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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
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!
Hancock resident
NWF Habitat Steward
Picture of native plants in pots on rack

Natives potted up

Hummingbird talk

I received this notice for a talk, which sounds like it will be amazing. Great to get back into your garden!

Here Come the Hummingbirds!

Sun, 03/30/2014 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Texans enjoy a wealth of hummingbirds and Austin is no exception. With a little care, people in Austin can provide a safe, welcoming home for these avian wonders that will result in a natural spectacle that can be enjoyed year round. Come and learn how to attract and support these beautiful creatures with native landscaping and habitat protection.

Mark Klym is coordinator of the Texas Hummingbird Roundup and Texas Wildscapes programs at Texas Parks and Wildlife. He grew up just across the international border in Canada where he developed a love for the outdoors – spending time fishing, birding and hiking. His special interest in hummingbirds developed early, when he found a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird exploring the plants in his grandfather’s greenhouse.

Mark received baccalaureate degrees in Biological Science and in Fisheries &Wildlife Management from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste Marie, MI. He followed the hummingbirds to Texas in 1999 to work with Texas Parks and Wildlife. He is coauthor “Hummingbirds of Texas” by Texas A&M Press, editor of the Eye on Nature and Texas Hummer Newsletters and author or editor of several booklets and publications from TPWD.


First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Pubic Affairs Forum, Green Sanctuary Committee

Contact Information

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin

4700 Grover

Austin, TX 78756

Grow Green Homeowner’s Landscape Training (Free)


Want to attend a free garden tour, learn about native plants from experts, and get to swap plants? Here’s the event for you, and it’s free. It’s the 2012 Grow Green Homeowner’s Landscape Training. Grow Green is a City of Austin group that helps homeowners make good choices for landscaping.

Here are all the details – be sure to pre-register.

Thursday, October 18, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Join the City of Austin Grow Green team for our FREE homeowner’s landscape training. In celebration of Texas Native Plant Week this event will also include a native plant swap and tours of the One Texas Center (OTC) demonstration gardens led by landscape architects.The event is free, but attendees must pre-register here

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6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m – Drop off plants for plant swap

6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Gardens of One Texas Center Tour – meet in front of OTC (Tours will be led by John Gleason and Darcy Nuffer – both are landscape architects who designed gardens at OTC)

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Growing Green: Earth-wise Maintenance Strategies – Denise Delaney, Watershed Protection Department, Grow Green

Learn the most important things to do to make your landscape earth-wise, low maintenance, healthy and water-conserving. Plus pick up free landscape design, installation and maintenance resource materials designed to help you be successful with your gardening endeavors.

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Gardening for Wildlife Habitat – Erin Cord, Parks & Recreation Department, Wildlife Austin

As our city grows wildlife habitats are being altered. Wildlife Austin can help you create a vibrant landscape habitat haven where butterflies, songbirds and other wildlife can find what they need to keep calling Austin home. Learn how you can turn your backyard into a National Wildlife Federation habitat and join the nearly 2000 Austin homes, schools and public areas that are already certified.

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – WaterWise Landscape Rebate Program – Christopher Charles, Austin Water, Water Conservation

WaterWise Landscape refers to landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Major water savings can be made by converting your healthy turf grass to native plant beds and permeable hardscape. Residential properties may receive $25 for every 100 sq. ft. converted. Get details on program eligibility, the process and requirements.

8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Plant Swap

Plant Swap Details:

*All Texas native plants and also adapted plants that are listed in the Grow Green Native & Adapted Plant Guide will be accepted

*Seedlings only, no seeds

*Plants should be labeled (both common and Latin name is preferable but plants will be accepted with just one name)

*Plants should be dropped off between 6:00 p.m.- 6:15 p.m. at a table in front of the OTC. Look for Grow Green staff and tables with lots of plants.

*Homeowners who drop off a plant(s) will be given a numbered raffle ticket. If you are attending the plant swap but did not bring a plant to share then you will get a numbered ticket after all of the plants have been dropped off.

*After the garden tours and talks by landscape experts, homeowners will re-group in front of OTC at 8:30 p.m. for the plant swap. Plants will be selected based on individuals raffle ticket number. Once everyone has one plant then the rest of the plants will be freely distributed between the group.

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One Texas Center (OTC) – 505 Barton Springs Road, see map.


Free parking is available in the OTC Parking garage on the East side of the building.


Denise Delaney, 974-2581, denise.delaney@austintexas.gov


Free entrance to LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center this Sunday

Sunday September 23, 2012

Austin Museum Day at Wildflower Center – The Wildflower Center offers kids a chance to talk with women scientists about their careers and free admission in honor of Austin Museum Day. Women scientists will be inside the Visitors’ Gallery from 2 to 4 PM for this Women In Science event. The grounds will be open 9 AM to 5 PM with docent-led tours at 10 AM and 1 PM, and seed planting demos at 11 AM, 1 and 3 PM. There will be activities in the Little House from 11 AM to noon, and a store book signing of “Bloomin’ Tales” will occur starting at 1 PM. Call (512) 232-0100 for more info.


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.

May 6th: FREE Visits to Public Gardens – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Friday, May 6 is Public Gardens Day! You can visit Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for free. By clicking on the link, you can download two tickets to visit the gardens on Friday, May 6th. Consider an early Mother’s Day outing (and an economical one, at that!).

Bummed because you have to work on Fridays (like most people)? The wildflower center is open from 9-5:30. Perhaps, you could leave a bit early and head out there for a quick walk around 4:00 pM.

Traveling on May 6th? No worries – there are a lot of public gardens that are participating in Public Gardens Day. You can access your two free tickets via Better Homes and Gardens to download a voucher for two free public admissions @ BHG.com/freegarden. In Texas, there are participating gardens in the following cities: Fort Davis, Weatherford, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Austin, Orange, and Corpus Christi. There are even more throughout the United States. If you use the BHG site to get your ticket vouchers, please notice the default checkmarks on the right side of the page that subscribe you a garden and recipe newsletter – uncheck those boxes if you do not want to receive those newsletters. If you don’t want to give your information to BHG, then just go directly to the participating garden’s website or call them for more information.

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