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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

March 29, 2011

Spring Plant Sale & Festival

What:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Festival
When:  Public Sale – Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 9 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 more than 300 species of native plants for the garden, including hard-to-find gems such as spice bush, big tooth maple and northern catalpa trees. You can give your landscaping an eco-friendly overhaul by purchasing drought-tolerant species such as Indian blanket, brown- eyed Susan, Tahoka daisy and Mexican silktassel. Many varieties of succulents will be offered, including claret cups and barrel cacti. Other native Texas species to consider include bald cypress, plants that open at night such as Berlandier’s trumpets and night blooming cereus and groundcovers such as silver pony foot and woolly stemodia. Guided tours will leave from the courtyard Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. – Texas Arboretum tour, 1 p.m. –  wildflower tour, and 3 p.m. –  ecology tour. 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 for free that contain soil and native plants to take home and plant in the garden. The Little House will be open for hands-on exploration with a discovery table and other family friendly activities.

On-site events:  Look for Mr. Smarty Plants on the grounds Saturday and Sunday to answer questions about native plants. At the store Saturday, Shirley and Brian Loflin sign “Texas Cacti” and “Grasses of the Texas Hill Country” from 1 to 4 p.m. At the same time Saturday, John Kelso signs “Texas Curiosities.” Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., Cheryl Hazeltine signs “Central Texas Gardener” and Ken Kramer signs “The Living Waters of Texas.”  Enjoy store offerings such as Wildflower Days™ 2011 posters and T-shirts both days, as well as café offerings.

Logistics:  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own wagon to carry plants. They can also bring clean 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 and prices:  $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:  South Texas Money Management Ltd., Macy's, KVUE, KLBJ NewsRadio 590, KUT 90.5.

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