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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

April 3, 2013

Spring Plant Sale April 13, 14

What:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers its Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Festival amongst the beautiful, blooming gardens in April.

When:  Public Sale – Saturday and Sunday, April 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 Spring Plant Sale boasts nearly 300 species of native plants from across the state, including sandpaper trees, Hill Country and West Texas species of penstemon and other drought-tolerant offerings. This spring’s theme is “The Wonder of Butterflies,” and lantana, white mistflower and other nectar sources will be available. So will succulents such as yellow yucca, manfreda and miniature barrel cactus, sun-loving osage orange trees and shade- loving plants such as heartleaf skullcap and tropical sage. Other native Texas species include yellow columbine, inland sea oats and native grasses such as big muhly and bunch cutgrass, which is very drought-tolerant.  To view or search types of plants available, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=spring_sale

For the Kids: Austin Butterfly Forum will have a table both days with live butterflies in enclosures, as well as butterfly cocoons and other attractions. Make eco-pots for free that contain soil and native plants to take home and plant in the garden. Also enjoy story time about butterflies in the Little House at 10 a.m. both days and create your own butterfly craft.

On-site events: Experts such as Judy Walther who designed the center’s Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden, will lead garden tours mid-day on Saturday and Sunday starting from the courtyard(see details below) Visitors can also attend a mid-day open house both days at the insectary where pollinators are raised.  Look for Mr. Smarty Plants on the grounds Friday afternoon during the Members Sale and talk with staff experts Friday and Saturday about Habiturf™, a native grass alternative to your lawns. At The Store Saturday, author Geyata Ajilvgi signs “Butterfly Gardening for Texas” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., while Robert Shaw signs “Guide to Texas Grasses” and Joan Heflin Rankin signs art and posters with her Wildflower Days™ image.   On Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in The Store, Mary Fulton displays Agaritaville pottery, and Cynthia Beeman and Dan K. Utley sign “History along the Way.”

Saturday Tours:

11 a.m. – Pollinator Garden Walk, Samantha Elkinton on staff

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Insectary Open House in Butterfly Garden

1 p.m. – Pollinator Walk, Volunteer Valerie Bugh

2 p.m. – Butterfly Garden Tour, Designer Judy Walther

Sunday Tours:

11 a.m. – Pollinator Garden Walk by Samantha Elkinton on staff

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Insectary Open House in Butterfly Garden

1 p.m. – Butterfly Garden Tour, Designer Judy Walther

2 p.m. – Pollinator Walk, Volunteer Valerie Bugh

Logistics:  Tours other than of the Insectary will start from the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own wagon to carry plants. 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.

Admission:  $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: KVUE, KLBJ NewsRadio 590, KUT 90.5.

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