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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February 2020

Preventing Gardening Pain Workshop for Members

February 29 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free (Members Only)

This workshop is free for members as part of Members Appreciation Month

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Docent Training

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Carolyn Long leading a guided tour during National Wildflower Week

Have a passion for people and plants? Learn about how to become a volunteer docent!

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Reading the Land Tour for Members

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free (Members Only)
Restoration Research Trail

This exclusive tour is part of Member Appreciation Month at the Center

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Gardening for Newcomers

February 29 @ 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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March 2020

Yoga & Singing Bowls

March 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$15 – $81
Photo of yoga instructor Cynthia Bernard wearing a "Dog Ma" white tank and stirring the singing bowls laid out on a blue blanket in the gardens for a yoga class

Join us for a morning of movement, mindfulness and the music of Tibetan and quartz singing bowls and chimes.

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Silent Hike

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free
John Barr Trail with bluebonnets

The Wildflower Center is partnering with MindTravel to bring a silent hike experience with a live-to-headphone music performance to our trails and gardens during wildflower season. MindTravel guide and composer, Murray Hidary, will lead you on a music-driven experience through the landscape. Practice walking meditation while fostering a greater connection to the world around you, to others, and to yourself. This is free experience, and MindTravel accepts donations from attendees onsite and online. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center accepts…

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Small-lot Landscape Design

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
Texas Mixed Border Garden

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series: Get expert guidance in designing small gardens and spaces

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Foraging for Native Edibles

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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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Native Plant Gardening Series: Maintenance

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 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: Large-Scale Landscape Design

March 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Wildflower meadow

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series: Get expert guidance designing for 1 or more acres

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Migratory Birds in the Landscape

March 19 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15
Painted bunting PHOTO Bill J. Boyd

Expert horticulturists and birders lead this walk and point out what plants are vital to migratory birds

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants I

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
Rock Rose, Pavonia lasiopetala

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series: Learn to identify native plants of Texas and choose the best for your garden

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World Meteorology Day

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Children learning about meteorology with David Yeomans

Austin, we need to talk about the weather! Activities, special guests, walks and more

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Installation

March 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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Drawing: Colored Pencil on Toned Papers – NEW

March 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$95
Drawing: colored pencil on toned papers

Learn to observe and document natural forms in this all-levels art class

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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 10:00 am on Tuesday, happening 7 times

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

This is a seven-week course In partnership with Contemporary Austin Art School

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants II

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

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

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Native Plants to Dye For

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$60

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

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Integrated Pest Management

March 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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Petite Ceramic Planters – NEW

March 29 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$60
Small Planter Pot Ceramic Class

Say hello to spring with a hands-on class and make sweet little flower vessels for your home, office or gifting. Artist in Residence Meredith Hillbrand will teach students to create their own petite ceramic indoor/outdoor plant pots. The class will include several ceramics techniques such as coil method, pinch pots and hand building. No prior experience is necessary – all levels welcome. Pots will be professionally fired and available for pickup one week after class. Space is limited and registration…

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April 2020

The Secrets of True Happiness – NEW

April 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
The Secrets of True Happiness by Farnaz, Bijan & Adib Masumian

Is happiness attainable? Gain tools and perspectives to live a more peaceful and happy life

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Ecology & Art Walk + Workshop

April 5 @ 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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Landscape Design Studio

April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$125
Landscape design class

This two-class class takes place in a studio environment with guidance from an expert horticulturalist

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Plein Air Drawing

April 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Wildflower meadow

Become a keen observer of nature and express yourself through art, outdoors.

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Invasive Species Workshop – NEW

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$15
Pulling bastard cabbage

Learn about invasives species in Texas, how to ID them and what you can do to prevent their spread

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Earth Day: 50th Anniversary

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free
Black-eyed Susans in the Savanna Meadow

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with citizen-science activities, nature play and special tours!

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Wildflower Road Show

April 25 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$125
Highway 29, Llano, Texas. By Joey McKay

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

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Native Plants for Hedges

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$30
Home owner inspiration garden, formal

Whether you're looking to border a small garden or create privacy in your landscape, native plants make excellent hedges

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City Nature Challenge – NEW

April 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Bumblebee on fall obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana)

It's time for citizen science! Grab your phone and come seek & share spring flora + fauna at the Center

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May 2020

Parking Lot Birding Presentation & Book Signing – NEW

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Male Araripe Manakin, by Rick Elis Simpson

Learn about accessible birding spots around the state at this author presentation and book signing

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Agaves, Yuccas & Beyond – NEW

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)

From thick, sturdy leaves to sky-high stalks, these plants are even more fascinating once you more about them

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Gardening for Wildlife

May 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$95
Humming bird, salvia. By Bill Boyd

Learn to use native plants to support robust ecosystems and provide habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and others

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Easy Spring Gardening

May 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Golden-eye phlox, Phlox roemeriana PHOTO Bruce Leander

Come learn how to garden smarter, not harder, with native plants!

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June 2020

Native Host Plants for Butterflies & Moths

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$55
Monarch butterfly on goldenrod

Learn to create a host-plant haven for the larvae of Texas butterflies and moths with native plants in your garden.

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Thorns & Blooms: Growing Cacti

June 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Tobusch Fishhook Cactus

Many spiny species also have beautiful blooms! Take a tour of our greenhouse and learn how to grow cacti at home

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Summer Care for Native Plants

June 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$30
Texas lantana, Lantana urticoides. By Bruce Leander

Convert your yard into drought-resistant native plant habitat with tips and tricks for keeping Texas plants healthy

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July 2020

Native Fruit Trees of Texas

July 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$30
Mexican plum (Prunus mexicanus)

Money may not grow on trees, but fruit does, and a healthy native fruit tree is truly priceless!

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