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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

October 15, 2009

First Texas Native Plant Week Celebrated

What:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin has partnered with the City of Austin, the office of state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin), and the Native Plant Society of Texas to raise public awareness of the value and beauty of native plants.

When: A proclamation announcing the week will be read by the City Council in their chambers on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m. A press conference will be held Monday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. in which the speakers will include Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Rep. Donna Howard, Wildflower Center Executive Director Susan Rieff, and Sara L. Hensley, Director, Austin Parks & Recreation Department.

Where:  The City Hall Council Chambers are at 301 W. Second St. The press conference will be at Austin Parks & Recreation Department's Main Office, 200 S. Lamar Blvd. A tour open to the public will occur after the press conference of their habitat demonstration garden, which will be recognized as a Best of Texas wildlife habitat certified by both the National Wildlife Federation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.. Other wildlife habitats will be featured each weekday, including the Wildflower Center on Thursday.

Background:  To raise awareness of Texas native plants that help clean the air and water, provide wildlife habitat and other benefits, the Wildflower Center has teamed up with the City of Austin, Rep. Donna Howard's office and the Native Plant Society of Texas to provide the first annual Texas Native Plant Week. Five native plants that work well in many local gardens will be featured each day, and each day a certified wildlife habitat will be highlighted so that the public can visit to learn how native plants are used to create a wildlife habitat. All gardens are free admission, except the Wildflower Center butterfly and other gardens featured Thursday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., where regular admission prices will apply.

To learn more about the featured habitats and native plants that will be featured each day of the week - including vines, succulents and trees - the public can visit the Texas Native Plant Week Web site at:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/nativeplantweek.htm, or call the Parks and Recreation Department's Wildlife Austin Program at: 512-327-8181 extension 29. To see Wildflower Center admission prices, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/visitus.

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