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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2010
When: Public Sale - Saturday, April 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739
Background: The Wildflower Center's Spring Plant Sale boasts nearly 300 species of native plants for the garden, including hard-to-find gems such as the rusty blackhaw viburnum, Mexican redbud trees and heart-leaf hibiscus. You can give your landscaping an eco-friendly overhaul by purchasing drought-tolerant species such as Tahoka daisy, standing cypress and 20 varieties of succulents, including ladyfinger and barrel cacti. Other native Texas species to consider include pigeonberry, coral honeysuckle and Carolina Jessamine. Guided tours of the gardens will leave hourly from the courtyard from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To view or search types of plants available, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=spring_sale.
For the Kids: Make eco-pots containing soil and native plants to take home and plant in the garden.
On-site events: Come by the Membership Tent and ask plant questions of Mr. Smarty Plants from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. AgriLife Extension Service will hold a plant clinic in the courtyard, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. At the store Saturday, Kathi Appelt signs "The Underneath" from 1 to 4 p.m., while Julia Webber, official Wildflower Days 2010 artist, signs posters and T-shirts. Also, and mystery author Susan Wittig Albert signs "Holly Blues" and her recently published memoir from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the authors of "Lone Star Wildflowers" sign their book from 1 to 4 p.m.
Logistics: Visitors are encouraged to bring their own wagon to carry plants. They can also bring 4-inch and 1 gallon plastic pots to the front entrance cistern for the center's re-use. For more Plant Sale information, call 512.232.0100 or go to http://wildflower.org/plantsale.
Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $4 UT faculty, staff or students with identification, $3 children 5 through 12, members and children under 5 free.