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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas ó The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin has added four new audio tours to its Spanish-language information available on the Web and to those who visit the gardens.
Founded in 1982 by Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes, the Wildflower Center is one of just a handful of centers nationally that focus on native plants of the United States, providing visitors with a sense of their beauty and value. More than 600 native Texas plant species, including several hundred Texas wildflowers, can be viewed at the centerís 279 acres.
In September 2008, the Wildflower Center unveiled Spanish audio tours of about 1 minute each containing information about many of the centerís 19 gardens. Visitors access these descriptions with their cell phones while on site, and versions of each are available as podcasts to be downloaded from the Web. An audio translation also is available of messages from the centerís director, Susan Rieff, and from the late Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady of the United States, considered the environmental First Lady.
The new audio tours describe the front-entry garden, featuring plants from South Texas, and two gardens near the centerís Cafť: the Dry Creek Bed, with plants that thrive in intermittent, heavy rains; and the West Texas Mountain Collection, with plants that tolerate arid, desert conditions. Another audio tour covers the centerís nursery, where about 100,000 native Texas plants are grown annually.
To access the latest audio tours as downloadable podcasts, go to options 17-21 at: http://www.wildflower.org/podcasts_spanish
In addition to the audio tours, the centerís Spanish web site, http://www.wildflower.org/espanol, includes directions to the center, five How To articles in Spanish that can be printed out to learn about native plant gardening and related topics, a summary of the value of native plants and a listing of plant sales and other events held annually at the Wildflower Center.