Sunny Days Ahead

Wildflower season is coming — get ready at Texas Wildflower Central

HOURS

Open Daily
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ADMISSIONS

Adults – $12
Youth – $6
Members – FREE

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4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739
512.232.0100

Welcome to the Botanic Garden of Texas

Member Appreciation Month

Celebrating our members with perks all month

EVENTS & CLASSES

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

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Foraging for Native Edibles

Saturday, March 14

Wild Supper Club

Friday, April 10

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Native Plant Gardening Series

March 14, 15, 21 & 28
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Spring Native Plant Sale

Friday & Saturday, April 17 & 18

Sat 29

Gardening for Newcomers

February 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mar 01

Yoga & Singing Bowls

March 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Mar 12

Silent Hike

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mar 14

Foraging for Native Edibles

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mar 14

FIND A PLANT

Discover the Native Plants of North America


GARDEN VIEWS

A glimpse at what you might see now

Instagram post 2251193695704944233_1134410758 A delightful early spring wildflower, spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea) is making a show of blooming near the Courtyard and Cafe at the Center. The plant often stands 1-3 ft. tall but can bloom just inches from the ground, and those three pretty petals come in hues of white, pink, blue, purple & violet (see todays Story). The plant’s generic name is after John Tradescant, who served as gardener to Charles I of England🌿👑. Find them on this side of the pond in moist soils throughout prairies, plains, meadows, pastures & woodland edges. #txwildflowers2020 #purplepetals #spiderwort #tradescantia #botanicalnomenclature #royalblues #ultravioleta
Instagram post 2248994764270979079_1134410758 She’s back! Our resident great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) has once again gifted us with her presence by choosing the Wildflower Center as her spring nesting site. Athena, as we call her, returned to her favored spot in a high-up planter across from our Wetland Pond and is sitting “high” beneath the shelter of a sotol plant — a signal that there’s likely an egg (or two) in the equation. We expect a busy weekend + season, and whenever possible we will have a docent available to help visitors spot Athena w/binoculars & learn some great-horned facts. We ask that everyone greet our ambassador owl (and all wildlife) respectfully by keeping voices low + feet planted on the walkway so that Athena can nest and raise her brood feeling safe & secure. 📸: Bill J Boyd #thatsowlfornow #bubo #bubovirginianus #greathornedowl #texaswildlife #athenatheowl #blessed🦉
Instagram post 2248148854582518638_1134410758 “Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono, Season of Glass 📸: Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata) blooms along the Savanna Meadow Trail at the intersection of winter & spring
Instagram post 2247433672919006057_1134410758 Ready to get down? Austin Cave Festival, free and family friendly, takes place this Sat. at the Center! Join us as we partner w/ other ATX nature orgs with plenty of immersive activities, cave explorations, a cave simulator, science & adventure presentations, live music, + more. Two of our onsite cave will be explorable with tours (ages 5+). See how water makes its way through the Edwards Aquifer to Barton Springs, learn about animals that call Austin’s caves home, try on caving gear, & learn how to protect and conserve Austin’s water resources. NOTE: No pre-registration for cave tours — first-come, first-served basis & limited capacity. #atxfamily #freefuninaustin #do512family #365austin #cavingadventure
Instagram post 2246664827534978118_1134410758 You know it’s about to be spring in #CentralTexas when nature starts throwing elbows! Right about now elbow bush (Forestiera pubescens) starts popping with small, sea urchin-esque yellow petals to announce the shift in seasons. The common name comes from this plant’s habit of branching at right angles, while “pubescens” refers to its fuzzy leaves — a helpful trait for IDing this bush in the non-blooming season. More info in today’s Story. #weirdplants #blooming_macro #strangebeauty #nativeplantsofnorthamerica #springiscomingsoon
Instagram post 2245921245081449682_1134410758 May your Monday have wings! •••
📸: Eastern black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) on just-blooming prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida) by Bill J Boyd
Instagram post 2243957044448567363_1134410758 Some 🌿 ways to show love: 🌱Plant a native plant to show 💚 for the earth 🐿Take someone you love (it can be yourself!) on a walk in nature 🌼 Send someone a picture of a wildflower and say “I was thinking of you” (Nothing blooming where you are? Lots of plants are stunning even when they’re not blooming🌵) ✏️🌺Ask your S.O., family or a friend if they would like to plan a garden together 🦉What would you add to the list? 📸: Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) #loveblooms #plantlovercommunity #lovelanguages #natureismyvalentine
Instagram post 2242388498207610345_1134410758 🏆🧚🏾‍♂️The people have spoken! Based on votes from our guests, the 2019-20 #Fortlandia People's Choice Award goes to Fairy Pavilion, designed by local artist James Edward Talbot.Made of repurposed lumber & Ashe juniper wood, w/ a roof of flattened aluminum cans (think: 🐉 scales), this fort cast a magical spell on explorers of all ages✨. Congrats, Talbot! 👏🏽
