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Black Gold
Last week’s “burn week" was the largest prescribed burn in the Wildflower Center’s history: 61 acres ablaze in two days.

Published: 2014-10-08
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Press Play
Spend your family summer “playcation” at the Wildflower Center.

Published: 2014-06-02
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Good Texas Wildflower Season
2014 Wildflower Displays Many see first signs of Texas wildflowers of expected good season

Published: 2014-03-06
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Get Those Pests
Citizen scientists tackle invasive species

Published: 2014-03-03
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Perfect Site
Landscape projects with urban impact are certified by SITES™ program

Published: 2014-02-18
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Higher Learning
Wildflower Center ecologists envision a more sustainable university campus

Published: 2014-01-21
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Pardon our Green Roof Dust
Wildflower Center visitors in upcoming months will see work under way on Robb's Roost above the café. This space halfway up the San Antonio Tower will soon provide an intimate look at a Southwestern style green roof designed with sustainability in mind.

Published: 2014-01-02
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WELL-SITED
SITES™ program certifies three new sustainable landscapes

Published: 2013-12-16
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A Family Affair
Hundreds of native plants were installed in the Nectar Garden with the help of dozens of volunteers, and will draw spring guests into the new Luci and Ian Family Garden when it opens.

Published: 2013-12-02
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Licensed to Grow
Native Lawn Sod License means sod available next spring to install Habiturf native lawn

Published: 2013-11-01
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On a Mission
Wildflower Center ecologists help restore San Antonio riverbanks

Published: 2013-10-21
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A Life of Its Own
Homeowners can learn how to create eco-friendly yards using Landscape for Life materials.

Published: 2013-09-30
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Land of Plenty
Wildflower Center Consulting and Research director says design should follow nature

Published: 2013-09-03
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Lawn Legislation
Texas bill allows residents to consider native plants, grasses for front yards

Published: 2013-09-03
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Oh, What A Site
SITES project participants talk sustainable landscape certification

Published: 2013-08-27
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Trailblazers
Center conservationists look after their Texas neighbors: native endangered plant species

Published: 2013-08-01
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Keeping Texas Native
Wildflower Center trains Austin volunteers to survey invasive plants

Published: 2013-07-03
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Botany by Canoe
Center botanists survey Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River

Published: 2013-06-24
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Nature Nights
Adventures, creatures, experts, and more—there's plenty to discover at the Center's summer series on Central Texas nature topics

Published: 2013-06-03
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Family Circle
Our new family garden will offer children a chance to do what comes naturally

Published: 2013-05-20
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Give Your Regards
National Wildflower Week honors nature’s bounty

Published: 2013-05-01
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Living Urban Legend
Bush Presidential Center campus showcases North Texas native plant communities

Published: 2013-04-15
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April 2013 Wildflower Forecast
Intermittent Rains Benefit Texas' Late Spring, Summer Wildflower Blooms

Published: 2013-04-09
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Inspired Sites
SITES certifies four new landscapes

Published: 2013-03-21
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2013 Wildflower Forecast
Center Gardens, Roadways Start to Showcase Blooms

Published: 2013-03-01
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Nipping Gardening Worries in the Bud
Nipping Gardening Worries in the Bud

Published: 2013-02-28
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Environmental Award Nominations Sought
Help honor Lady Bird Johnson by suggesting environmentalists to receive award

Published: 2013-02-19
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What a Site
Sustainable home landscaping attracts international attention

Published: 2013-02-18
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Restoring Lost Pines
Center to Grow 700,000 Loblollies for Wildfire Recovery

Published: 2013-02-01
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Keep Texas Beautiful
Wildflower Center Partners with Keep Texas Beautiful

Published: 2013-01-22
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January Free Admission
Come visit our winter gardens!

