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BOTANIC GARDEN of TEXAS

A garden for everyone, open by reservation with limited capacity

EVENTS & CLASSES

Join us for one of our exciting online classes, programs or events

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Yoga & Singing Bowls

Monthly, First Sundays
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What's Happening in the Gardens?

Thursdays, March – May

Pollinator Habitat garden

Native Plant Gardening Series

Weekends, March 13 – 27

Wed 10

Sprouts Story Time

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Thu 11

Migratory Birds in the Landscape

March 11 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Thu 11

What’s Happening in the Gardens? – VIRTUAL

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sat 13

FIND A PLANT

Discover the Native Plants of North America


GARDEN VIEWS

An inside glimpse of the gardens from our Instagram feed

The 2021 wildflower season is almost here. And unlike many things lately, it promises to be dependably normal — which = beautiful in Central Texas! While February’s winter storm Uri impacted some native plants, Director of Horticulture Andrea DeLong-Amaya expects that our celebrated flora will bloom as usual.
🌱
“Our Texas bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) and many other native wildflowers are adapted to cold temperatures,” she said, “and the 6 to 8 inches of snow the area received acted as a blanket to protect them against the many days of freezing temperatures.”
🌱
Read the Center’s full annual Wildflower Forecast incl. what should bloom soon and some 🔥hot weather insight from @kxan_news Chief Meteorologist David Yeomans [ @davidyeomansweather ] + find other great wildflower watching resources at wildflower.org/texas or our link in today’s Story.

📸: Some of the first blooming bluebonnets of the year at the Center — by Bill J Boyd

#TexasWildflowers #TexasBluebonnets  #TXWildflowers2021
Howling at the sun is totally a thing!☀️This week is going to be beautiful, y’all. Here’s how to have a great visit: 

🔗Make your reservation at wildflower.org

😷Mask up (everyone over 2 years)

🦉Bring binoculars if you have them to see Athena (last post!) and other birds - or listen for them in the gardens 

👟Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle 

🎧Download the @travelstorys app (more info in Story Highlights) for our self-paced audio tour

🪐Leave some space (6 feet or more) between yourself and anyone not in your household 

🌱👀 See you soon! 

📸 Bill J Boyd
Whooo is ready for some really GREAT news?! Athena the Great Horned Owl, Keeper of the Sotol, is back in her familiar nesting spot across from the Wetland Pond. This beloved Bubo virginianus returned earlier in February and weathered the winter storm hunkered down in her planter. 

As we welcome guests to observe and learn about Athena, this year we also ask you follow these safety guidelines:  

🦉Line up — we have a visible queue in the optimal viewing spot 

🦉Maintain appropriate distance (min. 6 feet/approx 1.5 Athena wingspans)

🦉Wear your mask if you’re older than 2 (everywhere, all the time while at the Center) 

🦉Marvel for 3 min. max. so everyone can have a safe and spectacular turn to witness the Awesomeness that is Athena. 

Remember, tickets are available by reservation only. Link in bio or wildflower.org/visit — more Athena facts in today’s Story! That’s owl for now.

📸: Bill J Boyd

#Bubo #Athena🦉 #ATXWildLife #LookingUp
UPDATE ☀️ The sun is out and giving the Center a big warm hug! We're happy to announce that our garden gates will open tomorrow. Come move through the sweet air of early spring, take a rest under a resilient native tree, or dance on the Play Lawn in the Family Garden. We will reopen to the public at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning; as always, members can reserve entry beginning at 8 a.m. We look forward to seeing you! Note: Masks and reservations required. 👀 wildflower.org/visit or link in bio.

PS — Yes, we will still be giving tips on post-freeze native plant care... soon. The best gardeners are patient gardeners and our experts are rallying to #DoAllTheThings
👁👁 We 🌱promise🌱 we will share winter gardening tips and wildflower season thoughts this coming week. Please know our staff members are recovering from the same week as the rest of our community and we’re giving everyone space, time and compassion to care for their homes, loved ones, neighbors and selves. In the meantime, native plants will go about the business of participating in the carbon cycle. 
💚 
Still v. anxious? 
Head to wildflower.org/learn (link in bio) and sign up for our Native Plant Gardening Series where experts will guide you through spring planning, gardening and ongoing maintenance. 

