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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2013
What: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center horticulture staff and many volunteers will plant 400-plus native plants to start the Nectar Garden of the Luci and Ian Family Garden now under construction.
When: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
Where: The overlook area near the San Antonio Observation Tower of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX, 78739. See map for more details.
Background: The Wildflower Center’s Luci and Ian Family Garden, scheduled to open in spring 2014, is getting its first plants. Helped by 20-plus long-time volunteers as well as more than a dozen master gardeners and other supporters, Horticulture Director Andrea DeLong-Amaya and her staff will plant hundreds of native Texas plants that attract pollinators.
This first installment for the Nectar Garden will showcase more than 25 different types of natives that draw butterflies, hummingbirds and other nectar-lovers. Among these will be Maximilian sunflowers, blackfoot daisy, fall aster, Gregg’s mistflower and gulf muhly.
The plantings will be along the initial concrete entry pathway into the Family Garden, an outdoor nature science playland expected to open next spring. The Family Garden will offer families more than a dozen interactive and educational play features on 4.5 acres – doubling the center’s garden footprint.
To learn more about the Family Garden, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/familygarden/.