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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

September 30, 2009

Fall Plant Sale, Festival

What:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Fall Plant Sale & Gardening Festival

When:  Public Sale - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739

Background:  The Wildflower Center's Fall Plant Sale provides more than 300 species for the garden, including hard-to-find native options such as Texas madrone, scarlet pea ground cover, and claret cup and lady's finger cacti for those who are tired of spending time and money with water guzzling non-natives. Drought-tolerant native trees, such as desert willow and anacua, will also be for sale during the fall planting season. Experts will be on hand to give tips and help with selections. Guided tours of the gardens will also be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. 

For the Kids: Make seed balls to take home and plant in the garden.

Talks:  On Saturday at the store, LaShara Nieland and Willa Finley sign the new "Lone Star Wildflowers" from noon to 4 p.m. Kathy and Gary Clark sign "Backroads of the Texas Hill Country," 1 to 4 p.m. Also meet artist Mary Frasher at her new mixed-media art exhibit, noon to 3 p.m. in the McDermott Learning Center. On Sunday at the store, Jen Ohlson signs "Every Town Needs a Trail" from 1 to 4 p.m.

Logistics:  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own wagon to carry plants. They can also recycle plastic pots at a collection bin at the front entrance cistern. To view or search types of plants likely to be available, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=fall_sale. To view plant prices, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/plantsale_prices/. For more information, call 512.232.0100 or go to http://wildflower.org/plantsale.

Admission:  $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $3.50 for University of Texas at Austin faculty and staff with university identification, $3 children 5 through 12, children under 5 and Center members free.

Sponsor:  Newsradio 590 KLBJ AM.

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