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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

October 5, 2010

Fall Plant Sale & Gardening 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, Oct. 9, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10

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 options such as crag lily with its tall stalk of yellow flowers, shrubs with feathery seed heads called Apache plume, and Montezuma cypress trees that favor moist soils. Drought-tolerant native trees such as desert willow and Anacacho orchid will also be among the hardy options 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, and Mr. Smarty Plants will answer plant questions from 1 to 4 p.m.  

For the kids:  Make eco-pots containing soil and native plants to take home and plant in the garden.

Talks:  On Saturday, Susan Tomlinson, author of the “Naturalist’s Notebook,” speaks at 11 a.m. and signs books until 2 p.m. Kathi Appelt signs “Keeper,” 1 to 3 p.m. On Sunday, Oct.10, Andy Rhodes signs “Moon Handbooks: Texas,” and Jill Nokes signs “Yard Art and Handmade Places,” 1 to 3 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://www.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. 

Sponsors: Corporate sponsors are: 34th Street Café & Catering, Blue Star Cafeteria and Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina. Media sponsor: Newsradio 590 KLBJ AM.

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