Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

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

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Tending the Fall Habitat Garden (free workshop on 10/11)

OCTOBER 11 – Tending the Fall Habitat Garden

(9:30-11am) The class will cover fall maintenance, seed collection, and suggested plantings. After discussion, participants will be able to practice what they have learned in the garden and help with seed collecting.
Instructor: Judy Walther, Environmental Survey Consulting

Hope to see you there.

You must:

For a description of the full series (October-May) please click on the following link. http://www.nwf.org/South-Central-Region/temp_event_AUS_HabitatTalks.aspx

Plant Sale at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Oh my! I almost missed this!

If you are not attending ACL, this is a great sale to get plants or seeds (Native American Seed usually has a set up there).

Fall Plant Sale & Gardening Festival
Members Preview, October 12
Public Sale, October 13 and 14

With good recent rains, fall is a great time to add trees and other native plants to your garden. Come to “For the Love of Trees,” the Wildflower Center’s Fall Plant Sale & Gardening Festival and talk with experts about hundreds of species for sale and native grass alternatives for your lawn. Among the beautiful plant options available will be Texas ebony, Mexican silktassel and Alamo vine. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy guided walks in our Arboretum, the Butterfly Garden and other gardens. The Store features author signings, food sampling and more. The Little House has children’s story time at 1 p.m. both days, and kids can create eco-pots for the garden.

Friday’s Members Preview from 1 to 7 p.m. is for members and those who join or renew Center membership. Before Members Preview opens, get plant advice from Mr. Smarty Plants in the courtyard from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can also hear Ralph Yznaga talk about historic Texas trees in the Auditorium from 11 a.m. to noon. Yznaga will sign his book on this subject afterward in The Store from noon until 2 p.m. Bring your own wagon to the sale, if possible.

See Plant Sale details
View the developing list of native plant offerings

Beauty of Native Wildflowers, Trees, and Wildlife

Here’s an array of beautiful flowers from native plants that I planted in Fall 2010 or last summer 2011 despite the heat. Click on any picture and you’ll be taken to a slideshow with large images. You’ll see: prairie verbena (light purple, grown from seed planted a few months ago), Orchid Tree in bloom (white, planted last summer), winecup (purple, planted last summer), Mexican poppy (orange, wildflower mix planted from seed in fall 2010), emerging sunflower (planted last summer from seed), Indian Blanket (orange/red/yellow, planted from seed in fall 2010), and some red and blue wildflowers I have yet to identify. There’s also a Red Admiral (Vanessa Atalanta) butterfly which was hanging out on our red bud tree in bloom.

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