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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

May 1, 2013

Gardens on Tour May 11

What:  Gardens on Tour 2013, a fund raiser for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, rain or shine

Where:  Five private  Austin gardens and those of  the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 

Background: The beauty and versatility of native plants and wildflowers will be on display the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, when you can tour exquisite private gardens all day. The amazing gardens at the Wildflower Center will also be on the self-guided tour. All gardens incorporate plants well-adapted to our climate, and individual gardens feature design ideas such as outdoor living areas, low-water use landscapes, and outdoor art. Everything from small urban gardens to more complex settings with terraces and nature paths are included, with experts or homeowners on hand at each stop to answer garden questions.

Among the featured gardens are: one off of Barton Hills Drive in South Austin that features a wall of maidenhair ferns and a series of patios and rock terraces. Most of the native plants throughout the grounds were purchased at Wildflower Center plant sales. Up north off of 45th Street on Highland Terrace is a home that addresses drought with different gardening styles and offers sun and shade gardens. The residence also features fountains and a pond.

Winecup, purple coneflower and blackfoot daisies are among the dozens of wildflowers putting on a good show at the Wildflower Center gardens that are on the tour. And you can  meet J. Griffis Smith from 9 a.m.  to 11 a.m. to get answers to wildflower photography questions. Smith, photo editor of Texas Highways, will meet guests in the McDermott Learning Center at the wildflower photo exhibit the magazine is co-sponsoring for National Wildflower Week.

For more details and a map to each garden, visit www.wildflower.org/gardentour/.

Purchase a $25 tour wristband at the Wildflower Center Store, online, at the retailers shown below, or at any of the gardens on the tour. Tickets for individual gardens are $6 and are available  on site at each garden. Children 5 and under are free, and kids 6-12 are $3.

  • Barton Springs Nursery, 3601 Bee Caves Rd.
  • TreeHouse, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. , Suite 600
  • Shoal Creek Nursery, 2710 Hancock Dr.
  • The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd.
  • Wildflower Center Store, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Sponsors: Exclusively sponsored by South Texas Money Management, Ltd.; media partners:  KUT 90.5, and Texas Highways.          

Admission: Individual tickets for each garden :$6; Gardens on Tour wristbands for all six gardens: $25. Children under 5 will be admitted free of charge and those aged 6 through 12 for $3. For online ticket purchase information, garden directions and descriptions, visit http://www.wildflower.org/gardentour. Information also is available at 512.232.0100.

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