Published: 2013-01-02
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Natural Wonder
Centennial Celebrations Honor Lady Bird

Published: 2012-12-02
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Nuclear Energy
Volunteer Paul Reinartz Breaks all the Records

Published: 2012-11-19
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Conservation Funds Awarded
Center Distributes Endangered Plant, Animal Grants

Published: 2012-11-01
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Stamp of Approval
New Postal Stamp Honors Lady Bird Johnson

Published: 2012-10-22
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Beautiful Biodiversity
Butterfly Garden 10th Anniversary Commemorated

Published: 2012-10-01
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Site This
The Sustainable Sites Initiative Certifies Eight More Landscapes

Published: 2012-09-17
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Waiting Game
Center Hosts New Endangered Plants In Need Of Homes

Published: 2012-09-04
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In The Line of Fire
Center Conservationists Survey Island Vegetation Despite Looming Wildfire

Published: 2012-08-21
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Tree Seedlings Prepped for Bastrop Residents
UT Grad Student Taps Center Experts, Facilities to Grow Pines

Published: 2012-08-01
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Road Block
How the Wildflower Center works to stop invasive species in their tracks.

Published: 2012-06-18
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Mindful Metamorphosis
Mindful Metamorphosis Summer Nature Nights engage youth in fun, informative ways

Published: 2012-06-03
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The Show Isn’t Over
Cool, wet spring brings blooms aplenty in Center’s new, established features

Published: 2012-06-01
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The making of the Texas Arboretum
Find out what it took to create Texas' largest native plant arboretum

Published: 2012-05-21
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Johnson Family Treasures
All proceeds from auctioning over 120 Lady Bird, LBJ artifacts and personal items to benefit Wildflower Center.

Published: 2012-05-01
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Want to wreck your wildflowers?
Our experts tell you the mistakes people make that wreck their wildflowers.

Published: 2012-04-24
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Nothing to Sneeze At
Low-Allergy Gardening: Selecting plants wisely, using other approaches reduces allergy woes

Published: 2012-04-02
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Texas-Sized Blooms
Recent showers mean a handsome show of Texas wildflowers in much of the state

Published: 2012-03-19
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Protecting Ash Trees
Wildflower Center conserves ash tree seeds and assists in detecting pests

Published: 2012-03-19
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Recent Rains Benefit Spring Wildflowers
Rains since last fall help blooms in Center gardens, roadways in parts of Texas

Published: 2012-03-01
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Let’s Do Lunch
Education goes virtual at the Wildflower Center with its first webinar

Published: 2012-02-20
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The Lady Bird we Knew...
100th anniversary of Mrs. Johnson's birth commemorated by friends, followers

Published: 2012-02-01
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WHAT A SITE
Nation's first certified sustainable landscapes

Published: 2012-01-25
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Hope for Lost Pines
Tree nursery at Wildflower Center helps restore pines after wildfires

Published: 2011-12-19
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Fall Color
Bruce Leander shows how he made leaves pose for his camera, and gives detailed advice to photographers and camera buffs who may want to create this effect.

Published: 2011-12-01
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A Site to Behold
Sustainable Sites Initiative™ is a model for federal agencies creating sustainable landscapes

Published: 2011-11-22
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HABITURF™: A Sustainable Lawn Solution
Native grasses revive lawns Newly developed turfgrass requires less water, mowing.

Published: 2011-11-01
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Winterize Your Garden
Wherever you live, It's time to prepare your garden for winter.

Published: 2011-10-17
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Greenery Provides Refuge for Animals
With Texas' drought,animals enjoy our native plant "watering hole"

Published: 2011-10-03
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It Was So Hot in Texas
Plant sale showcases drought-tolerant plants

Published: 2011-09-19
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Texas Ferns Cross Atlantic
With guidance from the Wildflower Center's Michael Eason, ferns from the Chihuahuan desert are being propagated for display at a Scottish botanic garden.

Published: 2011-09-02
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You Came Through
You did it! Your speedy and generous support helped us fill a substantial hole in our budget.

