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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

March 21 - August 23 Exhibits “Alternate Views” and “Paper Sculptures” Open
Sculptor Roger Foster’s “Alternate Views” brings beautiful limestone “oculars” to the grounds through August 23. Shou Ping returns to the Center with her popular 3-D paper art (get them while they last), through May 31. Meet both artists during the Artists & Artisans Festival, March 21-22.
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May 30 - End of Summer “Wildflowers and Wax” Exhibit Opens @ the Store
The Art of Encaustic Painting. Beautiful Creations by Sarah St. Laurent. Opens May 30 for the entire summer at the store.
June 1 - August 23 Exhibit “Alternate Views” Sculptures
Sculptor Roger Foster’s “Alternate Views” brings beautiful limestone oculars to the grounds.
June 1 - August 31 Sprouts
The weekly Sprouts Preschool program is geared towards ages 2-6 and meets in the Little House. 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, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
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June 1 - August 31 Nature Play 
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, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
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June 6 - August 31 Exhibit “The Nature of Art”
Art from the Wildflower Center Collection at the McDermott Learning Center.
August 7-9 Texas Sales Tax Holiday @ the Store
Pay no tax on any apparel item under $100. Other items may qualify.
August 15-16 Pre-Inventory Book Sale @ the Store
Selected titles 20%-40% off. Limited stock.
August 22-23 Early Bird Seed Sale @ the Store
Wildflower planting time begins next month. Plan ahead and save 20% on wildflower seeds and mixes this Saturday and Sunday. Does not apply to grass seeds. (In-store special only; does not apply to phone, Internet orders. No holds, advance purchases.)
August 29-30 Store Closed for Inventory
September 2 - November 20 Sprouts
The weekly Sprouts Preschool program is geared towards ages 3-5 and meets in the Little House. 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, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
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September 5 Kids Art in Nature (painting) Class
Young artists will be introduced to artists Leonardo da Vinci and Frida Kahlo for self-portrait inspiration. After looking closely and sketching plants in the garden, each artist will paint a nature-filled self-portrait. 10am-12pm (6-8 years old) or 1pm-3pm (9-11years old). Taught by Sherri Jones.
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Sptember 5 - December 6 “Shou Ping: An Autumn Show” exhibit opens
Watercolor sculptures created by one of our visitors’ favorite artists. Through Dec. 6.
September 5 - December 22 Ken Moore’s “Bluebonnet Contemplations” exhibit opens
Oils on canvas, through December 22.
September 5-7 Labor Day Sidewalk Sale @ the Store
Gifts and decorative accessories plus apparel, priced to clear.
September 5 – November 21 Nature Play 
Come explore the Family Garden with guided activities led by experienced Nature Play Guides. Activities are inquiry based to allow you to guide your child’s learning. New activity each week. Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
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September 12 Go Native U: Native Plant Gardening Certificate Program Begins
Learn about garden design, native plants, installation and maintenancein this 6-class certificate series. Instructors: Various.
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September 12-13 Grandparents Day @ the Store
At the Store, all bird feeders are reduced 10% all weekend, and if you include a bird book, we’ll give you 20% off both the feeder and the book.
September 12 - January 31 Sun McColgin’s sculpture exhibit opens
Beautiful and thoughtful metal sculptures. Through January 31.
September 12 Family Yoga in the Garden
Yoga for all ages! Family yoga classes are one hour weekly sessions that are filled with songs, games and stories with yoga postures throughout. Taught by Liz Hudson. 10:30am-11:30am
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September 19 Family Yoga in the Garden
Yoga for all ages! Family yoga classes are one hour weekly sessions that are filled with songs, games and stories with yoga postures throughout. Taught by Liz Hudson. 10:30am-11:30am
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September 20 Austin Museum Day
As you celebrate museums and gardens throughout Austin, make the Wildflower Center one of your stops. We’ll have seeds for sale in the Store, planting demos, kid’s activities and book signings. Free admission. Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
September 26 Go Native U: Nature Photography
The wonderful natural setting found at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will provide an excellent teaching environment where students will learn the nuances of making superior images of nature. Instructor: Brian Loflin.
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September 26 Family Yoga in the Garden
Yoga for all ages! Family yoga classes are one hour weekly sessions that are filled with songs, games and stories with yoga postures throughout. Taught by Liz Hudson. 10:30am-11:30am
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September 27 Smithsonian Museum Day
Grab your free tickets online at Smithsonianmag.com/museumday and head to the Wildflower Center.
September 27 Moonlight Hikes
What better way to end the day than by spending it in nature soaking up the sights, sounds, and smells of the night? Join staff on a 3-mile guided walk through the gardens and the Arboretum. Note: event may be cancelled due to weather. Age Requirements for Class: 16 years of age and older.
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September 28 Moonlight Hikes
What better way to end the day than by spending it in nature soaking up the sights, sounds, and smells of the night? Join staff on a 3-mile guided walk through the gardens and the Arboretum. Note: event may be cancelled due to weather. Age Requirements for Class: 16 years of age and older.
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October 2 Bug Night Out
Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Wildflower Center at night and explore the many insects in our gardens! 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! Family-friendly. 6 – 9 p.m.
October 3-4 Gourdorama begins @ the Store
A full month of objects, decorations, and ornaments fashioned from gourds. Edible plants are the rage: ask us about our large selection of related books. Plus…2016 Calendars are here.
October 3 Family Yoga in the Garden
Yoga for all ages! Family yoga classes are one hour weekly sessions that are filled with songs, games and stories with yoga postures throughout. Taught by Liz Hudson. 10:30am-11:30am
