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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

May 2, 2012

Gardens on Tour May 12

What:  Gardens on Tour 2012, a fund raiser for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 

When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 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 showcased Saturday only. The amazing gardens at the Wildflower Center will also be on the self-guided tour. All gardens incorporate plants well-adapted to our climate, and individual gardens feature design ideas such as outdoor living areas, low-water use landscapes, a three-tiered waterfall and an art exhibit space. Small, urban gardens are a highlight this year, with experts on hand at each site to answer garden questions. A special shuttle bus tour of the gardens that includes refreshments and guided garden tours is new to this year’s visit options. 

Book bus tour tickets online by calling 512.232.0137 in advance (limited spaces available). Tickets for individual gardens are available  on site at the gardens. Or purchase a self-guided tour wristband at a garden for visiting all six gardens. The wristband can also be purchased online, or at the following area retailers:

  • Barton Springs Nursery, 3601 Bee Caves Rd.
  • TreeHouse, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. , Suite 600
  • 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, and Texas Highways.           

Admission: Individual tickets for each garden :$6; Gardens on Tour wristbands for all six gardens: $25; shuttle bus tour with refreshments and guided tours of each garden: $75. Children under 5 will be admitted free of charge. For online ticket purchase information, garden directions and descriptions, visit www.wildflower.org/gardentour. Information also is available at 512.232.0100

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