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Saturday, December 1

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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May 2018

Presentation: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Wildflowers of Texas

Come hear from Michael Eason, author of the newly released "Wildflowers of Texas" as he talks about the wonders of Texas' favorite flora. The presentation will be followed by a book signing at the Wildflower Center Gift Store. This event is free with admission. Admission is always free for members! Once again, spring has returned to Texas--and so have the wildflowers! With their arrival comes a new addition to the bestselling Timber Press Field Guide series. This compact guide will…

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Birds & Blooms – NEW

May 19 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Birds and Blooms Bill J Boyd

Early birds of all ages can join a nature walk to observe flowers and feathered friends in our gardens.

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Nature Drawing

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$95
Sage bloom drawing by Samantha N Peters

Develop skills in composition, drawing technique and color blending. Learn to create proportionally correct forms and believable textures.

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Texas Arboretum Walk

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on May 20, 2018 at 1:00pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Explore the wonders of native trees in the Texas Arboretum with a knowledgeable docent. Bring your binoculars and look for birds or simply enjoy the stroll on one of our most shaded* trails and learn about native plants and Texas history along the way. *There are still several sunny spots and we recommend water, sunscreen and a hat! This tour is free with admission. Registration is encouraged. Register: May 6 Register: May 20

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Art Show Opening: Joseph Hammer

May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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A Little Cook Book, by Joseph Hammer

The art of recycling! Everyday objects, from old books to croquet balls to printers' blocks and tintypes, re-created and given new life as art. The exhibit will include a selection of Hammer's rarely exhibited 3-D assemblages, plus an unprecedented preview of collages for the artist's upcoming major fall show at Austin's Davis Gallery. Join us for an opening reception with the artist at the Wildflower Center Gift Store: Saturday, May 26, 2- 4 p.m. Beverages and small bites will be…

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Guided Garden Tour

May 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until May 31, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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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. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk! Interested in volunteering for our educational programs? Inspired by nature? Come share your passion! In spring we have weekly training and volunteer opportunities with…

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June 2018

Tai Chi

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Qigong instructor, Dr. Chelsea Xu

Learn and practice with the guidance of an expert in the serenity of the gardens.

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Thorns & Blooms: Growing Cacti

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Ladyfinger cactus

Many spiny species also have beautiful blooms! Discover them on a behind-the-scenes tour of our greenhouse and learn how to grow cacti at home.

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Summer Care for Native Plants

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Texas lantana, Lantana urticoides. By Bruce Leander

Interested in converting your yard into drought-resistant native plant habitat? Learn tips and tricks for keeping Texas plants healthy.

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Native Host Plants for Butterflies & Moths – NEW

June 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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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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Tai Chi

June 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Qigong instructor, Dr. Chelsea Xu

Learn and practice with the guidance of an expert in the serenity of the gardens.

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July 2018

Drawing I – Short Form

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until July 10, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Presented in partnership with the Contemporary Austin Art School. You can draw! Practice with a new drawing medium in each session of this course. Enjoy drawing success in the very first class. Throughout the course you will refine your technique while focusing on still-life and found objects in a supportive environment for beginners.

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Tai Chi

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 18, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Qigong instructor, Dr. Chelsea Xu

Learn and practice with the guidance of an expert in the serenity of the gardens.

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Teacher Workshop: Growing Up WILD

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Minette teaching children about botany during Camp Wildflower in 2016.

This workshop will introduce educators to the Growing Up WILD (GUW) curriculum, an early childhood education program encouraging children to be curious about explore the natural world. Through experiences and activities, GUW provides positive impressions of the natural world alongside social and academic skills. This program is open to both formal and informal teachers. The workshop fee includes instruction, materials and the curriculum guide, which: Is written especially for early childhood educators (of children ages 3-7) Features over 400 nature-based experiences…

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August 2018

Luscious Landscapes (Watercolor Painting)

August 29 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

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

Seven-week course presented in partnership with Contemporary Austin Art School. Transparent watercolor is the perfect medium for capturing landscapes. Create beautiful light patterns and establish a mood in your paintings by working in the studio as well as our gardens and natural areas. Some experience with watercolors is recommended.

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September 2018

Native Plant Gardening Series: Small-lot Landscapes

September 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Home owner inspiration garden, formal

Part of the Native Plant Gardening Series, this class is ideal for participants designing landscapes with one acre of land or less; perfect for designing yards and gardens. Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants I

September 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Freshly showered Eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii)

Part of the Native Plant Gardening Series, in this class students will identify and learn about a variety of plants native to Central Texas, unique growing characteristics of each, and how to choose the right ones for a garden. Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save. This is one of our most popular offerings!

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Large-Scale Design

September 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Resoration Research landscape

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series, this class is ideal for participants designing landscapes with one acre of land or more. Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Series: Watercolor — Basics and Beyond

September 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$199

This six-session course is presented in partnership with the Contemporary Austin Art School. All levels welcome. Lessons will include wet-into-wet washes, wet-on-dry washes, color theory, composition, and ways to create glowing color like those you see in our gardens and natural areas!

