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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2011
What: Enjoy guided garden tours, tree maintenance talks and more while learning about beautiful native trees and shrubs and considering options for your yard during this free admission event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX
Background: Trees thrive with routine maintenance, and the Wildflower Center’s annual Tree Talk Winter Walk is the perfect way to learn about native trees and shrubs during the Center’s free admission month of January. Choose from dozens of native tree and shrub options on sale in the Center Courtyard. Take guided walks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and learn tips on helping trees thrive, tree legends and more. Among the 60-plus plant species for sale will be hard-to-find options such as Apache plume, false mock orange, sycamoreleaf snowbell and Montezuma cypress. Also for sale will be autumn sages that produce red, pink or white flowers, possumhaw holly that produces beautiful red berries, Mexican silktassle and bigtooth maple. Children can participate in a tree scavenger hunt, and learn how to tell the age of trees and what creatures live in them in the Little House. The store offers 20 percent off all tree books and walking sticks. This event is sponsored by KGSR 93.3.
Talk and Walk Schedule
10 a.m. – Wildflower Center docent provides tour of gardens and grounds
11 a.m. – Joe Marcus, the project manager for the Mollie Steve Zachry Texas Arboretum, provides a sneak peak of its 16 acres that will open in 2012
12 p.m. – Tree planting demonstration by Elias Guerrero, Center horticulturist
1 p.m. – Learn about Texas tree legends and lore from Center docent Lisa Schissler
2 p.m. – Arborist Don Gardener provides tips on maintaining tree health
3 p.m. – Chris Dolan from the City of Austin’s Oak Wilt Suppression Program explains how to identify affected oaks in your neighborhood