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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

January 14, 2013

Free Tree Festival January 26

What:  Enjoy tree care talks, tree climbing for kids, roasting marshmallows at a fire pit and more while learning about 76-plus species of native trees and shrubs for sale during free admission Tree Talk Winter Walk at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin.

When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26

Where: The first major festival at the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX.

Background: Recent rains provide great conditions for planting woody species, and the Wildflower Center’s expanded Tree Talk Winter Walk is the perfect way to learn about trees and shrubs during the center’s free admission January. Choose from 76-plus native tree and shrub species on sale at the tent area in the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum (accessible near the Woodland Garden using the Hill Country Trails entry). On sale will be popular trees such as bigtooth maple, Montezuma cypress and bald cypress, many drought-tolerant options such as anacua trees and hard-to-find chalk maples and red mulberry trees; and unusual shrubs such as fiddlewood and Apache plume, which are drought-tolerant. Pay for plants in the tent area. Enjoy guided walks with experts on tree care, learn to sketch trees and more. Added Tree Talk details are below and at http://www.wildflower.org/ttww. The event is sponsored by KGSR 93.3. 

Children’s Activities:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Professional arborists from They Might Be Monkeys! will have four tree-climbing harnesses for kids to help them climb trees.  Oak Motte. – A fort building area nearby allows children to build with tree limbs and branches.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – With guidance from TreeFolks, Texas Forest Service, Capital Area Master Naturalists and other educators, children and adults can learn to count tree rings, make paper tree cookies, learn about bird nests, wildfire prevention and more. Texas Arboretum tent area. A fire pit with marshmallows to roast will be nearby.

Art Activities:

All day – Artist Yan Lee sells his pen and ink drawings of famous and historical American trees. Tent area.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Artist Margie Crisp signs her book, “River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado.” The Store. Note that Crisp will lead the 10 a.m. arboretum hike about sketching trees. Images from her book are on display in the McDermott Learning Center.

Talk and Walk Schedule (leave from Arboretum tent area):

10 a.m. – Margie Crisp leads Artistic Anatomy of Trees, a chance to learn basic sketching along the ADA-accessible main trail of the Texas Arboretum. Sketching materials will be provided.

11 a.m. – Tree ID by TreeFolks’ staff.

12 p.m. – Texas Arboretum tour led by Senior Botanist Damon Waitt.

1 p.m. – Tree planting demonstration by Center Horticulturist Elias Guerrero.

2 p.m. – Proper tree care by Don Gardner, a consulting arborist.

3 p.m. – Oak wilt identification walk with Chris Dolan, the City of Austin.

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