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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
512.232.0105
brodriguez@wildflower.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2008

Wildflower Days™ Artists& Artisans Festival Kicks Off the Beginning of Wildflower Season

What:  Wildflower Daysä Artists & Artisans Festival

When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15.  Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 

Background: The annual Artists & Artisans Festival showcases the work of more than 20 American artists in metal, painting, photography, jewelry, pottery and more. Find unique items such as bird houses made from mesquite, sculptured metal flowers and handmade stoneware. Stroll through our gardens and be on the lookout for spring's early bloomers such as bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, winecups, Blackfoot Daisy, primrose, Drummond phlox and Giant spiderwort. Children will enjoy nature-inspired crafts and activities in the Children's Little House, and a mural they can color. 

During the festival, the store will feature book and print signings. Artist Dalhart Windberg will sign this year's new print, "Her Life's Work," during his trunk show, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday. Many other Windberg prints and limited editions will be available this day only. Patti Johnson will visit with store customers about her hand-painted glassware, 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday. During that same time, L.Ray, official Wildflower Daysä 2008 artist, will sign the "Giallardia"/Indian blanket print and T-shirts. All previous years' Wildflower DaysTM prints will be 40 percent off both days. 

Festival participants can also see the end of the exhibit of hand cut watercolors of wildflowers by renowned artist Shou Ping. Her scissor art will be on display Saturday, March 8, to Saturday, March 15, at the Center's McDermott Learning Center. 

Sponsors:  KUT 90.5, KVUE and MAJIC 95.5 are event  ponsors.

Admission: $7 adults; $6 seniors and students; $3 for children; free for members and children under 5. For more information, call 512-232-0100, or visit www.wildflower.org

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