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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

April 8, 2014

Family Garden Volunteer Planting

What: Horticulture staff from The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and volunteers will add plants surrounding the Play Lawn of the new Luci and Ian Family Garden.

When:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m 

Where: 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 May 4, 2014, occupies 4.5 acres of woodland and meadow, providing the perfect setting for hands-on, creative play. The Luci and Ian Family Garden is the only native plant garden in Central Texas developed for families, and aims to connect visitors with the natural world with more than a dozen interactive, educational features. These sustainable features include giant birds’ nests, a creek, caves, a maze and Nature’s Spiral, a mosaic–inlaid limestone wall that illustrates the spiral shapes found in nature.

Led by Horticulture Director Andrea DeLong-Amaya and her staff, the plantings will be done along the long ribbon beds that surround the Play Lawn and weave in and out of a trail that leads into the center of the garden. The robust native plants to be added include: Lindheimer muhly, Gulf muhly, Maximilian and common sunflower, tall and prairie goldenrod, mealy blue sage, switchgrass and cenizo (Texas sage).

Advanced sign-up is required to volunteer. For more details and to RSVP, contact Carrie McDonald at cmcdonald@wildflower.org.

To learn more about the Luci and Ian Family Garden, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/family_garden/

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