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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:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2008

2008 Wildflower Days

It will soon be time for those bluebonnet photos, and one of the best places to take them is at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin TX during the 2008 Wildflower DaysTM.  Between March 10 and April 30, the center is open every day, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Look for meadows and gardens abloom with Indian paintbrush, winecups, evening primroses, giant spiderworts, Blackfoot daisies and Drummond phlox as well as the Texas state flower.

These events are planned for the 2008 season:

Spring Break Camp for kids with Abrakadoodle®, Monday, March 10 through Friday March 14, offers art education for children 12 and under.

Artists & Artisans Festival,  9 a.m. to  5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16, showcases the work of local artists in watercolors, metal, painting, photography, jewelry, pottery and more. Artist Dalhart Windberg will sign limited issues of his new print, Her Life's Work, and L.Ray, this year's official Wildflower DaysTM artist, will sign the 2008 Wildflower Days poster.

Nature Nights, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 21, April 18 and May 23, are  the Wildflower Center's signature family nature programs, with fun, interactive explorations of animals, plants and ecology in Central Texas.  Admission only $1

Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, offers an amazing collection of wildflowers and hard to find native plants as well as heritage tree seedlings descended from the magnificent oaks, pecans and cedar elms at the LBJ Ranch National Historic Site.  Expert gardeners will tell visitors how to select and plant their purchases as well as how to attract butterflies, birds and wildlife to their backyards.  In the store Saturday, Jackie Poole will sign her book, Rare Plants of Texas.

National Wildflower Week, May 5 through 11, is the perfect time to take self-guided tours of our beautiful gardens and celebrate the beauty of the Hill Country with on-site interpretation.

Gardens on Tour, Saturday, May 10, features five exquisite private gardens, all designed with wildflowers and native plants, as well as the Wildflower Center on a self-guided tour perfect for Mother's Day weekend.

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