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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October 2019

Ecoprinting Workshop – NEW!

October 11, 2019 @ 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 [CANCELLED]

October 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$75

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, 2019 @ 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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The Zen of Seeing & the Artist’s Way – NEW! (Waitlist)

October 22, 2019 @ 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
$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

October 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am 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!

October 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am 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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Beginning Backyard Birding – NEW!

October 26, 2019 @ 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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November 2019

Creating Wildflower Crafts With Alcohol Inks

November 2, 2019 @ 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 and being crafty? Learn to make decorative tiles using alcohol inks and canned air

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Fantastic Fungi Film (SOLD OUT)

November 7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$15
A mushroom on the forest floor with a webbed "bridal veil" in a still from the film Fantastic Fungi

An exclusive Texas screening featuring a Q&A with the director

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Tree Pruning Workshop

November 9, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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December 2019

Wreath Workshop

December 7, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45

Bring nature home for the holidays! Create a festive wreath or table centerpiece using native plants along with traditional holiday decorations.

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Drawing I: Short Form

December 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until October 29, 2019

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am 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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January 2020

Meditation & Visualization Techniques for a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul – NEW

January 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
Evening rain lily, Cooperia drummondii. by Marian Reid

Learn about and practice various meditation techniques

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Nerd Nite: Cave Fest Edition

January 22, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free
Family Caving, PHOTO Tanya Zastrow

Get a glimpse into Austin's underground scene with talks from professionals in the fields of caves and groundwater

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February 2020

Seed Lab & Herbarium Tour for Members

February 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free (Members Only)
Bluebonnet seeds

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the seed lab and herbarium in this Member Appreciation Month special tour

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Tree Growing Operations Tour for Members

February 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free (Members Only)
Tree at sunrise

This exclusive tour with a Wildflower Center arborist is part of Member Appreciation Month

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Nursery Growing Operations Tour for Members

February 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free (Members Only)
Cacti being grown for our plant sale

On this members-only tour, get behind the scenes in the greenhouse with our nursery manager

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Austin Cave Festival

February 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free
Family Caving, PHOTO Tanya Zastrow

A free, family-friendly event offering cave explorations and more

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Preventing Gardening Pain Workshop for Members

February 29, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free (Members Only)
A person kneels in the garden and tends a small green plant

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

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Docent Training

February 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on February 8, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on February 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$35
A garden with yellow flowers and pink grasses bursts with blooms in front of a grey metal seed silo

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

Silent Hike

March 12, 2020 @ 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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Migratory Birds in the Landscape (POSTPONED)

March 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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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World Meteorology Day (POSTPONED)

March 21, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Jha Lab researcher Megan O'Connell in the field

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

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Native Plants to Dye For (POSTPONED)

March 28, 2020 @ 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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Petite Ceramic Planters (POSTPONED)

March 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$60
Small Planter Pot Ceramic Class

This class has been postponed – new date TBAIn accordance with the CDC’s recommendations to practice social distancing during the evolving COVID-19 situation, all assembled group activities, including classes and upcoming events, are canceled or postponed through March 31. If you have questions or concerns about a class or program you have registered for, please email our education department. The Wildflower Center gardens and trails remain open presently and we encourage you to spend time recharging and relaxing in nature. For…

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April 2020

The Secrets of True Happiness – NEW (CANCELLED)

April 4, 2020 @ 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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Yoga & Singing Bowls (CANCELLED)

April 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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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Plein Air Drawing (CANCELLED)

April 19, 2020 @ 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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May 2020

Parking Lot Birding Author Presentation – VIRTUAL

May 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free
Eastern bluebird on light fixture

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

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Yoga & Singing Bowls – VIRTUAL

May 3, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$15
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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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants I – VIRTUAL

May 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$30
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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June 2020

Yoga & Singing Bowls – VIRTUAL

June 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free – $15
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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Easy Spring Gardening – VIRTUAL

June 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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One event on June 13, 2020 at 9:00 am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$30
Purple coneflower

Learn how to garden smarter, not harder, with native plants!

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Wild Night In With Ray Prim: A Virtual Concert

June 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free

Have a wild night in and shake it out with a very special musical guest!

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Agaves, Yuccas & Beyond – VIRTUAL

June 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on June 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on June 28, 2020 at 10:00 am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$30
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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Summer Care for Native Plants – VIRTUAL

June 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on June 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$20
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

NDAL Webinar: Ecological Design as Garden Art

July 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Part of the NDAL webinar series, "Ecology, Culture and the Designed Landscape"

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NDAL Webinar: Cemetery Landscapes As Habitat

July 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Part of the NDAL webinar series, "Ecology, Culture and the Designed Landscape"

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NDAL Webinar: Specifications for Restoration Scale Projects

July 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Part of the NDAL webinar series, "Ecology, Culture and the Designed Landscape"

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Monarchs, Milkweeds & More – VIRTUAL (Sold Out)

July 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$25
Monarch butterfly on shrubby boneset

Learn about the amazing, migrating monarch butterfly and the plants they depend on

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Ruff Plants for Dog Lovers – VIRTUAL

July 12, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$15
Dog plants

Learn about plants that can coexist fetchingly with canine companions

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NDAL Webinar: Rediscovering Historic Landscape Practice

July 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States

Part of the NDAL webinar series, "Ecology, Culture and the Designed Landscape"

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NDAL Webinar: Regenerative Agriculture: A Landscape Architect’s Role

July 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$48
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Part of the NDAL webinar series, "Ecology, Culture and the Designed Landscape"

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NDAL Webinar: Regenerative Agriculture: A Landscape Architect’s Role Copy

July 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$48
NDAL logo

Part of the NDAL webinar series, "Ecology, Culture and the Designed Landscape"

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Native Fruit Trees of Texas – VIRTUAL (Sold Out)

July 18, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15
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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