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October 7 Go Native U: Sustainable Gardening Certificate Series Begins
Learn about soils, native plants, water and materials and other sustainable landscaping practices in this 5-class series. Instructor: Carly Shepherd & Lana Denkeler.
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October 9 Fall Native Plant Sale – Members Only Day
Fall is the BEST time to plant in Texas and members get first pick! Join us for our popular fall plant sale to find rare native plants for your home garden and see the Center in its fall colors. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. NEW HOURS
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October 10-11 Fall Native Plant Sale – Public Days
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. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. NEW HOURS
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October 17 Sweetest Day @ the Store
Sample our delicious toffee, reduced Saturday for your sweetie, along with scrumptious and beautiful Crispy Cakes.
October 17 Family Yoga in the Garden
Yoga for all ages! Family yoga classes are one hour weekly sessions that are filled with songs, games and stories with yoga postures throughout. Taught by Liz Hudson. 10:30am-11:30am
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October 18-24 Texas Native Plant Week
Celebrate Texas native plants all week with the Wildflower Center! We’ll be all over Austin and at the Center with great guided walks and activities. Explore the trees of Hyde Park, eat native plant-themed cookies at Quack’s Bakery, take a walk with us in Blunn and Onion Creeks, and learn about seed collecting. All these and much more. Check the web for days, times and registration.
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October 24 Kids Art in Nature (leaf rubbings) Class
Young artists will be introduced to Vincent Van Gogh as inspiration. Using a complimentary color palette, artists will create an oil pastel and watercolor leaf rubbing using texture found in the garden. 10am-12pm (6-8 years old) or 1pm-3pm (9-11years old). Taught by Sherri Jones.
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October 24-25 Halloween is coming @ the Store
We have signed copies of Kathi Appelt’s Bats Around the Clock, plus other bat-related books…after all, this is Austin!
October 26 Moonlight Hikes
What better way to end the day than by spending it in nature soaking up the sights, sounds, and smells of the night? Join staff on a 3-mile guided walk through the gardens and the Arboretum. Note: event may be cancelled due to weather. Age Requirements for Class: 16 years of age and older.
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October 27 Moonlight Hikes
What better way to end the day than by spending it in nature soaking up the sights, sounds, and smells of the night? Join staff on a 3-mile guided walk through the gardens and the Arboretum. Note: event may be cancelled due to weather. Age Requirements for Class: 16 years of age and older.
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October 31 Halloween
All Halloween Items reduced 25% in the Store. Join us for family fun on the grounds on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
October 31 Family Yoga in the Garden
Yoga for all ages! Family yoga classes are one hour weekly sessions that are filled with songs, games and stories with yoga postures throughout. Taught by Liz Hudson. 10:30am-11:30am
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November 1 Book Lover’s Day is Sunday @ the Store
Buy one book for full price; save 40% on a second, less expensive book, Sunday only.
November 7 Go Native U: Floral Silk Painting I
Learn the basic skills required to create beautiful floral silk paintings in this two-day class (3 hours each day, Nov. 6 & 7). The techniques are much simpler than you might think and the results are amazing! Instructor: Caitlin Hill.
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November 7 Tastings @ the Store
Have you tasted our cactus candy? How about salsa from the famous Jaime’s Spanish Village? Samples available Saturday from 1 - 3 pm. Do you know what a Swedish dishcloth is? We have these amazing items in 8 designs.
November 8 Go Native U: Floral Silk Painting II
The second class in a two-day series (Nov. 6 & 7) where you can learn the basic skills required to create beautiful floral silk paintings The techniques are much simpler than you might think and the results are amazing! Instructor: Caitlin Hill.
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November 14 Go Native U: Wildflower Watercolors
Texas wildflowers dance across the fields throughout the year. In this course, you will learn to really see the flowers as you observe, sketch and then bring them to life with watercolor. Instructor: Sue Kemp.
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November 14 Unveiling 2016 Wildflower Days™ art @ the Store
Art Prints will be available. Also, National Games & Puzzles Week begins, and ours are on special this weekend for 20% off.
November 21 Go Native U: Color Pencil Nature Drawing
Nature stirs the emotion and stimulates our need to interpret its beauty. You will work from “real life” using natural objects, or if weather permits you can draw in the Wildflower Center gardens. Instructor: Priscilla Humay.
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November 21 Kids Art in Nature (weaving) Class
Young artists will be introduced to a variety of weavings found in the Family Garden. After reading Weaving a Rainbow, by George Ella Lyon, each artist will create their own colorful weaving project on a cardboard loom. 10am-12pm (6-8 years old) or 1pm-3pm (9-11years old). Taught by Sherri Jones.
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Novermber 21-22 Pre-Holiday Special @ the Store
Throw out the Tupperware and aluminum foil. Silicone lids are the wave of future food storage. All designs are on special for two days at 20% off, just in time for holiday gift giving.
November 24 Moonlight Hikes
What better way to end the day than by spending it in nature soaking up the sights, sounds, and smells of the night? Join staff on a 3-mile guided walk through the gardens and the Arboretum. Note: event may be cancelled due to weather. Age Requirements for Class: 16 years of age and older.
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November 26 Thanksgiving. Closed.
The Wildflower Center will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.
November 27-29 Countdown to the Holidays begins @ the Store
The Store’s Black Friday Specials continue through the weekend. Reductions on holiday cards, ornaments and a special group of gifts. Crossbody Bags special shipment. Buy 1, Get 1 Free!
December 4-6 Save the Date! 25th Annual Wild Ideas Shopping Event
Free Admission. Holiday gifts, special sales, weekend vendors, signings and other special activities, including “The Silver Surprise.”

 

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