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Events Calendar

Seminars, sales, special events - there's always something going on at the Wildflower Center. To find out more about Wildflower Center events, sign up for the Wildflower Wire, our monthly email newsletter.

Upcoming Events

January 2 - May 31 Sun McColgin’s “Relics in the Field” Exhibit Continues
Steel Sculptures on the grounds.
January 2 – February 27 Nature Play Hour
Explore the Family Garden with a guided activity. This program is informal and led by experienced Nature Play Guides. Activities are inquiry based to allow you to guide your child’s learning. New activity each week. Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
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January 6 – February 26 Sprouts
The weekly Sprouts Preschool program is geared towards ages 3-5 and meets in the Little House. New theme each week. Themes and topics are age and seasonally appropriate. Please come dressed for the weather and don't forget your water bottle! Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 - 11 a.m.
January 9 – March 20 Crystal Orlando Exhibit
“Passion for Nature.” Extraordinary drawings in graphite and charcoal on paper at the McDermott Learning Center.
January 9 – May 29 Art Print Exhibit & Sale @ the Store
Judy Paul’s “Sky House” exhibit of watercolor prints.
February 1–28 Member Appreciation Month!
We love our members. Members receive discounts at the Wildflower Center and local partners throughout the month of February.
February 13 Wild Families: Connect
Wild Families is a new family nature club that will explore different topics and areas of the Wildflower Center each season. For the winter, families will connect with nature by searching the Arboretum for items in nature that connect to household items. Designed for parents and their children ages 3-16 years of age. Free for members at the family level and higher. Saturday 1 – 3 p.m.
Call (512) 232-0122 to register
February 13-14 Unadvertised specials for your sweetie @ the Store
Small Valentines surprise with each purchase. Plus a final clearance on men’s winter apparel.
February 20-21 First Annual Children’s Book Fair
Meet children’s authors and enjoy children’s activities and learning opportunities. Regular admission prices apply. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.
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February 21 Moonlight Hike
Explore the grounds of the Wildflower Center on 3-mile guided walks under the light of the moon. Guides will highlight the history of the Wildflower Center, chosen points of interest and seasonal highlights. Ages: 16 years and older. 7 – 9 p.m. Register at wildflower.org/classes.
February 22 Moonlight Hike
Explore the grounds of the Wildflower Center on 3-mile guided walks under the light of the moon. Guides will highlight the history of the Wildflower Center, chosen points of interest and seasonal highlights. Ages: 16 years and older. 7 – 9 p.m. Register at wildflower.org/classes.
February 27-28 Spring Preview @ the Store
Introducing 2016 Wildflower Days™ T-shirts and art prints, plus selected new spring apparel at 10 percent this weekend.
March 2 – May 27 Sprouts
The weekly Sprouts Preschool program is geared towards ages 3-5 and meets in the Family Garden. New program theme each week. Themes and topics are age and seasonally appropriate. Please come dressed for the weather and don't forget your water bottle! Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m.
Learn more
March 5 – May 28 Nature Play Hour
Come explore the Family Garden with a guided activity from 10 - 11 a.m. This program is informal and led by experienced Nature Play Guides. Activities are inquiry based to allow you to guide your child’s learning. New activity each week. Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
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March 5-6 Annual Bluebonnet Preview @ the Store
Ten percent off selected bluebonnet gifts and apparel. Our 2016 Wildflower Days™ T-Shirts are now in.
March 5-11 Annual Volunteer Appreciation Sale @ the Store
A flat 20% off any purchase for Wildflower Center volunteers who show their nametags. Thirty percent off for volunteers who are also members.
March 12-13 Taylor Bruce signs his new and unusual Austin guide @ the Store.
From 1 to 3 pm Saturday. We'll also have a Spring Break Sale. A special group of sunglasses and hats are 20% off plus a Children's Department Sale: selected items priced at 30% off.
March 14 Wildflower Days™
This is how we celebrate Spring at the Wildflower Center, by opening 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. from March 14 to May 31. Celebrate the bounty of nature, play in the Family Garden, take wildflower photos for your holiday cards, shop at the Store and have lunch at the Café.
March 18 Flashlight Friday
Grab the family and head outdoors to explore the sights and sounds of the night. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. All family members welcome ages 5 and up. Friday, 7:30-9 p.m.
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March 19-20 Artist & Artisans Festival
Take a break from SXSW crowds and join us to enjoy early spring blooms and purchase unique arts and crafts from local vendors during this annual festival. Featuring artists George Boutwell, Lisa Leal and Charles Allen, plus more than 20 vendors. More at wildflower.org/artisans.
March 20 Friend or Foe Insect Walk
Who's been lurking in our gardens? Join the Wildflower Center's volunteer entomologist on a guided exploration to see what insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and more are making the gardens their home. Bring a camera to take photographs. Sunday, 9 – 11 a.m. Hike is for ages 16 years and older. Fee: $15.00/person.
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March 22 Moonlight Hike
Explore the grounds of the Wildflower Center on this 3 mile guided walk under the light of the moon.  The guide will highlight the history of the Wildflower Center, chosen points of interest, and seasonal highlights. Ages: 16 years and older. Tuesday, 8 – 10 p.m.
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March 23 They're Everywhere! Addressing the Invasive Species Threat
