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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
512.232.0105
brodriguez@wildflower.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2010

Online Homeowner Resources for Adding Native Plant Beds

Greener Gardening Tip Sheet

Tip sheets highlight timely offerings from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information on any of the content below or accessing staff experts on sustainability, please contact Barbra Rodriguez at brodriguez@wildflower.org, or 512-232-0105.

Tips for taking advantage of City of Austin's rebate for native landscaping:

With the City of Austin started accepting applications July 1 for rebates for converting landscapes to beds of native plants or to permeable hardscape, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center provides a number of resources for area residents to consider visiting or reviewing regarding environmentally friendly landscaping approaches.

1. How To gardening articles: they are available about a range of lawn topics, including:

2. Plant Selection lists: The Wildflower Center provides a list of native plants that are recommended for Central Texas in our searchable, online, plant resource collection:

http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=TX_central

Similar lists are available in the center's Native Plant Information Network at: http://www.wildflower.org/explore/ regarding Central Texas plants that attract hummingbirds, that work in flower arrangements, in wooded or dry areas and more. Users can also search for the best native plants based on light requirements, soil needs and bloom color and time.

3. Native Plant Suppliers:  The Wildflower Center's Suppliers list, which is searchable by region, includes dozens of local businesses that provide seeds of native plants and/or the plants themselves. See: http://www.wildflower.org/suppliers/geo_search.php?passstr=-97.7430608,30.267153,0#map

4. Garden Inspirations: For gardening ideas, area residents can visit the Demonstration Gardens that the Wildflower Center helped design at the city park called Southwest Greenway in Mueller Austin. And Center visitors can view our Homeowners Inspiration Gardens, which demonstrate the use of native plants in formal and informal landscapes. The 12 acres of maintained gardens and meadows at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Garden also include 600 different species of native plants, all listed at: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=twc

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