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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June 2019

Nature Nights: Life on the Prairie

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

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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July 2019

Invasive Species High School Curriculum Training Workshop for Teachers

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

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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August 2019

Guided Garden Tour

August 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, 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

Austin Museum Day

September 22, 2019 @ 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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October 2019

Native Bees of Texas

October 5, 2019 @ 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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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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One event on December 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm

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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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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 @ 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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One event on July 12, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on August 2, 2020 at 9:00 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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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 (POSTPONED)

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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Native Plant Gardening Series: Maintenance (POSTPONED)

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 (POSTPONED)

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 (POSTPONED)

March 19 @ 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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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants I (POSTPONED)

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 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 (POSTPONED)

March 21 @ 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 Plant Gardening Series: Installation (POSTPONED)

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 (POSTPONED)

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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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants II (POSTPONED)

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 (POSTPONED)

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 (POSTPONED)

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 (POSTPONED)

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

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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Series: Nature and Abstract Drawing (POSTPONED)

March 31 @ 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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April 2020

Series: Botanical Illustration (CANCELLED)

April 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until May 6, 2020

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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The Secrets of True Happiness – NEW (CANCELLED)

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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Yoga & Singing Bowls (CANCELLED)

April 5 @ 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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Ecology & Art Walk + Workshop (CANCELLED)

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 (CANCELLED)

April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on April 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm

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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