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants II

September 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Texas lantana, Lantana urticoides. By Bruce Leander

In this continuation of our popular Native Plants Gardening Series, dig deeper into the topic of Texas flora. Learn about native plants and where to find them as well as resources to keep growing. Take classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Wildflower Tiles With Alcohol Inks (Beginner)

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$50

Learn to create eye-catching wildflower ceramic tiles with alcohol inks and canned air using a unique technique! Go home with three charming tiles and a crafty new skill.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Installation

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Field of Black-eyed susans PHOTO Lee Clippard

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series, this class is ideal for those wanting to learn about site preparation, irrigation, planting best practices and mulch application for a healthy garden. Take classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Dog Days of Fall

September 16
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One event on September 16, 2018 at 12:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Dog Days 2018, Dog in front of American beautyberry

Grab your canine bestie and head our way for fun, dog-friendly activities in the gardens. Two days only!

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Foraging for Native Edibles (CANCELLED)

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$25

This program has been cancelled due to expected inclement weather.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Maintenance

September 22 @ 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

September 22 @ 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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Austin Museum Day

September 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Father and daughter explore the world from atop the Observation Tower.

Join us for activities all over the Center with story time, presentations, demonstrations and tours throughout the day. Free admission.

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Gardening for Newcomers

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
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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Moonlight Hike (CANCELLED)

September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15
Moon rising through fall trees

Join us on an after-hours, moonlit hike throughout the gardens and the Texas Arboretum.

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Fortlandia Grand Opening Weekend

September 29 @ 9:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free With Admission
Kids building fort

Your secret hideouts awaits. Join us for a magical weekend for the first look at our Fortlandia exhibition.

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The Plants That Shaped Texas (NEW)

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15 – $25
Wildflower walk along Nectar Garden

Texas landscapes range from lush and fruitful to rough and tumbling, and native plants have shaped life in the Lone Star State from past to present.

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Guided Garden Tour

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 2, 2018

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. Free with admission to the gardens.

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October 2018

Native Bees of Texas

October 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 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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Foraging for Native Edibles

October 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on October 20, 2018 at 9:00am

One event on November 17, 2018 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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Plant ID Walk & Learn

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 20, 2018 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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Landscape Design Studios I & II

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 21, 2018 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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Series: Drawing I – Short Form

October 23 @ 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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$234

Seven-session course in partnership with Contemporary Austin Art School. You can draw! Practice with a new drawing medium in each session of this course. Throughout the course you will refine your technique while focusing on still-life and found objects in a supportive environment for beginners.

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Forts by Moonlight Hike (CANCELLED)

October 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15

Join us on an after-hours, moonlit hike throughout the gardens and the Texas Arboretum.

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Bees, Brews & Beyond

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Vista Brewing, 13551 Ranch to Market Rd 150
Driftwood, TX 78619 United States
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Free
Monarch butterfly on goldenrod

Cheers to pollinators! Grab your smartphone or camera and carpool with an adventure buddy to Vista Brewing where wildflower fields, farms and thoughtfully designed grounds are a perfect place to snap beneficial fauna in action and share to Instagram or iNaturalist for the 2018 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz.

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Kokedama: Art Meets Botany in Japan

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15 – $75
Kokedama PHOTO Found Choe

Journey to a land of soil and moss (Japan!), where the art of Kokedama originates. This ornamental plant sculpture is a style of bonsai, where plants' roots are bound into a spherical form. Guest lecturer Young Choe will explain how Kokedama and Kusamono similar potted arrangements) are created and teach about their cultural history and significance. Attend lecture, workshop or both.

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Are You Strong Enough to Be My Plant?

October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$25
Habiturf lawn

Foot traffic, children at play, dogs with the zoomies and hot, dry summers — what's a yard to do? Find out what plants are tough enough to handle the heat, wear and tear in this new workshop taught by our Family Garden horticulturist. We'll point out low-maintenance plants that can survive and thrive in lived-in Texas landscapes.

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Movies in the Wild: Coco (CANCELLED)

October 31 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$8 – $12
COCO movie poster

Our Family Garden is transformed into an outdoor theater for Pixar's "Coco." Come early for Day of the Dead activities.

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November 2018

Migratory Birds in the Landscape

November 1 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free – $10
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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Botany X-Files (CANCELLED)

November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Saturday, happening 2 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45 – $81
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Investigate what plants are on your plate and in those pills! Open to everyone; educators get CPE credit.

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Texas Arboretum Tour

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on October 28, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on November 11, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on December 2, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on December 16, 2018 at 1:00pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
The Arboretum Trail gets sun-kissed. Photo: Wildflower Center.

Get your steps in while exploring the wonders of native trees (plus shrubs, grasses, flowers and more) in our Texas Arboretum, one of the most shaded trails at the Wildflower Center. Walks will focus on native flora and Texas history, and you'll likely see feathered friends along the way.

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Series: Nature and Abstract Drawing

November 13 @ 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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Fire & Water Walk (NEW)

November 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on November 13, 2018 at 11:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Prescribed fire is one way to recreate the patchy, diverse environment that existed before human interference. PHOTO Lee Clippard

On this tour of the gardens and natural areas, discover how fire and water are used in managing plants and landscapes at the Wildflower Center. Learn about our impressive rain catchment system and cisterns and visit the research plots where prescribed burns are conducted. Free with admission to the gardens.

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Series: Botanical Illustration

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until December 12, 2018

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

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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Series: Watercolor — Basics and Beyond

November 15 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until December 14, 2018

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

This six-session course is presented in partnership with the Contemporary Austin Art School. All levels welcome. Lessons will include wet-into-wet washes, wet-on-dry washes, color theory, composition, and ways to create glowing color like those you see in our gardens and natural areas!

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Guided Garden Tour

November 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until May 6, 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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