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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

March 2006

Wildflower Days 2006 Begin at the Wildflower Center

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center welcomes spring with its annual Wildflower Days® season of special events. In addition to beautiful native blooms-bluebonnets, paintbrush and dozens of others-- the upcoming season includes an Artisans' Festival, a chance to stock up on hardy native plants and the better-than-ever Gardens on Tour.

On Thursday, March 16, Author Todd Michael will speak about "The Art of Storytelling" as part of the Evening Ecology Series, which takes place from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Artisans Festival, showcasing the work of some 20 artists in metal, painting, photography, pottery and more, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 18, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Watercolors, sculpted and pressed flowers, jewelry-it will all be on display and for sale--plus Dalhart Windberg, one of Texas' best known landscape artists will sign a special wildflower print available only at Wild Ideas, the Wildflower Center store. Look also for Malou Flato, official Wildflower Days 2006 artist, who will sign the "Coneflower" print. There will be lots of activities for children at the Little House and live music in the courtyard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Wildflower Days continues with a chamber music concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 16 in the auditorium. The Hill Country Strings will present music from 20th-century Russia and England, including Dmitri Shostakovich's darkly humorous 7th String Quartet. Also on the program is a selection from Ernest Chausson's concerto arranged for harmonica.

The very popular Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival will be held on April 8 & 9, with a special members-only preview sale Friday, April 7, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. This plant sale boasts the largest selection of native plants in Central Texas with some 300 species and 23,000 plants from which to choose. Native plant experts are available all day to help visitors make the best choices for their gardens.

Also on the agenda are chances to learn. Eileen Pestorius will teach "Still Life with Wildflowers" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, On Friday, March 24, Wanda Lancaster will teach "Taming Wildflowers: Floral Arrangement Workshop" from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. The cost for a workshop is $50 for members and $60 for non-members.

This spring the Wildflower Center welcomes authors for book signings.

  • Kay Herndon, Texas Wildflowers in Bloom - Saturday, March 18
  • Nathan Jensen, Life in the Slow Lane - Sunday, March 19

Finally, on Saturday, May 13, just in time for Mother's Day, the Wildflower Center will feature its highly successful Gardens on Tour 2005. Now in its second year, this allows participants to take an exclusive look into five of Austin's backyard native gems. All gardens prominently feature native plants and demonstrate good gardening practices, while encouraging people to use native plants in their own garden. Tour wristbands will available at $25 starting April 8 at Wild Ideas: The Store. Individual garden tickets at $6 may be purchased on-site at each home. The tour goes on rain or shine. Watch www.wildflower.org for details.

Hours for the Wildflower Center are Tuesday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. From March 13 to April 30, the Center is open every day. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; and $2.50 for Children. Children 5 and younger, and members are free.

The Wildflower Center is located in southwest Austin: Follow Loop 1 south, turn left on La Crosse Avenue, the first light past Slaughter Lane. The Wildflower Center is two blocks down on the right.

For more information on any of these events or additional information on the Center, call 512.232.0104 or visit www.wildflower.org.

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