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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

February 26, 2013

Spring Events, Extended Hours

What:  Extended hours and special events for spring occur during Wildflower Days™, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s season of blooms.

When:  Monday, March 11, through Friday, May 31. The center grounds are open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with general hours extended on Thursdays until 8 p.m. for the spring season.

Where:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, Texas. A new Admission Kiosk near the front entry cistern offers on-site details.

Background:  Wildflower Days celebrates the 2013 spring season with events for all ages.  Our main gardens have hundreds of Texas bluebonnets ready to put on a great show, with great spots available for taking photos in a safe location. Bluebonnets will also soon bloom in the Savanna Meadow, and check out benches and swings underneath ancient oaks in the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. Enjoy public events that include:

  • New Nature Art Exhibits, Through Memorial Day, May 27— kinetic sculptor Jim La Paso brings giant, wind-driven metal sculptures of wildflowers and other subjects to the center’s grounds, alongside indoor nature exhibits by Shou Ping, master of 3-D watercolors, and  Denise Counley’s  plein air watercolors in The Store.
  • Go Native U, Through early June — a Nature in Art series is among new spring educational offerings, with individual classes and sustainable gardening series also available.
  • Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Festival, Saturday and Sunday, April 13and 14—gardening tips from experts and plenty of trees, bushes, wildflowers and other drought-tolerant native plants for purchase.
  • Wild Night Out, Thursday, May 2 — enjoy music, wine and appetizers. Meet artists who donated works for this year’s Silent Art Auction and bid on their works in advance.
  • Wildflower Gala & Silent Art Auction, Friday, May 3 —the most fun  – and most sustainable – garden party ever.
  • National Wildflower Week Photo Exhibit, Monday, May 6, through Sunday, May 12—Texas Highways and the Wildflower Center present a portfolio of amazing wildflower photographs.
  • Gardens on Tour, Saturday, May 11—a tour of five private native gardens featuring native plant plus the beautiful landscapes at the Wildflower Center on Mother’s Day weekend.

Information:  For more information, call 512.232.0100 or visit http://www.wildflower.org. To learn about onsite activities beyond wildflower viewing, visit http://www.wildflower.org/activities.

To see a video of the new Admission Kiosk being delivered, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/kiosk_installation/.

Admission fees at new Kiosk:  $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children, and free for members, children under 5.

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