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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2011
What: Gardens on Tour 2011, a fund raiser for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, rain or shine
Where: Five private Austin gardens and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX
Background: The beauty and versatility of native plants and wildflowers will be on display at this Mother’s Day weekend tour, when exquisite private gardens are on display to the public for one day only. The gardens showcase landscape designs that incorporate plants well-adapted to our climate, as well as interesting water features, intimate seating areas, wildlife habitat and structures. These gardens are also demonstration sites for sustainable design and construction practices, including local materials, rainwater collection, composting and runoff control. Experts will be on hand at each site to answer questions and provide garden information.
Tour wristbands for entry to all gardens are available for $25 online at www.wildflower.org/gardentour, and at the following area retailers:
• Barton Springs Nursery, 3601 Bee Caves Rd.
• Plant Escape Gardens, 3507 South First St.
• Shoal Creek Nursery, 2710 Hancock Dr.
• The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd.
• Wildflower Center Store, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Sponsors: Exclusively sponsored by South Texas Money Management, Ltd; Media Partners: KUT 90.5, Texas Highways and the Austin American-Statesman.
Admission: Individual garden tickets and wristbands for this Wildflower Center fundraiser may also be purchased at each home the day of the event. The wristband for entry into all gardens is $25, and a ticket for each individual garden is $6. Children under 5 will be admitted free of charge. For wristbands, garden directions and descriptions, visit www.wildflower.org/gardentour. Information also at 512.232.0100.