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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January 2019

Native Fruit Trees of Texas

January 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$30
A ripe Texas persimmon. Photo: Sally and Andy Wasowski

Money may not grow on trees, but fruit does, and a healthy native fruit tree is really priceless. Learn about fruit trees of Texas, tree selection, harvesting and other tips for care from a landscaping expert.

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Fortlandia Design Applicant Information Session

January 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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The Grand Oak Mission Fort

This is an information session for those who are interested in submitting a proposal for our fall exhibit in the Texas Arboretum, Fortlandia.

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February 2019

Reading the Land Tour for Members

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free for Members
Restoration Research Trail

Come tour the Wildflower Center with Land Steward Michelle Bertelsen and learn about how to read visual cues from the landscape to understand more about a place's history and ecology. This program is exclusively for members of the Wildflower Center. Learn about membership here. Register

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Nature Drawing

February 16 @ 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

Discover how to interpret the beauty of nature through personal expression while learning about composition, proportion and perspective. Learn to create proportionally correct forms and believable textures.

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Seedbank & Herbarium Tour for Members

February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free for Members
Bluebonnet seeds

Learn how seeds banked in Texas have been used for research projects around the world. Join the Plant Conservation Program Manager for a behind-the-scenes tour of the seed lab and herbarium in this Member Appreciation Month special tour.

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Moonlight Hike (CANCELLED)

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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Austin Cave Festival

February 23 @ 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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Growing Operations Tour for Members

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Cacti being grown for our plant sale

On this tour, get behind the scenes in the main nursery with our nursery manager. Learn about plants we grow for the gardens and plant sales and hear about our projects and collaborations.

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Hatha Yoga for Members

February 27 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 7:00am on Wednesday, happening 4 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free for Members
Redbud (Cercis canadensis) Photo: Wildflower Center

Carve out some time for self-care in the gardens with drop in hatha yoga, exclusively for Member Appreciation Month!

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March 2019

Scenic Spring Sauntering – (CANCELLED)

March 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$20
John Barr Trail with bluebonnets

American transcendentalists such as Thoreau were practitioners of sauntering, a mindful meandering with the aim of spiritual connection to the earth. Join this guided group to refresh and realign with nature. 

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Small-lot Landscapes

March 9 @ 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

March 9 @ 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

March 10 @ 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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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants II

March 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

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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Scenic Spring Sauntering – NEW

March 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$20
John Barr Trail with bluebonnets

American transcendentalists such as Thoreau were practitioners of sauntering, a mindful meandering with the aim of spiritual connection to the earth. Join this guided group to refresh and realign with nature. 

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Installation

March 16 @ 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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Nature Is the Best Medicine

March 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$15
Golden-eye phlox, Phlox roemeriana PHOTO Bruce Leander

Spring signifies renewal and growth. In this timely talk with Dr. Gerry King, explore how time in nature restores energy, improves mood and relieves stress. Take away tools to promote healing and health.  

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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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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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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

Ecology & Art Walk + Workshop (Cancelled)

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 (Cancelled)

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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Shou Ping: Meet the Artist

April 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free With Admission
Shou Ping paper irises art exhibit

Meet Shou Ping, the nature-inspired artist whose work will be featured in the Wildflower Center Gift Store through May 12. Shou Ping creates unique three-dimensional paper sculptures that express her love of nature. She transforms ordinary sheets of watercolor paper into extraordinary flowers and animals. Each detail, every petal of a flower or feather of a bird, is individually drawn, painted, cut and sculpted. The works are so realistic, viewers often want to reach out and touch them (please don’t).…

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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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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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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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Art Opening: Such Lonely Country by Katy McCarthy

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission

Join in for the opening of Katy McCarthy's exhibit in our historic McDermott Learning Center. Refreshments will be served and the artist will be available for questions.

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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

Plant ID Walk & Learn

May 11 @ 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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Adventures in Central Texas Birding – NEW!

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
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

Discover the diversity of birdlife, when and where to find migratory species and which species thrive as residents right here among us (and how we can be hospitable hosts to them). 

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Finding Stillness & Creativity – NEW!

May 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$25
Foxglove

Find stillness in the gardens with guided meditation and exercises for tapping into your inner creative wellspring. 

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Unnatural Texas? (Author Event)

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission

They came from outer space...well, not exactly, but non-native plants and animals that have become invasive are increasingly affecting the economic, medical, and ecological health of Texas. This discussion with authors of "Unnatural Texas? The Invasive Species Dilemma" sheds light on the implications and management of unwanted flora and fauna. FREE with admission  Admission is always free for members. Learn more here.   Meet the Authors: Robin W. Doughty, a Yorkshire-born Geographer who received his PhD from University of California…

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June 2019

Native Host Plants for Butterflies & Moths

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45

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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Nature Nights: Life on the Prairie

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on June 20, 2019 at 6:00pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Wildflowers in the Savanna Meadow

Free family fun with a new theme each week!

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Thorns & Blooms: Growing Cacti

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Ladyfinger 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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July 2019

Invasive Species High School Curriculum Training Workshop for Teachers

July 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on July 17, 2019 at 9:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$5 – $15
Hans Landel, Texas Invasives

This workshop will introduce high school teachers to a curriculum designed around the issue of invasive species.

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Bet Your Hedge on Native Plants

July 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Home owner inspiration garden, formal

It's been said that fences make good neighbors, and we think native plants can make the best borders. Come see various examples of styles and heights and learn from one of our expert horticulturists how to select the right plants and shape and maintain them. Register $30 per person Members receive a discount. Learn about membership here!

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August 2019

Series: Nature and Abstract Drawing

August 27 @ 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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$209

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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Guided Garden Tour

August 31 @ 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
Native Wildflower Week tour with Minnette, 2015

Tour our gardens with a knowledgeable volunteer docent

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September 2019

Native Plant Gardening Series: Small-lot Landscape Design

September 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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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants I

September 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 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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Native Plant Gardening Series: Large-Scale Landscape Design

September 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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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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