In accordance with the CDC’s recommendations to practice social distancing and new regulations issued by the City of Austin, all assembled group activities, including classes and upcoming events, are cancelled or postponed through April 30. Find more info about the Center's response to COVID-19 here.
What will happen to all the plants?
Our nursery staff and suppliers will keep many of the plants growing and ready for future sales. We are also reaching out to local garden centers to possibly provide some of our plants for them to sell to their customers. We will update this page with any further developments. You can stay current on announcements and enjoy our digital native plant content by signing up for emails.
Does the Center plan to sell plants at any other times of year? Will the sale plants be made available at a later date if social distancing becomes less necessary?
The optimal window for planting in spring — when the weather is mild and there are greater chances for rain — is fairly short in Texas. Our Spring Native Plant Sale is timed perfectly for that window. We do not generally recommend planting in the warmer, drier months because plants have less chance of survival, and pampering new plants through our summers can be resource intensive (e.g., require a lot of extra water). We will have plants available again for the Fall Native Plant Sale in October, which is really the best time to plant in Texas.
Any suggestions on where else people can get native plants this spring?
We recommend reaching out to your local Native Plant Society of Texas chapter and/or visiting a local nursery. A list of nurseries that sell native plants can be found on our Native Plants of North America database here. But, given other closures, it might be time to just hunker down and cultivate your current garden this spring, keeping it weed free and pruned — or simply enjoying the fruits of your previous labors.
How can we continue to support the Center during this time? Are you accepting donations in lieu of a sale?
The Wildflower Center depends on revenue from general admissions and memberships to remain in operation, and the loss of revenue from this closure will impact us greatly. Any donations during this time would be appreciated and help us keep growing plants into the future. Becoming a new member or renewing your existing membership are additional ways to support us. Explore membership and all its benefits here.
What about Wildflower Center membership and benefits?
In light of this situation, we are honoring our commitment to members by extending current and new memberships for the length of time that we must remain closed. We depend on annual memberships to remain in operation, and the loss of revenue from this closure will impact us greatly. You can support us and receive great benefits by joining or renewing your membership. We already offer a whole suite of benefits for members, and we will be working during this time to add value wherever we can. We appreciate your support.