Published: 2011-09-01
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We're halfway there
You heard us! Since we asked for your help on August 10th, you've contributed more than $50,000 — half of the $100,000 we need to raise before August 31. Thank you! Thank you!

Published: 2011-08-26
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Nature all around you
Keeping connections to nature strong after kids go back to school.

Published: 2011-08-15
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URGENT! We Need Your Help
Central Texas has been hit by record-breaking heat and drought. We need your help.

Published: 2011-08-12
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Sheltering Your Greenery
Plants can’t move. Help them out with mulch and more.

Published: 2011-07-11
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Taking Over
Invasive plant plagues Texas and Louisiana

Published: 2011-07-06
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Helping Plants Handle Summer Heat
Watering wisely helps greenery handle high temperatures

Published: 2011-07-01
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Updated Wildflower Forecast
Drought Dampens Spring Blooms, But Decent Summer Show Still Possible

Published: 2011-06-24
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In the Palm of Your Hand
New garden signage connects you to plant details, garden features, podcasts and more—with a web-enabled smart phone.

Published: 2011-06-01
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High Functioning Landscapes
How landscapes function is as essential as how they look

Published: 2011-05-25
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Stepping Out
Garden touring can help open your mind to a newer, greener garden

Published: 2011-04-05
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Texas Arboretum
With contributions of money, labor, equipment and trees, the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum is becoming a reality

Published: 2011-04-01
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First Wildflower Forecast
Wildflower Weather Woes Early bloomers have begun flowering, but rain soon would help spring show

Published: 2011-03-08
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Landscape Redux
Tips to creating healthier lawns and gardens

Published: 2011-02-22
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Coming this Spring
English style meets Texas climate in the Texas Mixed Border, the newest addition to our Homeowner Inspiration Gardens.

Published: 2010-12-20
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Best Wishes for 2011
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Wildflower Center

Published: 2010-12-14
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Workdays of Giving
Corporate volunteers bring teamwork, passion to Center projects

Published: 2010-11-22
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The Scourge of Central Texas Residents
What are cedar trees anyway and why do they hate us?

Published: 2010-11-18
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Trial by Fire
What’s happening here? Why are these people setting fire to our meadow?

Published: 2010-10-27
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Gardens Unleashed
Even if you hire a garden designer or horticulturist to help you, the design process has to be mostly about you.

Published: 2010-10-19
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The Fauna Project
Center Volunteer Categorizes Wildlife through Camera Lens

Published: 2010-10-10
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Texas Folklife Yard Show
A spirit house, bottle tree and other yard art entertain Center visitors this fall.

Published: 2010-08-25
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Mr(s). Smarty Plants Joins Wildflower Hour
Previously an enigmatic figure who hid behind his computer, Mr. Smarty Plants has gone live on the air. Hear him (her?) on the Wildflower Hour.

Published: 2010-07-29
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Lady Bird Tribute
Mrs. Johnson's environmental awareness inspired a deep interest in conservation and beautification.

Published: 2010-07-16
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The Work of Eagles
The Eagles are at it again. Two Scouts, Matt Lopez and Grayson Henry, put 631 hours into their Eagle Scout projects at the Wildflower Center.

Published: 2010-07-01
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NPIN goes Mobile
You’re out in the field with only your cell phone, and you want to identify wildflowers. We can help!

Published: 2010-05-28
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Remarkable Design
Extraordinary images highlight seeds' complex beauty

Published: 2010-05-03
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Loving our Landscapes
Celebrate Earth Day with eco-friendly tips from the Wildflower Center

Published: 2010-04-20
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Spectacular Spring Wildflowers
Spectacular display of bluebonnets and other native plants has begun as temperatures climb. Take our Wildflower Quiz

Published: 2010-04-01
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First Wildflower Forecast
Bountiful bluebonnets, other wildflowers expected after good fall, winter rains.

