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ADULT PROGRAMS

The Wildflower Center offers abundant opportunities to learn about Texas native plants, gardening, nature art, photography, writing and more — including our very popular Native Plant Gardening Series.

Classes generally happen during spring and fall, with other programs occurring throughout the year.

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March 2019

Guided Garden Tour

March 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 31, 2019

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free With Admission
Carolyn Long leading a guided tour during National Wildflower Week

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Maintenance

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Karen working in the field, by Bill Boyd

In this continuation of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series, gain knowledge of plant physiology, gardening tools, watering guidelines and more. Take classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Pest Management

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
American beautyberry and inland sea oats

In this final installment of the Native Plant Gardening Series, learn to identify common beneficial and harmful insects in your garden. This class also covers pest management, treatment and safety practices. Take classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Series: Nature and Abstract Drawing

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, happening 7 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$199

Seven-week course In partnership with Contemporary Austin Art School. Learn how to create abstract drawings using natural forms as inspiration. Class will start plant and natural element studies and discover how to transform these representational objects into abstract formal compositions reflecting the individual.

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Tuesday Twilights With a Twist

March 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on March 26, 2019 at 5:00pm

One event on April 9, 2019 at 5:00pm

One event on April 23, 2019 at 5:00pm

One event on May 21, 2019 at 5:00pm

One event on May 28, 2019 at 5:00pm

4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Cocktails at twilight PHOTO Ann Alva Wieding

On these special Tuesdays, we're staying open late and adding a "twist"!

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Landscape Photography

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Maximilian sunflower against meadow and clouds. PHOTO Bruce Leander

Learn to see landscapes with the eye of a trained photographer and capture crisp, composed shots by practicing amidst the Wildflowers with a pro instructor.

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Series: Botanical Illustration

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2019

One event on March 27, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 3, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 10, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 17, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 24, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on May 1, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on May 8, 2019 at 10:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$199

Seven-class series in partnership with the Contemporary Austin Art School. Enhance your drafting skills through drawing plant forms. Create detailed illustrations using a variety of papers with graphite, colored pencils, and ink. Enjoy and experience the native plants at the Wildflower Center by sketching flora in and out of the studio.

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Drawing I: Short Form

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 10, 2019

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$199

You can draw! Practice with a new medium in each session of this course. Start simple and refine your technique in a supportive environment for beginners.

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Foraging for Native Edibles

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on May 4, 2019 at 9:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$25

Discover edible native plants you can forage and harvest in Central Texas.

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Talk: The Magic & Meaning of Tree Gardens in the 21st Century

March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free
Sunrising on the Texas Arboretum Trail, PHOTO Bruce Leander

What are gardens, parks and arboretums? Dr. William "Ned" Friedman discusses the diverse roles of botanical gardens in this presentation.

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April 2019

Migratory Birds in the Landscape

April 5 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
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One event on May 16, 2019 at 7:30am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15
Humming bird, salvia. By Bill Boyd

Join birders from Travis Audubon and horticulturists from the Wildflower Center on a walk focused on plants that migratory birds rely on for food and shelter.

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Ecology & Art Walk + Workshop – NEW

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$95
Engelmanns daisy and firewheel

Half ecological education and half artistic exploration, this expert-led walk and workshop is for anyone who wants to spend time reflecting in nature with pen or brush in hand, learning about the landscape along the way.

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Arranging With Wildflowers

April 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$35

Learn which native flowers keep, how to cut them, and floral design techniques for perfect placement. 

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Container Gardening Workshop

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Container gardening with natives

You don't have to have a lot of land to be a gardener! Our very own ED will lead participants in learning the joy of container gardening.

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Family Bird Walk

April 7 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
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One event on April 7, 2019 at 7:30am

4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free – $12
Yellow Rumped Warbler

There are many feathered friends to be found at the Wildflower Center if you watch for them winging or listen for their singing.

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Name That Plant

April 7 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission

Do you have a plant and can't figure out what it is? Our experts will be on hand to identify your plants.

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Plant ID Walk & Learn

April 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 11, 2019 at 1:00pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$35
Wildflower walk along Nectar Garden

Get to know your natives! Learn how to ID plants using a key and other observational techniques.

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Pen & Petal: Botanical Poetry (NEW!)

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Hibiscus grandiflorus

Sunflowers and sonnets, violets and verses! This class will weave through the gardens before retreating to read and write with instructor guidance.

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Landscape Design Studios I & II

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on April 14, 2019 at 12:00pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$125
Damianita blooms

This two-class course takes principles from our “Native Plant Gardening: Landscape Design” into a studio environment with guidance from an expert horticulturalist.

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Wildflower Road Show (SOLD OUT)

April 20 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Highway 29, Llano, Texas. By Joey McKay

Hop on the bus to see gorgeous Hill Country wildflowers with expert guides

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Gardening for Wildlife

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$95
A male American goldfinch feeding atop a coneflower in the genus Echinacea. Foraging wild birds benefit the most from access to native plants. Photo by: Chad Horwedel

Ready to make your yard, garden or land a paradise for native wildlife? Learn how to use native plants to support robust ecosystems and provide habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and more.

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Milkweeds for Monarchs (NEW!)

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
Asclepias tuberosa, butterfly milkweed

Come learn with our expert conservationist and propagation specialist and get empowered to power the migration with homegrown native milkweeds. 

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Wild Tales of the Texas Terrain (NEW!)

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$25
Tobusch Fishhook Cactus

Many a rough and tumble writer or tall tale teller has been inspired by Texas' tough yet lovely landscapes. Try your hand at some lone star poetry and prose of your own with instructor guidance. 

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“The Guardians” Showing & Panel

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$15

In collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation we present "The Guardians," a film depicting modern day in Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve and the community's struggle to protect their vital forestland. Expert panel discussion to follow the screening. 

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May 2019

Pollinator Gardening Series

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 11, 2019 at 9:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45 – $170
Bumble bee on gayfeather, photo by Val Bugh

Learn about food sources, shelter and host plants for Central Texas pollinators in this four-class series (individual class enrollment available).

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