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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

April 4, 2012

Spring Plant Sale

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

When:  Public Sale – Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Background:  The Wildflower Center’s Spring Plant Sale boasts more than 300 species of native plants from across the state, including native strawberries, devil’s walking stick and hard-to-find natives such as globe mallow. You can go eco-friendly by purchasing drought-tolerant species such as Indian blanket, yellow Texas star and clematis such as varieties of leatherflower. More than a dozen succulents will be offered, such as a blue-leaved species of manfreda and lace cactus. Other native Texas species to consider include nimblewill and other muhly grasses, coral honeysuckle vine, and mock orange bushes that draw native bees. Tree options that attract pollinators such as wafer ash, madrones and anacua will be available too. To view or search types of plants available, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=spring_sale

For the Kids: Make eco-pots for free that contain soil and native plants to take home and plant in the garden. Also enjoy story time in the Little House at 11 a.m. both days. Sunday’s  readings will be by Kathi Appelt and Joy Fisher Hein, authors of “Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers.”

On-site events: Experts will lead garden tours Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Look for Mr. Smarty Plants on the grounds Saturday to answer native plant questions from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. At the store Saturday, best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert signs “Cat's Claw” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., while artist Shou Ping visits with guests in the McDermott Learning Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the store, Appelt and Fisher Hein sign “Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers,” while David Busch signs the Wildflower DaysTM 2012 posters and T-shirts.

Logistics:  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own wagon to carry plants. Due to surplus, the center will not accept plastic pots to recycle this year. For more Plant Sale information, call 512.232.0100 or go to http://wildflower.org/plantsale.

Admission and prices:  $9 adults (UPDATED RATE), $7 seniors and students, $4 UT faculty, staff or students with identification, $3 children 5 through 12, members and children under 5 free.

Sponsors: Balcones Recycling, Macy’s, Pearson, South Texas Money Management Ltd., Macy's, KVUE, KLBJ NewsRadio 590, KUT 90.5.

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