Published: 2010-02-25
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Timesharing with Texas Native Plants
Garden looking grim? Director of Horticulture Andrea DeLong-Amaya tells you how to make your native plant garden look great all year.

Published: 2010-02-12
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New Interactive Visitors Exhibit
A contemporary new exhibit trumpets beauty while introducing visitors to the center and describing why the center’s mission matters.

Published: 2010-01-23
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Round Up Those Trees!
Here’s how you can help count and preserve Austin's urban forest.

Published: 2009-12-01
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Saving Texas Landscapes
Plant conservationists Michael Eason and Minnette Marr celebrate their role in preserving seeds from 10 percent of world’s wild native plants.

Published: 2009-11-03
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Friend or Foe?
If you’re like
most gardeners, your least favorite part of gardening is managing problems like pests, disease and weeds.

Published: 2009-10-03
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Pollinator Preservation
Horticulturalist Deryn Davidson's experiment in raising two bee colonies at the Wildflower Center is more than just a hobby.

Published: 2009-08-24
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Surviving Summer’s Dog Days
Proper watering, use of local native plants among tips for thriving summer gardens.

Published: 2009-07-31
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The Work of Eagles
Logan Carl Thomas’ stockade fence is just one of three Eagle Scout projects done this year at the Wildflower Center.

Published: 2009-07-27
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Native Touch
You can create beautiful floral arrangements all year long. Good design and proper care are important in making masterpieces.

Published: 2009-06-18
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A Word About Our Co-Founder
Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hayes was 81 when she partnered with Lady Bird Johnson to found the Wildflower Center.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Thriving Volunteer Community
Wildflower Center volunteers dedicate themselves to helping others connect to nature, while also building a sense of connection to one another.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Monarchs and milkweed:  A critical team
Each fall, a dazzling natural phenomenon occurs throughout North America as millions of monarch butterflies make their migration for the winter to Mexico and California from areas of the northern United States and Canada.

Published: 2009-06-18
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See the Secret Residents
You may think the Wildflower Center is all about flowers— and it is. But there are many other residents as well, and master photographer Bruce Leander has captured them on film. View Slideshow

Published: 2009-06-18
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Celebración of Native Plants
The October Nature Night will include an unveiling of the Center’s new Spanish language material as visitors learn how humans use plants every day.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Extensive Plant Image Collection Donated
Sally and Andy Wasowski,
authors of nine gardening-
related books, have donated thousands of plant and landscape images to share with the public. View Slideshow

Published: 2009-06-18
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Lady Bird Johnson Remembered
Lady Bird Johnson's environmental legacy lives on—more important today than ever. University historian Lew Gould chronicled her contributions for posterity in his two books.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Nurturing Texas' Native Landscapes
The Wildflower Center was awarded an AMD landscape research grant and has played a key role in designing AMD’s new environmentally sensitive Austin campus.

Published: 2009-06-18
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A Tribute to Lady Bird At the Nation’s Garden
An exhibit created by the Wildflower Center is on display now through October 13 as part of the United States Botanic Garden’s Summer 2008 exhibit on sustainable living, "One Planet -- Ours!" on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Mild spring favors some colorful natives
Intermittent rains and mild temperatures have made this a banner year for pink evening primrose, Huisache trees, and some other native plants, though they often compete for space with invasives.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Spring Brings butterflies, moths
As wildflowers pop open all over the Wildflower Center’s gardens, they draw Red Admirals, metallic blue swallowtails and other six legged lepidopterans. Some are from among 24 species being hand raised by the Center’s gardening staff at the on-site insectary.

Published: 2009-06-18
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2008 Wildflower Forecast
Start keeping your eyes peeled for windflowers and other wildflowers that bloom early in the spring. But keep in mind that sparse rains may hamper this year’s roadside bluebonnet displays – while native flowers being tended at the Wildflower Center’s gardens should rival last year’s displays.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Burning for Answers
In nature, winter isn’t the time for fire. Most wildfires occur in summer or fall. But recently there have been some carefully-controlled fires at the Wildflower Center. These prescribed burns will help answer questions about the benefits of fire in restoring the ecology of Central Texas.