Hello invasive species, goodbye Texas! Learn about the threat that invasive species pose to our natural areas and how you can help address this threat. Gain valuable identification skills to identify several species important to Texas. Wednesday, 6 –9 p.m.
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March 23 Moonlight Hike
Explore the grounds of the Wildflower Center on this 3 mile guided walk under the light of the moon.  The guide will highlight the history of the Wildflower Center, chosen points of interest, and seasonal highlights. Ages: 16 years and older. Wednesday, 8 –10 p.m.
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March 26 Family Wildflower Cave Tour
Explore Wildflower Cave with caving experts from the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department. Discover the animals that make the cave their home. Learn about the Edward's Aquafer and find out the path water flows through the cave. This tour is for adults with children 10 years and older. Saturday, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
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March 26 – April 16 Native Plant Gardening Certificate Series
Looking for a new approach to gardening? This series is your one stop shop for planning and installing a beautiful landscape that makes native plants work for you. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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March 26 – May 31 "Colors of Spring" Exhibit
Shou Ping is back with her paper sculptures through May 31.
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March 26-27 Easter Weekend Seed Sale
Visit our Popup Seed Store to purchase your wildflower and grass seeds. Save $10 on each 2 lb. bag of Habiturf™ (3 bag limit).
April 1 April Fools Surprise!
One day only, huge reductions on three of our most popular items!
April 2-3 The Colors of Spring @ the Store
The Colors of Spring often appear in our foods! On Saturday, Nicole Telkes signs Medicinal Plants of Texas, 1 to 4 pm. She'll lead a walk beforehand, at noon. And Tiffany Harelik is here on Sunday, signing The Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook: Austin, as well as the Big Bend Cookbook from 1 to 4 pm.
April 6 Increasing Native Abundance through Permaculture
Would you like to save water but keep a beautiful lawn or garden space?  Discover how native plants can be used with permaculture. Wednesday, 6 – 9 p.m.
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April 8-10 Spring Native Plant Sale
Join us for our popular spring plant sale to find rare native plants for your home garden and see the Center in all its spring glory. The most comprehensive native plant sale in Austin has been helping Texans create beautiful, wildlife-friendly gardens for more than 10 years. Join us to buy plants, take garden tours and learn from experts. More at wildflower.org/plantsale Members Only Sale: Friday, April 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Public Sale: Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 10 Friend or Foe Insect Walk
Who's been lurking in our gardens? Join the Wildflower Center's volunteer entomologist on a guided exploration to see what insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and more are making the gardens their home. Bring a camera to take photographs. Sunday, 9 – 11 a.m.
Learn more
April 16 Wildflower Keepsakes - Part 1
In this 2-part class, learn how to cut, dry, and press wildflowers.  Select and identify native wildflowers to cut and press using a plant press. In the second part of the class learn how to lay out the dried plants for either a plant specimen or decorative arrangement. Course is limited to 5 participants.  Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (April 16 & May 21)
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April 16-17 Pollinator Inspired Sale @ the Store
Pollinators are important to our lives. Shop our selection of butterfly and other pollinator books for adults and children, including Monarch Magic. All 10% off this weekend. The Wildflower Center is a new Monarch Joint Venture partner.
April 17 Author Michael Barnes @ the Store.
Michael Barnes signs his fabulous new book, Indelible Austin, from 1 to 4 pm.
April 20 Moonlight Hike
Explore the grounds of the Wildflower Center on this 3 mile guided walk under the light of the moon.  The guide will highlight the history of the Wildflower Center, chosen points of interest, and seasonal highlights. Ages: 16 years and older. Wednesday, 8 –10 p.m.
Learn more
April 21 Moonlight Hike
Explore the grounds of the Wildflower Center on this 3 mile guided walk under the light of the moon.  The guide will highlight the history of the Wildflower Center, chosen points of interest, and seasonal highlights. Ages: 16 years and older. Thursday, 8 –10 p.m.
Learn more
April 23 Native Plants of Central Texas
Dive deep into the world of Texas native plants. Learn the basics of plant identification including how to use a plant key. Take your newly obtained skills outdoors to identify plants in the gardens. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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April 23-24 Earth Day sales @ the Store
To celebrate Earth Day weekend, all ecology books are 10% off. On Saturday, Rick Van Dyke is here with his beautiful pots and plant, 10 am to 4 pm. We'll also have signed copies of Mark Gustafson's book, A Naturalist's Guide to the Texas Hill Country, available for purchase.
April 24 Landscape Design Studio
Building upon the introductory class "Native Plant Gardening: Landscape Design," this course will allow you to take the principles and skills you acquired and apply them in a studio environment. Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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April 29 Floral Design with Natives
Bring the beauty of native wildflowers into your home. Learn how to make a simple yet beautiful arrangement using native blooms and other plant materials. Discover the best native plants for arrangements along with techniques on how and when to cut them. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
