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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
May 3, 2011

National Public Gardens Day

WHO:  In celebration of National Public Gardens Day, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin invites the Central Texas community to visit their grounds on Friday, May 6, 2011 for educational tours and activities. 
 
WHAT:  Presented by the American Public Garden’s Association and Rain Bird, National Public Gardens Day is a national day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn about the important role their public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education. 

On Friday, May 6, 2011, the Wildflower Center will give expert guided tours to educate the community on native plants’ preferred habitat and their drought-tolerant capabilities. Additionally, guests are invited to view photo exhibits and explore the Center’s Visitors Gallery and its interactive stations to learn how wildflowers do much more than add beauty to landscapes. 
 
WHEN:  Friday May 6, 2011, the start of Mother’s Day Weekend
• At 10:00 a.m. in the presence of attending city council members, executive director of the Wildflower Center, Susan Rieff will be presented with a City of Austin proclamation recognizing the national holiday
• Guided tours of the center’s gardens will occur at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
• Interviewees available for media from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.:
Susan Rieff, executive director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Kathy Salisbury, program manager, American Public Gardens Association
Damon Waitt, Ph.D., senior director and botanist, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
                4801 La Crosse Ave.
                Austin, Texas 78739

*In support of National Public Gardens Day, Better Homes and Gardens is offering free admission coupons through its web site to visit any of the featured public gardens on May 6. To learn more about Wildflower Center activities on National Public Gardens Day, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/gardensday/.

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