📸: Ryan Mecredy
Update: Remaining closed for Friday, Feb. 12 

The Center will close immediately and until further notice. With falling rain and freezing temperatures, the National Weather Service advises against travel in our area. Stay safe, y’all! Members, this is a great time to curl up with your new edition of Wildflower magazine (tell us what your favorite feature is!) and we’ll put some more recommended reads in our Stories.

📸: Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) berries with frost
The 2021 wildflower season is almost here. And unlike many things lately, it promises to be dependably normal — which = beautiful in Central Texas! While February’s winter storm Uri impacted some native plants, Director of Horticulture Andrea DeLong-Amaya expects that our celebrated flora will bloom as usual.
🌱
“Our Texas bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) and many other native wildflowers are adapted to cold temperatures,” she said, “and the 6 to 8 inches of snow the area received acted as a blanket to protect them against the many days of freezing temperatures.”
🌱
Read the Center’s full annual Wildflower Forecast incl. what should bloom soon and some 🔥hot weather insight from @kxan_news Chief Meteorologist David Yeomans [ @davidyeomansweather ] + find other great wildflower watching resources at wildflower.org/texas or our link in today’s Story.

📸: Some of the first blooming bluebonnets of the year at the Center — by Bill J Boyd

#TexasWildflowers #TexasBluebonnets  #TXWildflowers2021
Howling at the sun is totally a thing!☀️This week is going to be beautiful, y’all. Here’s how to have a great visit: 

🔗Make your reservation at wildflower.org

😷Mask up (everyone over 2 years)

🦉Bring binoculars if you have them to see Athena (last post!) and other birds - or listen for them in the gardens 

👟Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle 

🎧Download the @travelstorys app (more info in Story Highlights) for our self-paced audio tour

🪐Leave some space (6 feet or more) between yourself and anyone not in your household 

🌱👀 See you soon! 

📸 Bill J Boyd
Whooo is ready for some really GREAT news?! Athena the Great Horned Owl, Keeper of the Sotol, is back in her familiar nesting spot across from the Wetland Pond. This beloved Bubo virginianus returned earlier in February and weathered the winter storm hunkered down in her planter. 

As we welcome guests to observe and learn about Athena, this year we also ask you follow these safety guidelines:  

🦉Line up — we have a visible queue in the optimal viewing spot 

🦉Maintain appropriate distance (min. 6 feet/approx 1.5 Athena wingspans)

🦉Wear your mask if you’re older than 2 (everywhere, all the time while at the Center) 

🦉Marvel for 3 min. max. so everyone can have a safe and spectacular turn to witness the Awesomeness that is Athena. 

Remember, tickets are available by reservation only. Link in bio or wildflower.org/visit — more Athena facts in today’s Story! That’s owl for now.

📸: Bill J Boyd

#Bubo #Athena🦉 #ATXWildLife #LookingUp
UPDATE ☀️ The sun is out and giving the Center a big warm hug! We're happy to announce that our garden gates will open tomorrow. Come move through the sweet air of early spring, take a rest under a resilient native tree, or dance on the Play Lawn in the Family Garden. We will reopen to the public at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning; as always, members can reserve entry beginning at 8 a.m. We look forward to seeing you! Note: Masks and reservations required. 👀 wildflower.org/visit or link in bio.

PS — Yes, we will still be giving tips on post-freeze native plant care... soon. The best gardeners are patient gardeners and our experts are rallying to #DoAllTheThings
👁👁 We 🌱promise🌱 we will share winter gardening tips and wildflower season thoughts this coming week. Please know our staff members are recovering from the same week as the rest of our community and we’re giving everyone space, time and compassion to care for their homes, loved ones, neighbors and selves. In the meantime, native plants will go about the business of participating in the carbon cycle. 
💚 
Still v. anxious? 
Head to wildflower.org/learn (link in bio) and sign up for our Native Plant Gardening Series where experts will guide you through spring planning, gardening and ongoing maintenance. 

📸: Ryan Mecredy
Update: Remaining closed for Friday, Feb. 12 

The Center will close immediately and until further notice. With falling rain and freezing temperatures, the National Weather Service advises against travel in our area. Stay safe, y’all! Members, this is a great time to curl up with your new edition of Wildflower magazine (tell us what your favorite feature is!) and we’ll put some more recommended reads in our Stories.

📸: Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) berries with frost

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