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April 30 Nature/Wildflower Photography
Use the lens of your camera to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens of the Wildflower Center. Learn skills and techniques to capture nature at its best. Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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April 30 - May 1 National Arbor Day @ the Store
All tree books are 10% off this weekend. Visit our Pop-Up Seed Store on Saturday! On Saturday, Artist Anna Lisa Leal will sign your Wildflower Days art print and T-shirt from 1 to 4 pm. And checkout our buy-two-get-the-third-free jewelry display for Mom (Mother's Day is the following weekend).
April 30 – May 30 "Texas Highways Photography" Annual Show
Explore phenomenal images from across Texas during Texas Highways magazine annual photo exhibit. A perennial favorite. Through May 30.
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May 1 Landscape Design Studio
Building upon the introductory class "Native Plant Gardening: Landscape Design," this course will allow you to take the principles and skills you acquired and apply them in a studio environment. Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Learn more
May 2-8 National Wildflower Week
Celebrate the beauty of wildflowers with the Wildflower Center. Join a wildflower walk and learn about the variety of native wildflowers that beautify not only the Wildflower Center but the highways and natural area throughout Central Texas.
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May 2-8 National Wildflower Week @ the Store
To celebrate, all wildflower field guides are 10% off all week.
May 6 Spring Gala
Join us for Austin's most beautiful garden party with twinkling garden lights, catering by Four Seasons, laughter with friends and a silent auction to benefit our critical programs to conserve native plants, educate people about the importance of plants and landscapes, and restore healthy landscapes. Tickets at wildflower.org/gala.
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May 7 Wildflower Watercolors
Bring wildflowers to life on paper using watercolors. Let nature inspire your drawing by using live flowers and gardens as your guide. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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May 7 Girls Scouts: Plant a Wildflower
Celebrate National Wildflower Week at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and learn about the wildflowers that beautify our landscapes. Join a wildflower hike and learn how to identify wildflowers. Make a seed ball filled with various wildflower seeds to take home and plant in your own yard. Saturday, Daisy, Brownie & Junior: 9:30 –10:30 a.m. Cadette, Senior & Ambassadors: 10:30am- 12 p.m. Register through the Girl Scouts of Central Texas
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May 7-8 Mother's Day @ the Store
Sunday is Mother's Day. On Saturday, meet Zodax representative David Autry, who will show the perfect gift for mom, porcelain diffusers with delightful fragrances. Noon to 3 pm.
May 14 & 15 Floral Silk Painting
Create a piece of wearable art. Learn how to create a beautiful floral silk painting using silk dyes and white silk scarves. Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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May 14 Wild Families: Bloom
Wild Families is a new family nature club that will explore different topics and areas of the Wildflower Center each season. For the spring, families will explore the gardens filled with wildflowers in full bloom. Together they will learn how to identify wildflowers by their colors, flower shape, leaves, and size. The program is designed for parents and their children ages 3-16 years of age. Fee: This program is free for members at the family level and higher. Saturday, 1 – 3 p.m.
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May 14 Pop-Up Seed Sale
Visit our Pop-Up Seed Store to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Luci & Ian Family Garden. Kathi Appelt and Joy Fisher Hein will sign copies of Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers, 1 to 4 pm. and selected children's apparel will be reduced for the weekend.
May 15 Friend or Foe Insect Walk
Who's been lurking in our gardens? Join the Wildflower Center's volunteer entomologist on a guided exploration to see what insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and more are making the gardens their home. Bring a camera to take photographs. Sunday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Learn more
May 19 Moonlight Hike
Explore the grounds of the Wildflower Center on this 3 mile guided walk under the light of the moon.  The guide will highlight the history of the Wildflower Center, chosen points of interest, and seasonal highlights. Ages: 16 years and older. Thursday 8 – 10 p.m.
Learn more
May 21 Wildflower Keepsakes - Part 2
In this 2-part class, learn how to cut, dry, and press wildflowers.  Select and identify native wildflowers to cut and press using a plant press. In the second part of the class learn how to lay out the dried plants for either a plant specimen or decorative arrangement. Course is limited to 5 participants.  Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (April 16 & May 21)
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May 21 Color Pencil Nature Drawing
Interpret the beauty of nature using color pencils. Learn a variety of techniques from basic to refine. Improve drawing skills while focusing on exploring colors. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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May 21-22 Jute Rug Special!
May 21-22 Jute Rug Special! Entire stock, various designs and sizes – 30% off.
May 28-29 Annual Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale
Drastically reduced gifts, apparel and our annual T-shirt clearance. On Saturday, Taylor Bruce signs his Austin guide and John H. Slate signs Lost Austin, from 11 am to 2 pm.
May 30 Memorial Day @ the Store
Open 9 to 5. Sidewalk Sale continues at the Store.

 

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