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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

January 15, 2009

Tree Talk Winter Walk

What:  Explore the beauty, benefits and maintenance of native trees at the perfect time of year for planting and pruning during this free admission event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin.

When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX

Background: Trees thrive with routine maintenance, and the Wildflower Center's annual Tree Talk Winter Walk is the perfect event for learning about native trees and shrubs and finding a few for your yard during our sale of more than 80 species. Experts will guide walks and give tips on landscape design and tree maintenance. Among the special plants for sale will be hard-to-find options such as Texas ebony trees and Lindheimer's silktassel, as well as landscaping favorites such as orchid tree, Texas red oak and the shrub coralbean. Local author Matt Turner will sign his book "Remarkable Plants of Texas" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the store, and there will be habitat hikes for children. A list of species and their photos is at: http://www.wildflower.org/ttww/. This event is sponsored by 107.1 KGSR and 89.5 KMFA. 

Talk and Walk Schedule

11 a.m. - Ornamental Texas Trees for Your Landscape - Ginger Hudson, landscape designer, discusses beautiful and sustainable native tree options

12 p.m. - Tree Planting Demonstration - Phillip Schulze, Wildflower Center gardener technician, will demonstrate proper tree planting and provide tips

1 p.m. - Oak Wilt I.D. for Your Neighborhood - Chris Dolan, Texas Forest Service, shows how to recognize and treat this deadly, infectious disease

2 p.m. - Trees for Songbirds - Jane Tillman, Travis Audubon Society, discusses good tree choices to attract birds and songbirds that rely on trees

3 p.m. - Maintaining the Health of Your Trees - Don Gardner, arborist, gives timely tree pruning and maintenance tips

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