – a day to give back to the beautiful parks in Austin, TX.

Please, please consider volunteering – check out their website to find the perfect volunteer match. There are even “dog-friendly” and “child/family-friendly” opportunities. You can search by zip code (search on bottom and results show up on bottom) to find the events nearest to your home. Personally, I volunteered for Zoila’s project to mulch heritage trees in Barton Springs pool area – but I just looked at there are no more slots open for that project (yeah! – thanks volunteers!).

Please consider even if you don’t have the full amount of time. I am only helping for 1.5 hours because I am presenting at a conference later on Saturday at UT. But I couldn’t miss It’s My Park Day because I know how much I use our parks.

Last year, I volunteered along Shoal Creek between 3rd and 8th streets. We picked up garbage, and garbage we did pick up. Check out our pile! It feels great to get something done.

Picture of garbage


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