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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2014
What: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Native Plant Society of Texas offer a public symposium about native plants that highlights sustainable gardening practices for homeowners.
When: Saturday, April 26, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Auditorium, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739. See a map at http://www.wildflower.org/visit
Background: If you want to understand why native plants matter, come hear award-winning author Dr. Doug Tallamy speak during this year’s Native Plant Spring Symposium. The keynote address, “Bringing Nature Home: Gardening for Life,” will be delivered by Tallamy. He is the author of a book by that name and a dynamic speaker who will explain why native plants and sustainable gardening are essential to preserving local wildlife and maintaining botanical biodiversity.
Also learn about new developments at the Wildflower Center from Dr. Damon Waitt, the center’s senior director and senior botanist; hummingbirds of Texas from Mark Klym, coordinator of the Texas Wildscapes and Texas Hummingbird Roundup programs for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; and the state’s latest prairie preserve from Jason Singhurst, botanist with Texas Parks & Wildlife and co-author of “Rare Plants of Texas.” In addition, Dr. Matt Turner, naturalist and author of “Remarkable Plants of Texas,” will speak on this topic.
Registration: Pre-registration is required. $55 for the general public, and $50 for members of the Wildflower Center and Native Plant Society of Texas. After April 18, the registration fee is $65. Register online at http://www.npsot.org/springsymposium2014.
Sponsors: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin and Native Plant Society of Texas.