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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2008
What: Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival
When: Public Sale - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX
The best selection of native plants in Central Texas will be available at the Wildflower Center's Spring Plant Sale, with nearly 300 species and thousands of plants to choose from. Experts will provide hourly tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. of the gardens, discussing topics such as habitat gardening, landscape design and caring for native trees. Wildflower Center staff and knowledgeable volunteers will also help visitors choose the best native plants for their gardening needs. Children can be busy as a bee near the Little House making an ecopot containing seeds to take home and plant in the garden.
The Wildflower Center store will host special guests from 1 to 4 p.m. both days. On Saturday afternoon, Jackie Poole will sign her new book, "Rare Plants of Texas." That afternoon, visitors can also sample jelly and other treats from Texas Traditions. Sunday's artists include L. Ray, who will sign the 2008 Wildflower DaysTM art print and T-shirts. In addition on Sunday afternoon, Jen Ohlson will sign her book about Austin's Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail called "Every Town Needs a Trail," and George Miller will sign "Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas."
Members receive 10 percent off at the sale and in the store all three days. They also have a chance at door prizes at Friday's members-only sale, from 1 to 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own wagon to carry plants. They can also recycle plastic pots at a collection bin at the front entrance cistern. To view or search types of plants likely to be available, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=spring_sale. To view plant prices, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/plantsale_prices/
Sponsors: KVUE, KUT 90.5, and 590 KLBJ AM.
Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $3.50 for University of Texas at Austin faculty and staff with university identification, $3 for children and free for members and children under 5. For more information, call 512.232.0100 or go to: http://wildflower.org/plantsale.