Published: 2009-06-18
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2008 Wildflower Forecast
Start keeping your eyes peeled for windflowers and other wildflowers that bloom early in the spring. But keep in mind that sparse rains may hamper this year’s roadside bluebonnet displays – while native flowers being tended at the Wildflower Center’s gardens should rival last year’s displays.

Published: 2009-06-18
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First Bloom First Training
Who were those hardy folks digging in the cold dirt of the Wildflower Center’s cut flower garden in January? Not the usual volunteers, these were National Park Service and Boys and Girls Clubs leaders learning how to connect children with the outdoors and their national parks.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Seed Bank Success
From the cliffs of west Texas to the bayous of East Texas, intrepid Wildflower Center staff and volunteers are on track to bag and bank seeds from 950 native Texas plant species by 2010.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Native Gardening Resolutions
Tired of making New Year’s resolutions that are just no fun? Resolve to make a native plant garden and you’ll find a happy new pastime that makes for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Published: 2009-06-18
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A Green Holiday Season
The holidays bring thoughts of warm family gatherings, glittering decorations, twinkling lights and gift-giving. What we many not think about is how much energy is needed and how much waste we generate. Here are ways to have your fruitcake and eat it too.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Fall Gardening Tips
Fall is the ideal time to plant native wildflowers. Most species will germinate from seed when cooler and typically wetter weather arrives in the fall. They'll grow through the winter in preparation for the spectacular spring flowering season.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Collecting Seeds Across Texas
Ask Sean Watson and Phillip Schulze how they spent their summer, and they will tell you they drove almost 3,000 miles, visited some of the most botanically diverse parts of Texas and collected 100 species of seeds for the Wildflower Center.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Beat the Heat in Your Summer Garden
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Director of Horticulture Andrea DeLong-Amaya shares tips on how to use sustainable gardening techniques to keep your garden looking its best, how your time is best spent during the season—all while keeping you cool.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Research Shows Wildflower Win
Wildflower Center research shows that a mix of 21 wildflowers and native grasses performs dramatically better on roadsides than the seed mix commonly used by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Texas Blackland Prairie Restoration
A part of the old Robert Mueller Municipal Airport will be transformed back into its original state – a Texas blackland prairie because of work the Wildflower Center is doing with. Catellus and RVI, the developers of this Central Austin area.

Published: 2009-06-18
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Help Stop the Invaders
Volunteer citizen scientists help identify invasive plants in Texas through the Invaders of Texas program. Now, volunteers can be trained online to track these invaders.

Published: 2009-06-02
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The Beauty of Spring
Enjoy an intimate slide
show of the Center's flowers decked out in dewdrops, other spring garnishes View Slideshow

Published: 2009-06-02
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Native Plant Pot-pourri
A patio or a balcony is a great place for a container garden, and many native plants are well suited for a display in pots.

Published: 2009-06-02
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Millennium Seed Bank Video
Center staff and volunteers discuss West Texas trip to collect seeds for global project.

Published: 2009-06-02
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Web bluebonnet broadcast available
Can't get to the Wildflower Center right away? A video camera on site provides new way to view spring bluebonnets.

Published: 2009-06-02
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2009 Wildflower Forecast
Spring rains help late bloomers, with good showing of early season wildflowers at Wildflower Center, parts of East and West Texas.

Published: 2009-06-02
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Native Plant Winter Garden
Winter does not need to be a bleak time in the garden, especially in Texas. We are blessed with many choices of native evergreens, winter fruits, and dormant plants that demonstrate interesting forms, textures, and colors.

Published: 2009-06-02
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Walking on Water
Lady Bird Johnson’s trailblazing vision now completed with boardwalk trail opening

Published: 0000-00-00
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