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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

Spring 2004

Wildflower Days 2004 Begin in March

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center welcomes spring with its annual Wildflower Days® season in March, April, and May. In addition to beautiful blooms, the upcoming season includes long-time favorite events, special book signings, and a Texas premiere - The Living Garden.

Wildflower Days begins on March 20 and 21, 2004, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with An Artisans Festival. From fine art to folk art, the best in natural forms will be on display. Artists and artisans will showcase their nature-related work including metal work, painting, photography, pottery, and more. Additionally, Bev Doolittle, famous for her "camouflage art," and author of The Earth is My Mother and The Forest Has Eyes will her sign books on March 20.

This spring the Wildflower Center also welcomes Eric Carle, renowned and beloved children's author and illustrator, whose books include The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Lonely Firefly. Carle will be at the Wildflower Center for a book signing on March 27. (NOTE corrected date - this event is no longer slated for April 3, 2004)

Wildflower Days continues with the ever-popular Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival held on April 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special members-only preview sale Friday, April 16, 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.

Wildflower Days wraps up May 1 and 2 with The Living Garden. Visitors will watch nature come to life when The Living Garden visits the Wildflower Center. DiVine, The Rock, The Fountain, and The Orchid make their first appearance at a Texas garden during this can't-miss event.

Hours for the Wildflower Center are Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 5:30pm.

From March 22 to April 26, the Center is open on Mondays as well.

Spring admission is $7 for adults and $5.50 for seniors and students. 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 512.232.0100 or visit www.wildflower.org

Thank you to the sponsors that make Wildflower Days 2004 possible:

KVUE-TV 24, Infinity Broadcasting's Mix 94.7 & Majic 95.5, La Quinta Hotels, Emmis Communications' 107.1 KGSR, and Texas Highways.

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