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Wildflower Hour

Green Your Thumb Saturday Mornings
During Call-in Wildflower Hour on KLBJ

Join Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center staff every Saturday morning from 8 – 9 a.m. as they share plant tips during Wildflower Hour with Tom Spencer on KLBJ News Radio 590 AM.

Missed the show? Listen to recent episodes here: newsradioklbj.com/media/podcasts/the-wildflower-hour

About Wildflower Hour

Back in fall 2009, the landscape designer and host of KLRU's "Central Texas Gardener" approached the Center about joining him on his gardening show to bring native plant information to his listeners. Wildflower Hour has since featured several center horticulturists as well as Barbara Medford, a lifelong gardener and Center volunteer who entertained radio listeners for more than a year.

Horticulturist Elias Guerrero took up the mantle in 2012, and has been our primary expert discussing the value and versatility of Texas' native plants ever since. You can hear Guerrero describing a featured native plant at the start of each show. He also assists Spencer in responding to call-in questions throughout the hour when he's not off developing his own home gardens.

Find the plants featured on Wildflower Hour in our native plant database: wildflower.org/plants

About Elias Guerrero

A ninth generation Austinite, Guerrero has been caretaker for much of the Central Gardens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center since 2010. He joined the Center horticulture staff after serving as an assistant gardener for more than eight years at local estates, operating a greenhouse for more than a decade where he helped develop client's interior plantings and more. Among the renowned garden designers he has worked with is Penelope Hobhouse of the UK's National Trust.

Guerrero developed a passion for gardening from his family. His paternal grandmother, who was Native American, propagated native plants at home from clippings she collected on long walks they took together. That inspired him to look at the cultural uses of harvested plants and to become more environmentally aware. He developed his own green thumb when, as a nine-year-old, he inherited a miniature rose plant from his maternal grandmother that had been passed down for over a century. "I dug it up and carried it with me all down into adulthood and I've been growing it for all my life." Guerrero is also a Master of Yoga in the Sivananda style who taught in the Himalayas, and a Kung Fu instructor and holder of black belts in five martial arts.

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