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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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July 2018

Teacher Workshop: Growing Up WILD

July 23, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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

Series: Watercolor — Basics and Beyond

September 13, 2018 @ 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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Wildflower Tiles With Alcohol Inks (Beginner)

September 15, 2018 @ 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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Dog Days of Fall

September 16, 2018
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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, 2018 @ 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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Austin Museum Day

September 23, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 9:00 am - September 30, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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Forts by Moonlight Hike (CANCELLED)

October 24, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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

Fire & Water Walk (NEW)

November 13, 2018 @ 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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Botany X-Files (CANCELLED)

November 17, 2018 @ 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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Fortlandia by Flashlight (Member Exclusive)

November 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free

Sneak out after dark, throw a pebble at your best friend's window, and don't forget your flashlight! Join us for a members-only night hike to explore Fortlandia, play games and roast marshmallows.

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December 2018

Wreath Workshop

December 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
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One event on September 1, 2018 at 11:30am

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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Wintering Birds of the Wildflower Center

December 4, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free – $10
Yellow Rumped Warbler

Come "meet" the feathered residents and visitors of the Wildflower Center with expert birders!

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Luminations

December 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, happening 4 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$10 – $15

Our annual tradition returns when the gardens are illuminated by thousands of luminarias and dazzling lights

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Texas Arboretum Tour

December 16, 2018 @ 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
Sunrising on the Texas Arboretum Trail, PHOTO Bruce Leander

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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January 2019

Tree Pruning Workshop

January 5 @ 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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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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Winter Care for Native Plants

January 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Big muhly in front of the frosty play lawn.

This gardening workshop will introduce tips and tricks for keeping Texas plants healthy through the winter.

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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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Family Bird Walk

March 3 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
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One event on April 7, 2019 at 7:30am

4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free – $12
Yellow Rumped Warbler

There are many feathered friends to be found at the Wildflower Center if you watch for them winging or listen for their singing.

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Series: Botanical Illustration

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2019

One event on March 27, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 3, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 10, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 17, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 24, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on May 1, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on May 8, 2019 at 10:00am

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

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

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until March 8, 2019

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

This seven-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: 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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Guided Garden Tour

March 19 @ 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
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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Tuesday Twilights With a Twist

March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on March 26, 2019 at 5:00pm

One event on April 9, 2019 at 5:00pm

One event on April 23, 2019 at 5:00pm

One event on May 21, 2019 at 5:00pm

One event on May 28, 2019 at 5:00pm

4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Cocktails at twilight PHOTO Ann Alva Wieding

On these special Tuesdays, we're staying open late and adding a "twist"!

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