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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2012
What: “For the Love of Trees,” The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Fall Plant Sale & Gardening Festival.
When: Public Sale – Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 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 Fall Plant Sale highlights trees during the best time for planting in Central Texas and boasts more than 300 plant species from across the state. We will have lots of bluebells for sale in honor of the centennial of Lady Bird Johnson’s birth, as well as hard-to-find natives such as box elder and Texas ebony trees, Mexican silktassel shrubs and purple clematis. More than a dozen succulents will be offered, including softleaf yucca, Chihuahuan fishhook cactus and lace cactus. Other native Texas species to consider include night blooming cereus, vines such as Lindheimer’s morning glory and crossvine, and fiddlewood, Apache plume and fragrant mistflower shrubs. No six-packs of mixed plants will be sold this fall.
For the Kids: Children can enjoy story time at The Little House 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and create eco-pots for the garden throughout the weekend.
On-site events: Experts will lead garden tours Saturday and Sunday. At 11 a.m. both days, tour the new Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum to learn about its trees; at 1 p.m., Samantha Elkinton, the Center’s horticulture staff member who oversees the Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden, guides visitors through its features both days during its 10th anniversary. And at 2 p.m. daily, tour the Center’s native plant gardens to learn more. At The Store on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., visit with potter Mary Fulton, creator of plant-imprinted objects, and with author Robert Shaw, who signs “The Field Guide to Texas Grasses.” Shaw will speak in the Auditorium at 11 a.m. that day. On Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m., author Todd-Michael St. Pierre signs his newest children’s books. The Store’s offerings this weekend also include salsa samples from Texas Ranger Foods Sunday afternoon.
Stop by a booth where Center experts describe a native grass alternative to traditional, resource-hungry lawns. New booths from TreeHouse and TreeFolks will be on site, along with vendors such as Native American Seed and local chapters of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
Logistics: Visitors are encouraged to bring their own wagon to carry plants and to leave plant purchases in the holding area for pickup later during the sale. Due to a surplus, the Center will not accept plastic pots to recycle. For more Plant Sale information, call 512.232.0100 or go to http://wildflower.org/plantsale. To view native plants available, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=fall_sale
Admission and prices: $9 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: Balcones Recycling, H-E-B, and KLBJ 590 AM.