Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

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

Category Archives: Trees

Native Plant Swap 5/3/14

Another great event is coming in about a month: PLANT SWAP! This is hosted up in the Hyde Park neighborhood but all are welcome. Start potting up some of your natives to exchange for others. See you there!

CONFIRMED DATE for 2014 Spring swap: Saturday, May 3rd
Location: Mother’s Cafe and Garden Parking Lot; 4215 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751
(THANK YOU MOTHER’S)
Time: Around dawn until 9:30am

Attached is a picture of a small sampling of plants that I have so far for the swap: Fall Aster, American Elderberry, Mexican Feathergrass, Skullcap, Cowpen Daisy, LOTS of milkweed to be given away to swap participants (will send pics of milkweed seedlings later).

Spread the word…the more people that know about it, the more great plants to choose from!
Carleen
Hancock resident
NWF Habitat Steward
Picture of native plants in pots on rack

Natives potted up

Fall Work Day in the Neighborhood

The  Annual Fall Work Day in Little Zilker Park is this Saturday morning, November 3rd, from 9am to noon.  Little Zilker Park is located next to Zilker Elementary School along Bluebonnet Lane (see below).
If you have questions – email: LittleZilker@gmail.com.

Remember to wear closed toe shoes.  Bring shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows, if you have them.  If not, we will have some available for use.

Coffee and pastries provided. 

More people means less work for all and a great improvement for the park.  Thank you and look forward to seeing you in the park.

– Friends of Little Zilker Park

Reminder: Tree Celebration Finale on March 3rd

Come on out and enjoy a park you may not have been to before near the Twin Oaks Library.
You can get a free red bud tree sapling and mulch and a book bag if you help mulch the trees at the park. The trees will thank you with their shade during our hot summer.
March 3 at 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Tree Celebration Finale @ Ricky Guerrero Park, 2006 S. Sixth St.
Bring the whole family to show some love for the trees at Ricky Guerrero Park. Join the Library and Parks Departments to mulch the park’s trees. There will be snacks, hands-on book and tree themed crafts for kids and adults. Everyone who attends will walk away with a free book bag, sapling and mulch. Austin Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry experts will be on hand to teach you how to care for your new tree-to-be. Additionally, turn in your Leaf for a Leaf frequent reader cards to be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes! You must be present to win.

Lovely Trees

I will soon be unveiling a project for at least – Kinney Avenue – or even better – the entire Zilker neighborhood. My project will involve trees, and this precursor post  is also about trees. Lovely Trees.

Picture of red bud trees surrounding a pond

by Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, NPS

In the New York Times delivered this morning, this is a wonderful photo series by Mitch Epstein called “How to See a Tree.” Check out the slideshow “Trees in an Urban Jungle.”

If you are interested in how Epstein made some of these photographs, there is also an interview with the photographer, Mitch Epstein, and Tree Stalker.

Enjoy!

Leaf for a Leaf … Reading and Tree Program

Let me begin by saying I saw a Red Bud tree blooming yesterday, February 7th, on Kerr St. I’ll let you do the roaming to find it. Red bud trees will be mentioned later in this post … but now to my topic!

Combining two of my favorite things in the world: reading and gardening – is the Leaf for a Leaf program sponsored by the Austin Public Library, TreeFoks, Austin Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry Program, and Austin Energy.

Attention tree lovers of all ages, the Leaf for a Leaf program promotes borrowing library books to reduce the number of trees that are cut down to make paper. Learn to improve the air we breathe, minimize environmental impact, and enhance your surroundings. The program celebrates trees in the late fall through the early winter because it is the best time to plant them in Central Texas. This year Leaf for a Leaf takes place from October 29 through March 3. Make sure to participate in our Leaf for a Leaf reading contest. Turn in a card at the Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 South Fifth Street, for every five books you read. The more you read, the better chance you have of winning a big prize. So what are you waiting for? Start reading a leaf for a leaf now!

Photo of reading log entry cardI saw a display in the Twin Oaks branch library today. It’s not too late to start keeping track of your reading to be entered into the final drawing for prizes. While I’m not 100% convinced by their premise to decrease the number of books printed and reduce trees cut down (how can I when my husband is a book publisher and author?), I am 100% supportive of checking out books at the library. In fact, I have been in a monthly book club for more than 4 years and I have never bought even one of the books for the monthly book club meetings. I am committed to getting my books from the library. Sometimes I check-out the actual book, sometimes an audio book version, and lately, a Kindle book version read on my iPad. Anyway, that’s enough about reading …

And now let’s turn to gardening. The finale event of Leaf for a Leaf is an event at Ricky Guerrero Park (click for map), which is located just south of the Twin Oaks Library. See the details below. At this event, not only can you help mulch trees at the park, it looks like you can also receive a free book bag, a red bud sapling (one of my favorite trees – I have planted 3 of them in the last year at my own house, though mine are not blooming yet), and mulch.

March 3 at 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Tree Celebration Finale @ Ricky Guerrero Park, 2006 S. Sixth St.
Bring the whole family to show some love for the trees at Ricky Guerrero Park. Join the Library and Parks Departments to mulch the park’s trees. There will be snacks, hands-on book and tree themed crafts for kids and adults. Everyone who attends will walk away with a free book bag, sapling and mulch. Austin Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry experts will be on hand to teach you how to care for your new tree-to-be. Additionally, turn in your Leaf for a Leaf frequent reader cards to be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes! You must be present to win.
This is your chance to also reap the benefits of all the reading you are doing. Turn in  your reading logs, and you’ll be entered into the drawing. See you there on March 3rd.

Arbor Day, October 29th – Get a free tree

Our wonderful library, Twin Oaks Library, is hosting an Arbor Day celebration tomorrow, October 29th, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. They will host tree-themed activities and everyone in attendance will receive a Redbud tree sapling. There’s nothing better than planting a tree on Arbor day.

Coincidentally, I just planted my third Mexican Redbud last week on my property. They are nice understory trees that get to be about 8-12 feet tall.

Have a happy Halloween and a shady Arbor Day.

How To Water a Tree (and know it has enough drink)

I found this video on tree watering tips to be very helpful, and I think I’ve been underwatering! Treat your trees and plants nicely – they are worth a lot of $! All you need is a screwdriver to figure it out.

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