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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

April 9, 2013

Gala and Silent Auction May 3

What:  “How Does Your Garden Grow?”  is the theme of the Wildflower Gala and Silent Art Auction celebrating the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s new garden features including the upcoming Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Family Garden.

When:  The Gala is Friday, May 3, 2013. Cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is at 8 p.m.

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX, 78739


Last year, the Wildflower Center opened the new 16-acre Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum and we are beginning construction of the 4.5-acre Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Family Garden. This new garden will welcome children of all ages for hands-on, creative play among native plants and woodlands. Friends and supporters of the Wildflower Center will gather to celebrate these accomplishments and raise funds for the Center’s work.

The Wildflower Gala and Silent Art Auction features good food, great conversations and extraordinary art, all in the beautiful setting of the Wildflower Center courtyard and gardens. This elegant, eco-friendly gathering showcases the Wildflower Center’s lovely gardens and our leadership work in environmental sustainability through the use of native plants. The gala will include a dinner catered by the Four Seasons featuring a locally-sourced, sustainable menu. Our renowned Silent Art Auction offers a stunning collection of more than 60 nature- themed pieces contributed from Texas and beyond. Décor for the event will echo features of the new Family Garden. The gala provides nearly half of the center’s annual philanthropic support for its education, research and conservation programs. For gala details and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/gala_landing/. Art can also be viewed at that site, and art bids by proxy must be submitted to kaingram@wildflower.org or 512-232-0138 before 5 p.m. on May 1.

Ticket and table sponsorships: $25,000 to be an Ambassador (Table of 12); $10,000 for a Benefactor (Table of 12); $ 5,000 for a Leader (Table of 10). Individual tickets are available for $500, $1,000 or $2,500. 

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