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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

January 21, 2014

Tree Talk Winter Walk Jan. 25

What: Enjoy tree care tips, tree climbing for kids and more while learning about nearly 70 species of Central Texas trees and shrubs for sale during free admission Tree Talk Winter Walk at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin.

When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 

Where: The Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX.

Background: The cool ground and moisture of Central Texas winters makes it prime tree planting time, and the Wildflower Center’s Tree Talk Winter Walk is the perfect way to learn what to do as part of free admission January. Learn to select appropriate native trees and shrubs for your landscaping goals while kids can build secret shelters with branches, learn about wildfire prevention, roast marshmallows and more.

Choose from 60-plus native tree and shrub species on sale at the Tent area in the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum, where Tree Talk Winter Walk is being held. On sale will be large trees such as Montezuma cypress and red oak, as well as hard-to-find small trees such as Texas ash, Blanco crabapple and chickasaw plum. Drought-tolerant flowering shrubs such as fragrant mistflower also will be available. Enjoy guided walks with experts on tree care and tree health and more. Added Tree Talk details are below and at http://www.wildflower.org/ttww. The event is sponsored by KUT and KMFA 89.5. 

Walk& Talk Schedule
(Tent area meet-up)

10 a.m.  State Champion Trees - Eric Beckers, Texas Forest Service

11 a.m.  Understory Trees - Kari Gaukler, TreeFolks

12 p.m.  Trees for Habitat - Jane Tillman, Travis Audubon Society

1 p.m.    Landscaping with Trees - Elias Guerrero, Wildflower Center horticulturist

2 p.m.    How To Keep Your Trees Strong- Don Gardner, Consulting Arborist

3 p.m.    Oak Wilt Identification & Treatment- Chris Dolan, City of Austin

Kids’ Activities 
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Kids' tree climb sponsored by They Might Be Monkeys! Texas Tree & Land Co.  as well as fort building near the tree climb (Oak Motte Area)

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.   Scavenger Hunt

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. "TREE-mendous Trees!" activity for kids 10 and older and families, provided by Capital Area Master Naturalists. Also enjoy discovery tables (featuring  leaves, berries, bark, bird nests), count tree rings, make paper tree cookies and leaf-rubbing booklets, learn what comes from a tree, play the Name that Seed Game, and enjoy a sensory bag/tree sort. (Tent Area)

In The Store

Noon - 2 p.m.  Pam Penick signs “Lawn Gone,” and all walking sticks are on special. Tree and shrub purchases should be paid at the Texas Arboretum Tent area.

On The Grounds

Stop by the Café for lunch and snacks. Look for on-site art: the nature-inspired sculptures of John Christensen on the grounds, and singular drawings of wildlife by Jules Buck Jones in the McDermott Learning Center. 

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