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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2011
What: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center provides a wildflower photo exhibit and more during National Wildflower Week.
When: Monday, May 2 – Sunday, May 8.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739
Background: An exhibit of stunning photographs of wildflowers will be featured at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as it celebrates the value of wildflowers and native plants. “The Serendipity of Wildflowers” showcases images from across Texas by Joe Lowery, Laurence Parent and other notable professional photographers. The week-long photo exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center is co-hosted by Texas Highways and features images from their April 2011 issue. The exhibit demonstrates the beauty of wildflowers, which also help conserve water, reduce mowing costs, provide wildlife habitat and a sense of regional identity among other benefits. “As Lady Bird Johnson once said, these and other native plants ‘give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours,’ ”said Damon Waitt, senior director of the Wildflower Center.
The center will also celebrate National Public Gardens Day on the Friday of National Wildflower Week. On May 6, it will offer guided tours about native plants and a slide show of 100-plus selected submissions to the Center’s 2011 wildflower photo contest.
For more details on National Wildflower Week and suggestions on ways to celebrate it, visit http://www.wildflower.org/nww. To learn more about National Public Gardens Day, including special free admission coupons from Better Homes & Gardens magazine, go to http://www.wildflower.org/gardensday.
Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children 5 through 12, members and children under 5 free.
Sponsors: “Serendipity of Wildflowers” is sponsored by Canon. National Public Gardens Day is sponsored by the American Public Gardens Association and Rain Bird Corp.