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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

January 24, 2012

Tree Talk Winter Walk

What:  Enjoy tree care talks, tree climbing for kids and more while learning about 90-plus beautiful native woody species for your yard during a free admission event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin. When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 

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

Background: Recent rains provide great conditions for planting, and the Wildflower Center’s annual Tree Talk Winter Walk is the perfect way to learn about trees and shrubs during the Center’s free admission month of January. Choose from 90-plus native trees and shrubs on sale in the center Courtyard. Hear presentations from tree experts on tree care, planting, tree identification and more. On sale will be drought-tolerant options such as  anacua trees, coral honeysuckle vines, and Montezuma and bald cypress; fast-growing Bur oaks and five other oak species; unusual shrubs such as fiddlewood and fragrant mistflower with blue flowers; and shade-tolerant options such as Barbados cherry and  Anacacho orchid trees. Children can climb trees using harnesses under the supervision of arborists from They Might Be Monkeys! Texas Tree & Land Co. They can also learn how to tell the age of trees and more inside the Little House, and complete a tree-related scavenger hunt on the grounds to win a sapling. The store offers specials on walking sticks and author events including Jim and Jerry Kimmel signing “Exploring the Brazos River” from 1 to 3 p.m. Added Tree Talk details are at http://www.wildflower.org/ttww. The event is sponsored by KGSR 93.3.  

Talk and Walk Schedule

10 a.m. – Tree Care During Trying Times presented by the Texas Forest Service’s Jim Houser. Auditorium. 
11 a.m. – Tree ID and the Great Texas Tree Roundup presented by TreeFolks’ April Rose. Auditorium.
12 p.m. –  Discussion of “Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas” photography exhibit by Ralph Yznaga. Auditorium, followed by time with the artist at his exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center until 2 p.m. 
1 p.m. – Tree Planting Demonstration by Center Horticulturist Elias Guerrero. Courtyard. 
2 p.m. – Proper Tree Pruning by arborist Guy LeBlanc from Arbor Vitae Tree Care. Auditorium.
3 p.m. – Walk with Chris Dolan, the City of Austin’s Oak Wilt Coordinator, who explains how to identify affected oaks in your neighborhood. Courtyard. 

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