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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

August 5, 2005

Fabulous Fall Activities

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's fall 2005 season includes beautiful fall gardens and nature trails, Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats exhibit, participation in Austin Museum Day, presentation of the BRIT Lecture Series, the annual Fall Plant Sale and Gardening Festival, movies in October, a new Wildflower Pops music series, and the new Goblins in the Garden Halloween Event.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower and co-host Botanical Research Institute of Texas invite the public to attend the BRIT Distinguished Lecture Series. Each session will take a closer look at ordinary plants that have influenced and shaped economies, politics, and social structures of every country in the world. All programs begin at 7 pm in the auditorium. Free admission.

Friday, September 9
An Empire of Plants: People and Plants that Changed the World
Toby Musgrave, Ph.D., Horticulturist and Author

Wednesday, October 12
King Cotton: The Revolutionary Fiber
Frank Wilson, Dallas Historical Society.

Wednesday, November 2
The Evil Influence of the Lazy Root: Social History Through the Potato's Eye
Larry Zuckerman, Ph.D., Historian and Author

On September 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Center invites Central Texans to celebrate Austin Museum Day at the Wildflower Center with family activities promoting native plant gardening in Austin. Nationally known children's author Lois Ehlert will have a presentation and sign her newest book, Leaf Man. Families can shop the Center's 20%-off seed sale and learn how to plant next Spring's bluebonnets in a rousing Bluebonnet Seed Stomp. Children can make seed balls and Ecopots that can be planted at home. Admission and activities are free.

Throughout the fall, visitors can enjoy the Center's new Wildflower Pops music series. Performances are at 1p.m. in the Courtyard, free with admission.

Sunday, September 11: Classical music with the Hill Country Strings
Sunday, October 16: Power pop with the Golden Apples
Sunday, November 13: Swingin' country with Gina Lee & the Brisket Boys

Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats will be at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center from Saturday, September 24 to Saturday, November 26, 2005. The exhibition dispels popular misconceptions about bats, describes their ecological importance, and gives visitors an appreciation of the true wonders of the bat world. Special effects, multi-sensory interactive displays, and environmentally lifelike settings, such as caves and rain forests, present bats in mythic and real-life settings.

Additionally, all families will be given a fun education booklet created by Center staff. The booklet leads children through the gardens on a learning trek, where information and questions will be posed at five different learning stations. Once all activities in the booklet are complete, children will receive a bat-inspired prize.

Fall is the time to start planning for spring wildflowers. Wildflower seeds planted before Thanksgiving will grow into the beautiful carpets of wildflowers that help define springtime in Central Texas. Additionally, fall is also the ideal time to plant native plants. The Fall Plant Sale and Gardening Festival** on October 8 and 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, is the perfect way to get expert advice and a great selection for any garden. More than 290 native species and 23,000 plants will be available. Local experts will give walks and demonstrations while Wildflower Center staff members give planting advice. Regular admission prices apply. To view a list of available plants online prior to the sale go to www.wildflower.org.

Saturdays in October at 1 p.m., the Center will show Halloween-inspired movies. All showings are free with general admission to the Center.

Saturday, October 1 Bedknobs and Broomsticks (G)
Saturday, October 8 The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (NR)
Saturday, October 15 Monsters, Inc. (G)
Saturday, October 22 Haunted Mansion (PG)

Finally, visit the Wildflower Center for some spooky fun this Halloween. Goblins in the Garden, will be held on Sunday, October 30, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Children can complete the Bat Scavenger Hunt and become a certified Wildflower Center Bat Expert. Families can take portraits in the pumpkin patch, explore the hay bale maze, and check out the haunted tower. Halloween fun for the whole family! Regular admission prices apply. All activities included in admission price.

Other general information:
Regular Admission: $6 Adults / $5 Students & Seniors / $2.50 Children 5-12/ FREE for Members and children under 5
** Shuttle parking available at Bowie High October 9 & 10 only

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