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Fall Native Plant Sale at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center – this weekend

Choose from nearly 300 species of hardy Texas native plants that thrive in our Central Texas climate, provide habitat for wildlife and can help make your garden look like Texas.


Friday, October 10, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

11:30 a.m.: Presentation by renowned Texas architect Ted Flato about his book “Lake-Flato Houses: Embracing the Landscape.” A signing will follow in the store until 2:00 p.m. Reserve your copy in advance by calling 512.232.0130.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Travis County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

Become a member today to take advantage of the Members-Only Sale!


Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All Day: Make Ecopots in the Courtyard.

11 a.m. – Noon: Drought-tolerant plants garden tour with Jackie O’Keefe, NPSOT.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Book signing for “On the Road with Texas Highways” with J. Griffis Smith.

Noon: Presentation by James Truchard, author of “Memories from a Hill Country Garden.” Signing follows until 2 p.m.

Noon – 4 p.m.: Texas Yaupon Tea sampling in the store with Maridel Martinez.

1 – 2 p.m.: Hill Country Ecology garden tour with the center’s Michelle Bertelsen.

2 – 3 p.m.: Deer-resistant plants garden tour with Patricia McGee, Capital Area Master Naturalists.

Sunday, October 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All Day: Make Ecopots in the Courtyard.

11 a.m. – Noon: Hill Country Ecology garden tour with Michelle Bertelsen.

Noon – 4 p.m.: Yaupon tea sampling with Maridel Martinez.

1 – 2 p.m.: Drought-tolerant plants garden tour with Jackie O’Keefe, NPSOT.

1 – 3 p.m.: Learn about seedballs from David Werth and Jolyn Piercy.

1 – 4 p.m.: Thomas Koschmieder in the store signs his “Common Tree & Shrub Leaves of Central Texas” guide.

Free Walk & Talk at LBJ Wildflower Center

Wish I could go to this free talk, but I work until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays! Hope y’all can make it!

Native Plants of Central Texas Walk & Talk at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Discover the beauty and benefits of Central Texas native plants with the Wildflower Center’s Director of Horticulture, Andrea DeLong-Amaya. This FREE program begins at 5:30 p.m. with an informative tour of the gardens to see colorful natives first hand. Then at 6:30 p.m.  hear a talk that covers the wide variety of native plants and why they are the best choice for Central Texas gardens.

When: October 17, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (FREE EVENT)
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX,     78739, Map- http://www.wildflower.org/visit/
What: Native Plants of Central Texas Walk & Talk with Andrea DeLong-Amaya
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Garden Walk (Meet in Courtyard)
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Native Plants of Central Texas Talk (Auditorium)

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.


Local preserve attracts an escaped buffalo (for real)

In a recent Statesman article, Buffalo roams in wildflower center’s preserve, the author describes how an escaped buffalo from a nearby ranch decided to hang out at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center’s property. This is one smart buffalo! Grass is precious these days with no rainfall and temperatures in the 100s everyday – cattle are even dying out on ranches.

Yet, at LBJ Wildflower Center, they’ve created areas that mimic what the land used to be like here – savannah. In the article, they are pretty happy to have the buffalo visit (perhaps it is a real-time “pat on the back” that their preserve has indeed created a natural habitat), despite the fact that they had to close the hiking trails there.

Workers at the center said they like to think their savannahlike restoration project is what attracted the bison to graze in the nature preserve this weekend.

The area where the animal is grazing is in the Mollie Steves Zachary Texas Arboretum , a 16-acre restoration project that will display different kinds of native grasses and trees in Central Texas, said Damon Waitt, senior director and botanist at the center.

“We just think it’s the coolest thing in the world that she’s choosing that part to hang out,” Waitt said. “The project is much like what Central Texas would have looked like when buffalo actually roamed 200 years ago.”

So imagine that: a buffalo, happy, hanging out in her circa-1811 turf in South Austin. Wouldn’t we be so lucky to build native landscapes where animals would take refuge? [OK, ok, our small city yards are not going to exactly contain a buffalo, but it’s fun to think of it!] Here she is:

Buffalo roams Wildflower Center Preserve


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