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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
February 28, 2005

Wildflower Days 2005 begin!

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center welcomes spring with its annual Wildflower Days season from March 14-April 25, 2005. In addition to beautiful blooms, the upcoming season includes long-time favorite events, special book signings, and a U.S. premier - The Ladybird Chronicles.

Wildflower Days kicks off with The Ladybird Chronicles by Jane Davenport. This outdoor art exhibit will make its United States debut from March 16 to May 7, 2005, before it travels to botanical gardens and zoos in nine other states. The internationally award-winning exhibit that has toured Europe and Asia includes 30 six-foot-high photographic artworks featuring the bugs and beetles of Australia's Wollongong Botanic Garden. Ladybugs, known as ladybirds in Australia, are featured in each of these photographs that blend art and entomological detail.

An Artisans Festival is the season's first event is on March 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 20, noon to 5 p.m. From fine art to folk art, the best in natural forms will be on display. More than 20 artists and artisans will showcase their nature-related work including metal work, painting, photography, pottery, and more. Event highlights include educational discovery stations, walks and talks, and entertainment provided by various local musicians.

Wildflower Days continues with the ever-popular Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival held on April 9 and 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special members-only preview sale Friday, April 8, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. This plant sale boasts the largest selection of native plants in Central Texas with some 300 species and 23,000 plants from which to choose. Native plant experts are available all day to help visitors make the best choices for their gardens.

This spring the Wildflower Center also welcomes five authors for book signings.

  • Jane Davenport, The Ladybird Chronicles - Saturday, March 19
  • Melanie Gerth, Ten Little Ladybugs - Sunday, March 20
  • Michael Lind, Bluebonnet Girl - Saturday, April 9
  • Kathi Appelt, Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How A First Lady Changed America - Sunday, April 10
  • Susan Wittig Albert, Dead Man's Bones - Saturday, May 14

Finally, on Saturday, May 7, 10am-5pm, the Wildflower Center will feature a new event. Gardens on Tour 2005 Presented by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will take an exclusive look into Austin's backyard native gems. This Mother's Day weekend tour will introduce gardening enthusiasts to six private gardens, plus the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. All gardens prominently feature native plants and demonstrate good gardening practices, while encouraging people to use native plants in their own garden.

Tour wristbands will available starting April 4 at Wild Ideas: The Store. Individual garden tickets may be purchased on-site at each home.

Hours for the Wildflower Center are Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 5:30pm. From March 14 to April 25, the Center is open on Mondays as well.

Spring admission is $7 for adults; $5.50 for seniors and students; and $2.50 for Children. Children 5 and younger, and members are free.

Pricing for Gardens on Tour 2005
Presented by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Rain or Shine Saturday, May 7, $25 pass for all gardens/$6 for each individual garden/Children under 5 Free

Directions:
The Wildflower Center is located in southwest Austin: Follow Loop 1 south, turn left on La Crosse Avenue, the first light past Slaughter Lane. The Wildflower Center is two blocks down on the right.

For more information on any of these events or additional information on the Center, call 512.232.0104 or visit www.wildflower.org.

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