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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

October 4, 2011

Fall Plant Sale

What: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Fall Plant Sale & Gardening Festival

When: Public Sale - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and. Sunday, Oct. 16

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739.

Background: The Wildflower Center’s Fall Plant Sale has the answers to your drought questions and more than 300 species to consider for the garden that are adapted to Texas weather conditions. Among the native plants for sale that are drought-tolerant will be more than 70 species of trees and shrubs, including Anacacho orchid, Texas ebony, evergreen and flame leaf sumacs and Texas mountain laurel, and more than 40 species of cacti and succulents, including lace cactus and barrel cactus, which can bloom repeatedly from spring through fall.

If your lawn has died, talk with staff from the Center’s Ecosystem Design Group near the seed sale tents about preparing your yard to install a drought-hardy mixture of native Texas grasses. There will also be native ground covers to consider for low-foot-traffic areas of your yard, including frogfruit, silver ponyfoot, woolly stemodia and salvias such as lyreleaf sage.

Pick up a handout about keeping your new purchases alive with regional water restrictions, and query Mr. Smarty Plants in the Plant Sale area from 2 to 4 p.m. each day with gardening questions. Experts will also lead tours of the gardens at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days (Saturday morning’s topic will be native trees to plant; Sunday morning’s, native grasses; the afternoon walks and talks will both be on drought-tolerant plants).

For the kids: Story time occurs both days from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m inside the Little House, which is open and supervised by docents during regular Center hours into late November. In the courtyard, children can make “eco-pots” of soil and native plants throughout the sale to plant at home.

Signings and Talks: On Saturday, Carolyn Harvel and BillieTurner sign “Recipes from the Wild” in the store from 1 to 4 p.m., and the Travis County Master Gardeners will talk briefly in the Auditorium at 1 p.m. about their book “Creating a Drought-Resistant Garden in Central Texas” before speaking with store visitors until 4 p.m. On Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the store, Lynne and Jim Weber sign “Nature Watch Austin: Guide to The Seasons in An Urban Wildland,” and Tiffany Hamburger and Peter Tsai sign “Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait.” Also on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., meet Darvin Jones at his abstract art exhibit at the McDermott Learning Center.

Logistics: Visitors are encouraged to bring their own wagon to carry plants. Those needing to can leave plant purchases in the holding area for pickup through Sunday at 5pm. Visitors can also leave quality 4-inch and one-gallon plastic pots for our re-use at a collection bin at the front entrance cistern. To view or search types of plants for sale, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=fall_sale. For more information, call 512.232.0100 or go to the plant sale site for plant prices and full event details: http://www.wildflower.org/plantsale.

Admission: $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: Corporate sponsor: H-E-B, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. Media sponsor: Texas Highways, Newsradio 590 KLBJ AM, KUT 90.5.

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