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Texas Native Plant Week

Texas Native Plant Week
October 16 through 22, 2016

To mark the annual Texas Native Plant Week, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, National Wildlife Federation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Native Plant Society of Texas are encouraging the public to learn more about our amazing Texas native plants through a variety of walks, talks and educational activities

ACTIVITIES

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Strolling Tour: Fall For Flowers (and More!) – October 16, 1 - 2 p.m.

Kick off Texas Native Plant Week with a stroll through the beautiful gardens at the Wildflower Center. Dr. Karen Clary, our senior program manager of plant conservation, will point out some of our favorite fall bloomers and teach about their significance. This tour is free with regular admission to the gardens, but registration is required and space is limited. Register here

Hops & Trees – October 17, 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Who says Mondays are a bummer? Break the mold by starting the week with a lesson on local beer and native trees!  First, take a tour of Hops & Grain Craft Brewery and learn about their beer along with the sustainable practices the Austin company follows in their brewing process. Next, join TreeFolks‘ Colleen Dieter and the City of Austin’s Emily King on a tour of the East Side neighborhood highlighting various “street trees.”  We’ll come full circle, so stay and enjoy a refreshing beer in the Hops & Grain taproom! Walk and tour are free. Registration is required and opens October 1 here

Families are welcome on the walk and in the tap room. The brewery tour is for adults only (18+) for safety reasons.

Growing Up On Campus: Discover UT's Living Wall – October 17, 6 - 7 p.m.

Join one the the Center’s environmental designers, Michelle Bright, on an exploration of the University of Texas’ First Living Wall! Bright, who worked with UT’s School of Architecture to design and install the wall, will speak about the plant selection and strategies used in placing vegetation on a vertical surface. Learn about what’s growing up, the environmental benefits of a green wall, and the wildlife the wall supports. This tour is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Register here

The group will meet outside Goldsmith Hall at 310 Inner Campus Drive (northwest corner across from Cactus Café). Metered street parking is available on Guadalupe and some spots on Dean Keaton. Read signs carefully.

Long Bloomers: Flowers With Staying Power – October 18, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

If you want to put native plants in your soil (and you should!), we’ve got some guidance on which plants have a long flowering season! This tour will help you get “more bloom for your buck” by learning about gardening with plants that retain their petal power. Volunteer Becky Engle will lead the tour and also point out seasonal favorites of staff and volunteers. This walk is free with regular admission to the gardens, but registration is required and space is limited. Register here

Tour will meet by the cistern in the Entry Garden near the Admissions Kiosk.

Plants of the Barton Creek Habitat Preserve – October 18, 5:30 - 7 p.m. 

Join the Nature Conservancy and the Wildflower Center on a special walking tour of the scenic Barton Creek Habitat Preserve. Learn about the history of the preserve and efforts to protect the habitat for two species of endangered songbirds. Wildflower Center Plant Conservationist Minnette Marr will point out and speak about native plants along the walk. This walk is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Register here
 Meeting details will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.

Mapping Trees of Austin – October 19, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

This workshop will teach participants how to use the TreeFolks Austin Tree Map (a web-based interactive tree-survey tool) to map Austin’s trees and help support our urban forest. Participants will learn how to ID and map their trees and how to use the map to keep track of their tree-care activities, explore city tree data, share information with their communities, and promote the preservation of our urban trees. The TreeFolks Austin Tree Map is sponsored in part by the City of Austin’s Urban Forest Grant Program.  

We’ll meet in the Visitors Gallery. A Smartphone or tablet is recommended, but not required to attend. The program is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Register here.   

Sprouts: Who Belongs Here? – October 19, 10 - 11 a.m. 

Bring your preschooler and join Anjoli Fry, our education coordinator, to learn about and interact with native plants. Little ones will learn how to differentiate between various plants through sorting and exploring, followed by a story and a “helpful hands in the garden” weeding activity. 

Program is free with admission to the gardens. No registration is required.
We’ll meet at the outdoor classroom in the Luci and Ian Family Garden. Activities move into the Little House with inclement weather.

Tree Campus USA – October 20, 6 - 7:30 p.m. 

Join James Carse, an arborist for The University of Texas at Austin, on a walking tour through the campus’ original 40 acres. Discover what makes the campus a Tree Campus USA college. Learn about the trees on campus along with examples of good tree-maintenance techniques. 

This tour is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. Register here.

Fall for Native Plants – October 20, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Join volunteer Mary Ann Baker on a tour of our gardens in all their fall splendor. Along the walk you will see the many native plants that thrive in fall in Central Texas.

This walk is free with regular admission to the gardens, but space is limited and registration is required. Register here.

We will meet at the cistern in the Entryway Garden by the Admission Kiosk.

Sprouts: Who Belongs Here? – October 21, 10 - 11 a.m. 

Bring your preschooler and join Anjoli Fry, our education coordinator, to learn about and interact with native plants. Little ones will learn how to differentiate between various plants through sorting and exploring, followed by a story and a “helpful hands in the garden” weeding activity. 

Program is free with admission to the gardens. No registration is required.
We’ll meet at the outdoor classroom in the Luci and Ian Family Garden. Activities move into the Little House with inclement weather.

Native Plants Home Tour – October 21, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Native plants are not just for wild spaces. See how one homeowner created seven unique gardens around their home using all native plants. Venture from one garden to another through gates and arches. The homeowner was inspired by the Courtyard at the Wildflower Center and used that inspiration to repurpose large ledge stones unearthed during the construction of their home. Strategically re-placed, these stones now form raised planting areas, dry stack walls, sunken gardens and even a dry creek bed. Their garden is not only a place of solace for humans, but also home to many bees, birds, butterflies and reptiles. Enjoy a glass a wine or beer while experiencing the beauty of this special home garden.  

Tickets are $35 per person and include a beverage. Ticket sales benefit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Register here

Collecting Native Seeds – October 22, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Plant conservation starts with the collecting seeds from the right plants in the right place. In this special program, Plant Conservationist Minnette Marr will teach about the importance of a plant’s ecotype along with the proper seed-collecting techniques for native Texas plants. Be prepared to venture into our wild lands with Minnette to collect seeds. Seeds collected during the program may be taken home or contributed to the Wildflower Center’s seed bank.

Over the past eight years, the Wildflower Center has partnered with the Millennium Seed Bank, (a global conservation project), Seeds of Success (a national conservation project) and multiple state agencies, private landowners and stakeholders to collect and store millions of seeds of more than 600 Texas native species.

This program has very limited space available. Registration is $15. Register here.

Plants of the Family Garden – October 22, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

The Luci and Ian Family Garden is a special place, thoughtfully designed to showcase colors, shapes and habitats that are delightful and educational for all ages! Join Volunteer Cheryll Hagus on a tour highlighting a selection of the many native plants that make up the garden. Walk on the soft Play Lawn and learn about native grasses. Visit the Fibonacci spiral to learn about plants that have spirals in their leaves, flowers and seeds. Explore the rain garden and learn about which native plants like to live in wetter conditions.  

This tour is free with regular admission to the gardens, but registration is required and space is limited. Register here

 

History of TXNPW

In June of 2009, Governor Perry signed a bill into law that recognizes the third week in October as Texas Native Plant Week. The legislation seeks to recognize the role of native plants in conservation efforts and to create incentives for schools to teach children about the importance of native plants. The Native Plant Society of Texas teamed with Texas House of Representatives Member Donna Howard of Austin to present the bill, which was passed unanimously in both houses.

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