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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September 2019

The Zen of Seeing & the Artist’s Way – NEW! (Waitlist)

September 17 @ 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
$209
Hibiscus grandiflorus

This 7-class series will explore creativity through mindfulness and mixed-media visual art. No experience needed.

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Series: Watercolor Basics

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$209

This seven-session course is presented in partnership with the Contemporary Austin Art School.

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Series: Bamboo Drawing Tools & Homemade Media – NEW!

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$209

Explore art with handmade tools and a natural palette. No experience required!

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants II

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series: Dig deeper into the world of native plant ID and knowledge

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Installation

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
Milkweed seedlings PHOTO Joanna Wojtkowiak

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series: Learn to give those plants a great start and install garden features

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Maintenance

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series: Learn to keep your plants healthy

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Integrated Pest Management

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
A Chinese mantis feeds on a fly and a sphinx moth, respectively. PHOTO Chris Helzer

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series: I.D. beneficial vs. harmful insects and learn best practices

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Class: Native Plants to Dye For

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45

Celebrate the colors of the season with your own plant-dyed fabrics!

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October 2019

Native Bees of Texas

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Bumble bee on gayfeather, photo by Val Bugh

Why are native bees such a buzz-worthy topic? These magnificent, hard-working insects are diverse, fascinating and vital to landscapes. Learn about bee ecosystems, morphology, behavior and society, nesting habits, diets, and how to tell bees from wannabees (mimics). We'll talk conservation too!

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Landscape Design Studios I & II

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 13, 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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Migratory Birds in the Landscape

October 10 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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One event on November 14, 2019 at 8:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$8 – $15
Painted bunting PHOTO Bill J. 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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Ecoprinting Workshop – NEW!

October 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$125

Come make beautiful, wearable art inspired by nature using natural dyes

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Fortlandia Takeover

October 11 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Wildflower magazine editor Amy McCullough shows off her sandbar-island campsite, a wooden staff inherited from a previous camper, and a handcrafted fire ring. PHOTO Jimmie Buchanan Jr.

Fortlandia for adults only! Enjoy tree climbing, botany-themed beer tasting, food from local hot spots, cocktails & more

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Felting Flowers – NEW!

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
Colorful felt flowers made by hand

Learn a time-honored handcraft you can use all year for gifting and decorating

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Foraging for Native Edibles

October 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on November 9, 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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Beginning Backyard Birding – NEW!

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:15 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$30
Wintering Birds

Get tips for identifying your bird neighbors by sight and sound and learn how to support their populations

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Drawing I: Short Form

October 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until October 29, 2019

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until December 18, 2019

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$209

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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Series: Botanical Illustration

October 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until December 19, 2019

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$209

Enhance your drafting skills through drawing plant forms in this seven-class series in partnership with the Contemporary Austin Art School

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Series: Nature Journaling in Watercolor – NEW

October 31 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Friday, repeating until December 20, 2019

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$209

Up your journal game by spending time in nature and expanding your creative toolbox with this 7-class series

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November 2019

Creating Wildflower Crafts With Alcohol Inks

November 2 @ 1:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Alcohol ink tile with bluebonnets, sunset and tree

Love wildflowers, painting and adding to your crafty skill-box? Learn to make decorative tiles, magnets and a light switch plate using alcohol inks and canned air.

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Tree Pruning Workshop

November 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$30
Elias pruning trees, by Bill Boyd

For every tree there's a tool and for every tool there's a technique! Trees give us so much — learn how to keep them healthy and happy with proper pruning technique from a landscaping expert.

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Winter Care for Native Plants

November 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Bluebonnet leaves coated with frost PHOTO Bruce Leander

This gardening workshop will introduce tips and tricks for keeping Texas plants healthy through the winter.

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Create Space for Nature Play at Home – NEW!

November 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
Kids building fort

Learn to create a child and pet-friendly nature play space at home or in your community

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Forts by Flashlight (Member Exclusive)

November 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free for Members
Fortlandia by flashlight

Sneak out after dark, throw a pebble at your best friend's window, and don't forget your flashlight!

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February 2020

Gardening for Newcomers

February 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$35
Seed Silo Garden

New to Texas or just new to gardening? Come meet some natives and learn where to plant them and how to keep them healthy!

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