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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2013
What: “The Right Plant in the Right Place,” The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Fall Plant Sale & Gardening Festival.
When: Public Sale – Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739
Background: Ample rains are predicted this fall in Central Texas, when the Wildflower Center’s Fall Plant Sale offers nearly 300 plant species to choose from during prime planting season. Whether you want to attract wildlife, find wetland plants or options for a container garden, we will have thousands of plants available. Among them will be hard-to-find natives such as escarpment black cherry trees, drought- and shade-tolerant cut rice grass that handles poor soils and many Penstemon species. More than a dozen succulents will be offered, including strawberry cactus, candelilla, false aloe, and Texas barrel cactus. Other native Texas species to consider include sandhill plum trees that provide edible fruit, rock rose, and many fall-blooming mistflower species. See signs posted throughout the gardens of examples of these mistflowers that draw butterflies and other natives on sale.
For the Kids: Children can enjoy story time at The Little House 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and create eco-pots for the garden throughout the weekend. Crafts for kids will also be available in the Little House both days.
On-site events: Experts will lead garden tours daily about:
- Different plants for different places; Saturday 11 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m., Horticulturist Samantha Elkinton.
- Design tips for planting locations; Saturday 1 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m., Horticulture Director Andrea DeLong-Amaya.
- And native plant options for sun or shade; 2 p.m. both days, Native Plant Society of Texas representatives.
At The Store on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., author Robert Godwin signs “Faces of Austin Philanthropy” and Sarah Bird signs “The Gap Year.” At the same time Sunday afternoon, Geyata Ajilvsgi signs “Butterfly Gardening for Texas;” Delena Tull signs “Edible and Useful Plants of the Southwest, Revised Edition;” and James McWilliams signs “The Pecan: A History of America’s Native Nut.”
The Café will offer lunch specials from “The Salt Lick Cookbook,” which will be sold at The Store.
Logistics: Visitors are encouraged to bring their own wagon to carry plants and can leave purchases in the holding area for pickup later during the sale. The Center will provide cold water for those who bring containers. For more Plant Sale information, call 512.232.0100 or go to http://wildflower.org/plantsale. To view native plants available, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=fall_sale
Admission and prices: $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: KLBJ 590 AM and H-E-B.