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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

August 30 - December 7 "Morphogenesis" by Barbara Attwell
In “Morphogenesis,” Attwell shows her fantastical, organic felted wool works that evoke plants, tentacles and caterpillars.
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August 30 - December 7 Cynthia Clerc Exhibit
Enjoy Clerc’s mixed media constructions glorifying nature in the Store.
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Saturday, September 27 Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
The Wildflower Center will offer free admission for folks participating in the Smithsonian Museum Live! program. You must get tickets online first at www.smithsonianmag.com to receive free admission.
Saturday, October 4 Bug Night Out
Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Wildflower Center at night and explore the many insects in our Family Garden! Come early and enjoy a bug-themed dinner in our Café and then stay for one of our guided flashlight tours. You can also explore the gardens on your own, but don’t forget to bring your own flashlight (the Store will be closed). We’ll also have several mercury light stations, which attract some of the coolest critters of the night! While you’re exploring, keep a look out for our Dirt Critter Exploration Station and our Night Time Pollination Station. 7pm-9pm
October 11 -12 Fall Native Plant Sale
Autumn is a great time to plant in Texas, because new plants have time to establish before the onset of spring. This year’s Member Preview on October 10 will feature hard-to-find native plants, staff on hand to answer questions, and a presentation by esteemed Texas architect Ted Flato. During the Public Sale October 11–12, grab plants for your garden, and join us for family activities, book signings, and walks in the garden.
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October 18 Discover Hibernation & Change
The Wildflower Center brings together experts and enthusiasts on the plant, insect and animal kingdoms for this fun hands-on learning event. Come see what nature is doing to prepare for winter, all while exploring the fun of our Family Garden. The UT SURGe group and 4-H Capital will be have fun activities about animal and insect behavior in fall. 10am - 2pm
October 19–25 Texas Native Plant Week
Celebrate the beauty of Texas native plants during Texas Native Plant Week. Native plant field guides will be 20 percent off this week at the Store. October 19–25
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Sunday, October 19 Texas Native Plant Week: Get to Know Your Native Grasses Walk & Talk
Fall is the season of grasses. They are amazing parts of our ecosystems and beautiful components of a well-planned garden, adding movement, soft structure, and wildlife habitat from fall through the winter. Get to know some of our native grasses on this wonderful tour through the garden with one of our grass experts. We’ll meet at the Courtyard Spring. 10am - 11am
Thursday, October 23 Texas Native Plant Week: Lady Bird Lake Walk and Talk
Explore Lady Bird Lake with experts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. We’re bringing our staff to the city, and will spend the hour identifying the plants around Lady Bird Lake and talking about Lady Bird Johnson’s impact on Austin’s landscape. Meet at Lady Bird Lake under the Mopac Bridge on the north end at the drinking fountains. If we need to cancel due to rain, we will notify through our Facebook page. 6pm - 7pm
Saturday, October 25 Nature Create
Enjoy putting together eco-friendly kids crafts using natural and recycled supplies. Make acorn nests, stencils and sunprints, using our light-sensitive paper to create a two-toned masterpiece. The Wildflower Center is also hosting an Edible Plants Walk & Talk for the grownups led by Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture. 10am - 2pm
Saturday, October 25 “Ding Bat” Signing
Evalen and John Cruzan sign “Ding Bat,” a children’s book, in the Store. 1–4 p.m. Halloween items will be reduced 25 percent. Saturday, October 25
Saturday, October 25 Texas Native Plant Week: Edible Natives Walk & Talk
So many of our native plants are edible, from Texas persimmon to American lotus and Blanco crabapple. Enjoy this tour of the Wildflower Center gardens with Andrea Delong-Amaya, director of horticulture, where you’ll learn about edible natives that you might find in your own backyard or greenbelt. We’ll meet at the Courtyard Spring. 1pm - 2pm
November 4 - 30 Photo Contest Display
Photographs from our annual contest on display in the McDermott Learning Center. Tuesday, November 4, through Sunday, November 30
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November 8 - 9 Wildflower Days™ 2015 Art Revealed
We’ll be introducing the official art for Wildflower Days™ 2015! Prints of the chosen art will be available the entire weekend for the first time. Saturday and Sunday, November 8–9
Sunday, November 23 Fibonacci Day
Fibonacci Day celebrates Fibonacci numbers and related spirals found in nature. Visit our Nature’s Spiral feature in the Family Garden and consider a book about spirals in nature in the Store. Sunday, November 23
November 27 Wildflower Center Closed
Thanksgiving Day, November 27
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November 28–30 Holiday Countdown Begins
Stop by our Store for discounts on holiday cards, ornaments and special gifts related to Black Friday. Saturday and Sunday, November 28–30

 

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