Instagram post 2240865768966529836_1134410758 Here for your sunshine-on-a-rainy-day fix is four-nerve daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa var. scaposa), a very reliable little bloomer displaying bright gold ray flowers through the entire year if conditions are right. These dependable daisies prefer dry plains and sunny, rocky hillsides (but they’ll be your bloom thru the gloom too). Get close to scope their cute three-toothed petals and namesake purple veins, but note: they’ll emit an unpleasant odor when picked. So leave the wildflowers for the bees and opt for a flower-crown filter on your next selfie instead. #rideordie #daisy #rockgarden #sunnyflowers #asteraceae #illbethereforyouwhentherainstartstofall #txwildflowers2020
Instagram post 2251193695704944233_1134410758 A delightful early spring wildflower, spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea) is making a show of blooming near the Courtyard and Cafe at the Center. The plant often stands 1-3 ft. tall but can bloom just inches from the ground, and those three pretty petals come in hues of white, pink, blue, purple & violet (see todays Story). The plant’s generic name is after John Tradescant, who served as gardener to Charles I of England🌿👑. Find them on this side of the pond in moist soils throughout prairies, plains, meadows, pastures & woodland edges. #txwildflowers2020 #purplepetals #spiderwort #tradescantia #botanicalnomenclature #royalblues #ultravioleta
Instagram post 2248994764270979079_1134410758 She’s back! Our resident great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) has once again gifted us with her presence by choosing the Wildflower Center as her spring nesting site. Athena, as we call her, returned to her favored spot in a high-up planter across from our Wetland Pond and is sitting “high” beneath the shelter of a sotol plant — a signal that there’s likely an egg (or two) in the equation. We expect a busy weekend + season, and whenever possible we will have a docent available to help visitors spot Athena w/binoculars & learn some great-horned facts. We ask that everyone greet our ambassador owl (and all wildlife) respectfully by keeping voices low + feet planted on the walkway so that Athena can nest and raise her brood feeling safe & secure. 📸: Bill J Boyd #thatsowlfornow #bubo #bubovirginianus #greathornedowl #texaswildlife #athenatheowl #blessed🦉
Instagram post 2248148854582518638_1134410758 “Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono, Season of Glass 📸: Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata) blooms along the Savanna Meadow Trail at the intersection of winter & spring
Instagram post 2247433672919006057_1134410758 Ready to get down? Austin Cave Festival, free and family friendly, takes place this Sat. at the Center! Join us as we partner w/ other ATX nature orgs with plenty of immersive activities, cave explorations, a cave simulator, science & adventure presentations, live music, + more. Two of our onsite cave will be explorable with tours (ages 5+). See how water makes its way through the Edwards Aquifer to Barton Springs, learn about animals that call Austin’s caves home, try on caving gear, & learn how to protect and conserve Austin’s water resources. NOTE: No pre-registration for cave tours — first-come, first-served basis & limited capacity. #atxfamily #freefuninaustin #do512family #365austin #cavingadventure
Instagram post 2246664827534978118_1134410758 You know it’s about to be spring in #CentralTexas when nature starts throwing elbows! Right about now elbow bush (Forestiera pubescens) starts popping with small, sea urchin-esque yellow petals to announce the shift in seasons. The common name comes from this plant’s habit of branching at right angles, while “pubescens” refers to its fuzzy leaves — a helpful trait for IDing this bush in the non-blooming season. More info in today’s Story. #weirdplants #blooming_macro #strangebeauty #nativeplantsofnorthamerica #springiscomingsoon
Instagram post 2245921245081449682_1134410758 May your Monday have wings! •••
📸: Eastern black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) on just-blooming prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida) by Bill J Boyd
Instagram post 2243957044448567363_1134410758 Some 🌿 ways to show love: 🌱Plant a native plant to show 💚 for the earth 🐿Take someone you love (it can be yourself!) on a walk in nature 🌼 Send someone a picture of a wildflower and say “I was thinking of you” (Nothing blooming where you are? Lots of plants are stunning even when they’re not blooming🌵) ✏️🌺Ask your S.O., family or a friend if they would like to plan a garden together 🦉What would you add to the list? 📸: Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) #loveblooms #plantlovercommunity #lovelanguages #natureismyvalentine
Instagram post 2242388498207610345_1134410758 🏆🧚🏾‍♂️The people have spoken! Based on votes from our guests, the 2019-20 #Fortlandia People's Choice Award goes to Fairy Pavilion, designed by local artist James Edward Talbot.Made of repurposed lumber & Ashe juniper wood, w/ a roof of flattened aluminum cans (think: 🐉 scales), this fort cast a magical spell on explorers of all ages✨. Congrats, Talbot! 👏🏽
Instagram post 2240865768966529836_1134410758 Here for your sunshine-on-a-rainy-day fix is four-nerve daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa var. scaposa), a very reliable little bloomer displaying bright gold ray flowers through the entire year if conditions are right. These dependable daisies prefer dry plains and sunny, rocky hillsides (but they’ll be your bloom thru the gloom too). Get close to scope their cute three-toothed petals and namesake purple veins, but note: they’ll emit an unpleasant odor when picked. So leave the wildflowers for the bees and opt for a flower-crown filter on your next selfie instead. #rideordie #daisy #rockgarden #sunnyflowers #asteraceae #illbethereforyouwhentherainstartstofall #txwildflowers2020

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