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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2010
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 8, rain or shine
Where: Five private Austin gardens and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX
Background: Extreme heat and drought last year and freezes and heavy rains this year put Central Texas gardens to the test. Join us Mother's Day weekend for an exclusive look at some of Austin's unique and exquisite native plant gardens that more than met the challenge. The tour is self-guided and includes the celebrated gardens of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and five private gardens, all demonstrating the beauty of native Texas landscapes that can handle the rigors of our climate. The gardens showcase an intimate courtyard shaded by possumhaw trees, a wildflower meadow, butterfly gardens, a full-sun rock garden, waterfalls and more. Rain or shine, visitors can enjoy these diverse gardens that also demonstrate rainwater harvesting, landscaping to address drainage issues, and habitat for birds and other wildlife. Experts will be on hand at each site to answer questions and provide garden information.
Tour wristbands for entry to all gardens are available for $25 on line at www.wildflower.org/gardentour, and at the following area retailers:
- Barton Springs Nursery, 3601 Bee Caves Rd.
- Plant Escape Gardens, 3507 South First St.
- Pots and Plants, 5902 Bee Caves Rd.
- Shoal Creek Nursery, 2710 Hancock Dr.
- The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd.
- Wildflower Center Store, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Sponsors: Exclusively sponsored by South Texas Money Management, Ltd. Media Partners: KUT 90.5, Texas Highways, and the Austin American-Statesman.
Admission: Individual garden tickets and wristbands for this Wildflower Center fundraiser may also be purchased at each home the day of the event. The wristband for entry into all gardens is $25, and a ticket for each individual garden is $6. Children under 5 will be admitted free of charge. For wristbands, garden directions and descriptions, visit http://www.wildflower.org//gardentour. Information also at 512.232.0100.