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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2014
What: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers its Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Festival amidst the beautiful, blooming gardens in April.
When: Public Sale – Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739
Background: The Wildflower Center’s Spring Plant Sale boasts nearly 300 species of native plants from across the state, including rare options such as Carolina larkspur and a cultivar of rusty blackhaw virburnum trees developed in honor of Lady Bird Johnson. Along with sun-loving wildflowers such as Tahoka daisy, sundrops, Texas star and Drummond phlox, there will be shade-tolerant dwarf palmettos, golden groundsel and heart-leaf skullcap. Many cacti species, and Mexican feathergrass and other ornamental grasses will be available. In addition, visitors have several hawthorn tree species to choose from, as well as bigtooth maples and sandhill plums. To view or search types of plants available, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=spring_sale
For children: Make eco-pots for free that contain native plants to take home and plant. Also enjoy story time in the Little House at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days, check out the nature sensory and make flower fans all weekend.
On-site events: Take advantage of guided garden tours by experts at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. both days starting from the courtyard. Look for staff experts all weekend to talk about Habiturf®, a low-resource use native grass alternative for lawns, and visit other booths by Native Plant Society of Texas chapters, Native American Seed and GroundUp, which produces organic soils and mulches.
Saturday at noon Matt Turner discusses “Remarkable Plants of Texas” in the Auditorium followed by a book signing until 2 p.m. At The Store Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., author Susan Wittig Albert signs “Death Comes Quickly” as well as “A Wilder Rose;” James Truchard signs “Memories from a Hill Country Garden,” and Joy Fisher Hein signs the 2014 Wildflower Days™ T-shirt and print. On Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in The Store, Louann Temple signs “Lady Bird Johnson: Deeds Not Words,” Scott Roberts signs the “Salt Lick Cookbook,” and Sara Barnard signs “The ABCs of Texas Plants.”
Logistics: Visitors are encouraged to bring their own wagon to carry plants and a water container for refilling on site. Plants can be held onsite until the sale ends. The center will not accept plastic pots to recycle. For more Plant Sale information, call 512.232.0100 or go to http://wildflower.org/plantsale.
Admission: $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 NewsRadio 590, and KUT 90.5.